, Newburyport, MA


December 7, 2012

What can I say?


All those address stickers and note pads they send make me feel a little guilty, but not enough to support each and every deserving organization.

Next, I considered writing about the devastation to the coastal towns further south and how admirable it is that so many across America responded so quickly and reached out to help. But, I kept coming back to my sense of reality. More and more, it appears that Mother Nature will have her way with us — especially with those living on low lands. I know hardly anyone wants to hear this, including me. I do feel personally threatened and saddened by the possibility of our coastline disappearing; however, what is the choice, other than moving inland?

I thought to write about preparing for calamity, but I knew I probably won’t be doing much in the way of getting ready, “just in case.” What plans could be made? What would I take as I fled to higher ground? Who wants to think about such a “remote” possibility? But, is it so far-fetched, this sense of being at risk fueled by all the evidence of the seas rising more rapidly than we have ever seen?

How would I survive the total destruction of my property? Although I love living in my home, surrounded by things I have accumulated over a lifetime, still I do believe all the material stuff, all of it, is expendable. If everything disappeared in a hurricane or earthquake, and I and my loved ones survived, it could be enough.

Downsizing, if thrust upon me, is something I could do fairly easily. But I do have one substantial requirement. I would have to escape to a warm and friendly climate where I won’t need my furnace, down comforter and heavy coats, boots, gloves and hats. I like to envision living out the remaining years in a tropical climate, eating off the land with just a bathing suit and sunblock to cover me. I am reminded of the very primal desire to return to the original Garden of Eden, to Paradise.

Somehow, I feel relieved to imagine what could be “a worst case scenario” and yet to be left with the sense, it’s all OK... no matter what.


Angelena Craig of Newburyport is the director of The New Aging Movement and a professional-level yoga instructor. Visit her website at or e-mail

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