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do you know what it means
I am sorta from New Orleans (which does not rhyme with means).
Lived there many years, have 3 brothers and dozens of friends who live there.

I spent a couple of hours watching CNN today trying to get a picture of
what is going on and being inundated with the many many individual
tragedies and the wide spread desolation from Florida through Mississippi
and Alabama and Louisiana takes it toll. New Orleans is getting so much
publicity but there are so many others who have been affected by this storm
and are at risk as well.

Something just came to mind, back during George Sr.'s war on Iraq, Desert
Storm I think CNN called it after a day or so of bombing and war scenes
endlessly on TV a short commercial length announcement by Mr. Rogers
started appearing. He was mostly focusing on telling parents to be aware
of how their children might be taking this extensive war coverage. The
combination of my vague rememberance of his words, their tone and
meaning, reminds me that we have to take care when seeing all this
disaster footage. Yes it is real. Yes it is sad and horrible. But we need
to step back from the tv. Take a deep breath and focus on what we can do,
in our own small ways, to help. I can't remember exactly Mr. Roger's
zinger, but he was trying to remind us to take care of each other, those
close to us and let them know they are safe and that we are there for
them and then to reach out to do what we can do to help others.

Sorry if that sounds like too much do gooder preaching, but sometimes the
spirit of Mr. Rogers is what we need to help us make a better

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imp_of_satan From: imp_of_satan Date: August 31st, 2005 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for that reminder. I couldn't tear myself away from the television today, I just kept hoping some reporter would give me some scrap of good news.
victoria_lane From: victoria_lane Date: August 31st, 2005 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
My first response was to be upset and then to wonder what I could do. But it's good to see someone else think of that and spread around the proactive thoughts.
charmed_art From: charmed_art Date: August 31st, 2005 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, I really needed to hear this. I've been stewing on it all day, just feeling sick for those people...thanks for reminding me of Fred's message.
From: ronjeremyslover Date: August 31st, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mr. Rogers was the coolest nerd ever.

I was thinking today if everyone with a home and food on their table gave just $10 to Red Cross or any of the relief causes, how much that would help.

God help me if I ever get immune to things.
pinotage From: pinotage Date: September 2nd, 2005 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
My mom pronounces it "New Or LEENS." It makes me want to throw things.

I'm sorry for the lack of intelligent insights in this comment. I'm so tired I think my eyes are going to fall out of my skull. This is the best I can do.
From: wrayb Date: September 2nd, 2005 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)

means leens

I think most of the country leans to leens. It is one of Louis Armstrong's faults that he recorded the song that helps propagate the misunderstanding..

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