They went to school and never came back.

On the morning of December 16 my husband gave me the tragic news of the Peshawar catastrophe. I just stared at him because you don't register something like that. Your mind does not accept the fact that someone could do that to children.  ...more

Beneath the Ashes

“The fire which seems extinguished often slumbers beneath the ashes.” ― Pierre CorneilleI've been debating all day whether to write this or not but I'm still thinking about it so I guess I will go ahead....more

Tragedy's Beauty: The Courage of Human and Hero

Originally posted on ChapterTK.comThere’s a sort of beauty in tragedy. It’s an inevitable part of the human experience, even in the unlikely scenario the only tragedy a person ever faces is their own death. Maybe this is due to my current optimistic personality or my history of being a youth. Either way, I can’t help but appreciate the sadder moments in life for the beauty an impact they can have, if only you look....more

Tomorrow May Never Come

One of the saddest days of my life was the day my (now) step-sons had to be told their mother had passed away....more

Tragedy & Loss – Dealing with Grief

Sometimes I feel like it would be better if I never read the news or the headlines. Maybe then I wouldn’t be bombarded with all the horrible tragedies and loss that have been affecting the world, specifically surrounding my city of Seattle. Last week I could not turn off the television as I watched the news unfold about the KOMO 4 News helicopter that crashed on the street outside my former office building....more

How to Talk to Tweens About Tragedy

Middle school was a challenging time for me and The Teen. Overnight my daughter morphed into a young woman who had boys nervously calling the house and she demanded a privacy I only read about in my young adult novels. She would prefer to spend hours in her room writing poems and journaling rather than join the family downstairs. Not only was she more private, she got that stinky attitude that Tweens adopt. Not quite a Teen, not quite a baby, her awkwardness translated to poor grades and me thinking about how I could send her to live with my in-laws in Virginia....more

Disasters We Create

Crosspost: Disasters We Create

Ten Ways to Overcome Tragedy

Nancy K....more

A Sort Of Love Letter To Boston, Who Sent Help When My Family Needed It

Dear Boston,I’ve never visited you.I know that that’s a strange way to begin, and of course I don’t mean it as a slight against you. I’m just stating a fact: I’ve never visited you.I’ve always wanted to, though, and that must count for something, right? I’ve heard great things about you. A bunch of people whose opinions I really respect have highly recommended you. I’ve planned a fantasy vacation (which my husband has nicknamed The Dead Author Tour of New England) that involves you....more