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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Virginia Tech

Somehow I missed this until Brian pointed it out to me. My own words seem to fail in light of the Virginia Tech massacre. Nikki Giovanni's seem the best way for me to express my condolences.

Nikki Giovanni's Convocation address
Delivered April 17, 2007

We are Virginia Tech.

We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not
moving on, we are embracing our mourning.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to
bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.

We are Virginia Tech.

We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve
it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, neither do the invisible
children walking the night away to avoid being captured by the rogue army,
neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for
ivory, neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water, neither does the
Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his
father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was
destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy.

We are Virginia Tech.

The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and
hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. We are strong, and brave, and
innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want
to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue
to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our
sadness.

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We are Virginia Tech.

2 comments:

Bruce said...

Thanks for sharing this.

B~

Brian Buriff said...

Wow - Nikki Giovanni's words seem to have a prophetic stir in them. They mirror the soul of a braveheart that inspires hope and courage in the midst of embracing the worst. I predict that her brief address on Tuesday was one of those rare moments in history where one's words will become immortal and defining - if not for our nation, for the Hokie nation.