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Another Tragedy

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I can only think of my sister, about to have a child of her own, and my nephews who are both in high school.

When the Columbine tragedy happened, I was in shock. But a high school student myself at the time, the event didn’t make me nervous about my own school because it seemed like an isolated, horrid event. Now so many years and school shootings later, I can’t imagine how it must feel to be a parent and watch the events in Northern Illinois.

My thoughts are with the students and their families.

My mind is on a passage in Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love about not trying to make sense of the world, not looking at events like this and trying to find answers. Gilbert shares a metaphor of the universe as something like a spinning motor (that’s how I remember it). The further out you go in the mechanism (universe) the more chaotic. Close into the core, the center, even in times like this, there’s strength.

Author Patricia Wood, is an Alumni of NIU.

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Written by abragoes

February 15, 2008 at 2:17 pm

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