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

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iliana
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575 posted 09-25-2005 06:52 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Karilea.....just some downed tree branches in our yard....shrubs are messed up....maybe some roof damage (but doesn't look too bad).  We are safe and cool.  We only lost electric for a very short time.  Thank goodness, things worked out for us, at least.  We're still hanging close to home as there are no businesses open and they have closed school for Monday and Tuesday this coming week.  Hope you special friends down here faired as well as we did.  Thanks for asking and thanks for all your prayers, SIL.   .....jo
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576 posted 09-25-2005 11:44 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I just wish this were better news.

Karen just called me, and said to thank you all for your ongoing concern for her and her family.  She said that she would be back with her family at Pipps before you know it.  

Unfortunately, she got home to find a ransacked house, no power, and a horrific shock of what someone did to her house, and all her missing belongings.  It will take time to even clear a path as they left nothing unturned.  Tonight I light another candle to give her strength to just get through this disturbing violation.
    
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577 posted 09-26-2005 06:26 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Karen, I know this is hard for you. It feels like a personal attack to have your house turned upside down like that. But you will cope. You're strong (even though you may not admit it at times). And you're alive. And you and your family are together. Take a deep breath and start over! It's going to take awhile but you've got all your friends here behind you.
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578 posted 09-26-2005 09:28 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Serene One, you will reign supreme yet again. You certainly are being tested in this lifetime, but as the saying goes, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." In time, you will get your life back on track. In the meantime, you have countless people pulling for you!

You have displayed your strength over and over again. I cannot even imagine the horrors that you have been experiencing.

Karen, I do want you to know, that I have a tremendous amount of compassion for what you have been going through and I am continuing to pray for your life to return to normal. Mind you, nothing about you or your life is "normal". Everything is extraordinary!

Healing hugs of love and Light,
Linda
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579 posted 09-28-2005 06:36 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Karen, I'm thinking of you.   ....jo
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580 posted 09-29-2005 01:19 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Update to you all from our Serenity:

I talked to Karen this morning, and she had me in stitches right from the get-go. I called her phone, and after 6 rings no one answered, so I called her cell phone.   I said, "Karen your phone was ringing and ringing, why didn't you answer it, didn't you hear it?"  She said, "Nope, the pole is gone that the phone line used to hang on silly!"  Well we laughed ourselves silly over that sick humor.  This was good as it changed some tears to something lighter.

She said she misses everyone desperately, and is staring at her monitor, as she has no hard-drive, and wondering when she can get power to get back on line.  They can't find their insurance adjuster even to get things dealt with, but are still trying.  

Apparently all the recipients of N.O. love those MRE's (Meals ready to eat.)  She said, she adds water, and this little heating pack and presto - dinner is served!             I think I will just take her word for that.

She hopes to go to her sister's house soon to get online and say hello to everyone, as she still has no power, water, etc.  She is just still busy in the darn heat cleaning and getting things back in some livable condition.  She was working on her room today she said, and the power meter was being installed today, so that is a good sign, as they can't want for power.  A cool spell is expected there which they are praying will stay that way, as there is still word of another storm.  Sheesh!

So, that is the latest from Serenity, until she checks in.  Again, I was supposed to make sure you all know she really, really misses you and can't wait to get back.

To see real beauty - look with your heart.
~ Carpe diem ~



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581 posted 09-29-2005 01:29 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thank you, Sharon, for keeping us posted...

no phone...sheesh...
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582 posted 09-29-2005 01:33 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Thank you, Sharon!!  
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583 posted 09-29-2005 05:25 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Thanks for the update, Sharon.  
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584 posted 09-29-2005 11:58 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

a woman without a phone....now THAT is a REAL disaster!!!
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585 posted 09-30-2005 03:20 PM       View Profile for inot2B   Email inot2B   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inot2B

Ok now it is time for Serenity to conjure up a spell that will keep all storms from entering the Gulf of Mexico.  Well, at least for the rest of this season.
Glad to know she is all right, and hopefully electricity will get to her soon.
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586 posted 09-30-2005 03:52 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Just adding a hug and a prayer for things to adjust for you and your loved ones dear Karen!
We miss you too!
Love,
Margherita
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587 posted 09-30-2005 04:54 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Hey Everybody!

I am indeed back "home"--actually I dunno know where to call home yet, but I'm back at "that house" anyhow.

