This morning I talked on the radio about a village in India where people are terrified to walk the paths between their town and those of their neighbors. When darkness falls they huddle in their homes, fearful for their lives because a leopard has been stalking and eating humans, twelve victims in the past two years.
Can you imagine having something like that to worry about?
My partner, Amy, and I also talked about the Islamic terrorists in northern Iraq who have been slaughtering Christians and beheading babies. By comparison that village in India seems like Disney World with a plumbing problem.
In Africa people are dying by the thousands of Ebola, which is highly contagious, rarely curable and never satisfied to simply snuff out lives. It insists on doing so in a long, drawn out, fevered, hemorrhagic horror.
People in their Ebola death throes sweat profusely as their eyes bleed and their minds scream for deliverance.
Here in America, meanwhile, we're all wound up about two very wealthy young athletes who both have apparent tendencies to snap and hit people they love. So far none of the people they love have been seriously hurt and are defending their attackers.
In our house, our dog Amelia has an intestinal virus but the vet gave us some medicine and says she'll be fine.
Carolann and I are also trying to figure out how to save enough money to buy Christmas presents for our family in California.
We're healthy and happy but we do stress about our weight a bit.
Sometimes we're annoyed when the WiFi doesn't work right.