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Almost 18 months after one of the deadliest tornadoes in history cut a swath through the heart of Joplin, Mo., I discovered some words of wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson, a writer I have long admired. more
It may be human nature to believe that the worst can never happen. Perhaps we can’t wrap our psyches around the thought of our homes and businesses –– our lives –– in tatters. more
The most stunning image I saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy was a YouTube video of a huge carp hanging from a pole in the parking lot of the Woodmere Middle School on Peninsula Boulevard. more
I always thought it was cliché to say, “I’ve never seen anything like it,” but in the aftermath of Sandy, I can honestly say that, in my lifetime, I’ve never seen anything like it. more
Weather forecasters are often criticized for being wrong. With Hurricane Sandy, we wish they had been. more
In a quiet corner of the main gymnasium at Nassau Community College’s athletic center in Garden City, where basketball games and wrestling matches are normally held, Red Cross volunteers have fashioned a small, makeshift daycare center out of room dividers, pinning up newsprint where children can draw pictures in crayon. There are books for reading as well, but little else. more
There comes a moment in a monster hurricane such as Sandy when you question why you live on Long Island, this 118-mile-long spit of glacial debris deposited in the Atlantic Ocean from the mainland 20,000 years ago. more
It has been nine years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and ground zero still sits fallow, like a scarred-over knife wound in the heart of downtown Manhattan. more
It’s that time again: School’s in, vacation’s over, and we can all get back to some semblance of a schedule, thank goodness. more
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