In The Blink of An Eye

Nov 15, 2016 | 2 comments

Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill

Like millions of others who have been missing Gwen Ifill on the PBS NewsHour in recent weeks, I assumed she was off on another assignment.  It never occurred to me that she was actually on her final journey and that we wouldn’t be seeing her again. For several weeks we have missed her hard questions and her big smile and it’s hard to believe that she will never again be a presence in our lives each evening – explaining, clarifying, illuminating the big issues of our times.

I saw the news of her death, absolutely fittingly I thought, on Cate Gable’s FaceBook page.  Cate, as columnist and occasional reporter for the Chinook Observer, delivered the information in a large, bold-faced font and in words that caught the eye immediately:

  “OMG. Gwen Ifill dead at 61. What a f***ed year.”

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff

As is often the case these days, I had been working on a project that required some remembering and had gone to the computer for assistance.  What date did we remodel the kitchen in this house?  It was before we moved in 1999 but??? And so I went to look up a few things to nail down yet another piece of my failing memory.  Of course, while I was at it, I checked my email and my FB page…  You know the drill.  In the blink of an eye, the world seemed to tilt alarmingly. Once again.

When we watched the news last night, I was thankful for Cate’s message.  I think the PBS NewsHour Tribute to Gwen Ifill would have been too much to take in otherwise.


  1. Cyndy

    I surprised myself how inconsolable I was throughout the New Hour tribute. Surely, it was the loss of such a constant in my day-to-day life, but I also suspect Gwen Ifill’s death was a trigger after this week of devastating and shocking news. After having endured so much narcissism and bombast dominating the airwaves, it was fitting for a person of such grace as Ifill that she bore her disease with modesty and privacy.

  2. Cate Gable

    This year has truly been too much. David Bowie, Mohamed Ali, Leonard Cohen, Gwen…then The Orange Man. How do we go on? With love. By keeping our friends close.


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