Manhattan, NY: Self-portrait on the mends
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Oh, Brenda...a million thanks. A million. -GJC
Grassroots Hurricane Sandy assistance and relief by the people, to the people: http://interoccupy.net/
Thanks, everyone. I fortunately was not affected by the hurricane to any degree of notoriety beyond the typical inconveniences. The most challenging part for me was going in for surgery the morning of, and having to negotiate how best to arrive and depart from the hospital with public transportation shut down for the storm's arrival. I am fortunate to have my sister and a dear friend living nearby, both of whom I am indebted for their courage and kind nature. But my extended communities, some of which were burned to the ground or washed out to sea, or remain without electricity in an environment where volts are nearly as essential as air, are no less unfortunate than those hit by other world tragedies. Today I was able to take a short walk around my neighborhood after nearly a week of being house-bound, and just about every two blocks or so there was a vibrant buzz of activity: people organizing great amounts of food, clothing, cleaning and living supplies for those hit the hardest in Sandy's aftermath. It really was a sight to see, and renews my faith in this city, and in humanity in general. I suppose we're all trained to watch the news with a critical eye, as we should, and attempt to filter out the hype. But make no mistake, there is genuine suffering but just a few miles away from where I type this. A friend who has gone to one of the hot zones to volunteer has brought back incredible eye-witness accounts. I regret that physically I am limited in my mobility at this time and cannot serve with muscle nor lens. That is frustrating. But if you click on the link above, there are many ways in which to serve or assist. Hope you find something to your liking.
I wish everyone well, and a lifetime of health and fulfillment. -GJC
Also by Gary Joseph Cohen
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