Good hearing from you, and thanks for the lead to Dennis’ use of the MA. I’ll take a peek at it as I’m able.
I appreciate your thoughts concerning how I, my family and community are doing under the shadow of Kilauea.
My family and I live on the other side of the island, so there’s no lava threat to us here. Of course, we are all grieved at the great misfortune suffered by those downslope from the volcano. 714 homes gone up in flames? It’s unfathomable! An enemy dropping bombs could hardly do more damage with conventional weapons!
The road around our island is only about 300 miles, so we all feel for each other! We all know some people who were directly affected. Many who lost homes are still living in shelters, mattress to mattress with others. Almost none had volcano damage insurance as its cost is astronomical. In addition, many have lost jobs in the area as people have evacuated, roads have been closed, and businesses boarded up indefinitely; and tourism, a major industry here, has been down 50%. Add to these blessings the privilege of breathing volcanic gases, which most on the island, including me and my family, do daily due to the prevailing winds; and the relative gloominess of living in this cloud. Some days the air is relatively vog (volcanic fog) free, but on others we can hardly see the ocean, even from just a half mile upslope from it.
This is not to say that my family and I are not happy campers. We are! The joy of the Lord is our strength! I’m almost seventy-four, and I still run - if you could call it running - and do mile-long ocean swims beholding the glories of the Lord’s creation with mask and snorkel.
Thanks for the welcome back to the forums. I’ve made some good friends here, learned plenty, and have even contributed a bit.
God Bless, Clint, and take care,