The Power of No Power
Contributor: Casie Caldwell, Old Lake Highlands
My reflections on how our community came together after a terrifying “rain bomb”
It’s been over three weeks since the “rain bomb” disaster hit Dallas, Texas and I’m ready for the next one.
Do I want another storm with 70mph winds that completely uprooted trees, crushed cars and homes, and shut down electricity for four days?
But after reading an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News titled, “Dear Electricity: Sorry I took you for granted”, I began to wonder if we’ve given Mr. Electricity too much power.
In a world that increasingly relies on technology, the absence of any electricity got me thinking about our digital addictions – social media in particular.
As awareness around the dangers of our online addictions increase, where links have been made between social media and depression, I can’t help but look at my own platforms – to my Facebook and Instagram “friends” that saturate my feeds and think ‘how many of us really know each other?’ Most of us don’t even have each other’s cell phone number, which makes me wonder what kind of connection we really have. Are we actually friends, or are we mutual pawns to ease each other’s boredom? Is the intimacy we share a charade to fill some unsaid void, or does it really exist? Is our use of social media merely an exercise in external validation? Afterall, someone, somewhere will offer the assurances you seek if you look hard enough, right?
On Sunday, June 9th, when all hell broke loose and we were without phones, TV, and the internet, we all looked up for a minute. We went outside to assess the damage. We asked how can we help? We met new neighbors. We cared for the elderly. We talked to strangers. We even saved some bees.
During the outage, my wife and I were fortunate enough to be able to stay with family in Richardson. There, we all gathered around the table to enjoy “Caldwell Nachos,” which, for those unfamiliar with my family, is a meal we ate together every Sunday night growing up. Alongside culinary favorites, we shared stories, laughed and most importantly, reconnected. After that, we played boardgames and learned new skills, like how to play Stratego with my nephew. He won.
Then Monday night came, and my Mom made another Caldwell favorite before the power returned and signaled the time for us to pack up and go home. However, before we did, I overheard my Dad asking, “can we do this again tomorrow?”
Connection. It’s important – even to my introverted father. It highlighted that in the current society we live in, where online facades replace the value of real, human connection, we’re missing something vital.
I’ve often wondered what would happen if The Walking Dead became a reality, or even The Day After Tomorrow. Would it really be as bad as depicted?
I think I know now.
The way our community showed up for each other last weekend gives me hope.
The lack of power gave us strength. A rain bomb disaster brought us together. And I for one am ready for the next one, if that’s what it takes.
"Being a good neighbor is an art which makes life richer."
Last week's storm made for a crazy week! To say we feel lucky
is an understatement.
While the storm wreaked havoc on our beautiful trees, homes and power lines, it showcased the kindness and generosity
of those around us.
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OLHNA is happy to announce that CareNow® is a new Gold Business sponsor for Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association.
CareNow® has opened a new facility in the Lakewood neighborhood at 2221 Abrams Road at Belmont Avenue. CareNow® locations are staffed with board-qualified physicians and other highly skilled healthcare providers, which are available to treat minor injuries and illnesses including cuts, burns, muscle strains, broken bones, common colds and the flu.
The Lakewood clinic will also specialize in:
• Family medicine
• On-site lab work and X-rays
• Occupational medicine
• Physical exams
• Flu shots
• Sports physicals
Stop by today and let them know that you heard about them from Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association.
East Lake Dental opened their doors in September 2017, next door to El Vecino (at Northcliff & Buckner). When asked about why he chose the location, Dr. Brent DeSutter says that he “Love[s] the ‘close-knit neighborhood in a big city’ feel of OLH, and the people are so friendly and supportive.” he adds, “I get to do what I love for a living, and then after work I can go for a jog by the lake! This ‘hood is seriously awesome!”
After graduating from dental school in San Antonio, Dr. DeSutter did a residency at the VA Hospital in Portland, OR. He then practiced in Colorado Springs before deciding it was time to start his own practice near family, in Texas. East Lake Dental treats all ages, and their favorite thing to hear is, “I never thought I would look forward to going to the dentist!” This super friendly staff also loves to meet people, so even if you are not looking for a dentist don’t hesitate to drop by to say “hi!”. Check out their website for more information: www.eastlakedds.com Thank you, Dr. DeSutter, for supporting OLH
www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-east-dallas-familia-block-party-benefitting-guns-and-hoses-tickets-38260391862Hey Old Lake Highlands!
You're Invited! Join Us for the East Dallas Familia Block Party
This Saturday Night at 6:00pm Benefiting Guns & Hoses!
