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May 8, 2013

Back to Boston

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on May 8, 2013

I was back in Boston last week. Most of my meetings were along the waterfront.

But Sunday I worshiped at Trinity Church just yards from the first bombing.  I had coffee at the Starbucks many of us saw in video footage of the second detonation.

Boylston Street was bustling despite the labyrinth of police barricades for Sunday’s Hunger Walk.  The spring weather was spectacular: perfectly sunny in the high sixties.

The blast sites are cleaned, repaved, open to the public, and — unless you know where to look — entirely inconspicuous.  I heard one man saying, “It happened somewhere close here, but I’m not sure where.”  He was less than ten feet from where the first bomb exploded.

In the three weeks since the marathon trees have begun to bud.  At the site of the second blast an entire tree was removed as part of evidence collecting.  A new tree, still sporting a bright green root bag, has been staked upright to fill the gap.

Memorials — mostly flowers, hand written notes, and running shoes — have been moved and continue to accumulate at Copley Square across from Old South Church and the Public Library.  Opposite Boylston from the memorial corner a quartet (of Berklee students?) was busking with soft jazz.

Several “Boston Strong” signs could be seen.  Even more it seemed to me thanking First Responders, one reading: “Police, Fire, EMTs, and EVERYONE!”

While we want to learn whatever there is to learn — including mistakes that can teach us — there is good cause to commend Boston’s response.  From what I could see the recovery is going well.  Monday Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick noted, “We showed the world in the immediate aftermath of the attack what a civilization looks like…”  On Sunday Boston was looking especially competent, creative, commercially vibrant, and compassionate.

In the Episcopal liturgy the Prayers of the People precede the offering of the Peace.  A wide range of intercessory prayers are offered.  Trinity has authored its own version but concludes as is traditional with a prayer for the departed.  Sunday this included: Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi, Sean Collier,  and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.   There was a perceptible quaver in the voice of the woman leading the prayer.

The congregation responded: “Heal us and guide us.”

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 8, 2013 @ 8:07 am

Boston a favorite town of many and long a place to work just to live there as opposed a place to live in order to work.
Which raises the problem exactly where is it the 24-60 age group is supposed to go to find work?

Any profession involving caring for and taking care of others largely relegated to second or third tier of the US employable population 24-65 with now over 100 million of that age group no longer in the labor force for one reason or another.

If the country really wants to start working on resilience how about making sure all that can in that 100 million can swim, have basic first aid and CPR, carry a tourniquet rope, ensure that attractive nuisances [a legal term] and ultra-hazardous materials and their production and transportation are monitored for error to the extent of a citizen watch, learn how to take water samples for contaimination measurement, know how the reporting system works for various problems that might cause crisis incidents and or events, post evacuation materials, sign on to aid the transportation dependent during an evacuation, assist in preparing emergency plans for organizations without trained EM, etc. etc.

Well much to do even as the US as others continue to allow the poisioning of the earth and its creatures both flora and fauna.

Hey wonder when the last fish will be left in the Boston Acquariam [sic]?

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 10, 2013 @ 10:32 am

Apparently DHS has a FUSION CENTER [defined in statute as to its coverage] but no discussion yet of its coverage prior to or after of the Boston Bombers!


Comment by William R. Cumming

May 10, 2013 @ 10:33 am

The FUSION CENTER I refer to in previous comment is Boston Fusion Center of course!

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 10, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

The burial of the older brother bomber has occurred in a Cemetary for Muslims in Doswell, VA near Richmond!

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