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February, 2010

Port au Prince, Haiti Day 7 & 8, trip 2

Published on February 27th, 2010 by in Blog

Today has been stressful. I was to be picked up early and transported to Jacmel, via Leogane, with a “VIP” team (CEO’s) visiting the projects. Because the driver forgot to pick me up and because the “VIP” team would not wait 10 minutes for me to catch up, I missed my ride—and arrived 1.5 hours


Port au Prince, Haiti Day 6 trip 2

Published on February 26th, 2010 by in Blog

A quiet night, thank goodness. I slept at a friends home in heavily damaged Pacot –her small 2 bedroom apartment is home for 8 people, and the streets are cramped with families living in makeshift tents. The night was noisy, smelly and heavy. It felt strange in an uncomfortable way to walk out of a


Port au Prince, Haiti Day 5 Trip 2

Published on February 23rd, 2010 by in Blog

My bones are beginning to get it. Last night an earthquake, 4.7 again but felt stronger (rumors are 4.9) really shook the house. At 1:35 am I was sound, sound asleep. I felt like I was some small ingredient in a frying pan being tossed or flipped–like a pancake, but many times, rapidly. I ran


Port au Prince, Haiti Day 4 Trip 2

Published on February 23rd, 2010 by in Blog

Woke up to a 4.7 earthquake at 4:30′ish this morning–I managed to fall back asleep shortly afterwards, as the persistence of the 4 walls around me and the ceiling above to remain walls and ceiling convinced me nothing would fall on me. I also really, really needed the sleep. I’m tired. There were several aftershocks


Port au Prince, Haiti Day 3 Trip 2

Published on February 22nd, 2010 by in Blog

Today was a “day off” (whatever that means in this situation) and I spent it with dear friends who have just returned home after evacuating their children to schools elsewhere. I had planned to sleep a little longer than unusual, but awoke to the lovely sound of early morning rain…and as I began my habitual


Port au Prince, Haiti Day 2 Trip 2

Published on February 21st, 2010 by in Blog

Its been a long day. When the word got out that I had returned I had non-stop sessions. People describe a weariness, a plateau of sorts, as they feel a bit more stability and yet continue to be surrounded by a city fallen down. “I go on because I must but its not easy.” Men,


Port au Prince, Haiti Day 1 Trip 2

Published on February 20th, 2010 by in Blog

Touched down today at 12 noon, on the second commercial flight to land. I was meant to be here earlier, but many flights scheduled for today cancelled or made dramatic changes to departure time–my originally scheduled flight actually left 2 hours early! So, I missed it. Thankfully I found a seat on American Airlines. I


Santa Fe

Published on February 11th, 2010 by in Blog

I’ve returned home for a week before heading back to Haiti. I hadn’t intended to write while here, but today, a day I spent with clients who are refugees from Iraq, I experienced a depth to the human spirit that I am absolutely certain I cannot describe in words. I’ll try. I met with a


Santo Domingo, Day 12

Published on February 8th, 2010 by in Blog

I arrived here yesterday to catch my flight home today. I envisioned relaxing at the pool before I returned to emails and my report. I sat by the pool but didn’t relax; there is way too much energy vibrating my body. Even though its the same pool I sat by before I went into Port


Port au Prince, Haiti Day 10

Published on February 7th, 2010 by in Blog

Just packed after a long day of what was meant to be writing, but ended up being many more sessions. Its humbling to be approached by so many people who do not usually access psychology; to sit with drivers, groundskeepers, cooks, managers, community organizers, accountants, and others who are willing to open up about things