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Monday, January 31, 2005

To Michelle Zimny

Posted by Tim Tagaris

Dear Michelle Zimny,

It's probably been a decade since you and I have crossed paths, exchanged a smile, or cracked a joke about basketball. When I got the news in an email from Stu, I had no idea what to do. I wanted to call my friends; you remember them, Baskerville, Siegel, Hayman, and the rest of the crew. For whatever reason, I didn't do it; I just sat in my bed that night and cried.

I tried to find an email address for you last night, but was unsuccessful. I hope David will forgive me (this is his site), but this modest platform is my next best chance to let you know how I feel about the loss of Chris. You see, I do a lot of writing about politics, and because of my line of work, I am discussing the war quite a bit as well. "Four more died in an ambush, two more here, another there." We talk about it so much that they turn into numbers--faceless, nameless, numbers.

I guess it takes something like the email I received from Stu to bring it all back home. Michelle, I am so sorry. Maybe you will stumble upon this one day and realize that there were so many people whose thoughts and prayers you were in at this time. Writing this message feels so wholy inadequate, but I have no idea where else to turn to express these thoughts. I just wanted someway to "talk to you," and Danielle, even if it wasn't possible to do so.

Just understand that last night, today, and for sometime to come, my heart has cried for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.




To David (and Michelle): I bumped this post back a month so the daily readership won't come across it--I didn't think a few thousand people reading it over the next week was appropriate.

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