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Life and death

August 6, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

In the book Genesis, Isaac is talking to his son Esau: "And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:"

Thousands of years laters, none of us do.

You would think after what happened in January we would get it.

But, life goes on and we continue to let life get in the way of life.

We move on with our daily work schedules, practice schedules and busy lives and just forget how precious life really is.

Those of us who were not involved, forget about the accident, the fire and settle back into our comfortable ways.

It gets to a point where it is no longer about the other person, it is all about us.

It is about that AAU game and how minutes were too few, or how about that vacation is more important than a commitment, or how about missing that 7-on-7 is really not a big deal.

It is about that phone call to work to call off because a three-day weekend is staring you in the face and those at work "can deal with it."

We forget about what happened in Aurora, Colo., and move on, playing with our new cell phones, ithis or ithat.

And, really, all of that is understandable.

After all, our nature is selfish to begin with.

We like things about "me."

We know there's no "I" in team but there is an "m" and an "e."

Then, Sunday morning came.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at the club's training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.

The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m., and that Garrett Reid was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. A cause of death has not been determined.

"There were no suspicious activities," Shupp said.

COLUMBUS - Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso died Sunday morning at a central Ohio hospital, and no cause of death has been determined, a county coroner said.

Urso, 22, was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Franklin County Coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak said. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

And, this:

Police called the attack an act of domestic terrorism, but did not provide any details about the gunman or suggest a possible motive. Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards did not say whether he specifically targeted the Sikh community.

During a chaotic few hours after the first shots were fired, police in tactical gear and carrying assault rifles surrounded the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin with armored vehicles and ambulances. Witnesses struggled with unrealized fears that several shooters were holding women and children hostage inside.

CRANBERRY, Pa. - State police in western Pennsylvania say a two-vehicle crash killed three people overnight.

Police in Venango County said a car heading west on Route 157 in Cranberry Township veered off the road at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

The car then slid into the oncoming lane where it was hit by an eastbound sport utility vehicle.

LONG POND, Pa. - A lightning strike in the parking lot at Pocono Raceway after a NASCAR race Sunday killed one person and injured nine others, racetrack officials said.

It wasn't immediately clear if all 10 people were actually struck by lightning in the parking lot behind the grandstand, nor was it known whether one or multiple strikes occurred.

Two people were taken to the hospital in critical condition after the strike, racetrack officials said. President Brandon Igdalsky said one of them later died at Pocono Medical Center, but he provided no further details.

"Unfortunately, a member of our raceway family here, a fan, has passed away," he said.

I get why and how we slide into our daily routine, getting upset at traffic, people who just don't get it and everything else our lives revolve around.

I understand teenagers whining about too much homework, that 6 a.m. alarm for practice or the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift.

We all do it. We dwell way too much on any negative and just about refuse to see any positive.

At some point in time we all just need to look around and count our blessings and be thankful for them and do so daily.

I am just as guilty as the next person.

After all, we are blessed far more than we deserve.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at and can be followed on Twitter at @MathisonMike)

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