as we have all been watching the news on the tragedy and travisty in the gulf coast i feel there is stress to be dealt with. for myself i chose to help the town of covington. our community is sending trucks there with food, water, clothing, medical supplies and more. i sent all my camping gear, some of my prettiest long flowing dresses and money. i prepared a box with as many things as i could think of that i would need if i lost everything. knowing my camping tent will shelter someone makes me feel as tho i have done so much more than watch tv and wish there was something i could do.
once i got active helping i found my stress level dropped considerably.
we have friends here who live in mississippi, alabama and louisana. it is my hope that thru helping one family i may be helping one of our family who come to healthboards.
if you want to share what you are feeling about all this saddness please come here and speak your heart.
I am honoured to call you friend. You are doing what comes naturally to you, being there for others. Things like this dreadful happening brings home to us that nobody can plan for what may occur in a situation such as this. Blue, you have my utmost love and respect for being you and doing what is second nature to you, caring so much for others. I know you do what is only natural to you, and you are doing what you always do, giving of yourself, but please know I feel like this anyway.
Once again you have brought to us here the wonder of the hearts of others. Wherever you live in the world you cannot fail to be torn apart emotionally by the devestation that has been visited on New Orleans. If you reach and touch somebody's heart with a simple gesture, the impact of that is like having a thousand loving arms wrapped around you to hold you until things are better and safe again.
We cannot imagine what something like this feels like, and I know that I would not even begin to try to understand what total despair must be within the hearts and souls of everyone. The thing is though the hurt inside for all of those who are trapped in this situation is so very real.
The most amazing thing is though I feel, that at times like this people who don't know and will never know each other personally will pull together and do what it takes to bring that little bit of hope day by day and some peace of mind to those who are going through this unimaginable horror.
May I send my love you all my friends and say I am proud to know you for the fine people you are. My heart is with each and every one of the people involved in this tragedy, the victims and all of the wonderful caring folk who will be there in their time of need with help of whatever kind is needed.
I am not a medical doctor, I only speak from my own experience of the illnesses I discuss here.
Last edited by goldenwings; 09-06-2005 at 05:52 PM.
Blue you and Goldenwings have said it all. I could not watch the news and not cry and finally the pain within me was so that I had to give up watching. I know the pain in all the people who have had their lives torn apart is much worse than mine. I feel like such a wimp, I can't even watch it on tv. Yet I feel so blessed because my daughter was suppose to go to New Orleans for a week for her job and she could have been there if time and circumstances would have been different. Such mixed emotions!! We do what we can to help those trying to put their lives back together. And of course always praying!
greetings dear friends,
the trucks and busses roll out tomorrow morning at 7 am, heading for covington, la. the mendocino chapter of veterans for peace are already there with their bus the white rose. they are set up in a park, handing out food, hugs, water, love, shelter, and more hugs.
we, who cannot run there to help, can help in little ways. water, food, shelter or the money to provide them. check in your town and see if a local church or vets organization is heading that way. it is thru the grass roots movement of love that these people will be helped. we simply cannot put the whole responsibility on our government. they are overwhelmed. as are we.
most of all it is the people who have nothing that we must turn our thoughts and hearts to. if the news tears your heart out, by all means stop watching. i still watch for several hours a day. these people are my brothers and sisters. no matter the pain, i simply do not have it in me to walk away. i imagine the agony of families torn apart, lost to each other, not knowing if their relatives even are alive. i cannot fathom their fear, grief and sense of loss.
glojer, i am grateful your daughter is safe. you have enough on your plate right now. hug your good husband for me. if you gotta do it to stay sane, turn that tv off and meditate on the good people of our gulf region. that will help them more than watching the news.
golden, i thank you for your love and gentle thoughts. it is my understanding that many countries have stepped foreward to offer hands of help, including yours. while i am deeply ashamed of the response of our government, i am honored to be a human on this planet. so many countries have come offering help. so many kind souls reaching out to embrace their distant family.
it is a sad time for our little slice of planet earth. mother nature does what she does and we must adapt to her ever changing moods.
