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Rosemary, hope all is well in New Bern

Hi Rosemary,
I know you from your inspiring and delightfully personal posts on Ma's chatroom site.
I recalled you live in New Bern NC, which I hear is thick in the path of hurricane Florence.
I do hope you, and the community you mention in the blog posts, are all safe from the storm.

Srinivas Somayajula

Location: West Des Moines, IA

Re: Rosemary, hope all is well in New Bern


We are all hoping that everything is OK.....

For more detailed info about the situation in New Bern, NC, click on the banner below:

Re: Rosemary, hope all is well in New Bern

That is a useful link, thank you.
I join you and others in hoping for Sister Rosemary's safety.

Location: West Des Moines, IA

Re: Rosemary, hope all is well in New Bern

Hi again,

If you wish to drop a line to Rosemary, here is her email address:

Re: Rosemary, hope all is well in New Bern

Email correspondence today from Rosemary:

Dear Rosemary.

I am relieved to hear that you are coping with this tragedy.

May the Holy Trio be with you in your distress!

There are devotees asking about you in Mother's Courtyard.

Om Shanthi Om


Rosemary Osterhus
Mon 2018-09-17, 7:35 AM


My hometown of New Bern hit terribly hard. Some friends have lost everything. My sister, nephew and the little chihuahua left before Florence hit and we are staying in the mountains of Virginia. But, The storm has been stalking us here, too.

It seems my apartment complex has been spared although it is only half a block from all those awful, terrible photos being shown on National TV. Someone described our apartment complex as “an island”

I’m not sure when we will get back home. Weather is presently awful here on this mountaintop. But not as bad as at home. So hard to see the pictures.

Thanks be to God for brave and compassionate people.

Jai Ma! Jai Sri Thakur!


On Sep 17, 2018 at 3:21 AM, wrote:

Hi Rosemary,

I have been hearing about the terrible weather in your area of the country and was
wondering if you are OK...



Re: Rosemary, hope all is well in New Bern

Thank you for the information Tom. By the grace of the Holy Trio, glad to hear Rosemary evacuated from the storm in time. Thanks also for her email. I will drop her a line.
Jai Sri Ma!

Location: West Des Moines, IA

Re: Rosemary, hope all is well in New Bern

Dear Srinivas,

Brother Tom emailed me with your extremely kind concern. It is so thoughtful and compassionate for you to remember me.

Our Holy Mother has put her gentle hand beneath myself and sister and handicapped nephew (and the dog, a tiny chihuahua) throughout this distressing, destructive, geographically centered force of the natural world.

We left home when we knew the large storm was impending and spent 2 nights in a hotel heading towards the western area of our state which is a peaceful, mountainous part of our world.
We spent 2 nights in a hotel (which can deplete finances very quickly) and that is when a friend 9who saw our plight on Facebook) offered us the use of her mountaintop home. We are still here after the storm.

The pictures of our hometown are upsetting. My 23 unit apartment complex (of which I am co-manager) was in the very thick of the distressing scenes which were being displayed on National news.

The very worst was feared for the fate of the property but word began to get back to us that our property---amazingly---had not been touched by flooding or destruction. It was described as an "island" in the flood.

Some of my friends have not fared so well. Their homes were flooded and all possessions were lost.

Jai Ma!1 Jai Sri Thakur!!!

Thank you for thinking of us. it means so much.

I will continue to update as I can.

Location: New Bern, North Carolina

Re: Rosemary, hope all is well in New Bern

It was just coincidence that I remembered the name of your city and it rang a bell with some of the articles in the news. It's a good thing the form asks for location.
Great to get your message Rosemary, and to know from Tom and you that you, your sister, nephew and the little Chihahua escaped the worst of the storm through Holy Mother's grace. I can only imagine what a stressful time it must have been. It's wonderful that your apartment building also came though unscathed.

(This is quite different; but I remembered reading that the old Sri Ramakrishna temple in San Francisco, built by Swami Trigunatitanada, was the only building untouched by the 1906 earthquake in it's neighborhood. He had prophetically said that if there was any egoism involved in its development, it would not stand.)

Very sorry to hear about the loss suffered by some of your friends.

It won't be long before your travails are over, you are down from the mountain cabin, and able to resume normal life.

Jai Sri Ma, Thakur, and Swamiji!!


Location: West Des Moines, IA