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The War Against Harvey


Thoughts on the hurricane

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Linda Engel
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I enjoyed and appreciated your sentiment and commentary of the tragic events in Texas and Louisiana. It is too close for comfort for me. We have friends in that area that fly helicopters from one hospital to another. We have family in Texas right above Houston. I think everyone has been effected in some way , some small in nature and others devastated.
It is always nice to read your work. I am trying to get back on the groove to read, review, and write. Take care.


 Comment Written 30-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 30-Aug-2017
    I'm sure those helicopters have been working non-stop. Thanks for reading and sharing your comments.
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This is an incredibly well written essay. It could not have been said any better. One of my favorite lines:

"Rescuers are saving lives without regards to skin colour, religion or political affiliation. What may have seemed of immense importance last week has dissolved into the need to survive; Americans helping Americans, as it should be and always has been"

Brava... John


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reply by the author on 29-Aug-2017
    Many thanks for the read and kind words.
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Ingrid,

Seems like you and I are thinking along similar tracks this week. *smile* I just posted two poems today that deal with coming through the storms - in a metaphorical way, that is.

This was a marvelous post -- from first word to the last. It was remarkably well-written and so correct in every point. We all need to remember that this could be us at any time, and do what we can to help -- at the very least, offer many prayers on behalf of these fighting souls.

The tragedies in Louisiana bolster our confidence. Those fighting people have built back better than ever before, and they are stronger for the challenges they've faced.

Only a couple of small notes, if you'll permit?
1.) praying for help--but knowing no(ne) will come--

2.) needed to begin again, remains strong .It is not an
--> I don't think your comma after, 'again' is needed.
--> scoot your period over, please.

Thanks!


 Comment Written 29-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 29-Aug-2017
    Thanks for your stars and gracious words. The coverage on TV is almost hypnotic, seemingly offensive to change channels so as to be entertained.
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"When all is lost, the one fundamental shred of decency remains--human kindness." This is such a stirring thesis, and a truth we've witnessed so often these last few days as the media covers the catastrophe in Texas. I also like how you make us ponder how war refugees suffer but "no one cares." Finally, I love the optimism expressed in your closing paragraph. A beautifully written essay that I hope receives a wide audience. Rod


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reply by the author on 29-Aug-2017
    Thank you very much for the kind words and stars.U a America has not lived through the devastation of war on domestic soiil, biut a nightmare of this proportion might serve as a cruel reminder how fortunate for all that someone will always come, the comfort of the luck to be born in the USA.
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You did a great job to put this down in writing.

We have been inundated with the effects of Harvey in Texas, specifically Houston, all over the German media. The amazing thing for me is how a nation like the USA could be so inept at providing for its citizens in such a carastrophe. They couldn't even organise enough food and shelter!


 Comment Written 29-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 29-Aug-2017
    Houston is the 4th largest city in the US. Even with advance evacuation orders, many thought they could cheat Mother Nature. The number of people needing rescue was very hard to predict. I'm not so sure there is anything inept about the efforts. Thousands of volunteers are working and the arena has 9K people finding shelter. All things being equal, they are doing the best that could possibly expected. Little comfort to those still stranded. It hasn't stopped raining since Friday.

    Thanks for reading.
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Ingrid, this is a deeply effective essay that touched me given that I have family in Houston now who are sheltering in place as the water rises. A key passage for me is this one:

Rescuers are saving lives without regards to skin colour, religion or political affiliation. What may have seemed of immense importance last week has dissolved into the need to survive; Americans helping Americans, as it should be and always has been. Maybe we forgot for awhile. The lesson may be cruel, but it is a worthy time to reflect on our vulnerability.

The humanity displayed during this catastrophe contrasts the divisiveness of our President:

Even as Hurricane Harvey lashed across the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, the White House issued a 'reassuring' statement about their commitment to 'The Wall'. It seems to me, a conversation regarding a sea wall might have more impact and make infinitely more sense.

The hurricane gives us "a melancholy reflection about what truly is important." For once, Trump is not at the top of the headlines no matter what he tweets. We will see what he says tomorrow when he visits the disaster area. Remember, this man debunked global warming. We do not need to focus on him right now but on getting the people of Texas and Louisiana the help they need. I paused in my review of your essay to send my cousin in Houston another message.

