Most of us have discovered that we can be blindsided by life's unpredictable, sometimes unbidden events: the doctor's diagnosis we weren't expecting, or perhaps the stinging message from a spouse or partner letting us know the relationship is over. You know the type of news – the kind no one wants to hear. Yet, sometimes horrific news seems to offer us a meaningful wake-up call, a chance to sort out priorities and put things in perspective. The British philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote, "In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted." We hear similar sentiments from Kevin Blanchard.
Kevin Blanchard grew up in central Massachusetts and teaches English at Barrington High School in Rhode Island.