It’s amazing how the most unexpected twists of fate can affect and alter the lives of many people – and when we least expect it. Two years ago, nobody in the eastern United States could have predicted that the powerful snowstorm that they encountered would disrupt their lives, including its aftermath – any more than they could have foreseen the effects of Super-storm Sandy a year ago today. Of course, the problems that you face on a regular basis pale in comparison to what others have to cope with following a severe weather event or a natural disaster – and not just the loss of your homes and possessions. And the loss of human life following the aforementioned calamities continue to emotionally scar its eyewitnesses long after the damage has been done, and the disaster has faded into history.
The bombing that occurred at the Boston Marathon this past Spring offers another example of the kind of unexpected twists that life can hurl at us – while reminding us that the world around us has already become a more dangerous place to live in. We’ve long accepted the fact that even distance is no longer a guarantee of being spared any kind of destructive harm anywhere in the world – as well as the fact that even the young can be capable of harming others, especially when we’re initially blind to the danger signs that can signal eventual disaster.
Even show business isn’t immune to the kind of twists of fate that are, in many respects, related to the plot twists that are a hallmark of many of the best novels, movies, and TV shows. The recent death of actress Marcia Wallace, who voiced Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons (and before that, played Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show during the 1970’s) was an unexpected shock to fans of the popular animated TV series – not to mention the show’s cast and creative staff, and especially several weeks after it was announced that one of the Simpsons characters would be killed off by next season. Wallace’s death resulted in the Simpsons producers retiring Mrs. Krabappel for good, since no other actress could ever replace Wallace and what she brought to the role. I shouldn’t have been surprised – fifteen years ago, the Simpsons producers faced a somewhat similar situation when Phil Hartman unexpectedly died, and they had to retire both Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz, the supporting characters that he voiced during the series’ early seasons. Wallace’s death has no doubt left a void as far as the Simpsons TV series is concerned – as well as affecting both the series’ future and its cast of characters, including Bart Simpson, whose battle of wits (or lack of them) with Mrs. Krabappel has always been a key component in the series’ success.
All of us – including my own family – have come across the unexpected twists of fate that have changed our lives in the past, with many of them permanent. And we’ll no doubt encounter more of them in the future, as we not only deal with their eventual repercussions, but also accept the fact that they’re an unavoidable part of the never-ending process known as the human experience, an ongoing adventure with not only its share of frustrations and tragedies – but also the triumphs and joys that make life as a whole both unpredictable and interesting.
John Lavernoich is the author of three books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.weebly.com), as well as his pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-lavernoich/7a/b21/237), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube‘s website (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJz1MX0XKIPm8nSAccTNMjA), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488), and his Chameleons, Inc. and Pictures Shop websites via Weebly (Chameleons, Inc. website: http://chameleonsinc.weebly.com; Pictures Shop website: http://jlpicturesshop.weebly.com).
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