Three-minute Tales: Caron Lage

When John Tobiason of Hayfield, Minn., was killed in Iraq last week, his friend, Bruce Tiejen, said “I listen to ABC News in the morning. There were 36 people killed over there this month. I never heard it mentioned once. It’s like it doesn’t exist anymore. It’s like if you don’t kill 10 people it’s not newsworthy.”

It’s not just 36 Americans killed last month who’ve been ignored. It’s also the dozens of Iraqis who are killed each day, too. According to the Iraq Body Count Web site, 29 were killed on the day the Tobiason family learned of John’s death. Between 77,000 and 84,000 have died in the war so far, according to IBC, which gets its numbers mostly from crosschecked media reports, and hospital or morgue figures.

Far from ignoring the numbers, one Minnesota woman, Caron Lage of St. Cloud, is trying to comprehend — and honor — them. She’s doing it the only way she knows how: with a needle and thread.

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  • Great story… I find it interesting how people deal and cope with the world around us. Thank you.

  • Andrew

    All I have to say is that Carn is truly a unique midwest artist who is not bound by traditionalism but instead uses it as a springboard to elevate her vibrant work to a heightened state of being who’s commentary echoes the past through the present and straight into the future. Her pieces are alive with color, shape and texture. What better way to honor these lives lost than to memorialize them in a medium of fabric, thread and dye. Although ideas and cultures around the world sometimes differ starkly from one another, the human race is none-the-less interwoven, sewn and patched together with commonalities such as the need for love an eternal soul and community. We should not be so easily led astray to where the killing of another human being is somehow regarded as acceptable in a civilized society.

  • reba

    How wonderful to see an example of one thing someone is doing to respond to the news and sadness we hear every day. We need ways to process and respond, and time to do so. Nice to have an example.