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After all the sadness of recent weeks brought on by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, I have been delighted to feel the joy of Christmas in the air.  All sizes of Christmas trees are stacked front of corner Korean delis and massed in front of my beloved Zingone’s – tiny Charlie Brown trees up to 7 footers that will take up a good part of most New York City apartments.  While at the ever-expanding holiday stall manned by some young Canadians behind the Museum of Natural History, magnificent trees that tower almost up to the street lights give the feeling of the forest.  The front of the history is festooned with 2 gigantic apatosaurus (I thought they were called brontosaurus, but Steve just told me I have been wrong all these years) statues covered in fir branches and tiny glimmering lights that delight young and old.  New York is not a Currier and Ives lithograph any more, but it is a spectacular place to experience Christmas.  And, New Yorkers really are warm and welcoming.  Do come celebrate with us!

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The quiet on my blog has been due to my hiding out on Cape Cod for 2 weeks and then unexpectedly being quieted upon our return by the advent of a terrible storm.  We had some days of warning but no one expected the devastation that followed the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.  In our neighborhood we had little stress with the exception of the loss of many beautiful old trees in Central Park and around the Museum of Natural History, some torn awnings, and a few broken windows.  Minor inconveniences and deep sadness for our tree loss, but no lives or homes lost.  This is, of course, not the case for other parts of New York City and surrounding counties and in many parts of New Jersey.  We keep only good thoughts for the recovery of our wonderful city – New Yorkers do bounce back!  And I’m sure everyone joins us in sending healing energy to those families and cities who have lost so much.



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