In the end, Hurricane Irene turned out to be a non-event for us. No water in the basement, no loss of power, no limbs down. The twigs and leaves scattered over the front lawn I can handle.
People are very quick these days to blame natural disasters as some kind of message from God. I can't quite figure out the logic behind that. But then, when it comes to faith, there is no logic. I can only imagine how many candles were lit to keep the weather at bay. Judging from this display at Target (which, in fact, shows just a fraction of the aisle), it is a very big business indeed.