Up in smoke

June 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

Worth a minute or two of reading time:

http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/article1013738.ece

This story would be no more or less sad if its subject had been a factory worker, or investment banker, or the dancer or actor she had originally wanted to be. It strikes me only because she had been a newspaper reporter before she had gone over the edge, and that’s the profession with which I most closely identify.

The story does not identify the reporter, nor the reasons she was let go from her newspaper. I don’t know if she had already been taking peeks behind the black door before she was fired.

It’s a reminder that society’s safety net can be awfully porous, especially these days, and becomes even more so when we as individuals actively make efforts to permeate it.

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