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...th
en 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...no
t 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...th
e 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 other...how
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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Founder, Publisher & CEO
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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