We are all wounded by the devastation of the Gulf Coast. It dosen't
matter our ethnic background, our religeous beliefs or our political
views, we are all hurting for our brothers and sisters who have suffered
Glojer, I too cry as I watch and what little I can do seems so meager, but
God knows our heart and that's what counts.
I know we've all had TK on our minds this past week. I pray she is safe.
what "little" you do is monumental to a person with nothing. never consider any effort made with a pure heart to be "meager". it all counts!
yea, teekers is on my mind for sure, along with a few others whose absence i noticed. we will keep them in our thoughts too. so many, so very many. my brother says he was reading an article that stated 300 people from the gulf states will be coming to san francisco to live. i hope we get many more than that.
each time you take a shower, or drink a glass of water remember to really relish the experience. when you cook a meal eat it slowly. cherish the sustanance. for me it is the least i can do given that i still have all the comforts. i will never complain about the price of gasoline. not when others have nothing and i have so much. and i will not take my electricity or running water or flushing toilet for granted.
now poor japan is getting hit with water too. poor humans.
I read this and since I'm so close to all the devastation I thought I would reply for those who can't.
Although the wrath of Katrina wasn't felt as hard here as it was by our neighbors to the west, we did experience winds of 120mph and even some of us here suffered damage, which on top of the damage still from Ivan and most recently Dennis, it is nearly too much to handle. New Orleans is only 300 miles from where I live and Biloxi/Gulfport is only a 90 minute drive. I have been lucky enough to have taken in the beauty of the old Antebellum Civil War mansions that line Hwy 90 in Biloxi and my biggest thrill has been the many trips to the beautiful city of New Orleans and through out the years my husband has worked offshore over there, I have come to meet the wonderful people who live in the outlying bayou parishes there. One of our very own members here, CajunBoy, lives right down there. I'm wondering if any one has heard from him. I'm hoping that he lived on the western side of the storm and was not so badly affected.
I have my own personal thoughts on the travesity that took place in the days following Katrina and all I can say without becoming politcal is God bless that Mayor and the Police force there, and of course it goes without saying, God bless the citizens of that city and the citizens of the beautiful Mississipi coast.
I don't know if any of you saw the Oprah Winfrey show today, but it was very moving. She will be continuing her coverage from NO and the areas near there on her show tomorrow.
As far as feeling the stress, yes, we all do. It's a feeling of helplessness and "what can I do" feeling. Though of course not all of us can hop in a van and go to the devestated area, but we can pray, send money (even a few dollars) , or simply go to the store and pick up some items that we take for granted every day. Personal hygiene supplies, diapers, canned food, water water and more water. The temperature in New Orleans is hotter than it is here on the Gulf Coast where I am, believe it or not! It's very humid. Send misquito repellent, medical supplies, anything that will help disinfect, send the simple things. Especially personal hygeine supplies. Some of these people have not showered in more than a week. Small battery ran fans, radios, flashlights, batteries, toys for the kids, sheets, towels, washclothes, blankets. Some of these things you don't even have to buy. We all have more than we need of some items in our homes. I know I have various sizes of clothing! Box them up and you can find out how to get the boxes to the areas that need them. Call your local TV or Radio stations. Go online and find out the Red Cross number. I myself would prefer to use the Red Cross, I have my own personal reasons for that based on the experince I've seen other's have with FEMA.
We are ALL "doing" something. Just something as simple as posting on this message board is "doing" something. You can't do more than you are capable of, and we are all capable of something, no matter what form it comes in. Pray Pray and Pray for the Mayor and his Police force that they continue to have the strength to protect their citizens, and the courage to go on.
