Anyone who lives within driving distance of me is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. What interests me most is what each person considers important enough to put away. My daughter stocked up on board games, chips and beer. My son is protecting the plants in his garden. My friend Atsuko stocked up on pasta, noodles and sweets (she's very thin, works out a lot, and needs to keep that furnace stoked!). My friend Pat has everything you can imagine: food, batteries, a "go kit," flashlight, radio, and more. I took notes from Pat and bought some fresh flowers and scented candles.
I'm not going to watch the news anymore because it's just making me too antsy.