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Welcome to my weekly update for August 22, 2021!
If you’ve been around here much, you probably know that my husband and I travel with his job. You might not know that our permanent home is in the mountains of western North Carolina (near Asheville). Anyway, on Tuesday, Tropical Storm Fred came roaring up over 500 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and caused catastrophic flooding throughout western North Carolina. It’s bad, folks.
This kind of event happens sometimes. I think (and I’m not a meteorologist, so this is just a guess) fast-moving storms come in, either from the Gulf or the Atlantic, blow over the relatively flat lands, hit the mountains, slow down, and dump all their moisture. But, like other catastrophic weather events in the 21st century, it does seem to be happening with more regularity. I would guess the last time we saw something like this was with Hurricane Ivan in 2004, a few weeks before our outdoor wedding.
As I write this on Wednesday evening, 35 people are missing. Luckily our house, and the houses of our family and friends, are not in flood plains. But plenty of other people lost everything. I’ve seen videos of mobile homes literally floating away down the street. One acquaintance on Facebook had to evacuate her house when she realized that her private bridge was about to wash away. You can see photos and videos on the Charlotte Observer website.
Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers. This is still pretty early in hurricane season. Hopefully this will be our only flood this season.
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward–5 Stars
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen by Mary Sharratt
The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry, read by Ron Rifkin
And two picture books I read a couple of weeks ago but forgot to mention here:
Luna’s Big OXcident by P. T. Custard, illustrated by Amanda Rose Warren
Cozy by Jan Brett
Time and Again by Jack Finney
Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner
I still haven’t started The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. I also have 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith checked out from the library. I would normally read the latter in October for Halloween but The New York Times chose it as the best horror book from Alaska so I wanted to read it while I’m here.
What did your week look like?