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

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Mysteria
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475 posted 09-08-2005 06:05 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

A word from Karen and family to her friends here:

They are all still okay, and better than a lot of people for sure she said.  She wanted to thank you all for your support and love, it is sure appreciated.  She is trying really hard to get emails back to people that send them but her computer access is so little, so be patient.

A little note to Local Rebel: She said to tell you that she is now calling The Big Easy, The Big Squeegee.  

She will try to check in with you all when she can, and until then, "Mauhhhhh!"
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476 posted 09-08-2005 06:28 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Thank you Sharon

to Karen and family

~i want for myself your trembling~

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477 posted 09-08-2005 09:24 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Thanks Sharon

  Keep laughing Karen.. and.. don't watch the news or read the papers.  You don't want to know what's coming next.
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478 posted 09-08-2005 09:39 PM       View Profile for inot2B   Email inot2B   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inot2B

I've put my brother on all the lists but still nothing. Does anyone know when they will list who the bodies are, and where?
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479 posted 09-08-2005 09:47 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

That's terrible news... I'm very sorry.

I would keep looking at the Red Cross for information -- or one of the major news outlets like MSNBC -- have you been to the MSNBC pages and looked there?
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480 posted 09-08-2005 09:52 PM       View Profile for inot2B   Email inot2B   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inot2B

I hadn't, but, have done it now.
Thank you for telling me about MSNBC.
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481 posted 09-08-2005 09:57 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

I hope it helps -- don't give up hope.

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482 posted 09-09-2005 09:51 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

I just looked in my local paper this morning and there are tons of garage/yard sales going on this weekend. I have never been one to go all over town to yard sales, but many of them have household items, baby and maternity stuff, toys, books, etc. Some are selling all they have because they are moving (which I don't blame them one bit)...

I hadn't thought of it before, but yard sales may be a really good place to get some stuff to donate

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483 posted 09-09-2005 12:47 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

It sure warmed my heart to be asked by my granddaughter to help her on Saturday, as the kids of Port Moody are holding a toy sale and swap meet and all the proceeds are being donated.  I think it is great when the kids get involved when something like this happens, at a level they can comprehend for sure.  So, Gramma is having a sleep-over and helping the girls price toys.

Dixie, Garage Sales are a way of life up here, I love them!  I wish I could show you our local paper today there are tons, and the proceeds are for Red Cross.  (I just hope the make sure they send it that's all.)  These are the best of times and the worst of times, as Dickens once said.  (That was my favorite book in school.)  Who cares right?  LOL

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and try to get out and enjoy some sunshine, or even the rain won't you all?
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484 posted 09-09-2005 12:53 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

Sharon, there are some here that say the proceeds will go to Red Cross and disaster relief, but even if they don't send the money, we can still send the goods we bought. Some people will take advantage of a situation like this, but the good people much outweigh the bad.

And the book...yes, I think everyone should read it.
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485 posted 09-09-2005 01:02 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

inot2B ~ My heart sure goes out to you, its the not knowing that can get to us the most.  Please keep that faith up, as there are so many people that were rescued but have been shifted from one place to the other, and the whereabouts of people is a mess right now.

Unfortunatley we have to give the system time for the paperwork to catch up, to our anxiety, and that is the hardest part.

In answer to your question though.  Various townships,or parishs have had the deceased trucked in and bodies are in the process of being identified through dna, and dental records, etc. From what I saw on the news and have read they are doing this with the utmost dignity and to the best of their ability.  Once this process is complete, the bodies will be released to the family members after they have been identified.  This is a very long, slow and hard process due to the situation of the water.  They have turned large structures into morgues for this process, but to be honest, it is going to be a long and frustrating process until the identities are made public.

God give you that strength you need to just keep the faith your family and friends are safe somewhere, for they very well could be.

I think it is better knowing the truth and the process in place rather than second-guessing it, so please stay in touch with CNN.com, or MSNBC.com for the latest news published, and again, may God bless you, and keep you all strong.
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inot2B...i hold my breath and you in my prayers and heart...i hope by now you have found your brother...i know they are taking the precious ones that left this life in New Orleans to a place in St.Gabriel, La....they are tring to identify each and placing the info in a database looking for missing loved ones...if i find any info about how to access the database i will put it here...my heart is with you...helen
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487 posted 09-09-2005 02:20 PM       View Profile for Greeneyes   Email Greeneyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes

inot2B
maybe place his name here as well, I know some here on the site have had luck helping find loved ones?

this aches....I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and pray for a happy ending for you.....
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488 posted 09-09-2005 05:06 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

passing shadows, it was in the news this morning that the red cross is saying please do NOT send any more goods to the gulf coast. They are overloaded and it is hampering their other efforts. They will have no choice but to start throwing things away in landfills. They, of course, are accepting cash donations from anyone willing to help....but no more goods.

inot2b....I am so very sorry to hear that. I'm hoping everything turns out good....prayers here.
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489 posted 09-09-2005 05:18 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Dixie, its true, the IRC doesn't accept goods, only CASH.  But many private families have taken in displaced relatives and friends, and that always places a huge burden on the hosting family.
I'm sending some things to a lady who has taken in over 28 relatives from MS.
In various online blogs and forums, you'll find many many people who will happily accept those tangible goods. Some group shelters might, but be sure and check first to see if they have the manpower to receive/distribute the goods.
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welp, that stinks, but I understand

thanks for the heads-up
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491 posted 09-09-2005 07:52 PM       View Profile for inot2B   Email inot2B   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inot2B

Thank you all for your thoughts. No we haven't found him. His name is John Fredrick Milton of Lafitte, LA. He is an out patient of the New Orleans VA.
All I can do is pray that he is in an area that doesn't have elec. or ph services. People have been so nice and helpful and for that I do appreciate it. Thank you!
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I saw where you posted at ICRC looking for him.. and at the MSNBC looking for database --try this one too:
h ttp://people.nola.com/

that's the Time's Picayune's database -- I didn't find him there but I also didn't see where you posted looking for him -- that would be a good place to set up a page.

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I have already posted it there. Thank you for your help.
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if he is in need of constant medical care, you might try the VA hospitals in the area
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Inot2B - Keeping you and yours in my prayers.  
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I have located the VA hospitals where they sent their patients and they all told me to put his name with the Red Cross.  That is where they are sending all the names they have. Thank you for the suggestion, I'm willing to try anything to find him.  My other brother and I will go to LA. when they open up for family to come in.
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I haven't been around for a while due to a little operation on my jaw.
I'm so glad most of our friends are counted for and I'm hoping with all my heart that one day John Fredrick will be found safe and sound too.

I know our people who did the identifications in Thailand, are now in the USA to assist with this terrible job and yes, it will take a long time, alas.

Mommy Muys sends her love to everybody. She can't follow all of this thread, but I keep her posted.

I'm proud of all of you.
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To all, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your words of kindness and prayers.
My ex sister-in-law just called from Miss. she said my brother called her to let her know he was all right and was going to be in Covington, La with a friend.  
Thank you again,
Toni
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hugs to you, Toni, that is great news
thanks for sharing that with us
 
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