Sunday, September 4, 2011
The flood mobilization/recovery efforts--grassroots/community/ and yes, even the government and corporations, have been great, but ... it's been a weird and depressing weekend in the Catskills. Yesterday I went to my store, which is okay, but I didn't feel right opening it, when half the town is ruined, and there are National Guard soldiers everywhere. I spent today trying to help someone dear to me who has been profoundly impacted by the floods. I've been thinking about tragedy, those created by man, nature, and a combination of man and nature (Katrina). I did give myself a break and sat in sight of the waterfall and ate cherry tomatoes from the farmers market, which was, hallelujah, open, and spent some time reading A Soldier of the Great War, a broad, deep, moving, profound novel about World War I, trying to put things in perspective.