Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A Timely Hiatus To Work Locally Helping Neighbors

Today is the one year anniversary of Hurrican Wilma hitting us here in South Florida. My house was without power for fifteen days. I was lucky that there was no damage to my house. Others, however, a year later, still have blue tarps on their roofs, no repairmen or supplies in sight, and are living in substandard conditions. We're all also suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome; children cry during rainstorms, and adults get tight-lipped and worried with each gust of wind.

It's estimated that 15,000 homes in Dade and Broward are without solid, safe roofs, subject to flooding in the next storm. Every rain storm brings news reports of more people made homeless as the blue tarps fly off, exposing their homes and apartments to the rain.

My business and personal life is very busy, so I had to find something(s) to eliminate right now. I'm going to take some time off from this blog to help with the efforts to rebuild South Florida, and also to aid in the struggle for affordable housing. We now have a "tent city" that has been established in our poorest neighborhood in an attempt to bring political attention to the plight of the people with *no* place to live.

The blog is fun, and I'll get back to it, but I want to spend my spare time in local efforts right now.


  1. Bless you, Anya.
    The measure of one's life is truly how one lives, NOT merely what one says.
    This is what our children remember as life lessons in humanity, in civic responsibility,in being a good neighbor and world citizen.

    And, contrary to what some might think, it's not so simple...

    You do what you must, and we'll support your efforts.

  2. Good idea, Anya.
    Let us know how it's going from time to time, I'm sure you will have many adventures along this road, and I am also sure the energy you expend will return to you manifold ways.

  3. Oh Anya, I didn't know. So good of you to want to help in the community. Setting an example is very important, I agree with Chaya.
    Will surely miss your blog for this while, which I hope will be a short one. Will wait for you when you decide you're ready to come back.


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