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Defying tragedy

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

It’s time to try
Defying tragedy
I think I’ll try
Defying tragedy
And you can’t pull me down!

Our world is filled these days with tragic, horrible events.  Headlines that are splashed about with the kind of senseless mayhem employed by Jack-the-Ripper, tearing down our walls of self assurance and optimism.  Personal crisis of one form or another that seem to engulf us and strangle every last drop of happiness onto the ground…it’s almost impossible to find hope anymore, especially in the face of tragedy.  However, every now and then you find something that restores your faith in things.

Discovered a blog today.  It’s only a little over a year old but compelling doesn’t even begin to describe this one.

It is one man’s journey captured day by day since the birth of his daughter, and the death of his lovely wife.  To quote his blog: “matt, liz and madeline:  life and death. all in a 27-hour period.  what you read here is what follows.”

Excerpted from Matt Logelin’s Blog~

“rip-off city (aka unfairness)”

i can’t help but

think that


lost the better of

her two parents.

she got a lot

from both of us

(as mentioned previously)

it’s obvious that

liz passed her

good looks



but i’m left


to make sure

that her hair gets


that her clothes


(though people have pointed out to me that they’ve bought me outfits with interchangeable parts, just to make me look better).

and that she is properly

accesorized [sic]

As can sometimes happen in “teh internets”, something amazing will occur. The amazing thing that occurred from the tragic loss of Matt’s wife, Liz, and the subsequent spontaneous community that sprang up around his blog, was the formation of a world-wide charitable organization called The Liz Logelin Foundation which offers financial assistance and moral support of young widows and widowers with dependent children.

Defying tragedy.  It’s always good to have an example of it.    You’re doing a helluva job Matt!!

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