Daily Archives: May 8, 2011

A wonderful Mother’s Day story, about loss and renewal. And Bill Maher on our “gangsta” President

Today is Mother’s Day, a happy day for all who have been blessed with a great mommy, as I have. (that’s her up above me with me).
The story I wanted to tell you about here today was written by Phil Taylor, a wondrously gifted storyteller at Sports Illustrated. In this week’s issue he tells the story of Oklahoma State University radio producer Joe Riddle, and the “Mom” he discovered.
Riddle was supposed to be on the airplane in Jan. 2001 that crashed and killed 10 members of the Oklahoma State basketball program. But at the last minute, he switched with another producer, Kendall Durfey, and Durfey was killed.
In Riddle’s guilt, and grief, he found an unusual companion and new friend: Kendall Durfey’s mother.

It is an extraordinary tale, of how the depths of human compassion can help heal one’s soul.
It’s a short story, and I just about guarantee it’ll move you today. You can find it here.

**And now, something wholly unsentimental to jolt you back to reality.  Bill Maher, telling it like it is to Republicans who are still criticizing Barack Obama after recent events.
Money quote: “How many Muslims does a black guy have to kill in one weekend before crackers climb down off his ass?”
The best part starts about the 1:00 mark: