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

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350 posted 09-01-2005 10:36 AM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

Another in our family, who needs prayer and all that goes with it.

Aleta, one of our newer members, talented poet and a gentle lady, who I'd invited to join the site not long ago. After several days without hearing from her or seeing her on PiP or the beautiful poetry site she runs, I sent a note of concern.

Under the circumstances I'll have to risk that she'd approve my doing this, because I don't want to add to her burdens by asking....here's her reply to me:

Hi Ed,

This has to be quick, running this on a faulty generator that is 7 years old.  We have no AC, but living with my grandmother in Zachary, LA.  She was hit hard by the hurricane too, with a leaky roof and no electricity.

We lost everything, Ed.... 4-5 feet of water in home and at the office.  We cannot even get back to the area for a month.  Prayers, please.. every day is so bleak...

Take care (yes, still must sign off that way, it's all I have left) Aleta


Aleta, if you come back here and it turns out that you didn't want me to do this....my apologies in advance....but I wanted everyone with a prayer to give, to know.

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Thank you, Ed, for finding out about Aleta.  It is good to know that she is safe enough to type on a computer.  My prayers go out to her and everyone!....sigh!
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352 posted 09-01-2005 11:20 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

My heart breaks for Aleta... and all the others who've lost everything. Thank you, Ed, for letting us know... she'll definitely be in my prayers!
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353 posted 09-01-2005 11:33 AM       View Profile for Cloud 9   Email Cloud 9   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cloud 9

Which I am now questioning how many other pip members are being effected by this.

Ron- Do you have a list of people in that area that are being effected by Katrina?
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354 posted 09-01-2005 11:38 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

So often the last few days, the first sentence of 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens has been running through my mind:

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."


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355 posted 09-01-2005 11:42 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

adagio - in Marrero... I've emailed, but no answer.

And... I lived and worked in New Orleans for years... haven't heard from any of my old friends. I'm sure they got out because I was calling all weekend... but I don't know where they went or how they're doing.
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356 posted 09-01-2005 11:51 AM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

As I leave for the weekend, my prayers will continue for our friends and the countless other weary souls affected by this horrific happening. God be with them all.

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357 posted 09-01-2005 12:27 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Ed and Suthern, please let Aleta and adagio know we care. Wish Aletha well and Suthern ~~ prayers for Adagio. Hope you find out he is okay. best,martyjo
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Need Some Help, Please!!!

If anyone here has any knowledge of how to find out Navy-related active duty information, please e-mail me...

I have been asked to find information for an individual who is currently on active duty and is unable to contact his command.

ANY help will be MUCH appreciated!

Thanks!
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359 posted 09-01-2005 12:54 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Aleta and Adagio will be added to my list.  
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360 posted 09-01-2005 01:29 PM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

John Wayne once said "Give the American people a good cause and there is nothing they can't lick.

I can only say add a few wonderful Canadians to that list
and then all I can say is a simple AMEN.

Love, unity, and the spirit of good in the hearts of many
people will always prevail...


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Aleta and Adagio will be included in my prayers as well...
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362 posted 09-01-2005 01:49 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Through the Houston offices of my former employer, I was able to get some information on their New Orleans employees.

Most of my friends and former co-workers have checked in with someone who checked in with someone, etc etc and the HR department is compiling a list... and were nice enough to look up specific individuals for me. *S* The company seems to be doing everything humanly possible to help their employees... including guaranteeing salaries will continue for the next month... I know that doesn't erase the pain but it's got to ease it some.

No news yet on Brenda, whose submerged neighborhood I saw on TV...

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363 posted 09-01-2005 02:36 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Vicky,

Susan C can help I bet - check your yahoo for contact info.

Morning everyone!  The devastation grows and grows but I do believe they are doing all they can, but in this situation the people are not getting enough.  So sad, and LR you are so right about taking time away from this.  The depression factor on those not right in it, is high and to be a functional society ready to help we have to be alert, etc.  Thank you for that post as I was glued to t.v., this place, and the internet.

All of us that are able to help but are outside of this situation need to be "all there" to help if called on by our friends, family or our country.  Sitting glued to watching this disaster takes a toll on everyone.  I am glad of the coverage for those that have lost friends and loved ones, as you never know they could be right on screen.

I am trying still to find the whereabouts of a friend that lived out of New Orleans, and and still can't get any information, so it touches the world this sadness.

