Moments of Silence

Things will be quiet here for a week or so, and I'm not very good right now with answering emails, etc. We had a tragedy last night at the school where I work, and so most of my energy for the moment is going to my colleagues and students. We're getting through okay, but it's not easy, because we're a small, intimate community, and we lost a student suddenly and unpredictably, and there was nothing anybody could do.

My thoughts are also with the family and friends of Jamie Bishop and all the victims at Virginia Tech -- I don't know the Bishops, but have friends who do, and it makes the awful loss there even more immediate for me.

Words fail.


  1. So sorry to hear this, Matthew.

  2. Oh man... I just was going to email to let you know that I received the galley for BAF and I wanted to compliment you on a job well done, but then this happens...

    I can't imagine what it must be like.

  3. Perceived or actual victimization during childhood leads to all kinds of societal ills -- increased physical health costs (look for recent research), tragedies like the one at Va. Tech, and crime, as examples. We must do a better job at taking care of our kids and with early intervention, or we will pay later.

    Robert Eggleton
    "Rarity from the Hollow"
    (a fun novel with author proceeds going to prevent child abuse)


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