McDonald’s Tragimercial?

During the football game today I saw the oddest commercial. McDonald’s is featuring signs from local franchises: Thank you veterans #PrayForDrew God protect the USA Keep jobs in Toledo All of us weep for the Columbia Families We remember 9 11 [A pink sign with pink ribbons] PRAY for the rescue of the MINERS GOD GAVE US A MIRACLE Boston Strong We will be back soon [in a flood – this one is actually compelling] We believe in you Crystal Happy 30th Ed n Beth It’s a girl Rosalie Kay …

Telling Our Own Stories

In blogging it’s sometimes difficult to know which stories are ours to tell. Victoria has been pushed into the unimaginable situation of burying a nephew, a child and you can see here on AC that she’s beautiful and eloquent and protective of the surviving siblings and of her own child. There’s a #LoveForNoah hashtag on twitter that folks might want to follow. It’s unimaginable that as I write this a family is burying a child so small. We don’t have words for this. We have widows and widowers, we have …

Parenting Through Tragedy and a 24 Hour News Cycle

This morning children went to school in Newtown Connecticut and were slain by a madman. Perhaps an evil man, perhaps both. Children were slain, adults were slain and the preliminary news is horrific. It will actually get worse. Something else will happen, because with the advent of a 24 hour news cycle we will need to fill some gaps. There will be debates about this, there will be stories about how to talk to your children in the wake of a tragedy. There will be debates about gun control and body armor. …