In 2012 I wrote a silly story about a Teddy Bear who defended his child against the Monsters under the bed. I called it A Teddy Bear Tale and had the story illustrated by local Maryland Artist Dan Nokes Continue reading
It has been a long time coming, after all the trials and tribulations, the tests and anxious waiting my son shipped to the Coastguard Training Center at Cape May on Tuesday to begin his basic training.
This is a picture of Jaelynn Willey, she is sixteen years old, the same age as my Daughter, and was a student at Great Mills High School in St Mary’s County, I say was a student, because she passed away on Thursday night (03/22/2018). The reason for this tragic death was she was shot in the head on Tuesday (03/20/2018) by a fellow student (who will remain nameless cause I don’t glorify assholes), and for the only reason I can gather is because she broke up with this asshole. Senseless, a life taken, lives destroyed and lost, over, really nothing… Really, back in my day to cope with a break up we wrote sappy poetry and listened to terrible love songs.
There has been an epidemic of school shootings, but you think, it will never happen to me, right? My kids are safe, my kids school isn’t in a bad area, you will be in denial, fooling yourself it will never happen, then it does to you kids. I know this… Because it happened to Daughter.
I got a surprise post from my Father back in the UK today, it was a report card from my first year at Longfield High School from way, way back in 1985. I believe I was twelve at the time and my year that came up from Swallowdale, and other surrounding schools, completed the first full complement of students for this new three-year school. Continue reading