Actually Sandy was less of a problem for Baltimore than either Irene or Isabelle. We lost a tree on our street, and a 400-year old Osage orange tree fell in Druid Hill Park, but aside from some street flooding and power outages we seem to be OK. The freak ‘derecho’ thunderstorms last spring were much more devastating to Bmore.

But my goodness New Jersey and New York…just dreadful and heart-breaking. I have every confidence those regions will come back, but it’s a tough time economically to launch major reconstruction. Maybe we’ll get some Keynesian stimulus because there’s simply no other choice.

I took advantage of the two days off work to plan some reading groups for my advanced readers. I also want to ask them what they noticed about the roles of national and state governments during the emergency. We are studying governance, after all.

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