Camp Fire One Year Anniversary 2019

The Camp Fire exploding behind the house the morning of November 8, 2018
Escaping in my truck from the fire, taken from a security cam November 8, 2018. Note the pitch darkness during a sunny mid-morning.

Today we mark the one year anniversary of the Camp Fire disaster, November 8, 2018. Honoring the 85 dear souls who lost their lives in the horror. Remembering the robust community of Paradise that is now cleaned down to dirt, to just a few homes and businesses; 50 thousand lives scattered like leaves.

Personally I feel so very fortunate to have made it through. It has allowed me to spend the year helping out, reorganizing and repairing, rebuilding and restoring, as much as I can.

I spent some of yesterday reflecting and just working through the layers of shock, sadness, grief, loss and pain that we have all endured here since the fire, and finally releasing that deepest fatigue, the bone-tiredness stored during this grinding, year-long, slow-motion crisis.

Rest and relief have never felt so good – before the next push.

We are finally through the worst of it, and that makes all the effort worth it. Today we are coming together as a community to remember, and to look forward to rebuilding our town according to its motto: “To be everything its name implies”.

We are Paradise Strong. May God Bless Paradise.

Published by Jim Flanegin

it shows up in the pictures...I am a US citizen (born in California), though spent my childhood through high school living primarily in SE Asia, giving me a deep view of both East and West. I began TM at 21 and the TM-Sidhis at 26. I was visited by Guru Dev at 39. The rest is history. :-)

2 thoughts on “Camp Fire One Year Anniversary 2019

  1. A very nice tribute to the anniversary of the “death” of Paradise. But with any end there comes the chance for a beginning. You as a survivor of the fires are in a unique position to have experienced the whole event, even as it continues to evolve.


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