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New Orleans, Hurricanes and Poets - Update - Karen, see #435

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littlewing
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300 posted 08-31-2005 05:00 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

*nodding here*

everything has changed.

If anyone needs dry goods, anything that can be shipped, clothes, whatever - like the posts above me -
please click the email above -
you know we have you guys covered.

I have books, tons of books and childs books, teen books, and toys and K?  

Toiletries . . . just name it . . .  
You and Twist got it.

And we should - all of us - take some rest.

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301 posted 08-31-2005 05:56 PM       View Profile for Startime55   Email Startime55   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Startime55

The more this tragedy unfolds the happier I am that Sunshine started this tread....Thank goodness Karen and her love ones are safe...when I listen to the news and hear of all the problems now with looting and gangs I am glad they are all safeLY away from the area....Keep well Karen and know that our prayers are with you...If there is anyway I can help let me know....I just listened to the President Bush telling us that it is the worst natural disaster in US history....My heart hurts for all the loss and distruction...***BIG HUGS TO YOU ALL***
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302 posted 08-31-2005 06:30 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

I finally got a chance to look at the news on TV this afternoon (no cable here.. the kids... well, anyway) and I could only watch a few minutes before I went outside for a cloud break. It wasn't raining (well, it was between bursts) and I went out on the roof outside my room, and laid there watching the clouds. It does wonders for a weary soul.

One thing that we have started in the area is putting jugs out for people to make donations to the Red Cross. The Red Cross will not authorize it (officially) however will take the cash. If anyone has the time, or the means to put out a few jars/cans/bottles/whatever, please do so.

I have also posted on a local musician's site, and contacted a few musicians I know asking them to take a special collection for the Red Cross this weekend at their shows. A jar/bottle/etc. at the door, and a few announcements during the show. If anyone klnows any working musicians or bands that are playing this weekend, please ask them for the same thing.

I know for a fact that Stottbear isn't going to be too happy this weekend, because I fully plan on putting on a HArry Potter marathon and not let go of her for the entire 6 or 8 hours...

If anyone from here needs ANYTHING all you need to do is e-mail me, or IM me (ringo18232@yahoo)... And I mean ANYTHING... including an ear or a virtual shoulder... or something more substantial.

Well, back to the roof.


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303 posted 08-31-2005 06:31 PM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Karen, thinking about you and your family and friends... glad to hear you didn't stay..and want you to know when you get settled I would like to try and help you with "things" if I am able.

Keeping you in my prayers.


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304 posted 08-31-2005 06:34 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Update for twist!

Your son and nephew just walked in!

*snoopy dance*

Now here's the report on Mom's house:

NO WATER IN THE HOUSE!
(he said to be sure to tell you that he put the plants out so they could get sun and here's the best news, Nicky the cat showed up after the storm, but he disappeared before Shane evacuated. But YES Shane left food, as much as he could. So exhale.

But he said the house is intact.

On our street, there was a gas main leak, but he said it looked okay from what he could see (he had no access) to check it out better. We probably got water as he said it was up to the door, which means, I lost my room, and a few books.

Cathy and Mark's house:

Water in the garage and back room, but prolly no more than a few inches. Gutters and roof are not exactly attached, but that's standard hurricane damage. (Shawn said the walls were "breathing" and the pressure more than likely loosened up a few nails. whew...we are so lucky.)

Shawn took pictures and we'll get them developed as soon as possible. We'll figure out how to get them to you later.

and Shane said "Tell GRANDMA THIS--'Thank ME (Shane) for thinning out the trees." (He actually bellowed that in my ear--wince.)

And keep in mind, this is how they left it. Things could change in the meantime depending on weather and those nasty folks running rampant, but thus far, we DO have homes to go home to.

and we have no way of finding G's mom--but Ginger evacuated her, so I trust that she is in good hands, even if it costs Bettie her life savings.

I love you all. Thank Royce for being so patient with our computer ways.

We are packed and ready to head to our new digs. I understand the camp is really nice. Air conditioning, a fenced yard for the dogs, etc.

Crowley is full of angels.

I think it's pretty miraculous that we did this well, considering we just took off at the last minute not knowing where we'd end up.

And Vicky? Shane says thanks and hello.

and serenity is signing off for now.

