This week, my thoughts are with my daughter Jade, and all my friends and neighbours on Long Island, New York. The people of the East Coast have just gone through a huge, destructive storm, named Sandy, and it's going to take a long time to get things back to some semblence of "normal".
Jersey Shore, Fire Island, Mastic Beach and many other communities took a major hit. Manhattan's power went out and the subways stopped. Bridges closed, streets flooded, homes burned.
A storm like that can pass remarkably quickly if you're looking from the outside. If you're sitting in the middle of it, it feels like forever.
Mother Nature is beautiful... she can also be vicious and cruel. And then, she smiles again, and all is forgiven.
I moved back to California last year. My time on Long Island is chronicled here: http://alisontoon.blogspot.com on the old blog. I miss the natural beauty I saw each and every day, and will go back to visit, soon.