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Alice's Story of the Hurricane Aftermath

1-1-06
Emergency Communities' relief kitchen, is now set up in the city of Chalmette in St. Bernard’s Parish (next to New Orleans). They plan on serving 252,000 meals over the next twelve weeks.  With the kitchen their central focus, they intend to provide a safe space for local residents to connect and rebuild their community.

Alice's Story of the Hurricane Aftermath

12-15-05
Another phone call from Alice. The Rainbow Cafe was assembled and ready for business when something happened and the geo-dome where the kitchen was prepared collapsed. The work starts over again. Alice was supposed to come home today or tomorrow with Eric. She is unsure of her plans, due to the setback. We hope she will come home for a bit anyway, we will see what she decides.

Alice's Story of the Hurricane Aftermath

12-11-05
Quick phone call from Alice. The Rainbow Cafe is opening for service in St. Bernard's Parish east of New Orleans today. The volunteers that run the kitchen (including Alice) are very busy today setting up the kitchen and serving area. Vacation is over, Alice is back in her tent.

Alice by her "house

Alice's Story of the Hurricane Aftermath

11-29-05
We had a phone call from Alice. They are moving their kitchen to New Orleans and have a break in work in between kitchens. The group obtained three condos where everyone is staying, the food condo, the party condo and the naked condo. Guess which one Alice is in.

Alice's Story of the Hurricane Aftermath

 
10-31-05-An e-mail from Alice

Alice's Story of the Hurricane Aftermath

News from a phone call 10-25-05
On her way down to Mississippi, Alice rode with a a group of womyn called The Godmothers. They had a truck bearing donations from Michigan. As they approached the Gulf Coast, she said they saw few road signs and the trees are all gone. They reached Highway 10 and turned east, arriving at Waveland, Mississippi. She set up camp and joined with others from the Rainbow Family to help cook for people who have lost everything.

Reflections on Wheatland Music Festival

"I had a great time at Wheatland this year! Of course! As Katy and I were driving home it struck me that Wheatland is our meeting blanket of life. Cheesy I know, but true.

This Saturday at breakfast we were all so glad when Eric took the blankets and set up a spot in front of main stage. Why? It wasn't just being able to see the music, but knowing that there was a place where we could all meet up. You don't know who is going to show up, or when, but if you go and enjoy the music, you know you will be with friends soon! It is one sure way we can find each other.

group of colorfully dressed people in front of the stage at Wheatland Music Fest