Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Grab Bag

I've been thinking that I want to post something this week, but I'm having a terrible time focusing on one thing. There's so much going on in the world and in my life right now, it's impossible to pluck one item out of the air and write about it. I have therefore decided, to choose a few things and jot down some impressions. I hope you don't mind...

First, the news from Virginia Tech this week is heartbreaking. There aren't powerful enough words to express what's going on for those students, their families, the staff and community there. The healing process is going to be long and painful for those left behind.

I have a little experience with this, having managed to survive the events of September 11th, 2001 when I was working near the World Trade Center. I have one little bit of advice for anyone connected with this terrible incident: Turn off your television. Seriously, get out of the house, avoid newspapers, TVs, radios - just get away from it. The media is going to be feeding on this story for weeks. You don't need to see it. It's not healthy.

After 9/11, it was impossible for anyone to avoid all the news reports and disturbing images. They will take a toll on you and your delicate state of mental health at times like these. Get outside, go for a walk, go to a silly movie...anything. You'll drive yourself crazy if you immerse yourself in the evening news. Take care of yourselves and your friends/family. Don't worry about what's going on with the reporters.

And please know that people are praying for you and sending out all the good healing energy we can.

On to other shitty news. What the hell is going on with the Supreme Court? Wait, don't answer that. I know exactly what's going on. Our lovely president has appointed just enough scary, Christian conservative, S.O.B.s to the court to start chipping away at Roe vs. Wade until every woman in this country is legally no more than a barefoot-baby-producing-machine beholden to the old white men in power for any decisions that concern her own health. Y'know, I think the less I write about this today the better. I'll probably just get myself into trouble. Besides, I'm thinking the recent 5 to 4 decision to ban partial birth abortions is worthy of it's own, detailed and well thought out post. Yeah...more on that later.

In other thoughts:

I got my admission letter from California State University Northridge this week! I'm going to be a junior in college. I've never been that before. Very, very cool! I am really looking forward to finding out what classes I can take (women's studies?) and actually getting to take a journalism class or two. Hooray!

Also, a thought about spring cleaning.

I finally sold my old car this week! I'm also getting rid of an old computer desk. All of this purging of stuff is requiring me to go through closets, reorganize, prioritize and generally throw away lots of miscellaneous stuff. Some of these things are connected with an old relationship that I've been sloughing off for a little while now. I would have expected it to make me sad, but actually... it's incredibly freeing.

Who new spring cleaning could be so liberating?
Hmmmm, there's a few other things I could carry on with but I'm going to wrap this up now. I hope everyone is having a great week and is looking forward to an even better weekend. I'll catch up with y'all in a day or two!


Ms. S said...

Congrats on your acceptance! I remember when I got mine. I am so proud of you. And I love that image. So fitting right now. Love and miss you!

Marz said...

a thoughtful and thorough post, as usual. So good to see you last night, and can't wait til you we have more posts....

KleoPatra said...

I'm so happy for you, Meesh, CSUN here you come! Let me know (e-mail) the details, woman. Wonderful.

Congrat's on selling the car also. One less thing to deal with, 'eh? Purging is validating, and of course i don't mean food!

I had to get rid of stuff after a particulary difficult breakup several years ago and i had the same reaction (or lack thereof)... it was very freeing. There were wistful moments but altogether it was one epiphany after another. Go, you!

And as for VT, believe it or not, i haven't been paying much attention to the news... even tho as you know because of my career, it's pretty hard to stay away from it... to say the least!... but i've been avoiding it as much as i can and saving my energy and time to think positive thoughts for all those innocent victims and their grieving families. This world in which we live is very confusing, filled with confused people.

Anonymous said...

Dear M,
Thoughtful of you to suggest staying away from the tele thru the VA Tech media frenzy. As a reminder, from someone who loves you and knows well about the fallout from 9/11, remember too that incidents like this one call up memories we don't know are still lurking. If you find yourself feeling a trifle down, call me. : )

CONGRATULATIONS on your acceptance. It couldn't have happened to a smarter woman!!

lady E

bazu said...

Thank you for your grab-bag post (can you see the steam coming out of my ears over the Supreme Court debaucle??) and CONGRATULATIONS on your college acceptance! You must be so excited.

P.S. I thought you might be interested in this colloquium on womens' writing:

It's called "feminnaisance" (!!) but otherwise, it sounds really cool!