The Seabee Base The Navy Seabee Base is my new home for the duration. It is an enormous 4 bay hangar that normally houses tanks and massive construction equipment. (The Seabees are the construction arm of the Navy.) Vehicles travel up and down the main concourse. The Red Cross is in the second bay; there […]
Gulfport, Here We Come Every time a contingent is sent out from HQ, everyone in the building stops what they are doing, stands, applauds, hoots, hollers, and whistles best wishes to the outgoing gang. It is a heartwarming, emotional moment for all. It reaffirms what everyone is doing in that cavernous old K-mart building. That […]
Hurry Up and Wait Between the Red Cross insignia to paramilitary blues, an abundance of backpacks, and a willingness to talk to anybody, you could spot the assorted volunteers in the Atlanta airport where many of us converged to fly into Montgomery. Night One is spent at a “professional” motel complete with fire ants, in/out […]
We have just marked the 10th anniversary of the Katrina disaster and I have been remembering my Red Cross days there. My almost three weeks of deployment were profound and life-changing. Over the next week, I thought I would share with you my memories in a few installments from a 10-year-old piece named, “Undercover Shaman: […]
Everything is a lesson of compassion. - Adele Ryan McDowell
This talk is approximately 15 minutes of wonderfulness from Dr. George Lombardi, an infectious disease specialist who came to treat Mother Teresa. This was part of 2012 The Moth and World Science Festival. The theme was Stories of Flashpoints. In a very funny, real, and heartfelt way, Dr. Lombardi tells us how he was approached and came to help […]
“Today, give yourself permission to rest.” Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.