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A Pocketful of Promises is a small photo essay in the wake of Hurricane Sandy months after the media moved on to the next "big story". My intention is only to keep it in the public's consciousness as long as there are still hundreds of families who feel forgotten by our government. As the nation celebrated the Presidential Inaugural, at a cost of over $120,000,000,...people along the coastline are still without the barest necessities of modern living. Essentials such as electrical power, running water, heating, food and decent places to live have been denied to these people because FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has still to release the funds direly needed to help them to begin to rebuild their shattered lives. So as I watch the President and his Washington cronies on the TV chowing down mouthfuls of $3000 a plate dinners at the Inaugural Ball, I couldn't help but think of the kind of "blast" Sandy's victims were having in contrast.
Footnote: A Sandy Relief Package has been approved after 91 days, and counting, of political dilly-dalling.
Forty one deaths were attributed to the storm in various neighborhoods throughout New York. This was one of them.
Tom Waits - The Earth Died Screaming
There was thunder
There was lightning
Then the stars went out
And the moon fell from the sky
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