Slowly coming out of the fog of grief and prayer for the tragedy at Virginia Tech. It's the sort of thing that defies words and threatens to overwhelm the mind and senses.
I didn't know anyone personally who was killed or had family killed at VT, but I'm on enough listserves to be affected beyond the emotions generated by just glances at the various 'net news services I manage between coding and editing at work. I have been tied in one way or another to universities for over 20 years - I've been a student, an RA, an instructor, a freshman, a senior, a grad student. I've been both drawn to and repelled by the stories about each person's life cut short so violently.
There is grief along the same listserves, since most of us are in Literature and/or Cultural studies, grief mixed with fear trembling along bloodlines. Will there be backlash? Will it be like the LA Riots again? How will this affect immigration laws/policies under review? What could happen that we couldn't possible forsee any more than this event could have been accurately predicted?
There comes a point of choice, I think, at least for me, on how to respond - continued fear/anger, numbness/BAU, refocus on larger world issues, focus on prevention - I'm trying to get back to what I center on best, heritage and community, finding ways to create and link support systems based on mutual trust and respect.
In my corner of the world, plans are set for my trip to San Francisco next week. I'm hoping to see lots of po-bloggers at various events, as well as a few of the city sights.
I'll be checking out Eileen's Reading at the kari edwards memorial tribute on Friday (Alaska Air willing), play the tourist on Saturday, then do this gig on Sunday:
Celebrating the Launch of Achiote Seeds
When: April 29, 2007 (Sunday), 3pm
Where: Canessa Park Gallery, 708 Montgomery (x street Columbus)
Barbara Jane Reyes
Alfred Arteaga (planned)
Cost: $3-5 donation requested