Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 • No Comments on Pieces of My Mind (Because That’s All I Have Left)
Yes, I know I’ve been quiet. I was basking in the glow of my peaceful little Christmas, then I was enjoying the surprising day-after-Christmas snow storm and now I’m fending off a vicious cold/sinus thing that hit a couple nights ago. One last cold of the year. Lucky me.
I heard Susan Sontag died yesterday. I didn’t agree with everything she wrote, but she was never afraid to speak her mind, be controversial, say what other people wouldn’t. What a career. For that matter, what a life. Jerry Orbach died yesterday, too. Having never watched Law and Order, I will best remember him as the man who put Baby in the corner.
The tsunami death toll continues to climb, the number becoming more and more incomprehensible with each news report—from 12,000 to 21,000 to over 40,000 to the current report of over 80,000. In all likelihood, the number of victims will surpass 100,000—which is around the number of residents of the city in which I live. How could so many people be gone so suddenly? It is an incredible, far-reaching tragedy. There are no words.
The year is slipping away, which means it’s time to think about my goals (otherwise known as resolutions) for next year. Not now, though. Not when my single-minded goal right now is to remain upright and keep my head from exploding.