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"She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick." --Flannery O' Connor

Sunday, August 30, 2009

California Burning

Sorry for my lack of followup on Switzerland, but Southern California is sort of on fire right now and that's been distracting me.

For the past few days I've watched from my office window as a giant plume of smoke rose up over the Angeles Crest mountains. Yesterday while I was out running errands, I saw some of the flames. And here's a photo someone took of the fire approaching the Rose Bowl where I often go to walk:

As you can imagine, it's all a little disconcerting.

The weather has been insanely hot — yesterday I thought my skin was going to blister after only a minute outside. I haven't done any walking or jogging because the air quality is so bad; everyone is being advised to stay indoors with the doors and windows shut.

This morning I woke up and our whole house smells like smoke.

I'm going to go for a drive now and check things out. Will keep you posted...


  • At 12:11 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

    Crazy! Thinking of you and all my So Cal friends and family!

  • At 5:28 PM , Blogger Beth said...

    I was watching the news over lunch and the fires in California were one of the main stories. Isn't this way early in the year for the wildfires to be starting? :( It made ME nervous, and I don't live in California! (Although, to be fair, most of my extended family lives down there, and they've had to evacuate before because of the fires...)

  • At 8:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Grace: This is Cowboys Mom: How close is the fire to you parents: I rec. and e-mail from you Mom last. As of Sunday they were okay. But what about today, is the fire closer to them?


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