Well, Hurricane Irene came and went. She wasn't as bad as expected. Lot of rain and strong wind gusts, but no actual devastation. Our yard is full of broken tree branches, but no downed trees.
The only real effect is that we, and millions of others, lost electricity. Which means the lights don't turn on, the refrigerator no longer works and we're running out of hot water. (I dread tomorrow's cold shower... brrr!) No word on when the electricity will be restored.
Without power or Internet access at home, I had to travel to a nearby Starbucks where hordes of middle-class refugees are hovering with laptops and lattes. Not exactly hardship. More like petty inconvenience that, if taken in stride with the right attitude, is a fun change of pace from the rut of normal life.
Turning to the other disaster...
I want to thank all of you, deeply and sincerely, for your incredible words on the last post. You gave me needed perspective and I'm at peace now with that situation.
One unexpected benefit of your comments is that you told me something I've always wondered about -- how you perceive me and my blog. I am amazed at how accurately you see me. This is no small thing -- I've spent most of my life being invisible or misunderstood. To have nice, friendly people like you see me as my real self is a feat I never thought would occur. It blows me over more forcefully than any hurricane.
So thank you. The world really is full of wonders.