My house lies within the cone of uncertainty. That sounds bad, doesn’t it?

As of this writing, my house on the east end of Long Island is on the western edge of the possible path of Hurricane Earl as it heads up the east coat.

I have been watching it all week and preparing. I have already begun removing any potential projectiles (anything not strapped down) from my yard and putting them in the garage.I went to the store days ago to stock up on milk and bread before the rush hit. Since I have five children there is no fear any of it will go to waste.

It has been a while for us Islanders, but we have been through this before. You get prepared and you see what happens. There are certainly spiritual lessons to be taken from situations like this. You must be prepared becuase you don’t know when the end will come. The end will come like a thief in the night. In a world with ADT alarm systems and Doppler radar, perhaps we forget this sometimes. We many not have days warning when our end comes like we do with hurricanes. We are not used to surprises any more.

But I was surprised yesterday. I picked my nine year old boy …

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