The Mailbox after Hurricane Joaquin

As you may know, Hurricane Joaquin cascaded over the Carolinas during the past week. While our immediate area avoided a lot of damage, we still felt impacts from flooding, especially on the beaches. Once again, the Kindred Spirit Mailbox was gifted a guardian during the storm.

Before the brunt of the storm hit, someone tethered a red rope from the flagpole to the mailbox to ensure that even if it was knocked over, it wouldn’t be washed away. The mailbox did get upended during the storm and the flooding, but it was still there. Once the rain stopped, volunteers with the Bird Island Preservation Society went down to put the mailbox right again.

Another volunteer had gathered the notebooks that were inside and brought them home to dry out. Time after time, when it comes to the mailbox, we’re all kindred spirits uniting to keep the spirit alive!

Kindred Spirit Mailbox Knocked Down by Hurricane Joaquin

The Mailbox after Hurricane Joaquin

The Mailbox after Joaquin

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My Interview in Our State Magazine

kindred-spirit-mailbox our state magazine

Photo by Katie Quine

Last month, the day after Tropical Storm Ana visited, I was driving back from Virgina to meet Katie Quine, a journalist from Our State Magazine.  We were supposed to meet at the Kindred Spirit Mailbox. She came to Sunset Beach to interview both Frank Nesmith and me about the origins and the story of the mailbox.

That afternoon, just as I was running out the door to meet her, I got an email that the mailbox had been washed away and volunteers were scouring nearby areas to find it. Frank called and told her we would have to postpone. As you know, the mailbox was found intact and we set everything right in a few day’s time.

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Photo by Katie Quine

Katie came back a few weeks later and we did the interview on Frank’s porch rather than at the mailbox. It felt more like talking with old friends than an interview. I could listen to Frank speak about Claudia and the mailbox over and over. Each time he tells the story another small detail of their lives emerges and the mailbox history grows.

I will probably never know all the secrets of the Kindred Spirit Mailbox, I don’t think anyone ever will, but it’s nice to hear a little more of the story each time.

Click Here to Read the article from Our State Magazine or read it in the June 2015 issue.

My Interview with Good Morning Carolina!

Last week I was interviewed for a feature about The Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Good Morning Carolina. The episode aired on Monday Morning (May 18th) between 5:30am and 7am on WWAY. Sandy Payne and I rode out to the Mailbox and talked about some of the history behind it and how it was repaired after Tropical Storm Ana.

Here’s the video from the show (I didn’t see it live, it aired a little too early, even for me!)

Kindred Spirit Mailbox Interview on Good Morning Carolina

The Kindred Spirit is Back!

The Kindred Spirit is back! A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped, this mailbox is truly being watched over! Our wonderful group of volunteers went out today and quickly set to work. The mailbox was put back in its original place (or as close as we could get since there was no marker), the bench was plotted next to it, and the flagpole was straightened and re-roped, and equipped with a new flag.

I cannot begin to thank everyone who helped, offered support, supplies, donations, and words of encouragement–there would simply be a never ending list. During the chaos of this week I looked up the definition on Kindred, it means “Relationship by blood.” After this week, I do not think even blood could unite this many people. The spirit of the mailbox is something much greater.

Riding down the the Mailbox, Supplies in tow.

Riding down to the the Mailbox, supplies in tow.

Couldn't have asked for a better day.

Couldn’t have asked for a better day

The Crew Walking Down

The Crew walking down

Erosion from Tropical Storm Ana

Erosion from Tropical Storm Ana

That's why they call is Bird Island

That’s why they call it Bird Island

Modeling the New Mailbox

Modeling the New Mailbox

I can't believe how much of the dunes washed away

I can’t believe how the dunes washed away

Debris in front of the Mailbox from the Storm

Debris in front of the Mailbox from the storm

Barren Flagpole

Barren flagpole

They started coming in droves

The helpers started coming in droves

The downed Mailbox and Bench

The downed Mailbox and bench

The bench miraculously remained in one piece

The bench miraculously remained in one piece

The Mailbox

The Mailbox

Journals from Post-Ana

Journals from Post-Ana

Strategy Meeting

Strategy meeting

Planning and Plotting

Planning and plotting

The New (Metal) Mailbox

The new (metal) Mailbox

Debris from the Storm

Debris from the storm

This trees is holding up these dunes

This tree is holding up this dune

Working Hard

Working hard

Picking up trash from the area.

