As in oh my goodness, but also as in the goodness that surrounds us.

I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, I studied and taught literature for half of my life–ambiguities and dichotomies and binary oppositions and transcendence and the mysteries of the human heart are where a teacher of books makes her trade (there and messy classrooms and cozy coffee shops). But it still astounds me to see that a tragedy can bring me low and make me question the justice and purpose of the whole darn universe, and yet from that event can come an outpouring of support that reaffirms my love of humanity and belief in its fundamental goodness.

Jess and Liam’s death is tragic and unreal and so horrible I want to crawl out of my skin. At the same time, so many of you have done so much good by sharing the Go Fund Me link and giving money (which you can of course still do!). And that is a magical thing that does my heart good. Thank you for helping.

In the spirit of seeking a bit of light.

In the spirit of seeking a bit of light.

LL Tree

And more light.


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