Thank you for your essay about the resiliency of the human spirit.


 Comment Written 28-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 29-Aug-2017
    I doubt Trump will veer off-script tomorrow. But, at the same time, I am certain he will return to his own agenda shortly. In the meantime, this is an enormous catastrophe and many will not recover from the emotional toll. Thanks for reading. I hope your story telling career continues to build a fan base.
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And you took a cut from the heart and spread the blood of your empathy throughout a marvelously cogent post. And just when we thought your treatment of Harvey completed, you made an abrupt turn into the global problems of the disenfranchised face on a daily, hourly basis.

Beautiful job, Ingrid. I've left FS, not to return until the end of September. I read your small post today to also allow me to offer that information. I'm burnt out. Love ya, girl.

Jay

the horror of living through the horror of experiencing this catastrophe, [You might want to seek a synonym for one of the "horrors"]



 Comment Written 28-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 29-Aug-2017
    Keep in touch, Jay. You have alternate access and I hope you'll use it. I dount I'll be able to (or want to) post very much more. I am stuck in the eye of my misery, neither accepting my sudden optic deterioration and the muddle of trying to find a purpose. Yes, I know what it feels like to be burnt out. Hugs.
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Excellent. You echo the thoughts of many is this essay. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose everything in minutes. Just think of what the insurance companies are going to have to pay out down there.


 Comment Written 28-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 29-Aug-2017
    Nor can I. but great tragedy forces us to think about how we would react to the same challenges. Thanks for reading.
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I can always rely on you to write an informative and compassionate post on a sad event. I have experienced an hurricane and was fortunate to have been where relief and help was readily available. The trauma was still severe, and to this day I recall vividly the overwhelming feeling of having no control over what was happening. Excellent work with this one.


 Comment Written 28-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 28-Aug-2017
    It's pretty depressing that I couldn't even post 300 words without typos and needed corrections. I guess until I figure out if there is some tech help available for my condition, my posting days are almost over. Thanks.

reply by Sasha on 28-Aug-2017
    My eyes are so bad, I am not posting much either. There are some very good grammar check sites (and not too expensive) that you may want to look into. Gramarly is not the best, check some of the others.

reply by the author on 28-Aug-2017
    The grammar has never been a problem for me, in a world where I can see what is on the screen, but I only see portions of a word and can't read a sentence as a whole anymore. I need an audio program. This literally is robbing me of the desire to live. They took my licence. I'm a prisoner on my own home with nothing but a TV for diversion. It sucks and I can't find an exit from my misery.

reply by Sasha on 28-Aug-2017
    I'll talk to Carlos and see if he knows of a good audio program that you can use. I know there are some good ones, but I am unfamiliar with them. My eyes are shot. I can't stay on the computer more than twenty minutes without the entire screen becoming a blur. I've put off the cataract surgery but need to get back on track and schedule it.

reply by the author on 28-Aug-2017
    Cataract surgery is instantaneous and not painful.. I've had two. Go for it!

reply by Sasha on 28-Aug-2017
    If you don't mind my asking, what is wrong with your eyes? It is obviously serious and doesn't sound curable. My mother had retinal degeneration...I also have it in my right eye.

reply by the author on 28-Aug-2017
    It's Macular Degeneration, and no, there is no cure.

reply by Sasha on 29-Aug-2017
    I have that in my right eye having already lost most of my sight from a stroke in that eye, it hasn't really effected me too much. I already have signs of it in my left and hopefully the cataract surgery will give me a few more years or decent sight. My mother had it and loosing her sight was traumatic. She loved to read and eventually couldn't even watch television.

reply by the author on 29-Aug-2017
    The whole damn thing sucks!
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This was a well-written piece about human compassion for others. Hurrican Harvey is compared with a war zone. Americans are expected to care for the suffering people of the world.
One typo spotted:
to begin again, remains strong .It is not an / period spacing issue


 Comment Written 28-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 28-Aug-2017
    I appreciate the comments and the read.
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