ARCHIVE FOR November, 2012


Posted by Deirdre // 11-26-2012


So I’m a few days late with the Thanksgiving post. If you follow this blog at all you know I’m not usually timely with stuff. Not my strong suit. But after such a big and tumultuous Fall, I felt it really necessary to express thanks for all that I have. Here’s a list, not necessarily in order of importance.

In Rockaway pre-Sandy

– My crazy, creative and life-loving boys (all three of them).

– Brooklyn, NYC and the incredible community that has done such amazing things in the wake of Sandy. I’m blown over by those who have devoted so much time, energy and finances to this very worthwhile cause. I feel like in the end, we all MAY be closer for it, if we allow it to happen. And if we continue to support those who still desperately need it.

– The election: Obama! Plus Elizabeth Warren and the other kick-ass women who will be fighting the good fight for all of us!

– My extended family, because we have wonderful grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins who make us laugh and give us beautiful places to go outside of the city to experience nature and open space and each other so that we can appreciate this place when we come home.

– Our friends, who make Brooklyn almost impossible to consider leaving.

– The fact that it’s been a year since I had to work for an aging mean girl, who made me feel crappy about myself pretty much daily. And almost a year since I left my job completely, allowing me more time with my guys and more time to feel crappy about myself when and if I choose!

So, what are you thankful for?



More Ways to Help Today0

Posted by Deirdre // 11-05-2012


It’s kind of overwhelming, in the best way, how many organizations, businesses and regular citizens are mobilizing to help the victims of Sandy. It’s truly inspiring. But there is so much need still, and with the temperatures plummeting and another storm coming on Wednesday (can you say climate change? I mean really, can we say it and deal with it?!) there remains so much to do. Here are some great ways to help either in person or online through donations. Again these are mostly Brooklyn/Queens/SI focused. I know many are without power and really hurting in NJ, LI and Westchester. If you have contacts for local agencies helping please post in the comments.

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After Sandy5

Posted by Deirdre // 11-03-2012


It’s hard to even put words together still. We are fine. Our neighborhood – besides several downed trees and a slightly changed landscape of Prospect Park – is fine. But the city is not. I have that low-lying ache in my gut that I had after 9/11. The devastation is not as severe – for most – yet the feeling that everything is changed, forever, is there. And for some, it is way worse.

Rockaway Beach after Sandy via NY Daily News

Rockaway Stone Wall at about 84th Street in September

There are places that my family and I have loved visiting year after year – Coney Island, The Rockaways, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach – that are completely decimated. And it’s hard to know what to do. We’re gathering clothing to donate, batteries, flashlights, wipes, and today taking them to JJ Byrne Park in Park Slope where they will be taken to Red Hook by Park Slope Parents, who is doing a great job of keeping up with ways to help. I will also likely donate time today to help organize supplies or drive them where they’re needed. It’s the only way to not feel so helpless. It is simply overwhelming.

If you’re far from the devastation and want to help, I would say don’t bother with the Red Cross. People need things like clothing and food NOW and I think the best thing to do is donate to a local charity or city council that will take them where they’re needed. See some options below. I’m sure the same is happening in Westchester, Fairfield and Jersey. Long Island was also walloped, especially Long Beach. I’ll do my best to find some local non-profits in those areas for donations, or if you know of any please post in the comments. We’ll get through this, slowly but surely.

Brooklyn Neighbors is taking donations to buy things like underwear and towels in bulk for those in local shelters

The NY Aquarium was completely overcome by a surge of water and needs help recovering

You can take or send non-perishable items to Councilman Stephen Levin’s office at 410 Atlantic Ave (at Bond): WATER desperately needed — sending it to folks in the Breezey Point Area; UNUSED Toiletries, Baby Items (diapers, wipes, blankets) They are there 9:30 5:30 but if you need to donate later please call ahead 718.875-5200.

Donate tech skills to local businesses (I believe you can do this from home)

Park Slope Parents also has a list of local drop-boxes in many neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Occupy Sandy was created by the Occupy Wall Street group. They are collecting goods, galvanizing volunteers and lending their skills to address the issues.