Hurricane Aftermath–What’s Up and How You Can Help | Brooklyn Based

This just in! If you wish to volunteer for the Hurricane Sandy clean up efforts in NYC, please click this link: I just signed up with the Public Advocate’s Office. Thanks to the wonderful team at Brooklyn Based for getting this info to us!


How to Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Hi everyone – Thanks for all of your emails, texts, and social media messages. Phin and I are A-ok. We never lost power but we don’t have internet service. I do have 3G signal through my cell, which I still can’t believe! The greater metro area is devastated. I am grateful beyond measure for my good fortune in this storm and I spent the morning trying to find ways to help others. At this early point, the best thing to do is donate to the Red Cross. I made a donation this morning. Please visit their site to contribute. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Also, a number of other nonprofits are accepting donations. That list of organizations is available here. I will be on the look out for other ways to help in the coming days and will pass that info along through this blog. On behalf of my amazing city, thanks for all of your care and concern.

nature, New York City

Leap: Nature’s Lessons Via Hurricane Sandy

View of Lower Manhattan as Sandy moves in

“Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.” ~ Hans Hofmann, German-American abstract expressionist painter

A partially collapsed crane in midtown, a building in Chelsea that lost its facade to the wicked wind, and a flooded Battery Park City. All bridges, tunnels, schools, city parks, and most businesses closed. Public transit completely halted. The city that never sleeps was brought to stillness by a powerful gal named Sandy.

Phin and I spent the day hunkered down. He snoozed for most of it and I got a lot of solid work done. I put together and sent my personal e-newsletter as well as the one for Compass Yoga. I prepped for an interview I have next week for a dream contract role with an innovative and inspiring education-based nonprofit, and applied for some additional contract work. I worked on plans to raise money for my nonprofit clients as well as Compass Yoga. I wrote, read, talked to friends, cooked good food, and got in a home yoga practice. By all accounts it was a good, good day in my little abode.

In all my activity, the roaring winds outside never let me forget that I am just a small piece of a greater pie, that there are forces beyond my control and prediction that can and will impact me in significant ways. The best we can do is roll with nature, respect her strength and heed her warnings. There are things in this world for which we can only prepare, and cannot fight.

Nature keeps us on our toes. It checks our egos. And it lets us know that we are all in this wild experience together, for better or worse, so we might as well give our best and take care of one another.