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Patch Blogs: Leftovers; Sandy Help From Texas

A recap of recent and popular blog posts in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam.

It's a safe bet that your refrigerator is packed with leftovers—the kind of "packed" where plates are stacked on plates, which sit precariosuly on bowls.

So as you spend the next several days peering though Saran Wrap and figuring out what to reheator eat cold—consider this recipe: chicken biscuits.

Patch blogger Macaroni Kid offers easy instructions on piecing the treats together.

On the post-Sandy front: veteran newspaperman Art Gunther III lauds electrical workers from out of state for pitching in after all the local devastation.

"Utility crews from as far away as the Lone Star State were on hand to restore service in the electrical and communication devastation," he pens. "These people are the best. The ones I saw and met were as neighborly as if I sat daily on a front porch in their communities."

Gunther said in the days following the superstorm, he spotted folks from Texas, Georgia and Connecticut helping get the Lower Hudson Valley back on the grid.

(And also on the topic of Sandy: blogger and psychiatrist John Gerson offers tips on coping with the disaster. "Here is my prescription: don’t do it alone; talk about your stress and your worries with friends and family; rely on each other," he writes.)

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Miguel Hernandez November 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM
John Gerson's advice on dealing with the stress of the Sandy disaster is excellent. During my tenure at the U.S. Department of Justice I often served with FEMA in the wake of several major disasters. In the months that followed these events I was struck by the number of suicides of victims of the various storms. The loss of loved ones, homes, other property, jobs and the burden of spending hours at the various government and private agencies to get food, other services and the general process of rebuilding was just too much for some people to bear. While I have no evidence for it, I supect that in some instances these disasters often led to long-term homeless, illnesses, divorce and other personal problems that impact on the rest of society. Understandably disaster recovery efforts are geard to restoring electricity and repairing a community's physical infrastructure. However more attention need to be paid to treating the great damage that large scale natural disasters do to mental health.

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