Well, I have been through a disaster incident and survived with only a three day absence from my normal life. Last Friday a fire broke out along the freeway nearest to my home and within hours was a raging brush fire that burned over 4000 acres of brush land in an area that had not had a fire for over 60 years. Amazingly only 4 homes burned down, all in remote regions. No one died. Only 8 were injured.
But the fire came within only yards of our house. We were ordered to evacuate on Saturday afternoon and just returned home yesterday, after staying with a friend. Our home was not damaged in any way and by yesterday when we came home the fires at the perimeter were out. Seeing flames raging over a ridge and down a mountainside that close to us was terrifying but now the skies are blue again, the smoke is gone and except for some scorched earth patches, my neighborhood looks like it usually does.
In my 25 years of living in the Los Angeles area, I have experienced two earthquakes and one fire close enough to see the flames and smoke but not near enough to endanger my home. I have been so fortunate. There is nothing like going through something like this to give one the sense of what it is actually like for people who experience extreme events.
During the four days I read not a page. Fortunately my reading group schedule is light this month though I will not have finished the book for Laura's Group by the time we meet tomorrow.
Here is the line-up:
One Book At A Time:
If you are a reading group member, what are you discussing this month? Do you have any suggestions for good books to discuss?