When I shared a post last week about what I was feeling after the mass shooting in Las Vegas I had no idea what was still to come. Hurricanes, terrorist attacks around the world, shootings and now fires leave me in fear of watching the news. I find myself hugging Sheila more than usual, appreciating our home, the neighborhood and falling into moments of random silence trying to comprehend the scope of the disaster and figure out how to help.
While I'd have the same knot in my stomach wherever these newest disasters were taking place, having lived in California and having so many friends there, this latest disaster leaves me particularly anxious. I remember the fear I had when the Malibu fires came within three miles of my home. The picture above was in the morning looking out the kitchen window, the one below by the end of the day.
But the fear I had in 2007 never materialized into anything even close to the disaster we're watching unfold now. Like so many of you, I have no way to explain what I feel watching the story of Santa Rosa unfold and then be repeated over and again.
So, this morning's post is more a plea for comments and your help.
I'm looking for feedback from so many different friends from WPPI over the years to know who's okay...I'm looking for contacts to share on how people can help...I'm not sure what non-profits are helping with the tragedy, but I want to share the information for people to contact.
I shared a tweet this morning that seems so appropriate:
"How many disasters do we need to unite humanity?"
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