A few days ago a fan of my writing and of Radio Kinver, a pod cast on which I give a weekly reading, asked that I post an old recording presented on that show in response to the Haiti earthquake in 2010. He thought it was as relevant today as it was then. This piece, about my parents, Tom and Irma Traise, was to become the first of twelve episodes about their life in a small town. The series is more about how to live in a good and true manner as much as it is about the 1950s era.
Now, in response to the Boston Marathon bombing, we, again in the United States, are reminded of the disturbing times in which we live. We, of course, are horrified that someone would intentionally and indisciminately kill innocent people who are simply having fun. Yet in other parts of the world, it is a weekly occurrence that a wedding or a school or a restaurant is bombed. We in the US are more protected and probably more rational than people in other parts of the community of our world. Americans are still reeling from the Sandy Hook shooting as well as other smaller shootings around the country, including one in my home county.
If you know my writing, then you will know that I think we humans are a pretty sorry lot. On the other hand, we are getting better. We do not draw and quarter, crucify or impale people any more. There still are horrors such as the likes of stoning and cutting off noses and ears because women doesn't obey. These stupid acts must stop. (Don't even get me started on the absurd treatment of women.) Yet, for the most part I think humans are capable of greatness. But, to accomplish that, we must learn to work together...everyone. It is a basic human right to have enough to eat, to have clothing and shelter, to have medical care and yes, to be educated.
Now, back to Tom and Irma–Chronicles of the 1950s. In response to recent acts of violence, I have decided to play the first recording of the series. It is old and not exceptionally well done. We've gotten better equipment since then. I have practiced my craft of reading, edited and re-recorded the Tom and Irma series. You also will notice that I introduced myself as Earlene Grey, my nom de plume at the time. I've since started producing under my own name. It is better to be honest. So, if you can get past the somewhat less than elegant approach of this original presentation, I believe that you will find hope in Tom and Irma.