The good news is I haven't killed anyone yet.

The bad news is there's still a lotta folks who need killin'.

(And yeah, Ronnie Baby, since we have power now, they took the .22 away from me.) It's safer now with electricity on and the curfew here has been lifted. I slept almost twelve hours, peacefully.

anyhoo...

Still no phone tho, and I can't check my e mail even from here (my mom's) as the phone lines are so mangled, even with DSL, I time out before a page can load.

I have so much to say to you all, but little time--but I wanted to hug my angels yet again.

Ya'll have helped me maintain faith in people. I love and appreciate each one of you!
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588 posted 09-30-2005 05:08 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Hi Karen!! So good to hear from you!
You and yours are still in my thoughts and prayers. Miss you soooooooo much! Take care and try to get rest when you can. All work and no play makes women ... witchy!
hugs, Chrislane
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589 posted 09-30-2005 06:44 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

KAREN!!!!!!!  You're back!!!!  

Oooh you have been missed so badly.
If my sister and I lived closer we would come and help you clean and stuff.
Probably laugh ourselves silly but we'd have a good time doing it.

You take care of YOU..ya hear!

Love ya lady...talk soon.
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Karen...

Love ya bunches, lady...

"When the power of love overcomes the love
of power the world will know peace."
--Jimi Hendrix

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591 posted 09-30-2005 09:26 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

Hey, Karen, keep that telephone pole in case you have to use it in place of your 22 they took.  I can just see you giggling through stinky, sticky heat, heartbreak and misery as the tears roll down your cheeks.  I do hope you'll write a book about all this.
Love you, gal.

  Rae
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592 posted 09-30-2005 10:59 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Karen, I am so glad to see your post.  It is phenomenal to me that you are even able to get that up.  I always knew you were a pioneer, woman, but I just wish you were not in a situation you had to prove it.  Hang in there.  Love you, Lady K.   .....jo
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Karen, you certainly have been gathering  lots of fodder from your experiences to add to your poetic mill! You'll never run out of ideas on what to write!

I have often had romanticized thoughts of going back to the pioneering days ~ but after reading what you have been going through, I think I'll stay in the present and enjoy my modern amenities! You are quite a trooper! ~ and you amazingly have kept your sense of humour, wit and charm. You go girl! We're all rooting for you!


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594 posted 10-01-2005 01:42 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Oh Karen that twelve hours sleep says it all what home is all about!

Step by step things will shape into normality, hopefully.

Big hugs and lots of energy!
Margherita
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595 posted 09-01-2010 10:47 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

After watching all of the stuff on tv about Katrina, I couldn't help but remember this thread, and how I clung to it like a lifeline.

Thank you, so much, everybody.

But my special heartfelt gratitude to Ron--you gave me a home and this place became THE place to find me, and as a result, became my family network.

I love you all so much.
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596 posted 09-01-2010 11:06 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Yes, this was quite a thread for quite a time. It shows the comraderie, caring and friendship that I believe Ron had envisioned when creating the site. May it never end.
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597 posted 09-02-2010 02:06 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well I am just hoping that there will not be another 500 replies, and this will blow over fast.  It is so hard for those of you there, but to us that can't do a darn thing it hurts like crazy.  I didn't even know there was another on the way.  No time for news for days. Wondering if sometimes that is a good thing?  Love ya K.
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598 posted 09-02-2010 02:22 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I was just trying to gather my writings, and realized this is the backbone of it, if "it" actually ever gets completed.

And saving it made me realize that even saving this would be an accomplishment for me.

Sometimes I just bump stuff so I'll know where they are--and yes, yes, yes, it was a time of comraderie--I mean, Sharon found us over a hardwood swamp!!! Seriously, we had no signal, and then suddenly my hubby's cell phone rings and I'm on three-way calling with two Sharons?

Nod. Amazing. And what a way for my people to meet "my people".

Lovely.
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599 posted 09-02-2010 11:00 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Ah I was just remembering too, remember when I found your Mom, and called your sister-in-law?  She couldn't believe how we could do that.  I guess she never met a tenacious Irish gal, part Canadian Mountie, who really wanted to be a Cajun KA-ween like her sister-in-law.   when I read this now the love for one another in here sure shines through doesn't it?

It may be time for another 3-way similar to what we had before, if I can figure out this new phone here.
 
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