God is in His Heaven, all is right with the world.
The Lord knows everything, even before it happens.
He is all merciful.
So why do disasters like Harvey and Irma occur? Wars? Genocides? I could go on.
I believe. Though no longer a Church goer. Speak directly to Him. Generally in times of adversity. Rarely to say thank you when things are good.
People believe in different ways.
Which brings me to the story of Jackie Tee and a silver toe ring.
Jackie’s first trip to Key West was 20 years ago this month. With her husband, 4 1/2 year old son, and sister. Jackie purchased a silver toe ring. She has worn it for 20 years.
A couple of months ago, she noticed the toe ring was starting to split. Irma hit Key West September 10. That same day, the toe ring totally split. Jackie found the same ironic. Perhaps meaningful.
Jackie has a friend who she describes as a “new age spiritual.” Her friend told her to have the ring repaired: Repair the ring, repair the island. The two went together from the friend’s perspective.
Jackie is having the toe ring repaired.
As a side note, Jackie has returned to Key West almost annually the past 20 years. She says the island draws her. It does. Many persons.
Some Key West information.
Wendy’s hit hard by the surge. Seven to 10 days before lower Keys residents can return. No power, water, sewer, limited food.
US 1 bridges all ok. Side road bridges not yet tested. Road debris being removed.
Five food drop sites have been established. Food and water was to be available. People went. Only two had food. All 5, no water. People upset. The first rumblings.
Cell phone service spotty. Persons outside the Keys do not seem to understand. Many complaining why relatives and friends in and from the lower Keys do not call them.
Cell phone service went down 3 hours after Irma hit. I read a report which described the event…..Everything went eerily silent.
Social media has been the savior. I now understand why Trump went to it during the campaign and now as President. Facebook especially helpful.
Hardest hit were Big Pine and Cudjoe Key.
No casualties reported through yesterday.
Re-entry for residents and business owners to MM 73 permitted. Islamorada.
Dusk to dawn curfew remains in place.
A few gas stations beginning to open in the upper Keys.
I received a text yesterday from Shavon White. She is a producer at FOX New York City. She required information about Key West, identification of some who stayed, how to make contact, etc.
Trump arrives today to inspect Irma damage. A proper thing for a President to do. My question is why he is not visiting the Keys. Air Force One could easily land at the Naval Base at Boca Chica. A few short miles from Key West in one direction and Big Pine and Cudjoe Key in the other.
We in the Keys are people too! Could use the lift a Presidential visit brings.
Trump is visiting with EPA head Pruitt. There is an irony to the visit. Both have been working hard to cut disaster relief programs from the federal budget.
They arrive today to take bows for doing a great job in the recovery. First Texas, now Florida. When the budget comes up, they will continue to oppose federally funded disaster relief.
Now a Trump/Sessions scenario of which most are unaware.
Recall the federal program that provided surplus military equipment to police organizations. Police organizations included university police/campus police. What is known as Program 1033.
The program was stopped two years ago by Obama.
Trump signed an Executive Order permitting a resurgence of the program. Supported of course by Sessions. Intent being that law and order prevail on college campuses where students have recently become exceptionally rowdy with demonstrations.
The program is delivering to college campuses grenade launchers, armored trucks, pistols, assault rifles, etc.
The militarization of college campuses! Something like 117 already receiving various items.
I find it difficult to comprehend why military equipment is required to put down college demonstrations. The student will view it as police state activity.
I read somewhere that most students graduate with a debt of $37,000. That much money and they have to oppose heavily armed campus police!
Most campus police today are privatized. Bothers me. They lack oversight. Quick trigger fingers in the making.
Just received a call from Guy de Boer. KONK Life publisher. He was in Homestead,. Leaving the Keys! Homestead has cell phone capability. Guy was calling friends to see if ok, where they were, etc.
He is leaving because he needs cell phone capability to run his newspaper. He will be doing it out of Miami for a few days.
Enjoy your day!