...for the Magazine Man and his family. In a week that should only have been blessed with joy at the birth of a new baby, he and his loved ones were hit with a great tragedy.
If you are praying folk - and even if you're not - please offer up some good thoughts for the peaceful rest of MM's parents and more good thoughts for this grieving family.
NOTE (5/2/07): I've edited this entry. I took down my embedded link to MM's blog. When I visited his blog today, there were people using his site to debate the reasons behind this very personal tragedy. I hope my post here did not contribute in any way to *any* of the distressing stuff he's received.
I figure it this way - if you read MM's blog and you love his stuff the way I do, you already know the URL. And if you don't know him, just think good thoughts rather than leave random comments.
I can't believe people who only know him through the blogosphere have been telling him they're showing up at a very private time of mourning. That kinda freaks me out. It seems really wrong. Through blogging we only know what people *want* to share with us. I've had stalkers courtesy of my blog - one person who wanted to be my sister (and scared me with phone calls to my home), another who believed we should be best friends on the basis of her liking my writing... there have been others. I pray that no one of that ilk shows up at this gathering for MM's family.
It's just horrible what he and his family are going through. The highs and lows must be unbearable. I was so upset when I read his blog the other day...
I did light a candle for his mother and father at this site:
The candles stay lit for 48 hours once they're lit. I couldn't think of much else to do right now...other than think positive thoughts for him and his family as they go through this terrible time.
Thank you so much for your support and your comment on my blog. I pondered for a long while over what to say - was home sick from work and was shocked to read his post...I let it sit for a while, poked around home and then just sat and blurted it out, typos and all. Usually I am more measured in my responses and I actually held some back in respect to MM as he will eventually read it.
But honestly, what are people thinking? Oh boy. I pray not only for MM and his family...
Thank you again, and a warm cyber handshake from a fellow blogger. I wish we had met in better circumstances.
Tam the Straight Poop
I've edited this post based upon some of the weirdness that poor MM has been experiencing and the odd nature of some of the comments he's received (people debating things that have no place there.) I want to thank Tam for her no nonsense post to MM's comments. (And nice to meet you, too, even under these deeply sad circumstances.)
another who believed we should be best friends on the basis of her liking my writing
Eep. I've felt that way.
Though thankfully I never quite acted on it.
But good writing? Soooo attractive.
(Gah, I have picked up Eric Burns' Question? Statement. meme)
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