Very little sleep to be had in Charm City

The Gardener and I spent all evening watching news reports from the east side of town and the west side of town. I’ve been calling family members to let them know I was stuck in a traffic jam tonight, but nothing worse. I’m heartbroken by what led up to the need to protest, saddened that the peaceful protests changed so drastically, and angry that a family who lost their son hasn’t been given the time to grieve. I recognize that it’s complicated…. too complicated for this little blog.

Businesses have been looted, a retirement home (in process of being built) has gone up in flames… the City has put in place a curfew for everyone starting tomorrow… and the National Guard has been called in. The local news media has been providing nuanced reporting (if I look at the national coverage, it seems very oddly skewed). We’ve had a news reporter seeded in with the local chaplains walking towards where the violence was coming from (modern cell phones are wonderful), information about what the smoke in the city was from, and good coverage of which roads were blocked.

Hopefully things will quiet down, so we can have a decent discussion and demand that justice be done. And this blog can go back to what it’s supposed to be — a place where news events don’t intrude so much.


3 Responses to “Very little sleep to be had in Charm City”

  1. 1 anj April 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Been keeping the both of you in my thots, but didn’t want to bug you with pestering and phone calls or emails. Glad to see what you wrote here. love you guys.

    • 2 wordtapestry April 28, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Oh, I understand. I also appreciate less email and phone calls. I asked one of my cousins to just send out a note to everyone that things are OK so far. I called another cousin who I knew would understand how I felt, and give me some ideas on dealing with the conflicting emotions.

  2. 3 Anne Bonney April 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Stay safe.

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