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Here we go again in FL- long


Date: Sat Sep 11 2004 - 13:33:01 PDT

Hi Arts-Buddies.

Ivan the Terrible is lurking around Jamaica and hasn't decided if he will hit
FL . As of this morming, it seems hopeful that he will like the Gulf of
Mexico a little more. That is also not great news for the Gulf states. FL people
are tired of living in "caves" with windows boarded up and empty refrigerators
(why buy food we will have to throw out?). There has nary been a day of
sunshine in almost a month. It was impossible to buy milk last week... the stores had
to throw refrigerated food out because the power failures made the temps rise
in their refrigerators.

But...this morning the sun came through and boy! It brightened so many
people's day. I went to the supermarket to buy ice cream! We have about 3 days to
finish it...I couldn't resist. There were bunched of bright gladiolas and the
thought of fresh flowers in the house was too inviting.
Would you believe that our school went through the third hurricane
preparation in a month....covering computers, moving stacks of reference books and
sketchbooks away from the windows, plastic wrapping book cases, unpluging computers
and phones and on and on. Seems like a Friday routine lately.

We hope this is the end of it. The people here are getting very stressed,
even on the roads.
I dropped my lesson on Friday for a half hour to have my kids verbalize their
feelings, concerns and develop coping strategies to deal with the stresses.
It was a great discussion and it sure lifted the mood in the room because they
felt at least in control of their reactions even if they couldn't control the

Hang in FL . We have the FAEA in a month and we will PLAY.

Sun-basking even if it is 90 degrees.