Saturday, October 01, 2005

Saturday Morning...

Last night myself and several very dedicated people worked for several hours on the dailykos diary that I linked here in another post...it was posted last night (Friday) around 11 p.m....at approximately 12:30 a.m. it made the RECOMMENDED list on dailykos.com.

Now you ask me why I have no life on a Friday? Beats me, so I figure do something worthwhile! Actually I can't remember the last real 'date' I had...but perhaps helping others is more important right!?!

Anyway, the diary is now the TOP RECOMMENDED diary..this is a pretty big thing and I encourage all readers here to follow dailykos.com to help these diaries stay recommended as I write them. Dailykos has huge readership and for what I want to accomplish, it is so very important...

Here is a link to a story that has gotten little attention, but I felt I wanted to share it because of a comment that Mayor Mack from Bogalosa made that while it doesn't seem to matter how mad he gets at the government for their lack of response, the ONE THING that was BETTER was that , the hearses had stopped showing up under his window asking where to put the DEAD BODIES...

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/29/19711/2255

Here is another link from 'ePluribus Media'...my diary is FRONT PAGED THERE. These folks are amazing, they are doing 'PodCasts' with me and those can be found there as well. They have agreed to do interviews/updates as we need them!!!

http://scoop.epluribusmedia.org/story/2005/10/1/11257/3454

Hope the comments on this site begin...please sign in and comment!

Talk again soon! Have a lovely and safe weekend.

In Peace
Barbara

Friday, September 30, 2005

CHECK THIS LINK OUT

Okay, so it is just way too late, but we just did this big diary, so here is the link.
http://scoop.epluribusmedia.org/story/2005/10/1/11257/3454


In Peace,

Barbara

Encore Friday!

T and I continue to 'recover' from the trip....spent much of the week resting and fighting fatigue, headaches and joint aches. Tirawa seems just fine!

Yesterday I spoke with Mr. William Percy, who is the principal of Slidell High School! What an inspiring man. The people of the stricken area continue to amaze me with their quiet resolve and determination to continue forward. My heart breaks after each story and my blood boils when I continually hear of the failure of the government.

My plan is to assist Slidell High School, St. Tammany Jr. High School and Brock Elementary....with that being said there is much to do.

Slidell High according to Mr. Percy, took 'moderate' damage, lost most of the roof and alot of RAIN damage, but they did NOT suffer from the storm surge. The various branches of the military were pitching in and getting the school prepared to open on Monday!

Mr. Percy stated that 39 teachers were HOMELESS...wow, and they are going to come back on Monday to teach?!?!?

They will be holding 'homerooms' at the beginning of the day and talking with each student as to his circumstance and needs. (if they are homeless, etc) Mr. Percy will share information with me to assist in getting needed supplies to the school.

I want to do the same for St. Tammany Jr. High which took a 20 foot storm surge (and I thought should be bulldozed) and rumor has it they want to re-open by November and also Brock Elementary, which will be integrated with Florida Avenue Elementary for the time being.

What do they need? EVERYTHING? Not only from a school perspective, but from the thought that so many of these children are displaced, homeless and have NOTHING left.

I will be having a 'get together' in OCEANSIDE (may do one on Sunday if one of my media contacts can get here), probably at the Hill Street Cafe and share photos and some of my stories and thoughts.

If you are interested in getting together, be it Sunday or another day, please call or email me.

More a bit later after I get my film back.

In Peace...

Barbara

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Back in California....


Greetings,

I had hoped to post days ago and then just couldn't figure out my password/username...silly me.

Tirawa and I arrived back in California on Monday. The trip was long, hot, tiring and ever so rewarding.

Later I will post more and include links to the diaries that I posted at dailykos.com. I also am going to grovel here abit as I'll be posting future diaries there and hope you will all go over there and recommend them...continuing the work to assist the victims, survivors, refugees and evacuees is so very, very important.

What I cannot get out of my head is that I was NOT suppose to be in a third world country, and yet I am certain I was. The living conditions are life threatening in many of the hit areas and what you DON'T see in the news is anything other then New Orleans.

Most importantly now, I need to get answers to 'my' victims that have yet to have any luck. I also have several people who need to relocate and have to find homes for them.

Have a lovely woman (JOY) and her daughter (Victoria) that I believe we need to 'adopt'. I'd love to see her come here to California, but I can't imagine them being able to succeed here due to the cost of living overall. I am trying to get her housed in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, which is near her family...

More about Joy later!

The photo is of Tirawa and I when we were finally resting in Denton, Texas at a life long friends' of mine after we out ran 'Rita'.

Will I go back? Yes. When? Soon.

In Peace, thanks for the support!

Barbara and Tirawa

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Quiet around here

Might as well lighten it up with some potentially interesting news. This teaches us that sometimes it's tough to be a crooked congressman with that pesky Rule of Law thing still hanging around.

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