(The beauty of instant film on a sunny table at Oasis.)
With hurricane Sandy upon us here on the east coast, Palm Springs suddenly seems so far away. I am sitting here in my 3rd story apartment typing quickly in hopes that our power stays on long enough for me to finish this post. I am even working a day in advance in case power goes out and we are without it it for who knows how long. I filled the tub full of water in case we need it. Lanterns and batteries at the ready. Trying to organize meals in my head, what we have, what we could cook on the grill if we do indeed lose power. Perspective switches rather quickly. Simple needs trump wants. My mind wanders to my family in Pennsylvania, my friends in New York and New Jersey, and of course my own little family here in Maine. The winds rattle our windows. Will the trees stay upright? (please stay upright) Just a few short days ago I was playing in the warm sun in California with many ladies from this very sisterhood who are now home with their families just as I am waiting this storm out. I look at this image and see the words captured on film. The same words that were written more than once at The Ace, “we are all in this together.” How very true those words are, made even more fitting when mother nature has her way.
Our lenses tend to focus on the beauty around us, but after a day and storm like this, many will focus theirs on the aftermath. Documenting their way toward hope, healing and rebuilding. Strangers will come together to help. People will rally and beauty will prevail, even in the midst of darkness. I know this to be true, I lived it one fateful day March, 1993 in Florida when I woke to find a wall of water outside my front door. I am forever grateful for the unique perspective that day gifted me. So tonight, I send out wishes of hope for all in harms way. Gratitude for those who will help those in need. For we really are one.
Share an image of hope with us here today. Give in any way you can; donate blood, food, water, shelter, smile at a stranger, hug someone you love, and remember we ARE all in this together.