As many of you know by now, my beloved Lower East Side has been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. I am here with my parents in the Smith Projects; they just got lights and heat restored, but Linda, my daughter and I are about to go out to replenish their food supply. Thankfully, all of my family is safe.
I have never been so proud of my friends and neighbors here. I am humbled, but not surprised, by the outpouring of help, support and love from wherever fellow Smithsonians happen to be at the moment: Dallas, Las Vegas or here in NYC. To compound the angst, as one Smithsonian in Texas wrote, the media only shows us battery Park City and completely ignores the East Side. We rely on each other for updates, assistance and consoling, no matter where we are.
These series of books are, to me, and to my familia at large, now more important than ever. I am obviously detoured for a couple of weeks, but will keep you posted on the progress o Tales From The East Side. Still pushing to print tis month, if physically possible!
Thank you all. I hope you're well.