In a world of senseless horror, aches of sadness leave me apathetic, weary, and weepy. We are finding our footing and working to get a sense of where and how to put these feelings into positive actions. The touching memories, flowers, and cards lovingly placed on Paul and Helen’s doorstop are one way the community is responding to the tragedy and incredible losses that have occurred. Other responses — memories, memorials, films, meetings — are also happening. A wonderful website has been made: — and is updated regularly.In our two trips to the Hill-Gailiunas home yesterday, we spoke to neighbors, roamed the streets, and commented on how much we liked this part of the Marigny. Artsy cafes, B&Bs, corner stores. Couples on the porch, waving hello, stopping to talk about their sadness, concerns for their community, and questioning the future of our city.I cannot imagine abandoning this city. We decided that we were not ready to leave and cannot even think of where we go. On Thursday, there is a March and Rally to City Hall. It starts at 11am at the Aquarium and will go downtown to City Hall from there. It is being organized (permits and legalities handled) by the Marigny/Bywater community — the NOLA forums ( have more information (look for the posts by Ken Foster). Additional information is at Paul and I are doing our best to attend.