Thursday, October 31, 2013

Donna Gaines "Sandy" Interview by Solvej Shou


One year later it's still SSDD (Same Shit, Different Day) here in Sandyland, LI.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/10/29/painfully-slow-recovery-superstorm-sandy-means-people-are-still-hurting-year

Monday, October 28, 2013

"Hail Atlantis: A Sandy Survivor's Tale"

On this one year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, please read "Hail Atlantis: A Sandy Survivor's Tale." My essay is part memoir, part ethnography, part critique and an ode to the water people of the world.

http://www.firstofthemonth.org/archives/2013/10/hail_atlantis_a.html

Sunday, June 09, 2013

"Behold, I am doing a new thing....." (Isaiah 42:19)

"Remember you not the former things, neither consider things of old."--Isaiah 42:18

After six months of exile from my City by the Sea, our community is coming back to life after Sandy, every day people are returning, unpacking, rebuilding the soil in the garden and dealing with flood insurance. I'm home, and thrilled to announce that on 7/1/13 I'll begin working full time as a Mentor/Professor in Community and Human Services/Youth Studies at Empire State College's Long Island Center at Old Westbury, NYhttps://www.esc.edu/long-island/locations/old-westbury/

Empire State College is a SUNY school offering individualized adult learning for working adults seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees through individualized study.  Where appropriate, ESC also offers college credit for work & life experience.  I'll be working directly with people in addiction studies, nursing, social work, human service delivery, law enforcement, ministry  and counseling, as well as adult learners in other concentrations. 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My City Was Gone

Around 11 pm on 10/29/12 I looked out my window and watched Reynold's Channel gush down my street, barreling south towards the Atlantic ocean. Soon the power went, and then the cell towers. Everyone had moved their cars to higher ground, by now the headlights were under water, flickering in the blackness in one last death gasp. The water breached the front door,   rising up into the house.  Nobody on my block evacuated except people with babies and elders. We are water people, we don't back down. We stockpiled water and food, and waited as the ocean met the bay, as cars, homes, lives and savings washed down the dirty boulevard. The water kept, rising, and our City by the Sea was gone.


Sunday, July 22, 2012


Long Beach Surf Week 2012

A "good little town" thats all heart!


NYsea Surf Week 2012 | Highlights from NYSea.com on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Joey Ramone & Donna Gaines are featured in Experience Sociology  a sociology textbook by David Croteau and William Hoynes, McGraw Hill, 2012, see Chapter 5: Deviance & Social Control---Music Subcultures.
I can just hear Joey saying "Yeah Donna, a real textbook case..." 
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