Thursday, April 28, 2011

frustration and forgiveness

today in my inbox were two messages. one about the amazing steve miller, a teacher, a bookmaker, a printer, and a fine human being. steve is ok, but his house in tuscaloosa was in the path of one hungry tornado and has been destroyed. the other message was from an internet friend, jean betts, who is checking on me and my sick finger. 

i am frustrated, but have a plan of action regarding the finger. i am buying an amazing tiny plastic splint that will enable me to function as well as possible minus one joint, while this heals. it will be on at least six more weeks; this splint will allow me to do prep for my summer teaching gigs. this is good news indeed. my doctor gary gets it. and i will get better.

but steve, though he and his partner are safe, have lost their home. i have a tiny hurt, his is huge. and yet, they are safe. 

it's very windy here. i watched two tree branches crack in the wind. water levels are very high, rivers above flood stage. the snowmelt is adding to the rain and our rivers are flooding. right now there is bright sunshine. as this front moves through, it will chill off. things are stirring and weird, and yet i am full of hope. steve and his partner will be ok, i will be ok, but this planet, i'm not so sure. but i'm still hoping. 


Valerianna said...

Intense - and hard to fathom - losing a house to a tornado, or anything, for that matter... Good healing to your finger, green forest healing blessings and hope the splint is great.

Sunny here, now, too, after a few good boomers. The air is getting chilly, but humid at the same time. I think the spring shift might really be coming!

Anonymous said...

oh, I hope your friend, Steve is strong, is there any way we can help them? I can't imagine loosing one's life's work and precious possessions in such a swift and violent way. love that finger

Velma said...

v, yes, working on good thoughts around the fingert.
yes, jean, and anyone else. go to the college book art association and the button for can donate there, and deleniate funds for steve miller. he heads the alabama book arts program, a prestigious, remarkable program at the university at tuscaloosa. as he is an artist and teacher, i imagine that which is lost is huge.

Margaret said...

I can't imagine any part of NY State facing such weather challenges...but my memory (and my experience of living not far away, across the Border in SW Quebec) is of long ago... I sent you prayers and good wishes that all shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well (per Dame Julian of Norwich).

jude said...

scary earth stuff lately. really. what a shock it must be to lose your home so quickly.

neki desu said...

scary weather indeed. hailstorms over here.any way to help your friend?

T said...

such a fierce tornado out your way, so good that your friends are ok.... such a scare....good news hey.

this finger splint will keep your artwork happening by the sounds of things.

good for you.


kaite said...

excellent news about your finger, rest and more rest, it will be ok.

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