The Verbal CommuteTM Proud & Thankful

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ I’m not sure where to start...but here goes. I’m deeply saddened and affect- ed for all of those people I personally know as well as those I’ve never met who have had to go through the major chal- lenge that had moved through our Northern California communities in early October. In fact, there is really nothing I can say, except that not a couple of hours aſter it all began I heard a fran- tic pounding at my door around 4 am alerting my family to what was traspiring. Im already thankful and proud of my community but this brought that proudness up a hundredfold.


on my street was out, helping others to alert them to a catas- trophe unfolding to the north of us, less than three miles away. In almost total darkness a sky as red as a sunset and sounds of explosions and more. I wasn’t even sure what I was witness- ing...then neighbors explained. I was shocked and stunned to be honest...and I was afraid. I am so thankful I was alerted

and that people helped every- one immediately...not even 5 hours into the disaster and my neighbors from India went and bought over 100 pizzas to bring to Elsie Allen High School, one of the many shelters where peo- ple had narrowly escaped to. Te neighbor who knocked on

my door was preparing meals for the hundreds of firemen who were working to help stop the fires...the best they could. Tey made soup, cooked whole chickens and so much more... and they did this for days! I find out later in the days fol-

lowing, how many people were helping each they all came together immediately and without hesitation. I am so proud of all of us, even the peo- ple who did not loose anything, but selflessly made an effort to

help. Many people who tried to help found a place to give. Most importantly and for-

who is like a brother lost every- thing and had only moments to get away from his house in

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ing okay and will rebuild for sure. Tey came to my house and I listened. He needed to talk about it. We all need to tell our stories. We need to listen to them, and not attempt to fix them. I am thankful they are still alive... more than I can say. It took me over two weeks to venture out and go talk to people. I shed many tears, and was distraught even though I lost nothing. I know this is the story for many, if not all of us who live here and those who live far away. I am dedicating this

issue to all of the people I could find that helped

tunately most people survived with only the clothes on their backs. A very good friend of mine

Hopper and the Coffey Park area, where I raised both my daughters and where my chil- dren went to school. He is do-

people immediately and tried to soſten the blow. I have not been where there fires were. ... continued on page 11

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