What I saw on the Oprah show today would bring anyone to tears and anger at the same time. From what the Mayor says, Gangs tried to take over the Super Dome, children were raped, the Chief of Police himself said that one of the gangs tried to kidnapp him. Police officers have commited suicide. Bodies were left in the spot they died in. One of the docs who does her show regularily helped out and covered the dead when he found them alone and unatended. Lisa Ling and Nate (the decorator) took some ones dog back to Baton Rouge with them where they were staying so the young man could be reunited with the dog the next day and not have to leave him behind, as the buses were not allowing pets on them. I DO believe that many of our Americans who have the "means" will be of enourmous help to all these people along the Gulf Coast, be they "celebrities" or who ever, publicity is beside the point, IMO, as long as these folks get help, I don't personally care where it comes from. Let the celeb's use their money!
I haven't heard too much of Biloxi really, as far as the kind of problems NO is having, but Biloxi isn't flooded like NO is and it isn't nearly as large, however, I've seen pictures of Casinos picked up and moved across the Hwy 90 and into another neighborhood entirely. Just moved right off it's foundation! All you see along Hwy 90 are foundations of what used to be, and those beautiful homes can never be replaced.
It's bad, really bad, BUT, it's always good when people like you all here take the time to express your care and love and prayers. THAT is always good.
And I want to say thank you to ALL of you who were thinking of me while all this was going on. Let me tell ya, this place was a rockin'! The winds were scarey here, so I can't imagine what they were like over there just 90 minutes away. I wasn't planning on evacuating. I can't really evacuate any more. It's just too much for me physically and given the way things are now financially, we couldn't afford it. My husband lost his job (again). He's helping out a friend of his doing some painting. So things are pretty tough here for us. We are having a hard time putting food on the table and geez let's not even mention putting gas in the truck so my husband CAN do a little work here and there! My car still sits, waiting for GMAC to get it, and my counter has over 1500 dollars worth of medical bills on it. I have a temporary crown in that I keep having to put dental paste on cuz it keeps falling off and I can't pay the balance I owe the dentist so he can put my permanent crown on.
I have to say, this is the worst it's been for us since we've been together, and the worst personally for me since I lived homeless in my old truck after my first divorce, not THERE yet! My health keeps going down hill, naturally from stress. I DID get surgery approval for my lower back, fusion for L4-5, but can't afford it, of course. I got bit by a tick the other day, so I'm watching the bite mark closely. I have an appt with an Infectious Disease doc this month for my CFS, and just waiting to hear from the Endochronologist about the lesions on my thyroid.
Whew! I'm worn out! And I didn't even tell you about what went on with my son while he was here and our emergency trip to the ER!
Love you all and I do so appreciate your love and concern. You all are the best of the best!
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world"
Hello. How I have missed you. I will not go on and on but as usual your wonderful messsage has entered my heart and soul. As I said in my post I hurt and all the people around the world do too. Pulling together is what this needs and I am sure that is happening to the best of the ability of all.
With people like the ones I have seen giving their all and more to help, I am hopeful that sanity will be restored soon even in some small way.
I am so pleased that you are doing ok and also your family. Take care now and know we all love you.
I am not a medical doctor, I only speak from my own experience of the illnesses I discuss here.
WOW tk, hon youve got your plate full right now too . will keep you in prayers hon, and glojer , so glad your daughter is safe hon.
Hubby and i also invited to our house a good friend of mine from new orleans to stay with us for a while. shes divorced and has 3 girls, 13, 11, and 7 yrs old. cooked them homecooked meals as they had been staying with a friend in a cramped hotel room in houston for a week. made my day just seeing the joy on their faces eating something cooked at home and not taco bell everday... trying to save their money since they didnt know how long theyd be in houston for and theyve been tight on money.
