Tag: tragedy



This was going to be a column about my new kitchen counters, and about how you shouldn’t live with things you hate, and then we heard the news from Las Vegas. We were coming home from a college tour in upstate New York, from eating delicious Italian food in Syracuse, from spending time with our dear friend who teaches up there. We were sleepy, sated, a little stressed out about this and that. An ordinary Monday, awash in blessings.

Baltimore Muralist Brings LOVE Project to Wall Facing Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub

LOVE mural in Waverly, Courtesy Baltimore Love Project
LOVE mural in Waverly, Courtesy Baltimore Love Project

Where tragedy strikes, love oftentimes pours out to sustain a grieving community. In Orlando, a muralist known for his work around Baltimore is bringing that love in a literal way to a wall across from Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were killed and 53 wounded on June 12 in our country’s worst-ever modern mass shooting.

As Another Shooting Tragedy Occurs, Are We Growing Numb?



As a high school history teacher, I look for ways to link the rhetoric of great thinkers to historical events. In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday that stole the lives of twenty children and seven adults, the words of late British historian Tony Judt, written in the New York Review of Books, best exemplify the crisis this tragedy has exposed.

The Tomboy Princess: Johns Hopkins Grad Student Sees Afghanistan Tragedy Firsthand


Rebecca Zimmerman is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins’ SAIS studying the evolution of the U.S. military since 2001; Parwana was an eight-year old Afghani girl who was, in Zimmerman’s words, “equal parts tomboy and little princess.” Their very different lives were linked by tragedy this month in Kabul, as Zimmerman writes in the New York Times.

Huguely Denied Retrial


George Huguely, the former UVA lacrosse player convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his former girlfriend and Cockeysville resident Yeardley Love, was denied a retrial in court yesterday.