I'll pop in from time to time--I'm not going far away from here. Herb and Sharon have been our saviors (and yes Sharon and Sharon, her name is Sharon)

I'm smiling, but it's torn emotions.

We are relieved and saddened all at the same time.

And blessed.

Ta for now!

vlraynes
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305 posted 08-31-2005 06:44 PM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes

Karen?...

I am soooo relieved to hear that your homes are/were still intact...
You know I'll be praying that they stay that way...

and?... I'm SO glad to hear that Nicky made it through too...
and yep, Twist?... you KNOW that cats are included in my prayers too...

*smile*

It truly is a miracle how things are working out for your family...

and?...

*waving at Shane*

No thanks necessary...

I'm just so glad that he,
and the whole family came through safely...

and I'm smiling now...

I know you all still have a long road ahead of you...
but I am so grateful that you were spared the worst case scenario...

Great big giant hugs and all my love to all of you...
iliana
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306 posted 08-31-2005 07:27 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Karen, I'm so glad you had some hopeful news and that the boys are there.  Keeping up my prayers.   ......jojo
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307 posted 08-31-2005 07:32 PM       Edit/Delete Message     View IP for twist

What a relief!!

so glad the boys made it safely..
believe it or not?
I WAS worried about them...

great news indeed about the houses and betty boop..  AND my Nickster!!!!

*smile*

this forum has proved to be a lifesaver in so many ways..

thanks for the lifeline...

and k?

*big sigh of relief*

I ain't been nuthin nice to be around...

heh heh

but yes..
please check in as much as possible...
littlewing
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308 posted 08-31-2005 07:41 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

I am seriously crying happy tears over here.

Thank God.  Just . . . Thank God.

I love you both.
Be Careful.
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309 posted 08-31-2005 08:14 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Twist...couldn't be more pleased for the news Karen brought you.  Hang in there.  *hugs* jo
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310 posted 08-31-2005 08:56 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

A note:

I contacted serenity on Saturday to ask what she knew / felt - all between the lines.  She said, "if you can put a thread in...if not, I will."

I put a thread in, for my sister.  [I've adopted her, don't y'know...]

I didn't do anything, kids...

but I would like to do more.  So thanks, but please...thank that "understanding being" that you thank, that "light" that you believe in; that "place" where you put your thoughts...whatever....

but don't thank me.  We all love our poets...and serenity, her family, was in harms way.  Whether our prayers helped, or not, doesn't really matter...what loves is the outpouring of all of your gestures, the updates, the hugs, the fact that she knows she, her family, and all of her family crossing states, all of the states that have been devastated...

in another thread, in another area, we are talking about what has occured in our lifetime.  For so many, too many, this will be one of the memories we will never forget.  Poets are writing of "our Tsunami" and other poems to capture a moment in time, a moment when our hearts bleed for those who are lost, without, and hindered in their dreams...

meanwhile, in some other areas of lives...things go on without a skip in heartbeat; we could watch the news, be thankful it "isn't about us" and go on.

So many lives live like that.

So, for those who thanked me?  Instead, thank serenity...for having me as her friend...I was just a conduit of sisterhood.  So many others did so much more...Vicky and Mysteria....

thank them...

and...

God bless us...everyone.
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311 posted 08-31-2005 09:17 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Sigh of relief! Check in when you can ladies...we'll leave a candle burning for you all....
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312 posted 08-31-2005 09:24 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

K, and T, actually sitting here crying tears of relief, but I think it still best to wait to get clearance to return.  The water conditions, and the general living conditions are not conducive to habitat right now and won't be for quite a while.  

You truly are so blessed, as others were not as fortunate to have their family make it, and I am just so thankful you are that blessed.

I am not giving up pushing that re-dial button until one tower lets me through, and Doreen wanted me to tell you she is so happy you are together and all well too.  She has a friend there as well that she hasn't heard from and is worried about him too.

I miss talking to you more than I can say, but more than anything - I know you will be contagious with your great New Orleans spirit when you get back, and only help people to stick together and rebuild what Mother Nature dared try take away.

Someone email me where you can be reached by mail please?  Anything you need please let me know, anything.

Camping is good!   Muskrat, A&M, KOA?  LOL.

Remember we are "Canuck Mounties" up here, and stand to be always at your service.

