Saturday, October 9, 2010

Even natural disasters can't stop it

Today I helped out with a local relief effort to assist people in our community hit by a series of tornadoes. Poor Flagstaff. First huge snow storms,






then a forest fire,





next floods





and now tornadoes.



All in one year. What’s next, you say? Well there’s always the possibility of the two inactive volcanoes we live beneath blowing.

It’s been a crazy year. (No, I’m not ready to move. I’ll stick it out.)

But as I walked transects looking for people’s belongings the twister left strewn through the forest, I noticed how many children’s books were part of the occasional debris. It was sad to see them lost and ruined but it gave me strength to know books are still in homes. Children’s books are still part of a family’s life. The uncertainty of the economy or the digital age has not changed that. Apart from drywall and shingles, books were the pieces of debris I saw the most.

Books!

Fear not, writers, there will always be books and kids to read them.

24 comments:

  1. Oh, that's heart-breaking, the number of natural disasters that strike your area.

    It's warming, though, to know that there are still children's books gracing people's house. :)

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  2. hi miss jackee! im real sorry for all that bad stuff that happened where you live. i didnt know about it. youre just so nice to help those people that got their homes lost its real nice that you could be a help for those people that got their homes gone. helping each other is just really important.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  3. Wow. That is insane. I didn't realize Flagstaff could even have tornadoes. Best of lukc to the folks in your town.

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  4. I didn't realize Flagstaff had gone through so much this year; it's so kind hearted of you to help those in need...Glad to hear "real" books (no kindle for me!) are still out there in people's homes, a part of their lives...Wishing all that good karma you are putting out into the world right back at you!

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  5. Wow, Flagstaff's really taken a beating! I used to live outside Phoenix and the only natural "disasters" we'd get were dust/sandstorms. I hope it doesn't get worse. :(

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  6. Oh well done you!!! What a year for your community. I hope the weather settles down now for christmas at least! I'm so sorry for the families who have lost so much but well done for the community for gathering together and helping each other out - well done you again!

    Oh books! Wow!! Print books will always be around and readers too!

    Take care
    x

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  7. I'd have the same bittersweet feeling about seeing ruined books.

    How nice of you to help out. I'm sorry your area has been slammed. I hope this is it for a long, long time.

    At least you guys should be safe from hurricanes.

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  8. Yikes! I'm glad to know you still love the place you live to stick it out and I hope that the natural disasters start to take a break.

    I'm glad to know that books are still around, people are still enjoying those precious reads.

    One thing that broke my heart was when I met my husband and he'd never heard of the novels or childrens books I read growing up.. his parents didn't read to them. I'll tell you, I'll be reading to my children every night.

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  9. what a year. let's hope the volcanoes don't blow. thinking of you.

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  10. Wow, Jackee! I'm sorry to see that your community has been through so much, but it's so inspiring to see that you're helping out. Great to know that you found so many children's books -- proof that kids today are still reading.

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  11. That's amazing. I can't believe the trials that city has faced. Man.

    What you said about the kids books thing makes me think that they could use a kids-book-donation for those poor families.

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  12. Oh my goodness, I hope no one was hurt in the tornadoes! It's amazing that Flagstaff has had to cope with so much extreme weather this year. There have been so many extremes everywhere that it's hard to cope. I gave up trying and am just sticking things out, like you.

    Good luck and best wishes with the recovery effort.

    Jai

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  13. I love that you found beauty in such an ugly situation.

    The first MS I wrote (The Kindrily) takes place in Sedona. I love AZ. It's sad to know it's been hit with so much disaster lately.

    I have a feeling books will always be a beautiful part of the world--no matter how furiously technology tries to take over.

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  14. Good thing I clicked the link to the Flagstaff snowstorm because I couldn't imagine that happening in October!

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  15. Don't EVEN say that about the possibility of those volcanoes erupting! YIKES!!
    You are such a humanitarian and am sure your help is very much appreciated! :)

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  16. Wow - the area deserves a bit of a break from Mother Nature. I hope things are looking up!

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  17. Wow, Jackee -- you guys have just been hit with everything this year. But bite your tongue! The San Francisco Peaks cannot blow!!

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  18. Wow, that's a ton to go through! I'm glad to hear there are books in homes though, but sad to hear the of all the loss.

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  19. You've definitely had your fair share this year. Hope the volcanos keep their mouths shut.

    Great news about the books for kids. It's sounds like they're going to be needing a lot of new ones in your area soon. Maybe there should be a book drive.

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  20. Girlfriend...I have a feeling you are looking forward to winter too. At least in winter all you can get is snow.

    I'm sorry to hear about this most recent round of weather. You've had more than your share this year! I know your neighbors appreciate your help...

    Interesting observation about the books...

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  21. I am so sorry to see all of the devastation that Flagstaff and all of it's residents have had to endure. It's not a very big town, right? We were there in March 2007 on our way to the Grand Canyon, like so many. My husband gave me the hardest time b/c I made the hotel reservations. We stayed at Little America. We felt like we were in The Shining. That place needs to be updated yesterday. Make that several years ago! Ha! Anyway, enough about that... I'm glad you stopped by my blog when Cheeseboy guest posted. I look forward to reading more of your stuff!

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  22. Sorry your town has been hit so hard! I hope you've seen the last!

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  23. Wow--your community has gone through some things. Did I tell you I visited there once to an Indian mission? I am amazed at the difference in landscape there.

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  24. What a rough time your area has been through! Thanks for sharing the pictures and educating us on what's happening there, Jackee. That is encouraging news about the books although so much destruction is extremely sad.

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