9501 Waterview Road, Dallas, TX 75218
On 9/17 our neighbors, Laura and Colin Crawford, and their 2 children, lost their house in a fire. Watching the community come together to help them was inspiring. There were offers for assistance with housing, cleaning, fundraising, clothing, and meal support. The Crawfords are very grateful for all of the amazing support from their East Dallas Familia
-- What can you do?-
Attend - Come out and join us. Attendance is free. Listen to resident music genius, Chris Penn, of Good Records and Good Pagoda, mix music full of subliminal messages that will make us spend more money. Make a donation for food, which will be provided by Greenville Aveune Pizza Co. and One 90 BBQ. Food will be cash donations only, so please bring cash!!! Buy a shirt. Meet your neighbors and thank a fire fighter.
Buy a shirt* - Shirts available for preorder here or at the event. While attendance is free, buying a "ticket" here reserves you a shirt!
Donate - If you just love firefighters and don't care about T-shirts, just give
Donations and portions of food and T-Shirt sales benefit Guns and Hoses of North Texax
Here is the link to order a shirt and/or make a donation
--What can I bring? -
Seating! Folding chairs/blankets/bean bags/siblings you don't like
Drinks! We will have water, but bring a cooler with whatever you want to drink.
* In order to support our community we are using a local company to make the shirts. Without knowing the demand we can't plan for how many shirts to make. We will have shirts at the event to pick up if you pre-ordered, or buy on the spot. But if demand is too great, we may have to print more after the event. In which case they will be available for pick up at Good Pagoda. Your patience with this process is greatly appreciated, because most of the organizers have full time jobs, families, and questionable drinking habits that might delay delivery.
Click hJoin Dallas Water Utilities’ conservation team for the 2017 DCCCD Sustainability Summit on November 3 at Cedar Valley College in southeast Dallas county. The uplifting summit continues the Dallas County Community College District's tradition of focusing on solutions. The free, community-centered event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Register today at www.dcccd.edu/SustainabilitySummit
This year’s theme: environmental justice and resilience
Keynote speaker Mustafa Santiago Ali is a national leader on environmental and social justice. He will kick off the event with his address, “Moving Vulnerable Communities From Surviving to Thriving.”
Ali leads the strategic direction, expansion and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on climate, environmental justice and community revitalization. The Hip Hop Caucus is civil and human rights organization linking culture, communities and celebrities for positive change.
Ali joined the Hip Hop Caucus after working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he served as the assistant associate administrator for environmental justice and senior advisor for environmental justice and community revitalization. In 2010, Ali served as the environmental justice lead for the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion, which created the worst oil spill in American history.
More than 20 breakouts, workshops and interactive sessions
After Ali’s presentation, attendees can choose from a variety of breakout sessions covering healthy living, environmental integrity, economic vitality, social responsibility and justice.
Attendees will also have a chance for broader discussions during the specialized “Synergy Sessions,” and workshops including:
Ready to register? Visit www.dcccd.edu/SustainabilitySummit (Participants who register by October 30 will be provided with lunch.)
For more information about the DCCCD Sustainability Summit on November 3, contact Maria Boccalandro, sustainability program director at Cedar Valley College, by phone at 972-860-5204 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Hey OLH - we love our pets and we are so excited to announce that White Rock Pet Food Delivery, Winston Abbey Pet Sitting/Dog Walking and Happy Tails Doggy Daycare and Boarding are now OLHNA Business Sponsors. We appreciate our local businesses supporting our neighborhood. In turn we ask that you support these fine OLH Businesses. White Rock Pet Delivery and Winston Abbey Pet Sitting and Dog Walking are owned and operated out of our neighborhood. Happy Tails Doggy Daycare and Boarding is located near the corner of Northwest Hwy and Easton.
For more information about services that White Rock Pet Delivery offers, please visit their website www.whiterockpetfooddelivery.com/
For more information about the pricing and services that Winston Abbey Pet Sitting and Dog Walking offers please visit their facebook page
For more information about services Happy Tails Doggy Daycare and Boarding offers please visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/happytailsdallastx/
Join us for Paws for a Cause Event on Saturday 7/15 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Green Spot. This is a FREE event. If you want to be entered into our drawing, tickets are $5 per ticket and a chance to win over $1000 in prizes! Also, we will be offering curb Painting as an additional fundraiser for OLH PetWatch and Security. If you aren't going to be in town during the event, you can still participate by entering into our WinePull fundraiser. Tickets are $20 per ticket and you have a chance to win a $10 to $100 bottle of wine, you also get a free wine bag, OLH logo bag, a free entry into our raffle and $5 off curb Painting. Truly, too sweet of a deal to pass up. Only 11 tickets left. Act fast! Also, during the event we will have lots of fun for you, your family and your furry friends! Don't miss this chance to connect and meet your neighbors. Invite your friends... they will be glad you did.