Sitting here in Southern California watching coverage of the East Coast storm family and friends seem even farther away than is the normal sense of distance. And now the power is out on much of the East Coast. I am reminded that land lines through telephone companies work in power failures. Cell phones have batteries that run out and phones through cable companies work only when the cable works.
And here's a picture of the lobby of an apartment building in Jersey City where a family member now separated from us not only by miles but by storms and no electricity hunkers down on the fifth floor with friends and dogs.