her friend donna is the one paying the room on her credit card and took my friend and the 3 girls with her right before katrina hit. my friend took 200 bucks with her since she was suppose to be getting paid two days later. well of course by then the mail was under water. so shes been stretching the 200 as far as it can go. hubby and i put them up here for a while, gave her money, got the girls some stuff to play with and their own money so they could pay for their own snacks while traveling back to houston. also bought my friend some clothing (just some simple blouses at walmart) as she didtn bring much for herself cause she packed quickly for the girls and out she went. so anything you do for them, like its been posted before, whether money, a homecooked meal, a toy for a child, snack, medicine, diapers, handiwipes, towels, blankets, canned food, include hand held can opener, even prayers, they will see it as a gift from heaven. and it is, God is using you, us, to restore some kind of happiness, safety, serenety, stability in a world that has been totally turned upside down for them. i honestly try to put myself in their shoes, and no matter how hard i try i know its not really what theyre experiencing, because in the back of my mind is the "safety" valve that says, that for me its not real, im just trying to imagine it. i hope that makes sense, its 6 am and ive been up since 3 am with just one cup of coffee lol.
i saw the horror in my friends eyes, the giving up, being defeated, where everything that had sentimental value, pictures, pictures of your girls first birthday, or first steps, or the last pic you took with your dad before he passed away, wedding pics, of starting a new home with your new husband or wife, wiped away like you never existed . all gone. never to be returned to you again . your home, that was the safe haven from the outside world on those cold winter nights where you hung your stockings for xmas, will be no longer. you have no home now. the littlest angel, my friends little girl, asked me in tears, are we homeless now? and it broke my heart how someone so young had to deal or fear something like that at her precious tender age.
add the stress of , getting them back in school, moving to a new place, the funds it takes to open utilities, first month, last month rent plus deposit . new clothes /shoes for the girls, school stuff, getting a job and starting over, i can understand why its too much for some. this is just one expample of my brave friend who also suffers from MS and still worked as a nurse till recently. there are many many other stories of families just in the same boat, and some even way worse. if God touches your heart in a way to inspire you to help in someway any of these people, please listen to Him. whatever it might be that you can do for them, will be recieved as a gift, that i promise you. sooo many families, if you know of one, help them out. if you dont, then please do send food in cans, water, normal things you know men and women and kids need for just the simple things we take for granted, such as soap and a clean towel.
i'll get off my soapbox now people and im sorry if went on too long. just please help these people.
good morning dearest friends.
i want to thank you for saying what must be said by those close to the reality.
teekers i am so glad you are safe.
bloody 'ell, bummer about the job thing. here you go again little sister. you made it thru hell before. you will no doubt find your way again. i have a flashlight and will light the darkest corners for you.
jen, ah jen. to be gifted with serving a higher power and in such a harmonious way.
i am so pleased you all are speaking out. we will intensify our prayers for cajun boy. i wish i could remember our other family members names who are in and around the gulf coast. help?
peace, prayer, and clean water, water, water,
ps. my friend polly, who is heading out this morning (with our little armada) for covington has decided she will adopt someone there and bring them back to california. i knew she would. she is, quite simply, made that way. i saw her monday when we dropped off our gifts. i gave her many long hugs and opened my portal of power to her. she will need it. she is, understandably, afraid of what she will witness. yet i see such determination in her eyes i know she will be able to do this. i told her she might want a good shrink when she get's back home and i can refer her to one. she said she will be calling me, her "shrink", instead. we laughed, but the end of the laugh had a sad taste to it.
I haven't posted in quite a while since I couldn't lift my arms. However, this terrible tragedy in NO has prompted me to HAVE to post.
I did see the show by Oprah and the second half is on today. Of all the channels showing the devestation, Oprahs was the most heart wrenching show I have seen. She expressed so many things I was feeling, anger at the fact that these people were not given help sooner, horror and pain of knowing that yound girls were being raped...it could go on. All the things tk said about the Super Dome there are atrocities that grown men who have worked in law enforcement for years were brought to tears. For the first time I allowed myself to cry since crying makes it hard for me to breathe. The people who are dealing with this everyday will need counseling for a long time and some will suffer in their minds the rest of their lives. I am praying that more mental health professionals will find it in their hearts to go there and help.
Caring and praying for these unfortunate souls is important, more than we know. I talked with someone who said they believed that those who didn't get out knew what they were getting into. This person had not one ounce of compassion for them. When I hear this it lets me know that no matter what, there are people on this earth that are so angry and full of hatred that nothing will change their suffering minds.
