As the stories pour in from New York and New Jersey and all along the East Coast I realize how very lucky we are. Looking at the pictures of Manhattan I found myself hoping they had been Photoshopped. Unfortunately, they appear to be the real deal. The usually bustling metropolis looks like a movie set from a science fiction disaster flick. Fires in Queens took fifty homes. At least sixteen people lost their lives yesterday because of the storm. Even here in Massachusetts there are many still without power, although compared to the mid-Atlantic states we got off easy.
And so we are issued another reminder of how unpredictable life is, how fickle and unfair. All the toys and fancy cars, the political signs and pedicures, don't really amount to much in the face of life and death. Be grateful you are safe. Check on the neighbors. Help those who didn't fare so well. And open the windows. The birdsong is beautiful.