In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, amid a mess of displaced personal items, a miracle has emerged: 57 vintage love letters were discovered yesterday in the debris. Even more surprising is how they found their way to Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey — and that they’re still legible.
It was a 14-year-old boy who stumbled upon the soggy notes as he sifted through remnants of belongings along the shore with his mother, Kathleen Chaney. The two headed home to dry the letters by the fireplace. “Well Darling, two weeks from today and we will be married,” read one letter, dated 1948. Read more…
The Nor’easter threatening the already-battered Atlantic Coast is weakening, but New York and New Jersey are still ordering evacuations ahead of the storm, which is already pelting Washington with ice and stirring seas as high as 7.5 feet off New York. In New York City, parks and beaches have been closed, construction halted, and 770 flights canceled; those in nursing homes and low-lying waterfront areas have been ordered to evacuate in New York and New Jersey. FEMA is ready to respond if necessary, Reuters reports. Read more…
Meet Sunny. He’s not my kitten, but he’s staying with me for a little while — my little furry eight-week-old Hurricane Sandy refugee (he is presently chasing his tail). As much as I’d love to, I can’t keep Sunny, because I already have two cats of my own, and my boyfriend will murder me if I try to move another animal into our apartment. But Sunny is a temporary addition — I’m fostering this little babe until he gets permanently adopted.
Thankfully, it looks like Rachel’s mom is going to take Sunny (Rachel is noodling naming him Jordan Catalano, on account of his guyliner eyes), so he’ll have what shelters call a “forever home.” But there are still, and always will be, stray and abandoned animals that need help. Which is why I love fostering — I can make a positive, longterm affect on an animal’s life. Keep reading »
If you watched the Hurricane Sandy relief telethon and texted $10 to the Red Cross when Bruce rocked or Christina crooned, then you are certainly not alone. The telethon raised $23 million dollars for Sandy’s victims. But some of you may be wondering how you can do more. And you may want to know that your money is really going to the victims. I’ve been following the storm’s aftermath very intensely, as many of the areas right around me are devastated.
I’ve been keeping track of the groups that are on the ground and the ones that are MIA. I’ve been asking people who they saw when they came out of their storm-ripped home looking for help. Most of the time, the answer I got was not FEMA or the Red Cross. If you still want to help, here are 8 ways you can help beyond donating to the Red Cross. Read more…
For much of the past week, it’s been tough to even think about beauty, let alone write about it. Hurricane Sandy left much of the tristate area, including my beloved New York City, in a state of disaster and disarray that claimed more lives and homes than I think any of us had pictured when faced with the prospect of this “superstorm.” Those of us who only had to suffer without power, heat, or hot water for a few days were the fortunate ones, that’s for sure. (There are still many, many people in need — here’s how you can help.)
I had a few beauty revelations as a result — namely, it is not the end of the world if I can’t manage to cleanse, tone, treat, and moisturize my face, which is a good thing because it’s pretty much impossible in the dark. If you don’t wash your hair for a while, it looks extra nice when you eventually do, and because you can’t shave, your body hair grows enough to get it waxed when you can finally leave the house! (Or maybe that’s just me, because I’m really Russian and my hair loves to grow.)
But say you’re shacking up with your significant other during this very trying time: there are some things you’re going to want to keep in check. You’re definitely going to want to look, and feel, a little cleaner than I did, and there are plenty of beauty and hygiene products made for ease and convenience that become especially useful. So here it is: beauty (or trying to retain some semblance of it) when the lights go out.