What do you do when …

What do you do when disaster strikes? Not directly, but from afar. Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, Islamic Terrorist attacks? Here’s IFO’s response to a question from her spiritual advisor:

My first response to a horrible event is to try to get as much information about it as possible. Having information gives me a sense of control.

Then I touch base with my own reality. I communicate with friends and relatives, not only to talk about the event, but just to let me know that normality is, well, the norm.

Then, as the horror seeps more deeply into my consciousness, I pray, asking G-d to bring comfort to the stricken, the harmed and the bereaved.

Then, I sit up, take a deep, cleansing breath and try to return to ‘normal.’ This can take hours or days, depending on the degree of shock. Normal is enjoying my surroundings, baking bread, cooking comfort food, playing CDs of my favorite music.

What do  you do?


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I've been investing in various assets by myself using a discount broker for many years. Over that time, I've developed some theories that others might find useful. Plus, there is more to investing than money. Time, talent, work, friends, family all go into developing a good and satisfactory strategy.
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6 Responses to What do you do when …

  1. harrogate50 says:

    Hi IFO,
    I, too, gather as much information as possible (from sources I trust) and pray for the victims. I have already fortified myself as much as possible with food, water, emergency supplies, cash, gold and a gun because those things make me feel more secure. Other than that, I walk my dog, appreciate the wonders of nature, enjoy my cozy little home, read, watch movies, spend time with friends and my Mom, and work on strengthening my relationship with God.

  2. Hi, Lynda, What good plans! It looks as if we think alike in many ways. I am still trying to talk myself into getting a gun and the requisite training, but am strangely reluctant. Could it be the constant drumbeat of anti-gun propaganda?
    As a long-time investor in many types of assets, I sold all my gold coins six years ago and I’m not sorry. And since I travel so much, I have no pets. I do have a hummingbird feeder, though. IFO

  3. Dixie says:

    IFO, I saw that you were having trouble accessing CTH but I also noticed that you must have solved the problem because you have “liked” a few comments very recently. Just wanted to say I’m glad you worked through the problems and have gained access again. Hopefully, you will begin to post again as I always enjoyed your down-to-earth comments.

    As far as preparing for whatever is to come, I haven’t done much of that….well maybe a few things like stockpiling water and canned food, and cash but I do that for hurricanes anyway. Honestly, I want to be among the first to go and not have to struggle to live a reasonable life. I have guns and I know how to use them but doubt I would be able to pull the trigger on a real human being, so really, with that being said, what’s the point?

    • Thank you, Dixie. You are right. My problems got solved. I have NO idea what happened! I kept trying to “like” and suddenly, it started to work again. Wonder if I was in moderation? My comments are sometimes pretty long, and sometimes a bit OT. I’m not sure what I would do, myself. I keep saying, “Hm, I should stock up.”

      • Dixie says:

        Maybe when T inquired about your problem on the open thread at CTH, that got you out of moderation jail. Sundance responded to T so perhaps no one noticed until it was brought to their attention. The mods on CTH seem to have disappeared recently from commenting and perhaps from moderating as well and the tone at CTH is changing, especially on the open thread. I guess they are still on the job but I see Stella is busy with her own blog and a few have moved over there with her. Stella gone, ytz4mee gone, Sharon gone. Maybe it’s just everybody busy with Christmas and I’m being too sensitive but a feel a rift. Anyway I watched for an opportunity to comment to you which never appeared so I tracked you down via T. Glad you haven’t left on a permanent basis too. Wonder if some of the other regulars are caught in the same net?

  4. I’m so glad you tracked me down. I rarely read the Open Threads, so I missed what you caught. Who is T?
    I agree with you about the relatively recent change in tone and absence of the people you mentioned, but attributed it to all the incoming trolls, holiday preparations, etc. Somebody did a great post on the difficulty of identifying and eliminating trolls, think it was Tyrannocankles on her own website. Is that Stella???
    I’m glad I’m back on the CTH blog, though, so thanks to you for reaching out.
    As to change in tone – I support Trump, but not as fervently as some. Some of the pro-Trump comments give me the creeps. Do I want to be associated with that attitude?

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