There were many stories of heroism and I am sure there are many more we will never hear about. If one good thing came out of this is that the world for a time didn't care about self imposed hatred for others. We have received aid from some countries that are our political enemies.
I have watched many hours of TV lately and no matter what I cannot tear myself away from this. NO was a beautiful place that I had the privilege of visiting which I am thankful for.
Giving what we can is important. No one is helpless to help IMO. Loving, praying and caring about these poor people is more powerful than we can know.
Glad you are ok tk,l I thought about you and was concerned. You are dealing with a lot, hang in there, it will get better
There are so many loving people on this board. This love is what will continue to help all the people in all of the areas that were hit.
Hope everyone is well. I haven't been able to post since I am too ill, hopefully soon. I am starting to read a little every day. My problems are nothing compared to the suffering that is going on. This is getting me through even though people say everything is relative. Perhaps in their world, not mine.
Take care everyone, I have missed you all however as I said I will be reading when I can to keep up with what is going on with all my friends.
Peace and love, Hangin
"Compassion can help heal the World"
"Compassion can help heal our world"
I am glad to hear from you Hangin and TK. Sorry you are feeling so bad Hangin please take care of yourself. TK all will work out, just keep the faith.
In my neighborhood we have a collection for the people who are being sent to St. Louis. Collecting money to buy the necessities and to give these people a chance to feel better about themselves. Some of the money I believe is going to be turned into gift certificates to local discount stores so that some can shop and perhaps have a day of getting away.
I am so proud of all of you who are helping and doing what you can. All the little bits add up to a lot.
Ok so I watched Oprah. Cried my eyes out. Crying is so cathartic! Our American spirit will be what gets us through this.
i have been watching the news from other countries and i watched oprah. it is thru the grass roots movement of the people that our friends in the south will be helped. we are the ants who move the mountain.
i am heartened by the stories and responses here and the ones i hear about on the telly. when we come together we are a powerful force. we choose how we will use our power. when we choose participation, healing, and love i am proud to be a human being on planet earth.
i think of all the people in shelters or still in their homes. how many have fibromyalgia? many i am thinking. imagine their struggle. their pain. and yet they perservere. my heart and body send energy to our brothers and sisters in pain. physical and emotional pain like nothing we have experienced. i do empathy meditations and feel such horrific fear and confusion. so sad. so very sad.
may your day be filled with sweet swallows of water, medicines for your body, food for your power, light to see in the darkest corners, and love, so much love it spills over.
Oh, my friend. Your words are in my heart. Each day the fight for survival goes on and I am at a loss for what to say.
Just over the water from where I live, in the Naval dockyards 500,000 military ration boxes have been prepared and are on their way. They are packed with nutritious foodstuffs that need no preparation. This is just one of the many things that are going on in my part of the country. I know in other places lots of work is going on to be of the best possible help we can all be.
My darling husband and I are broken hearted by what is happening, and so are my fellow countrymen and I know we will all do our very best to be of as much help as we possibly can be for all of the folks who are affected by this tragedy.
Peace and love to you my friend.
I am not a medical doctor, I only speak from my own experience of the illnesses I discuss here.
i was just thinking about you and here you are! my heartfelt gratitude to you all in g.b. we are one little planet in a very big universe. without each other we are alone in a vast space. i am sure there are people who feel so very alone right now.
the children, the children. can you imagine being a small human not knowing where your parents are. strangers all around you. not one familiar face to make you feel safe. so much noise, so many voices, and yet not one that is known to you that will make you feel comforted.
give your sweet compassionman a huge hug for this lady on the lake, and extend my gratitude to each of your fellows for their assistance.
have you heard anything about the flooding in japan? for some reason it is not on the news much here.
time to plug into the news and see what is going on today.
we have the last two windows installed this afternoon. i am not looking forward to the noise. i am ready to see thru new windows in my art space. i feel the need to paint again. that is a good, healing feeling. i have not painted since february when my mom had her strokes. by the way she is doing great. driving and writing her own checks!