Picking up trash

Removing the Old Mailbox (although not so old, it's only been there a month!)

Removing the old Mailbox, although not so old, it’s only been there a month!

Digging Holes

Digging holes

Fixing the flagpole

Fixing the flagpole

“Quick someone Google how to thread a flagpole”

Joey helping out

Joey helping out

Re-roping the flagpole

Re-roping the flagpole

Our trusty ropers

A little spot of Paradise

A little spot of paradise

The Kindred Spirit

The Kindred Spirit Bench

Mailbox and Bench, back together again

Mailbox and bench, back together again

In business again!

What a view!

What a view!

Raising the Flag

Raising the flag

There is goes!

There she goes!

Blowing in the wind

The Kindred Spirit Mailbox is back!

The Kindred Spirit Mailbox is back!

Writing in the notebook

Writing in a notebook

The Kindred Spirit

The Kindred Spirit is here at Sunset Beach

Our wonderful volunteers!

Our wonderful volunteers!

The Kindred Spirit Mailbox Needs Our Help after Tropical Storm Ana

Over the weekend, Tropical Storm Ana washed the Kindred Spirit Mailbox and the nearby bench away. They discovered it was missing after the storm and several people went looking for it. Both the Mailbox and the bench have been found by some dedicated searchers who combed the area.

We made it out to Bird Island early this morning to assess the damage and develop a plan of action. The bench and the mailbox have been returned to the area, but we’re going to need some help getting the Kindred Spirit up and running again!

We need as many volunteers as we can get to help us re-install the Mailbox and the bench on THURSDAY, MAY 14th at 8AM. We will meet at the 40th Street access and walk down from there. If you’ve got one, bring a shovel.

The tides will give us about 3 hours to get the work done. We truly appreciate all of the help we can get and please spread the word. If you love the mailbox, or ever sought solace from it please pass the word along that she needs our help!

Thank You.

Kindred Spirit Mailbox needs our help after Tropical Storm Ana 1

 

Kindred Spirit Mailbox needs our help after Tropical Storm Ana 2

 

Kindred Spirit Mailbox needs our help after Tropical Storm Ana 3

 

Kindred Spirit Mailbox needs our help after Tropical Storm Ana 4

 

Kindred Spirit Mailbox needs our help after Tropical Storm Ana 5

 

Kindred Spririt Mailbox Damaged in Tropical Storm Ana 1

 

Kindred Spririt Mailbox Damaged in Tropical Storm Ana 2

 

Kindred Spririt Mailbox Damaged in Tropical Storm Ana 3

 

Kindred Spririt Mailbox Damaged in Tropical Storm Ana 4

My Interview about The Kindred Spirit Mailbox with Time Warner Cable News

Sunset-Beach-Kindred-Spirit-Mailbox-on-Time Warner Cable NewsI did an interview for Time Warner Cable News about the Kindred Spirit Mailbox a few weeks ago. It will air on their news channel, times can be found by checking the “Viewer Guide” at twcnews.com.

The interview sheds light on the creator of the mailbox, Claudia Sailor, and what is being done to keep the legacy of the mailbox going after her passing.

You can also watch it online on their website. Click Here for the link to see the video.

 

Sunset Beach Kindred Spirit Mailbox Time Warner Cable News

 

The Official End of Summer

Although Fall has been in full swing technically for a week or so now, yesterday marked the official end of summer—for me at least. I hand delivered the journals from the Kindred Spirit Mailbox to UNCW’s Special Collections Library. I carried a large box full of all of the thoughts, prayers, and messages to a place where they will remain part of North Carolina’s History. I’m not sure if it was harder to let go of the journals or summer.

Handing off the Journals to Jerry

Handing off the Journals to Jerry

Notebooks from The Kindred Spirit

Notebooks from The Kindred Spirit

Stacks and stacks of notebooks!

Stacks and stacks of notebooks!

The Special Collections of UNCW!

The Special Collections Department of UNCW

Special Collections: I know the journals will have a beautiful home!

Special Collections: I know the journals will have a beautiful home!

An Author's Dream.

An Author’s Dream.