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suthern? I can't find adagio/Ralph either. I'm very concerned  as his father and mother are both chronically ill, and I don't know that they had the resources to evacuate.

The phone lines are up in some of the Westbank area--that area where we live that seems to be graced by less destruction than most.

I'm relieved, but still searching for missing family (mother in law) and friends.

I did manage to get in touch with my friend who lives in our neighborhood and rode out the storm. She told me they are constantly boiling water when they can get it--obviously the water pressure is down so it just trickles out. Her brother is missing, and I'll put his name on the list as I'm able, his name is Stan Mendelsen Jr., (anyone who has a notion to put his name on any lists may do so with my blessing) and he was last seen in Metairie, La. A professinal musician, he was moving his equipment to a 3rd floor apartment and said he would phone his sister when he got back. Obviously he never did.

The magnitude of the situation is just sinking in for me, and for once, I don't think I have the words.

On the other hand...

The camp, by the way is truly nice, and this gentleman is incredibly generous, allowing us to live there rent free.

There's so many little things we take for granted. I pray I never forget this lesson of gratitude--not only for the daily comforts, but for the people in our lives.

And by the way? I know I want my city back. Don't count us out folks. And I have been trying for years to tell people how bad certain elements of New Orleans had become and now the entire world sees what generation after generation of abject poverty, ignorance, and poor education can spawn. Now I want to show the world the element of New Orleans culture that we are most proud of too. Strength, courage, generosity, and tenacity.

I'm going to shaddup now, because I'm a bit emotional today.

Please know I'm not forgetting about our neighbors during this time either. My prayers are with the world.

ta for now...I'll be checking in.

Love to all.

I'm off to check Dixie's thread now. Another lesson I've learned is it really ain't all about me.
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Thanks, Sharon...

I was able to track down a phone number for him to call.

He's in TX right now, so he does have phone service, but his command does not... so hopefully the number that I was given will help him track them down.

I'm waiting to hear back from him as to whether or not it worked... and if not, I will definitely give Susan a try.
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http://www.gulfcoastnews.com/

Check the mirror lists there for the Survivor Database.
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367 posted 09-01-2005 02:49 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

K, God I miss ya - You keep that ole N'Arlins attitude and spread it around to all you touch like you always do, and your city's courage and strength will get you all through as well as the pride.  Still can not get through on the phone to you, and want to talk to you SO badly just to "feel"  you - you know?  I haven't heard from "our friend" either     so will post your friend's name in all the the places I keep looking for him to show up.

It takes something like this for all of us to realize our blessings, our over-indulgences, and find the true, pure love that is within us all to give if we only have the courage to make that first step.  My heart goes out to your family, and every single person down there that this tradegy has touched.  I too, shall never take water, or the basic necessities for granted again.

God/Goddess be with you m'friend, and if you can ever call or get Twist to call from Texas I would sure appreciate just "hearing you" to bandaid this feeling of helplessness.

  Thank you for calling

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Thank you, Ali...
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369 posted 09-01-2005 03:13 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I was just telling Vicky, that I can't even imagine how the men and women in your armed forces overseas must be handling this, if they have family, or loved ones in the affected area.

We have to give our armed forces all the credit they all surely deserve, they suffer greatly for all of us.  This time they suffer more than usual.  

Man, these are sad days.
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Many schools in the country are doing something like what is copied below:

New Jersey students whose educations have been disrupted by Katrina should contact
any of the following Rutgers officials by Sept. 15:
* Deborah Bowles, (856) 225-2898, bowles@ugadm.rutgers.edu (for courses in Camden)
* Joseph Walsh, (732) 625-7012, joe.walsh@rutgers.edu (for courses in New
Brunswick/Piscataway)
* The Admissions Office, (973) 353-5205, newarkadmissions@ugadm.rutgers.edu (for
courses in Newark)

Visiting students will be responsible for in-state tuition and fees, but Rutgers
will consider delaying payment in individual cases.
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Just an update... I just received an e-mail from Brandon's (the guy who contacted me for naval info) wife, thanking me for the number I sent and promising to keep in touch...

So, hopefully I'll know soon if he was able to contact his command...

A huge 'thank you' to those of you who helped me track down the info for him...
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Karen, twist, or anyone else displaced by Katrina...how can I help you or your family, friends? If there is something I can do for you, please...don't hesitate to ask.  
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Twist & K...

Check your e-mail...

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