Let’s Count Our Blessings: Are You Better Off Now Than You Were 4 Hours Ago? 14

According to local news reports, Biltrix could be sans électricité for another 7 to 10 days. That’s not so bad, all things considered. This is why we have iPads and Starbucks (I know, I really ought to avoid Starbucks, but they have wifi and working power outlets… But they are not doing so well as far as open seating goes these days).

Seriously, I can’t complain. So many people have it a lot worse right now. One glance at the New York Times’ cover, or the font page of any newspaper for that matter, will wake you up to the stark reality. And for many people, they don’t need the Times to tell them that — it’s already the reality they woke up to and are having to deal with.

Please pray for the families in Breezy point who have lost their homes

The entrance to the ‘PATH’ subway terminal from the World Trade Center to New Jersey looks like a swimming pool. The ruins of a burned out neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens looks like firebombed Dresden — 80 homes were burned to the ground there.

Here in Westchester County, we’re without power; in Breezy point, people are without homes. The last I read, it has not been confirmed yet whether anyone was killed there.  Let’s continue to pray that every one is safe and accounted for, and offer up our small sufferings for those who have suffered tragic losses on account of the storm.


  1. Just an additional note to our readers: until the conditions return to a relative normal around here, we will probably be doing more reblogging and less of our own original posts. For those who are wondering if they should get an iPad, it’s great for playing Angry Birds but it does not take the place of a laptop computer. That is to say, our resources are very limited these days.

    But again, we can’t complain; pray for those who are way less fortunate than we are and thank God for the blessings we have.

    God bless!

    • It’s a real jaw dropper. I saw another picture in the WSJ this morning of a yacht (kid you not) parked on dry land between two railroad tracks in Ossening, NY. That’s the next town over from where I live. It is goint take weeks to restore what’s been damaged here; whereas for some people, what’s been lost cannot be restored.

      • Makes you realize how fragile our very solid life is. We live in what is called earthquake country, and it is amazing how things change in a sec. We must live for what does not change.

  2. Glad to hear you’re ok out there, James.

    And since you’re at Starbucks, I’d recommend their annual Peppermint Mocha, which should be available now. I usually prefer just straight coffee, but I make an exception in that one isolated case.

    Prayers that you remain safe, partner.

    • Thanks for your prayers, JTR. I prefer the straight coffee too, but I’ll have to try the Peppermint Mocha based on your recommendation.

      Power just came on here last night, so I’m only getting back into the swing of things. Lot’s of catching up to do. God bless!

  3. Glad that you are safe. Meant to say that earlier but the past week has been both physically and emotionally trying for me. Finally starting to feel better. Praying for all the folks affected by Superstorm Sandy. My parents live near Deep Creek Lake in the mountains of Maryland and they are still in the dark. They are surviving with a generator and a wood stove. God Bless.

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