Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Katrina's Wrath

My prayers are with everyone who is in the path of this terrible hurricane. I heard some stories on news radio during my drive into work that had me almost in tears. I probably would have cried, but driving on LA freeways is hard enough without obscuring my vision. Stay safe, my friends, especially dear pal to the Blogway -- the Seawitch.


At 9:52 AM, Blogger ChrisWoznitza said...

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At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Rory said...

Esther, I know just how you feel. They had the most heartbreaking report on one of the cable news channels about a man who had lost his wife in the flood. He said he had been holding on to her hand, but then she reached the point where she no longer had the strength to hold on to him. This poor man had lost his house and then this happened to his wife and, obviously, it hadn't even all sunk in yet. Then, the reporter asked him wife's name, on the off chance that somebody might know something about her, and you could tell from her voice she was crying. Who could blame her? It was one of the saddest things I've ever seen.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger birdwoman said...

I'm morbidly curious as to why you had to remove a comment, and hoping, with this topic, that it was spam.

This whole catastrophe is just so unspeakable. So many people are relieved that NO was spared the brunt, but when you hear the stories, you know the cost of that.

In church a few weeks ago, our priest talked about how too many Christians ignore the old testament - how in the old ways, faith is a struggle with G-d. Too many Christians think faith is easy and then they don't know how their G-d could "do something like this". Not pretending I understand, but it really has been in my mind the last few days.

On a related but separate note:
As you seem to be an animal lover, think of all of those stories that will never even be heard. I know they aren't as poignant as people stories, but thousands of animals will be killed by this storm, too. And they're G-d's creatures, too.


At 5:45 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Rory, that sounds completely horrible.

BW, many of the horrific stories I heard this morning involved animals. And the comment I deleted was one of those "nice blog, here's mine" but it was in German.

At 7:03 PM, Blogger Indigo Red said...

My thoughts are with all those in the devastated areas. Seawitch should be fine as she left the area to be with family in a safer area.

My logs say she was posting from the Biloxi area. I hope she has a home to return to.

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I saw the story which Rory has spoken of. The devastation from Katrina is unbelievable. The rescue and recovery people are having to move dead bodies to get to the live victims. The media cannot cover all the stories because the area is nearly impassible.

What will become of all the survivors? Many have lost everything except their lives. Pray for these people.

Several organizations are trying to rescue as many pets as possible. As an animal lover, I am glad to learn that those creatures have not been forgotten.

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

"I heard some stories on news radio during my drive into work that had me almost in tears."

I heard the audio of the guy whos house split in half and he lost his wife. That is a horrible situation. The whole state looks like a ground zero.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Rachy said...

I actually did shed a tear watching the news today, at first because of all of the horrific footage from Katrina, and then the story about all those people dying in Iraq because they thought they had a suicide bomber in the midst and the bridge collapsed and people were crushed... natural disasters are bad enough, so may G-d have little or no mercy on people who consciously create disasters

At 10:18 AM, Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

Rachy - Amen to that!

I think this will turn out to be one of the worst US disasters ever.

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Esther said...

You and me both, Indigo Red. Thanks for the info and for dropping by and commenting.

AOW, they haven't forgotten them but they're hardly the priority. And many are stranded and yelping, much like the people. :(

Gindy, I think MoM is right -- I think this will be known as the worst natural disaster ever in this country.

Rachy....simply horrible in Iraq. It's pretty freakish how many terrible things seem to be happening in the world lately.

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

It wounds my heart that such a catastrophic weather event can do so much damage and cause so much tragedy to members of our Nation's citizenry.

On the other hand, I don't who should be shot first ... the looters or the media invaders! :(

At 8:37 PM, Blogger R2K said...

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At 9:39 PM, Blogger drummaster2001 said...

did anybode see brett favre's press conference? it was so down to earth.

i don't know how anyone can rebuild their life after something like that happens. natural disasters are the worst. we won't know for awhile if New Orleans can ever be rebuilt after this hurricane. the damage is increasing everyday, yet they were not hit the worst.

At 3:34 AM, Blogger rockmother said...

Yes, it's heartbreaking. All the thoughts of decent people everywhere are with the victims. I do wonder what the "embedded" reporters are doing of any use at all, and have commented on this today in my own blog.

At 7:10 AM, Blogger Esther said...

SA -- great to see you again! It must be so surreal for everyone who is there.

DM, I didn't see the press conference, sorry. It is hard to rebuild one's life. Granted when I survived my apartment fire, everything around me still operated, like the stores and restaurants. Very different. But it was still hard to start over from scratch! For the people who survived Katrina.... it boggles the mind.

rockmother -- thanks for stopping by and commenting. I will check out your blog soon. I saw a report on Fox News where the reporter spoke about a photographer with the fox crew seeing a guy walking shoeless and he took off his shoes and gave them to the guy along with some water he had. I can't imagine they're not trying to do something. I know many of us are discouraged with the media (myself included) but I've known many reporters from news and tabloids... they're still people. Not ghouls. Honest.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger rockmother said...

Thanks, Esther. That's good to hear!

At 8:45 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...


My office is rounding up volunteers and I am on the second list. The overwhelming response and my abnormaly high caseload mean that I am about three weeks out.

My supervisor put me at the bottom of the list.

At 9:05 PM, Blogger Batya said...

I guess that all this is just a reminder that G-d is in control.

At 7:07 AM, Blogger Esther said...

You're quite welcome, RM.

Wow, Beak! Good on you! You never cease to amaze me!

batya, I was thinking the same thing.

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Rachy said...

How can something like this be G-d's work? Events like this just heighten my cynicism towards a benign power beyond the universe. Don't get me wrong, I am not anti religion, I've just seen enough crap in my 25 years to become very, very cynical. I would have thought that something like this would be the work of the devil, and any tales of compassion after the event the work of G-d.

At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Rory said...

Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Nobel prize-winning Yiddish writer said "I don't believe in God...but I believe in the Devil." My sentiments exactly.

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Rachy said...

Here is something uplifting for a change



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