I am topping up the oil lamps, covering up my 70-year-old tractor and making sure the rotary dial phone is still on the hook.  Preparing for the potential arrival of the biggest hurricane in 20 years makes me think about how hard it can be to live without electricity.  Well, not that hard – not in this house.  I remember my mother telling me the story of going out in the eye of the storm – the great Long Island Hurricane of 1938 – to secure her little boat she had forgotten.  I pulled mine out of Basin Cove yesterday.  I want to be inside when the sky turns green.

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