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  • Ginny Brown
    Posted September 6, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Hi, you two… I saw this posted on Judy Clemens’ Facebook page.. didn’t now it was YOU until I opened it, so I’m doubly glad to have done so. Thanks for creating this “snapshot” of our town. Well done…still heartbreaking (we still live here; ours is one of the 1,200 or so homes that survived), but you are right — we are on our way.

    • Ryan
      Posted September 6, 2019 at 10:14 am

      It’s still pretty unbelievable that everything is gone. I’m so glad that your home survived. My parent’s and Susan’s parents both lost their houses. But my brother’s house survived. Paradise has a long road ahead of them for sure. It’s good to see things moving forward.

    • Post Author
      Posted September 6, 2019 at 10:28 am

      Ginny! Hi! I’m so glad you found our website (thanks to Judy for sharing)!
      I’m glad your home survived, but I also feel for you – it’s a different road than those who lost houses, but difficult none the less. My heart is with you as you are rebuilding the community you lost and are learning a new normal among chaos. There is hope and hope keeps us afloat. 🙂

  • Yvonne
    Posted September 7, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    I’m glad you were able to come up to see the improvement. We find things to smile about, but still shake our head a lot. I don’t cry as much, but I still feel an intense sadness. However, I do feel like we will end up with a bright and beautiful town to call home. Next time, please call me. I would love a good Susan hug!!!

  • KayLynn
    Posted September 17, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Love your pictures! I totally get what you are saying about having almost survivor guilt. It is a tough thing to go through without actually going through it. Glad you guys got some family time!

  • Alan McRae
    Posted March 7, 2021 at 7:26 am

    While fire’s role in climax forest maintenance, renewal and restoration is more scientifically understood, it doesn’t lessen the pain & disruption felt by humans – the most settled & fixed species upon the land, besides the trees themselves, of course.

    The intensity of the heat released is so vividly captured in your excellent photos that it fairly screams “run for your lives”! Yes, even we powerful & intelligent human beings must flee with all the other creatures before the terrible power of Mother Nature scorching the Earth around us. Truly humbling, at a time when our technologies can make us feel like Demi Gods and our obvious impact on Global Climate Change triggers massive procrastinating denial instead of urgent emergency actions.

    The 21st century is now coming toe-to-toe with Homo Sapiens and starting to stare us down in no uncertain terms. Either we continue as before and experience the amplified consequences or we take a step back and re-examine our modern lifestyles to see where sustainability & resilience need to be improved. The entire Community of Life on Earth is watching to see how badly we will act or how wise we will become in our stewardship.

    We shall see…

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