Fall is usually such a beautiful time of year in Humboldt County, but the thought of the damage and loss sustained by so many in the Northern California fires weighs heavy. While there is nothing I can say to mitigate that loss, I can say that sometimes disaster brings out the best in us. While stories of tragedy fill the media, there are other stories as well. Stories of kindness and courage and generosity. Generosity evident here locally as organizations and individuals rallied to gather supplies (and money), to head south to assist and to volunteer.

These disasters also served as a good reminder to appreciate our everyday normal days. To get to know our neighbors, and to appreciate our friends and community.