While the winds were pounding my home and the electricity was flickering, marketers were rubbing their hands together in glee, coming up with clever ways to leverage the storm, completely disconnected from what was happening. This email from a gym came in Monday afternoon as the water was rising and the rain was falling.
Sam Ash sent me an email with this subject: The weather maybe frightful, but the deals are delightful. They went on to say:
To all of our friends weathering the effects of hurricane Sandy this week – our thoughts are with you. A great time to stay inside and play some music if you can! While the weather outside may be frightful – the deals that are flying out during our October Madness sale event are making our customers very happy!
I’m sure those who have lost loved ones, homes or suffered significant inconvenience due to Sandy, wished they’d been able to take advantage of these ‘must have’ savings.
Now that we are all connected, it’s still jarring to see such communication at a time when many are still in the dark, cold, and now having trouble finding gas.
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The inconvenience of no power is nothing compared to the tragedy experienced by those who lost their loved ones or a home.
During the storm I was hooked on my friend’s feeds and in posting my own photos. I felt connected to them, but it was also jarring seeing posts from out of the area about parties, beach scenes and vacations.
I guess when Katrina hit, I had no clue either. Unless this is in your back yard, you have no idea.
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. . .most of the Northeast too. For me, Sandy has always conjured up: 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) — if only Madame Marie could tell us now what we most need to know… Read the rest
This morning I had the privilege to meet Len Fisher, one of Westport’s significant artists. Len’s a Renaissance man: author, painter, designer, and illustrator. He’s prolific to boot! He’s written a number of his own books and illustrated at least 260 for other authors.
Fisher’s work won countless awards including a Pulitzer for painting, the Christopher Medal for illustration, the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books Award.
I met with Len to learn more about Westport writers.
My Year as a Clown takes place in the fictional town of Putnam’s Landing, the very same PL that Westport writer, Max Shulman wrote about in Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!. PL was modeled on the Westport of the 1950′s. Chuck Morgan, of course, lives in the PL of 2003, where trees fall faster than in the Amazon because of the McMansion craze.
Although I’d done research about Westport for specific aspects of the book, now that the novel is done, I wanted to know more about what happened back in the day. Over the next few months I’ll be interviewing people who have lived in Westport long enough to remember when this town was filled with artists. … Read the rest