Column: Two tragedies bound by random, capricious forces of natural world

Teaching is an incredible profession, but unknown by many is how little time for reading teachers have during the school year. Yes, we read textbooks, student essays, exams, and primary material related to our fields of study, but that excludes so many books that we wish we had time to read.

So, many teachers’ summers begin with digging out the list, constructed over the school year, of books we now can read for pleasure or personal enrichment. Science teachers may read fiction, teachers of literature may read books on brain theory, and religious studies professors may read military history.

My first choice for summer reading this year was affected by the fires out west that began even before the school year was over. I felt a need to reread a book that I had first read over a decade before, a true story of a Montana fire that had a tragic conclusion.

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