The Clinton Global Initiative and Foundation Mobilize a Day of Action for New York

Lisa writes: We are a deeply caring nation. But when a story of trauma slips from the front pages, it can be all too easy to forget that those living in the wake of the tragedy are still suffering. On Sunday some friends asked me to join them as they went to the Rockaways for a Day of Action for New York organized by the Clinton Global Initiative, Clinton Foundation and Team Rubicon (whose mission is to work with veterans to respond to disaster situations.)

Team Rubicon led the way. They have been in the Rockaways for weeks and are committed to staying until the job is done.

Day of Action for New York, Rockaways, Clinton FoundationLet me just start by saying that the Clinton organizations have shown their caring in so many ways and in a few short days gathered over 1,000 volunteers to work with homeowners cleaning up the mess the Hurricane left behind three weeks ago. [Read more…]

Stages of Grief: Storm Edition

fallen trees, Pollarding, Hurricane Sandy, trees, chain sawLisa writes: Lest you think we are obsessed with Sandy, and its dire aftermath, let me assure you that we are. Obsession is the final stage reached before the electric power is restored, and with it, our normal lives. For those of us just north of NYC this is the third time in just over a year that we have had a weather wipe-out and lost all of our utilities.   We now recognize obsession as one of the classic and final stages of grief (storm-wise) as we try to will the Con Edison trucks to head to our neighborhoods.

Stages of grief during Sandy

Anticipation, it’s coming. How big and how bad are the only questions unanswered. Preparation begins and with it a frenetic blur of activity.  Anticipation is the nexus where dread and excitement cross paths. [Read more…]

Hurricane Sandy…Oh, What We Didn’t Know

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Lisa writes: Sandy…well that knocked us for a loop. Mary Dell and I live in Westchester County, NY and while we know we did not see the worst of the storm, and have in mind those who did, we are without heat, light, water, electrify, telephone, cable…you get the idea.  The beauty of a hurricane, if there is one, is that unlike say an earthquake, there is a bit of time to prepare.  And while we thought and read, studied and prepared, we found there were a few dos and don’ts that we missed.   (Thank you to Starbucks for heat, light and, most of all, wifi.) [Read more…]

Calm Before the Storm, Hurricane Sandy

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Dear Son,

While I trust you will be absolutely fine in your college dorm room these next few days with Hurricane Sandy heading toward shore, I cannot help but worry. You may be 22 years old but my instinct to protect you and your sister will remain undiminished throughout my life. Today it is the calm before the storm and we are prepared here at home. Unlike every other storm, this is the first time you have not been with us when the forecast has turned grim. A large swath of the eastern part of the country is in harm’s way and that includes you, dear.  So, just in case you have not already thought of these things, please humor me – you are good at it – and keep reading: [Read more…]