November 26, 2012
Perspective can change with a weather forecast. I've learned so much since hurricane Sandy changed the landscape of my New York and New Jersey homeland. Life changing events have a way of changing perspective, just ask a California earthquake survivor, or a New Orleans resident. Living without power for a little while is one thing. Empty grocery shelves and gas restrictions based on your license plate number is another. The pictures are personal. There's the roller coaster at Seaside Heights my kids rode when they were little, now demolished; a Staten Island neighborhood a dear friend lived in got washed away. I received text notifications when the power was restored in the East Village after three days of living in the dark. Gas for a generator, hot showers and places with lights that actually work replaced a need for a dinner reservation at eight, tickets to a show or bumper to bumper traffic on the FDR.
It's been strange reading Facebook during this challenging time. One picture shows a parking lot of Hoboken cabs underwater, and another post shows a family having fun at Disneyland. Unless you're in it, or have history with it, problems that other's are enduring are hard to absorb. Kindness prevails, hard work happens, and slowly, this area will again rebuild. I'm keeping these pictures top of mind as I head into this holiday season. Let's work outside the "get" box on the air, and take it past the hustle and the bustle, the shopping and the wrapping. Let's remember those who rebuild, go the extra mile, provide services that go unnoticed and serve relentlessly.
On and off the air.
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She could be a
Floral centerpiece designer
School board chairperson
Right now she could be
Calling in sick
Waiting for a call about a job interview
Taking the polish off her toes
Waiting for a contractor
Bidding on a job
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