Too long a break post-Hurricane María

April, 7 months later. 7 months is a long time. But it was only a few days ago that we got a message from the cable company informing us that all work in our area had been completed. We only got service back less than a month ago. Service that worked maybe 20% of the time. So maintaining a website, an on-line shop were not very simple to do with no internet. 2 months is what we spent without running water. 5 months is what we spent without electricity. 7 months almost is what we spent without internet. Funny how most New Yorkers wouldn't survive a few days of this. I somehow did, learning the resilience of my ancestors, this land, our people. Most people see lack of posting, sharing, social media activity as dormancy, as lack of work, lack of success. I was raised in a time where there were no cell phones or social media to have everyone at your beckon call. It is astonishing to remember what we humans are able to achieve without all these amenities, devices. If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, did it actually fall? If something happened but wasn't shared on social media, did it actually happen?! Millions of trees fell. I have seen fallen trees with intact roots sprout vertical branches, perpendicular to their horizontal trunks. They bear fruit. We have much to learn from nature. We can bear fruit even when knocked down. If you do not hear from me or see me, rest assured. I'm still alive. Still pulsing, still breathing, still creating, surviving and thriving like the land and the trees!

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