Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘tragedy’

Miramont’s Ghost

miramonts ghost222“All she had was this knot in the pit of her stomach, the vague feeling that something was dreadfully wrong.  How do you ever know the truth about another person?  Without the knowledge that comes through clairvoyance, how could a person ever know when someone spoke the truth?  How could you ever know with any certainty what happens behind closed doors?

 In Miramont’s Ghost we follow the life of young Adrienne who grows up in wealth near Beaulieu, France.  Living with her dysfunctional family, she is mostly happy as her grandfather dotes over her.  Family secrets and an unusual ability continue to interrupt an idyllic family life.  Can tragedy be far from the door?

The Johnstown Flood

It should be rather embarrassing that I live around an hour from Johnstown and knew very little about the great flood.  In The Johnstown Flood author David McCullough pieces together a riveting story using local reports and quotes from the period.  Most of us have heard of the tragedy; some may even know that 2,209 people lost their lives (McCullough reprinted the names of those lost), but you probably don’t know their stories.  I had no idea what an international story it was and how long it stayed in the headlines.

Behind Every Great Philanthropist Is…

I heard a quote once that went something like this, “behind every great philanthropist is an equally great tragedy.”  Unfortunately I could find neither the exact quote or the wise man who said it.  Rush Limbaugh did a piece on large corporate giants Apple and Google and how they skillfully and legally avoid paying United States taxes on profits made overseas.  Both Apple and Google have created a socially responsible public image while conducting their businesses in perhaps a way that might seem hypocritical to the jaded person.