Before I introduce you to J Q Rose and her fabulous book, I would like to talk a little bit about the past week and how it has impacted so many lives. As you know if you are a regular reader of this blog, I live by the water, so my entire apartment complex was evacuated on Sunday of last week. We were forced to find a place far from the water and west of where the storm was going to be the worst. So we wound up in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. This is a town with which my family and I are pretty familiar, since we have come up there for a few days each summer. So with no notice at all we found a place to stay and the second day we were there they had a power outage, but it only lasted for an hour and a half. We were very lucky, because the only inconvenience we had was that we had to switch rooms. Since the elevators weren't running just in case there was another outage, we moved to the first floor. So during the entire storm we were warm and dry.
Many other people weren't so lucky and as I witnessed the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy I was overwhelmed with sadness that these people's lives had been uprooted. I imagined their horror and the turmoil inside them when they realized that maybe they would never be able to go back to their homes. I saw homes that were literally blown apart and all that was left were scattered pieces of people's lives. I saw public places completely ruined and the lower east side of New York City completely flooded. I saw subways that were filled with water instead of people and people left without power for days. It was the worst storm I had ever seen in my lifetime.
And I saw the grit and determination of people who though they had lost so much refused to give up and wanted to rebuild. I knew their horror, because just a few years ago my family had our lives changed completely by a fire. I know how all of these people feel, because I went through it all. All I can offer is my extreme sympathy and reassurance that their lives will return to normal soon. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost their home or worse, to anyone who has lost a loved one due to the storm. When we were on our way home from Massachusetts I worried that we would find damage, but our place was spared and we did not have any loss of power. Some in my family felt guilty that we had not suffered because of the storm, because we saw so many without power and all the destruction caused by trees falling into homes or power lines. I also had to wonder how we were so lucky. Then someone told me that maybe we had had our fill of horror and that is why we were spared. For whatever reason I am thankful!!! Lastly, I want to thank all of you who sent their good wishes to us. As I have said before, sometimes the internet is one big hug!!!
Now, I am happy to introduce you all to J Q Rose, who has been a guest on this blog before. She is back to begin her new blog tour and I am delighted she has chosen my blog for the kick-off!!
Tagline: Inspiring and empowering girls to achieve success in their dream careers.
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