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Interview with Simone

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, large construction vehicles clearing away the wreckage was not an uncommon sight. But what might have stuck out to the average onlooker was a giant, pink excavator tractor with “Demo Diva” emblazoned on its long neck as it scooped away debris. That impressive machine belongs to Simone Bruni, who found healing by helping her New Orleans neighbors recover. Connecting to her community and making a difference helped pull her out of the loneliness she felt after the storm.