PILES OF DEBRIS outside damaged homes could be seen easily from the highway. submitted photo
PILES OF DEBRIS outside damaged homes could be seen easily from the highway. submitted photo

     WHERE DOES ONE FIND solace from disasters?

     Maybe in the kindness shown among strangers.

     It’s no secret that when life deals people its worst, we get to see humanity at its best.

     For this week, I’d planned to share a couple stories of how Riponites — past and present — painted a silver lining on the sadness and devastation hurricanes can bring.

     But, as it turns out, there’s too much to share in just one column.

    So, for this week, I offer the experiences of Joe Wrzinski, who with another truck driver took a full semi of goods to Houston, Texas, following Hurricane Harvey.

     His is just one of countless stories of men and women stepping up in the face of disaster.

     Next week, I’ll bring another: a tale from Polly (Hutton) Looper, a former Ripon resident who survived Harvey, and lived to help others afterward.

     Two stories, two perspectives, one common thread. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Sept. 14, 2013 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.