BLOG: Disaster and hope

It seems like every time we turn around, something bad is happening: school shootings, mall shootings, naturals disasters, war and so much more. It gets to the point, every time I turn on the TV news or read a newspaper, there is just one sad story after the next.

I read and stay caught up on the news about 95 percent of the time. I work at a newspaper right now and I worked at a TV news station this past summer, so it is kind of hard not to be up-to-date on the latest going-ons in the world.

The homepage on my laptop is, and the latest headline is always front and center when I pull up the Internet tab. It seems like more often than not, the headline is something bad that is happening somewhere in the world.

The past couple days, it has been all about the typhoon over in the Philippines. Thousands dead at the first count, hundreds of thousands displaced, no food, water or supplies and the list goes on and on. The destruction the typhoon left is unimaginable. It’s been four days since it hit and relief is starting to pour in, but what are the chances that it will get there quickly or there will be enough aide?

It’s hard to read and watch all of the coverage of these events without getting sad or a little dejected. It seems like even in the United States, you aren’t safe anywhere anymore because shootings have started to become a regular occurrence.

But, as I sit here and think about all the things to be afraid of, or to be sad about, it’s hard not to be thankful and happy for what I have. The world changes on a daily basis, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. But, the sun always comes up the next morning. And that is something to be thankful for.