This has been a real humdinger of a week. My cousin Valerie lost her husband of 36 years which is devastating to the family. Ron was a good man; funny and solid and grumpy/sweet. He will be terribly missed by his wife and children.
Hurricane Sandy roared into the Eastern Seaboard and tore up Staten Island, New Jersey and Breezy Point, Long Island. Manhattan got smacked around too. People lost everything and the President made a huge showing of running around in a rain slicker and telling people FEMA will not let anyone wait longer than 15 minutes on the phone. All that is fine except that no one has power, the grids are down so no one can use their cell phones and the cold weather is coming. People are screaming for help. So far the most effective relief organizations have been private (American Red Cross, Catholic Charities of NY, The Bartenders Guild of Manhattan and no, I am not kidding) and just as it did under Bush when Katrina pummeled New Orleans The Government is not getting the job done. The difference this time? No one is holding Obama personally responsible for the fact that people on Staten Island and at the Jersey Shore have been reduced to abject poverty by a storm.
The election is still ahead but it looks as though the President will be re-elected. I suspected all along he would be but still feel pretty good about voting my conscience and refusing to get pulled into the nasty, paranoid fray that is US politics. Politics has always been nasty. The rich have always pulled the strings. I think that now it seems worse because of social media sites. People with little or no critical thinking skills - on BOTH sides of the political aisle, I might add - insist that posting one line political jokes is discourse.
Today is the Feast of All Souls. Please remember those who have gone on before us. Pray that their time in Purgatory is short and that we may all be together soon in Heaven.
And please pray for my family...we are suffering.