MamaBlogger365 – Hurricanes and Earthquakes and Floods, Oh MY! by Shira Adler, Diva Mama

After the immense sadness and intense soulfulness of the last two weeks, dealing with my Grandfather’s last days and funeral, I felt sure I would be more than entitled to a restful period where I could take stock of these past few weeks, meditate, rest, be with the kids (I know these last two don’t necessarily belong in the same sentence but, so be it) and begin my own healing.

Despite Mercury coming out of Retrograde, or maybe because of it, there has been nothing but “tsurris” (trouble) in River City as my Bubbe AND Robert Preston used to say, for the better part of this month.

Mother Earth is speaking and speaking loudly. It all began a few weeks ago. As I contemplated going home to LA weeks ago to visit my soon-to-be departing dear Grandpa, my honey and I were given a beautiful opportunity to visit our buddy’s spectacular seaside estate in Puerto Rico.

Except there was a hurricane bearing down on the island, which threatened to ruin our plans. We started tracking Hurricane Emily as she reared her mischievous head for days prior to departing for our much-needed escape to the island and thankfully, she only slightly dampened our perfect romantic get-away.

However Irene, whom I like to think of as Emily’s nasty first cousin, seems to be displaying a far less generous disposition. As I type this, she is preparing to take a vicious bite out of the big Apple and I hope to post this blog before the power fails.

So what’s a girl to do besides run to every store within a 30-mile radius in search of D batteries, tampons, water bottles, Pop-tarts and water… you know, the absolute essentials.

My honey certainly did his part, making a valiant effort today by pulling in lawn chairs, planters, knocking down my event tent which has been sitting too long at the bottom of our driveway, raising everything off of the basement floor, and using powerful (and smelly) Gorilla tape to secure the rattan shades lining our bunny’s peaceful domicile on our ample screened in side porch.

So now we sit – and we wait – listening to the sound of the rain pelting our rooftops with increasing intensity and praying that when (not if) we lose power, it won’t be for more than 24 hours.

Storm pundits estimate that more than 44 million people up and down the Eastern Seaboard will be subject to winds greater than 50 mph and that’s only the beginning. Because our area is ill-equipped for the sudden and serious natural disaster hitting this week, various power grids may actually have to be rebuilt which would mean power outages that could last beyond a week.

I pray this is not the case. I pray that there are no other deaths other than the eight already reported today. I pray for safety and well being for all East Coasters.

The storm is frightening but powerful and not because of the hurricane force winds, waves and flooding potential. It is the storm of the century, in my opinion, because it is drawing neighbors together, friends, families and strangers as only a natural disaster of this magnitude can. Maybe this is why God and Mother Earth plan these things after all? To remind us of community, generosity of spirit and kindness, all in the face of a deadly natural disaster.

I won’t even mention the EARTHQUAKE that hit a few days ago. Really? Earthquake? In New York? Wasn’t that part of the reason I left LA?

Okay… so, Grandpa, if you’re up there watching all of this, you’ve always been able to move mountains so how about a few storm clouds?

And to everyone riding out the storm… may you have as much peace, luck, and light as spirit will allow.

BIO: By day Shira Adler is a cantor, spiritual vocalist, certified pastlife regressionist, voice-over artist, producer, performer, writer/blogger and mompreneur and by night… well, she is actually the same person at night though she does admit to wearing fuzzy socks when no one can see her and hiding a secret stash of Mallomars somewhere near her writing desk for those late night pick-me-ups. In, around, and between her various work activities, she is raising two beyond-the-spectrum children as a single mom (though lovingly gives a shout out to her best friend, editor and soulmate whom she considers the bees knees). Is it any wonder her website’s tag line is One Voice Many Paths? Seriously, look up the definition of a multi-tasking Mama and you will find her picture there. But when it comes to living a life of connection, faith and consciousness Shira is the gal to call — or if you’re fresh out of Mallomars — she’s always happy to give you one. For more information visit:, read her blog at; Social: Twitter (1DivaMama), Facebook (DivaMama1), Tumblr (not really sure, but the name is cute) and LinkedIn (because doesn’t everyone?).

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