Be Nice, Irene!

For a variety of reasons, we made the difficult decision to remain in the city for the duration of the hurricane, though we continue to monitor its progress from here. Irene has been officially downgraded to a Tropical storm, yet we can’t help but worry about our little cottage, as high winds and rain can do significant damage as the storm makes her way north through our little town. Thankfully, we had the good sense to have several large trees taken down earlier in the season, so we’ve reduced our chances of that threat significantly.

Currently, we are not one of the many Queens Con Ed customers who have lost power and are still able to get regular updates on the Columbia County Emergency Management Facebook page. I’m thinking good  thoughts for our neighbors upstate and hoping this will all blow over without incident. Meanwhile, stay inside and stay safe. See you all on the sunny side!

About Smallpeace

Michele Karas is a poet, essayist, and longstanding professional copywriter, who currently works for a top-five US book publisher. Her poems and prose have appeared in literary journals, including Tinderbox, THRUSH, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Narrative magazine, among others. Michele holds a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from CUNY, The City College of New York. Find her on Twitter @small_peace.
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4 Responses to Be Nice, Irene!

  1. veggivet says:

    Another overblown, media-hyped storm. Rain has already ended in NYC, and one more heavy rain band is over Columbia County right now. Things should clear out quickly after that one passes through. Only very local power outages (a downed tree in Lenox, for example), but overall, a wet, breezy morning. I’m sure your cottage is fine. Is it near Queechy?

    • Smallpeace says:

      Indeed, the coverage has been relentless. But as a natural-born worrier, I appreciate a lot of information. I have been in touch with neighbors who say there really was no bite to the bark, but here in the city there was a little property damage, at least in our neighborhood. Thanks for relaying the good news!

  2. Touch2Touch says:

    One person’s miss is another’s misery.
    Ask the people in Connecticut, upstate New York, and Vermont if this was “another overblown, media-hyped storm.”
    We might consider broadening our angles of vision.

    • Smallpeace says:

      I hear your frustration. Just because we were lucky, doesn’t mean others were. I have been keeping our friends in my thoughts and my meditations. You have a big heart.

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