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we've only just begun

Brad writing: wanna keep my comments to a minimum today. Saturday, April 12, 2003, was her last full day on campus.

Direct link to a shot of Becky:


What's below the dArt pic is important: Ki describes a flamewar wich happened over the shot on one of LJ's rather conservative sites, when she was trying to market it online --- and her explosive reactions to what she was accused of.

I'm encouraging you to go read what she said, and be touched by her again..

And some related timing: Serafima Sokolov, based in South Florida and running children's art programs, sent Ki a note, picked up this afternoon nine years ago, asking for Ki's permission to use her shot as Serafima's inspiration for a 30 x 30 acrylic / oil painting based on it. Ki replied, "Of course, I'd be honored." Serafima offered to send Ki a 10 x 10 canvas print of the artistic interpretation. Which is ---
IMG_4732 (2) Serafima.JPG

And Serafima's painting of Ki's image, renamed as "Cornered", was indeed exhibited on tour, on at least one college campus.

In August 2008. Four months afterwards.

It's worth mentioning once more that Ki, signing off LJ for the last time after midnight tonight (9y ago), could've simply pressed her DEL key a few times and erased all her Journal entries, all her writing blogs, all her dArt work. And left nothing for us.

This LJ memorial site would not exist. It would not have been possible.

But Ki did NOT do that. She left a wide cyberTable for us after she'd gone tonight --- a table spread with many examples of her creative work, for us to share or to ignore, as each of us chose.

From nine years out, what still draws my tears is how many plans had been in the works, that afternoon, to bring out Ki's art... not just through me, but through Aperture Foundation in New York, THE VORTEX theatre art gallery in Texas, her creative writing faculty here at Evergreen, and her volunteer foundation in Boston through which she was arranging her photojournalism tour to Cambodia in three months' time.

The title of the post comes from Karen Carpenter, writing and performing in 1970:

We've only just begun to live
A kiss for luck and we're on our way;
Before the rising sun we fly
So many roads to choose
And yes, we've just begun
Sharing horizons that are new to us... together
So much of life ahead
We'll find a place where there's room to grow
And yes, we've just begun

On this afternoon and along every day and night, may each one of us share a sun, a horizon rising, as will heal us and help us heal one another.

:Brad / Silverplate88....co-Mod with Otter


Correction: of course the date up there in line two isn't 2003, it should read April 12, 2008. And it's also important to realize that the creative side of Ki was working until her last living moments... not just like this, with photo-art, but with counseling on TeenHelp too, where she was working with counselors way into this evening to make sure none of her online clients would be stranded without help.

Edited at 2017-04-12 08:22 pm (UTC)