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Looking at the horror of SANDY

Sunday, November 04, 2012

My heart is heavy for all those that nasty storm has impacted. My childhood memories are on the New Jersey shore, where I grew up. My first everything is there, on the beaches, the rivers, the sailing, fishing, sunrises and sunsets over the sea. My first loves, first kisses, learning to swim, to drive, Easter Sunday on the boardwalk after church, saltwater taffy from Criterion which was then on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. Sea Bright was where we hung out, learned to surf (sort of) played flag football and went to dances at the beach clubs. ALL GONE! Rockaway in New York and Coney Island, Staten Island with its charming neighborhoods and the fabulous Staten Island Ferry so horribly damaged.

I pray for a rapid recovery and I grew up there, so I know the strength of will of those people. But these are hard times beyond what any of them or us anticipated as the storm rolled in. Please send your most positive thoughts and any prayers you have to help those in need. If you can donate to the cause, do that as well. We ARE all in this life together and we need to be willing to help out when there is tragedy and need. God Bless everyone. May there be a rainbow after this storm emoticon
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NEWFLABULESS 11/16/2012 10:01AM

    I've never had the opportunity to see New Jersey, the boardwalk or anything other than Statue of Liberty (from afar) but my heart aches for all those who are touched by this tragedy.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/10/2012 2:34AM

    I have had everyone in my prayers that live in the devastated areas. It does hit home doesn't it? I just read today where a young lady, all of 19 yrs., quit college because she felt she needed to take care of her younger siblings. They lost their parents due to the storm. So sad, but the community came together and raised over $56,000 for the kids just in one day. Even with the people facing hard times themselves, they gave from their hearts. Like you said, the people are strong, and they will rebuild.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 11/6/2012 12:07AM

    Well said Grace. My heart goes out to all affected by this storm. And my thoughts to you too - for those places of your first memories so damaged.

You are so right - we ARE all in this life together. I had been meaning to make a Red Cross donation to this cause, but hadn't got around to it. After I read your blog, I actually did it. Thank you so much for this reminder. I hadn't known how I could help, but I thought that surely the Canadian Red Cross would be helping - I checked it out, and they are. So thank you so much.

Irene in Canada

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ADARKARA 11/5/2012 8:05AM

    I agree wholeheartedly. I live in NJ (Camden County) and my uncle in Little Egg Harbor lost his house. The boardwalk in Atlantic City is destroyed. My dad was born in Atlantic City, he grew up in Pleasantville, also heavily damaged. I hope those towns can bounce back.

If New Jerseyans are ANYTHING, we're STUBBORN and we LOVE OUR STATE!

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FRACKTHATNOISE 11/5/2012 7:28AM

    Well said, Grace.

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