As I'm writing this, Hurricane Irene is furiously heading up the East Coast of the U.S. and I'm worried about loved ones living there and places especially along the Jersey Shore that mean so much to me. Our hope is that the worst-case weather forecasts don't happen. By the time you read this, that question may already be answered, and I'm hoping the answer turns out to be that it was much ado about very little.
And here in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which often make the national news solely because of bad weather, we are having a nice late-summer weekend. We're prepping dinner for friends Diane and Tony, as well as Tom and James, on the patio grill and the windows are open and it all feels good. Wish it could be a pleasant summer day for everyone.