Friends, Mother Nature has flexed her muscles this summer. South east Texas under water, huge earthquake in Mexico City, Florida bombarded by wind and water. But the disaster that has held me tight in its grip is the double whammy of hurricanes on my beloved Virgin Islands. Even as I sit safely in Wyoming writing Stunner, half the locations in the novel have been destroyed by Irma and Maria. What Doesn’t Kill You . . . the series name . . . in real life.

You won’t see much about St. Croix in the media. The population isn’t big enough. It isn’t a well-funded tourist mecca. But the damage is extreme, and the path forward to recovery for our loved ones is long and hard. We don’t even yet know how Estate Annaly (the real-life Annalise) fared.

When you’re counting your blessings and saying your prayers, could you spare one for our Crucian friends and family? For all those affected everywhere, yes, of course, but if you could add in the under-represented citizens of this beautiful island, it would mean the world to me. If you’re looking for more concrete ways to help, St. Croix son Tim Duncan (of San Antonio Spurs basketball fame) has set up a fundraising campaign which he matched with a million dollars, and you can donate to it HERE.

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9 Responses to Un-Reality

  1. Eric Hutchins says:

    Thank you for posting that.

  2. Judith says:

    How I feel for you all at this ghastly time. May thoughts, love and friendship get you through

  3. Pat Dinhoble says:

    My heart is hurting for your beloved paradise. My prayers are added.

  4. Nan says:

    Added post to Facebook & am heading over to donate now. People often forget about the US Virgin Islands and I want to add my support in helping them recover – and they will.
    Nan recently posted..Why He is STILL Out of His Mind

    • Pamela says:

      Ah, Nan, you are awesome. Yes, we forget about the people in far flung, small places, and in the case of the USVI and the rest of us in the USA, that the people in our territories are US citizens. Puerto Rico less so b/c of it’s size, but the citizenry issue is still a stumbling block to how connected we feel, whether we are “family.”

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