Please know that you are all held right here in my
Nan
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313 posted 08-31-2005 09:31 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Indeed - I'm watching footage as I write, and the devastation is unbelievable.  The view from the air is only superseded by the view fromt he ground... and vice versa.

I'm very grateful that serenity & family are accounted for and well - and hope for a timely return to normalcy...
Titia Geertman
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314 posted 08-31-2005 09:40 PM       View Profile for Titia Geertman   Email Titia Geertman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Titia Geertman's Home Page   View IP for Titia Geertman

Isn't this a miracle??? this family of friends??? The more so because the majority of us never have met each other person to person and yet it feels like I've known you all my life.

I'M PROUD OF ALL OF YOU AND I LOVE YOU ALL.

I'm so glad Karen and her family are safe and together at last and yet I can't get my mind off of all those people who've lost loved ones and everything else.

We had that kind of flood in winter 1953. I didn't live in this area then, but saw the photo's and heard the tales.

Our weatherman said, to explain the force of Katrina: imagine the worst storm ever here (wich is 12 beaufort)and then think that Katrina was 4 times that force. It's almost impossible to imagine that.

Floods have been occurring all over the world in the past years and lots of people died in them, but when it affects those you know, the area you know, it just seems to hit your heart ever so much harder.

Hugs and Dutch knuffels to you all.

Titia



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315 posted 08-31-2005 10:13 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

So glad you're all ok.. so glad...

WV stands at your service. I'm a broke student, but I'll do whatever I can. Anyone need ANYTHING at all, I'll mail it. email me.. songbirdwvu@gmail.com

Love you...

Love's a lovely lad
His bringing up is beauty
Who loves him not is mad
For I must pay him duty
-Anonymous

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316 posted 08-31-2005 10:37 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

here is a site with a list of contact numbers for agencies that are providing aid...
http://www.storm2k.org/wx/

one thing that's struck me is the number of children that are stranded without anything -- including those who made it out before it hit..

I don't know about you guys -- but I have a basement full of toys my kids were planning on yard selling... they're going to the salvation army -- we need to get some toys in the hands of these kids... I haven't heard anybody mention it at all and it needs to be done.. teddy bears, beanie babies... something they can hug..

one ten year old boy in a Biloxi neighborhood made it out alive -- none of his family -- and hasn't found anybody yet that he even knows...

Toys... get to your local salvation army -- the marines toys for tots -- whatever you can come up with...
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317 posted 08-31-2005 10:46 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Reb?  Thank you.
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My boss asked me today if our city sent people into the area to help, would I want to go.......not sure what I could do, but I said yes. I told him I think we'd be better off to send in some utility workers who know how to deal with broken water mains and sewer systems though. Not sure if this will be come a reality but for now, it's a possiblity.
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319 posted 08-31-2005 11:03 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Reasing this thread eases some of the anger I feel by watching the looters carry off tv's and stereos...there ARE some good people in the world....all of you!
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I'm pretty sure they need help with just about everything Sharon... if you could just be there a couple of days -- the Red Cross will show you what they need to have done..

I'd be there if I didn't have my own kids here to take care of -- if you can go and you're inclined -- GO!  

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321 posted 08-31-2005 11:06 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

One of those times
where I wish I could tell everyone else
where to go....

literally....

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322 posted 08-31-2005 11:08 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Sharon!  With your big heart you are wondering what you could do?  Just be you that ought to be enough

I truly wish I could be a "hands-on" helper as I feel so terribly helpless up here, and wanting to help. The only thing I can do from here is what I am doing and donate to the organizations that are there and need it.

I hate to say this but I still can't even mentally grasp that an entire city can be literally underneath water, become a city of refugees in only a few days, and have the type of devastation I am seeing on t.v.  This is the most heartbreaking thing I have ever witnessed at least in my lifetime.

Prayers continue and candles are still lit, and will stay lit.  

I am still so worried about another friend's whereabouts down there who lived by Karen, but can only hope he made it to safety.
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323 posted 08-31-2005 11:19 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Mys?

Your friends...

are in our prayers, as well.  
Here is hoping to your hearing from them - very soon!
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324 posted 08-31-2005 11:23 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Actually he is your friend too Sunshine, and thank you.   Very, very worried about him.  Praying for him that is for sure.
 
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