Recently a reporter was abducted in Iraq which typically is not that shocking in regards to news (it gives one perspective on how Iraq is doing currently), except there was a direct connection to the town I live in. In the local weekly paper, the lead story is about Jill Carroll and her abduction. I had heard about it on the news around January 8, but hadn't thought much of it.
Seeing the newspaper headline and visiting the Christian Science Monitor web site, for some strange reason it struck me as close. Ms. Carroll attended college in Amherst as a journalism student, and from the glimpse that the both papers offered, she truly treasured her work.
I cannot imagine what it would be like to have a loved one placed in harm's way in Iraq, much less learning of a fate such as this. It makes Iraq look like nothing more than sheer tragedy.