This will be a short entry, but I wanted to discuss the fire that we have here in Santa Barbara. It started Tuesday afternoon, and any of you that live here know how much worse the situation became yesterday, when the sundowner conditions came up about 3 p.m. This morning I woke up to find a very thick layer of smoke covering much of the town. The air quality is very poor. Many people have been evacuated, and homes have been lost.

In the midst of all of this, though, there are many blessings. In this time of crisis, people have really come together to support each other. Many people are volunteering in a wide variety of ways. It’s so heart-warming to be reminded of people’s basic goodness. When they hear that there is a need, they step forward and fill it to the best of their ability. I have already heard of so many instances of help offered and accepted. Miracles happen everyday, even in the midst of tragedy.

Please stay safe, and stay well. Remember to reach out to others in their time of need. You’ll be blessed, and so will they. Our connections are our strengths.

A quote by Helen Keller is important to keep in mind right now:

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”


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