The Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and a Woman Named Linda

October 29, 2014 1:44 PM

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The Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and a Woman Named Linda

Hurricane Sandy hit New York City two years ago today. My fellow New Yorkers woke up to a world ripped up and watered down; trees and tires on sidewalks, buzzers and front doors black, open to whatever guest cared to wade in the water of the streets and up to their apartment. Friends slept with flashlights, other friends, and prayers. I woke up then, as now, with the type of damage you can't take a picture of: My mother died five years ago today.

October 29, 2009: A date smack at the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, named for the disease that killed her. Five years later, my to-go coffee is served in pink Styrofoam and the credit card machine at the pharmacy asks me if I want to donate to cancer awareness every time I buy a toothbrush o...

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