“Baseball calls it a curve ball for a reason: you just don’t know where some pitches will land. Your ace could get injured. Your golden glover could err. Your team could sit through a rain delay. Your manager could get ejected. Your bench must be broad and deep enough to overcome.” –  Christine Pelosi

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Since the wildfires forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016 the inhabitants of the city have had their lives placed on hold. On June 1 people began returning, but many are unable to come back due to a variety of reasons. Some had no insurance of any kind, some continue to wrestle with insurance companies to have necessary home repairs done – many had no home to come back to and are in search of accommodations. For others it may be the extreme trauma experienced fleeing the fire. This has made getting back to “normal” something of a challenge for Fort Mac. Waiting times are long for many services and the list of things to be done is long and tedious. Many businesses do not have enough staff to reopen their doors and the lack of trained personnel also aggravates the issue.  There are signs all about town proclaiming “We Will Rebuild” and “Fort Mac Strong” and the rebuilding will take place but it will take some time, years perhaps and for that we need not only strength but patience as well. Pause and count to ten…

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  1. Next time I read a blog, I hope that it won’t fail me as much as this one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read through, but I really believed you’d have something helpful to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something you could possibly fix if you weren’t too busy looking for attention.

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