Heroes of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is over but the recovery and repair go on. Luckily, up in our neck of the woods (north of Durham) we only sustained wind and torrential rains causing temporary flooding. South of Raleigh and the coastline is a totally different ball game.

Tragically, there were several deaths related to Florence and millions in property and harvest damage. However, as with any emergency, the heroes come out in force.

Hurricane Florence first responders

First responders praying after finding mother & infant dead from tree falling on their house.

Below is only a sampling of such heroes but I wanted all of them to know how much they mean to us.

  • Rescuers saving 6 dogs abandoned in locked cages while flood waters rise (Leland, NC)
  • Amber Hersel who drove all the way from Indiana to help with Florence’s rescues.
Hurricane Florence heroes

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Chef Jose’ Andres’ led a hot food drive in Wilmington with a kitchen full of volunteers delivering meals to shelters.
  • Tony Alsop of Tennessee rescued 53 dogs and 11 cats, transporting them to shelters in his old school bus “Noah’s Ark.” Same as he did in Texas in 2017.

 

Hurricane Florence heroes

(Courtesy of Washington Post)

  • The Louisiana Cajun Navy rescued people and pets with their fleet of boats. (To learn more of this volunteer rescue squad and their deeds, check out their website: Cajun Navy Relief )
  • All the people who helped at the shelters with food, blankets, compassion and prayers. Hurricane Florence shelter

Seeing people opening their hearts and homes to those in need really restores your faith in humanity and Christians. Thank you and remember to help others, because you never know when you will need help.

If you know of other heroes, please add them to the comments so we can all enjoy them.

 

 

 

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Love Dance

For poetry with passion and romance, try Hector…

Of Love and Passion

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Love Dance

~

In a dance of colors a feathery display

in this a game of attraction,

words seeking a favorable reaction

to a glimpse of possibilities-

And what I seek but a loving woman

to fill my nights with passion,

 if not love then a warm body,

to carelessly fall

 into my heated arms

for a thousand and one nights

of seductive schemes-

I want to get lost in the charms

of a beautiful woman,

for this dance I will play

all my favorite games

with the brightest colors of all,

hoping love would somehow

find its way to my dreams-

H.O


I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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Photo Challenge: What Makes Me Smile

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is smile. Boy, that’s an easy one because so many things can put a smile on my face.  Some that top the list would be nature, my family, gurgling babies and cats. There’s a very good reason why there are so many funny and adorable cat photos and videos online. It’s to make people like me laugh and smile, boosting our mood and lowering our stress level.

So here are a few photos of my two, adorable smile-makers. I hope they give you a big smile, too.

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cats at the door

 

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cats in bathroom sink

 

cats in laundry tote

Have a great day and share a smile with someone else today. A smile is universally understood. 🙂  🙂  🙂

Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Reasons Cats Are Better Than Dogs

I agree with all of these plus some. What can you add to the list?

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Last week I gave dogs and the dog people their due in the worlds oldest debate.  This week it’s the cats turn. Don’t worry, I have no plans to continue comparing animals.

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10. Cattitude: You’ve got to respect their aloofness. They’re not all needy like dogs. If you’re gone 5 minutes, a dog acts like you’ve returned from the Bataan Death March while your cat just checks his watch and goes back to sleep.

9. Pooping indoors: When it’s cold and snowy and my dog has got to go at 6 a.m. I have to take her out. My cat on the other hand is even more stealthy about his bowel movements than I am. Cats are the ultimate Poop at Home People.  Some cats can even poop on a toilet.

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8.  Cats are never sick: My cat has been to the vet two times in three years. My…

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