Sunday, October 28, 2007

Food for the Soul, Oct. 28, 2007

Fire and smoke mean something different to this BBQ blogger this week as I've watched along with you the devastation in Southern California. The photo above was taken by a NASA satellite earlier this week and clearly shows the plumes of smoke extending high into the atmosphere.

Nearly a half million acres of earth have been scorched. More than 1,800 homes were destroyed. No fewer than five lives have been lost. And millions of others have been uprooted and had their lives pitched into unimaginable chaos.

Some have likened this disaster to Hurricane Katrina, but I'm not sure that such comparisons are fair or necessary. It's bad. Really bad. Sadly, at least one of the fires may have been deliberately set.

I'm sure that some will play politics with this, and that, too, is sad. I don't think the timing or scale of a response should be calculated or judged by what the political implications will be.

If you're looking for something you can do to help, here is a link to a government site with information on volunteering and assistance. There is also helpful information for fire victims.

For those of us who've been watching these events from a safe distance, take some time this week to step outside your troubles. Focus on the blessings in your life. And take a few moments to send some positive thoughts and prayers to those who need them.

1 comment:

Chef JP said...

Amen to that. Thanks for the link.