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Eight Things I Learned from Sandy (by Candlelight)

Well, it’s been an eventful couple of weeks! Even if you are not in New Jersey, you must feel the impact of a disaster like Sandy. I feel it’s a good time to count my blessings, and send love and resources to those who did not fare so well.

I  go back to my roots at times like this. Mennonite Disaster Service is helping to clear trees. They have a very low admin overhead as they rely on  many volunteers. You can read about their work at as well as make online donations.

Things I learned from 12 hours without power, complements of Sandy

1. Votive candles are like little friends, keeping your heart warm and your spirit up

2. You can forget all your worries when you have your loved ones nearby and Settlers of Catan (the board game)

3. Reading a well-written book even in dim light is delicious (my companion this week was a friend’s book, From Plagues to Miracles — good wisdom in there.)

4. Bending pine trees are terrifying but a small white dog in a little brown coat can keep your heart open

5. Neighbors are your local family. They can bring humor, love and a hot cup of tea just when you need it the most.

6. Talking to the wind and to the trees gives you a sense of power when you feel utterly powerless.

7. To-do lists are highly disposable.

8. Structures and 100-year old trees may fall, but love is bigger than all that.