Like much of New Jersey, my home was
without power for several days as Hurricane Sandy came barreling
through Princeton like a raging monster, scattering limbs and
destruction along her path. Trees that stood several stories high
toppled over like building blocks. This one, whose roots uplifted, crashed into a house
across the street –
it may take a long time before those towns impacted by Sandy bear any
resemblance of their former glory.
amusement rides can be replaced. People cannot. Sadly, Hurricane Sandy claimed 80 lives, including Princeton’s William Sword Jr., who survived a stabbing by an intruder in 2004, only to be killed in his yard when a tree fell and crushed him after the storm.
traveling in France and Italy for the past three weeks and returned yesterday, to a home that now has electricity and heat, and no
damage. I am grateful to my neighbors – a special thank you to John, Insung, Sherry and Gerard, who secured my outdoor furniture, checked my basement for
water, and generally kept an eye on things for me while I was gone.
“It takes a village,” as the saying goes, and I am blessed to
live in a village and a neighborhood where people really do lend a hand to help each another.
some of the food, wine and beautiful sights I have seen during my
trip. But today, I want to dedicate this post to all those who are volunteering their time and energy to help their neighbors clean up from the aftermath of the storm, and offer a
hot shower, a warm meal or a place to sleep while they get back on their feet.