“My Grief and Heart Are With You”

“The world is violent and mercurial – it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love – love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.” This quote, attributed to Tennessee Williams, has been making the rounds of facebook. I haven’t been able to find a citation for the quote, so I’ve been debating whether to use it or not.

I chose to use it. Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams, III was initiated into the Alpha Tau Omega chapter at the University of Missouri.

Tennessee Williams - Photo courtesy of the 1930 Savitar

Tennessee Williams   Photo courtesy of the 1930 Savitar

Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse, the scene of Sunday morning’s tragic events, is a Pi Beta Phi from the University of Central Florida chapter. She issued a statement on Pulse’s website, “Like everyone in the country, I am devastated about the horrific events that have taken place today. Pulse, and the men and women who work there, have been my family for nearly 15 years. From the beginning, Pulse has served as a place of love and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. I want to express my profound sadness and condolences to all who have lost loved ones. Please know that my grief and heart are with you.”

As trite as it sounds, I, too, offer my thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of the victims of the Pulse tragedy. 


Ginny Carroll, founder of the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, spent yesterday at the White House United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C.

This is a busy summer for the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. Sorority women have contributed funds to complete six new schools this summer. It’s great work that the Circle of Sisterhood is doing. Help support the cause at https://www.circleofsisterhood.org/give-now/.

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