Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thinking about the Paradise CAMP FIRE, My Past Home...

Hello to everyone on this beautiful day here in Carrington. For many of us, Sunday is a day where we thank God for our blessings...and pray for those who need help. For those of you who pray, I hope you will take a moment to pray for all the individuals and families who have lost family members, friends, homes, pets and most of their possessions in the Paradise Camp Fire. So heartbreaking... The death toll continues to climb... and many people who have no place to go are living in shelters in Oroville, Chico and other communities around the area. 

As many of you know, I lived in Paradise for many years before retiring from teaching and moving to Carrington. I have friends who are posting pictures, videos and messages about the catastrophe that has taken place there and how it is affecting the lives of thousands of people. 

However, amidst such devastation, the human spirit can soar and create joy where you wouldn't think it possible. An instance of this concerns two of my friends who own an art business and studio in downtown Oroville where there are many homeless children in very unpredictable circumstances. Ted and Robin Hanson opened up their business/studio to all community children for three days of art projects where they could come in free-of-charge to have fun with art and hopefully take their minds off the stressful situations they are experiencing. 

There are many such good, kind-hearted folks who are providing shelter, as well as food/clothing/money for friends (and strangers) who have lost everything. It is times like this when we truly see the basic goodness, kindness and loving feelings that exist in people. 

So, I want to thank everyone who is providing hope and help. God bless you all... and God bless all the victims of this fire with the courage and resilience necessary to survive this catastrophe.

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