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West explosion

The green park bench symbol shows where my family and I used to play on the playground while visiting grandma as children. Grandma’s home was a few houses away from the playground. She would always tease grandpa when he snuck us cookies with a smile before we left our visits. They moved out of this location several years ago.

The town has about 2800 residents of mostly Czech ancestry (from a country just east of Germany). Czechs love music, technology, and kolaches, a delicious roll-like pastry with fruit topping. Try a kolache some time if you can find real ones. Beware imitations that fake it by substituting soft roll bread with greasy doughnut dough.

It feels bizzare, because a few paces away from my childhood playground was the epicenter of an agricultural fertilizer storage explosion that destroyed much of the northern part of town yesterday evening. It’s strange. The things I see in the news feel oddly disconnected from the childhood memories I have of the place. It’s like distant cities thousands of miles away I hear about so often, separate from the place I remember in recollections from ten years ago. It doesn’t feel like the same place.

I don’t know why I’m posting this here. I don’t usually use this space as a personal blog. I do not even want replies or comments or sympathy.

If you want to reply, I ask you instead contact your national Red Cross or Red Crescent society to help people in your own communities, anywhere you live in the world. Donate a little time, money, or blood. Even help in small ways because everything counts. People often focus on big flashy events, and forget the untold thousands of lone individuals seriously injured each day in mundane accidents like falling down stairs.

Beyond this, I don’t know. I’m just going to move on with my day to day life.

Best of wishes,



4 responses

  1. I don’t want to put a comment of sympathy here, since you did not write it because of that. I just want to note that I know how much closer catastrophes like this hit when you personally know the area, the people and all else. I’ve similar experiences. Often you see these catastrophes come and go in the news, like a series of news items these things just belong to our modern “24 hours news cycle” world. It’s hard to look beyond that.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

  2. Ragna

    West is on my prayers.

    April 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  3. Grant

    We all have connections. I am a big fan of your mod and I live in Waco. I to have been to that park.

    April 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  4. Gdwitt

    I’m glad I had a chance to serve on the health care organization that provided care to most of the victims.
    I can wait for the next update, but keep us informed thal!

    May 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

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