SPECIAL EDITION PERSONAL Y'62 VIEWS OF THE BOSTON BOMBING AND ITS AFTERMATH
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THE HIDDEN WOUNDS OF CHILDREN
In one terrible instant, a young boy's life was lost. The lives of other boys and girls in Boston have changed as well. For the boys in this painting, the innocence of play gives way to a new awareness of vulnerability.
I began this 22 x 30 inch watercolor before the 2013 marathon bombing, thinking about the uncertainty in the lives of these developing boys. With the bombing and the loss of eight-year-old Martin's life, this painting became very specific for me. I finished the painting absorbing the pain of his loss, and with a new and very personal fear for the children in my and others' lives.
Carolyn Newberger, April 18, 2013
Carolyn's painting is in a hopeful exhibition that opened the Monday after the attack in the Massachusetts State House in Boston titled "Violence Transformed 2013, Discovering the Transformative Power of Art" through May 3, 2013. The opening reception is April 23 from 3 to p.m. Image © Carolyn Newberger
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AFTER THE MARATHON, A DISSENT
"We need to be reminded that 'shock and awe' is state terrorism. It is also a blatant lie: it doesn't crush us, and it doesn't crush them."
By Christopher Lydon
I'm always at the brink of tears watching our beloved Boston Marathon tears for the perfection of the East African front runners, both ladies and gents; tears for the stragglers stopping and starting on busted feet toward the end; tears for the old guy with the words of Isaiah on his T-shirt: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." The best of it this year was seeing our Y62 pal Eli Newberger and his extended family band on tuba, washboard and several drums steadying the runners' rhythm from a sidewalk on Beacon Street in Brookline.
The Marathon is Boston's great civic sacrament on the high holy day of our secular calendar, Patriots Day, in memory of Paul Revere's ride and the revolutionary battles at Concord and Lexington. Yet from the first news of that hateful homemade IED that blew up at the finish line a week ago today, it struck me as a global, not a local, event. It raised a moral question, too. "Couldn't we call a permanent halt to predator drone attacks anywhere in the world?" I wrote on Facebook immediately. "Can we connect our own frenzied responses today...
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The former host of the public radio program "The Connection" and now the head of Open Source Media, Chris was at the finish line cheering the early Boston Marathon runners. He left an hour before the blast to hear Eli Newberger's band play for runners along the route.
LE PLUS LA MEDIA CHANGE...
The Boston Marathon and the Media
By Al Chambers
It was a dreadful week for our nation and for the Boston metropolitan area, even though there certainly were important glimmers of hope and resolve as Americans reacted resolutely to a frightening situation.
It also was a challenging and troubling week for the media. Once again, there were serious lapses just when responsibility and accuracy from the media were most needed.
As many of you know, I am a true news junkie. What made this past week extraordinary for me was that I found myself recovering from a successful outpatient operation on my legs that rendered me truly couch-bound...
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Al Chambers spent 20 years with NBC News and then a similar spell doing corporate communications at Ford Motor Company. In semi-retirement he does reputation and media analysis work for a major global company, and leads "Taking Apart the News," a class for senior citizens in Ann Arbor, Michigan that is now going into its tenth year.
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