We have walls

We are tremendously excited at CRC. We have walls! Not too long ago, we did not. If you looked from the front door of CRC to the back of the warehouse, there was nothing to impede your line of sight.  Unless you stood directly in front of the bulldozer, of course. It’s a good thing…

Still drinking

The Chicks are not much for the traditional Christmas luncheon. We are all about the traditional Christmas cocktail. With appetizers. Heavy appetizers. Here’s Kim, Betsy and me. We seem to have latched on to Sambuca as our go-to cocktail and appetizer establishment. We are all about the Buca Beignets, puffs of dough stuffed with mozzarella…

Home for Christmas

I often say that we are privileged to serve because we stand on the shoulders of giants. I felt that in a very meaningful way today as we gave flood survivors mattresses that will allow them to sleep in their own homes again for Christmas. We are able to serve because two very tenacious furniture…

Weather weenies

The day before giveaway And all through the warehouse Boxes are everywhere And probably a stray mouse The agencies will be here To pick up their presents So Christmas will come To those who have less The high today will be 22 degrees. There is snow and ice on the ground. Our temporary 90,000-square-foot warehouse…

Funny hats

Is it a real job when part of your duties are digging through boxes of fantastic donations and putting on funny hats? I think so. Most definitely. We are at the airport warehouse on Saturday with some fantastic volunteers who are donating their time to sort donations for our Christmas Giveaway. You just never know…

Why things take so long

So, a reporter calls me yesterday. After gracefully beginning the conversation with a bit of innocuous chit chat, she zeroes in on the purpose of her call. Why is flood recovery taking so long? It’s been six months, already. Why is recovering from this flood taking so ‘frickin’ long? I’ll admit I added the inflection…

Elbow grease

People are not exactly lining up to volunteer at the Community Resource Center. Stuff a few envelopes? Too wimpy. Do a little filing? Not so much. Lifting heavy furniture onto pick-up trucks? Now, you’re talking. While the chicks at CRC are not ordinarily into heavy furniture and mattresses we’ve embraced the weight post flooding. We’re…

Flood fatigue

Those of us who are making flood relief our number one activity these days are starting to get a little tired. Just a little. And grouchy. Just a touch of that, too. There are several irritants, not the least of which is the fact that many people in Nashville and most people in the United…

Lexington barbecue

Tom Morgan and Billy Hunt are my favorite people today because yesterday they fed me Lexington, N.C., barbecue and there’s even a little left over in the fridge. There’s a Thomas Harris quote that goes like this: “The world will not be this way within the reach of my arm.” I think of Tom and…

Pico

I understand that at some business establishments there is a rule that pets are not allowed in the work place. Since we have no established work place and very few rules, we have decided to add a new member to the CRC staff. Her name is Pico. Here she is at her desk. She’s very…