“We have something bigger than Harvey,” Brene Brown said at her recent talk here in Houston.  “We have each other.”

All of us experienced Harvey in one way or another.  Through it all, we found each other:  friends, neighbors, strangers.  Some of us helped, others needed help.  Some of us gave of our hands and legs, others gave much-needed money. Some of us are a comforting presence and a listener to a person who has experienced trauma.  Everyone – everyone – was touched by this storm.  And we do have each other.

Slowly, the water level will return to normal, and slowly the activities of life will return to normal or perhaps a different kind of normal.  Bit by bit, we will reshape our lives to incorporate the new learning that has occurred.   Many of us have new friends now.  Some of us have new skills.  Maybe you learned that you can’t do everything alone and that it’s okay to ask for help.  Perhaps you were a listener to the storm stories, validating someone’s experience and feelings.  Through all of this, we found that we do have each other.

WiVLA continues moving forward, despite a few reschedulings.  We hope that you find that your new normal includes WiVLA and all its possibilities.  We are friends, listeners, helpers, idea-stimulators, how-to instructors, creative muses and instigators, performers, food-sharers, networkers, organizers….the list is long.  Our October meeting will feature our own Jere Pfister, telling stories of her life.  Please join us for this wonderful program.  We need each other and we have each other.  

Cori Austin

"An ekphrastic poem is like a jolt of electricity surging through a work of art."
- Patricia Smith, ARTLines2

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