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Wednesday, February 10, 2010



I agree with you about how this blizzard has provided a wonderful forced family time - it's like a Buddhist strongman saying: "Live in the now. I mean it!!" And if you guys lose power feel free to drive over to our place (if you dare) since we have extra bedrooms, showers and enough mac n cheese to last to April.

Also, interesting insight about the people who brave the weather to be at Giant when our SUVs and minivans can finally break through the snow to make the trip. As I was driving in the 24-hour window of no snow and cleared roads, I passed three snowplows headed in the opposite direction. The drivers were these grizzled old men who clearly had been hard at work while I was snowball fighting and hot chocolating with my kids.

To me, those are the real heroes of the blizzard: the snow plow drivers, ER workers, Giant stockroom and checkout clerks, who make it safe for the rest of us.

Karen Paul-Stern

Terri Lee Freeman of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region had a great piece on NPR this morning about how for those living on the edge, a weather incident like this can be catastrophic. There definitely needs to be a community conversation about how to reinforce our social safety net to meet the needs of a region hit hard by weather, among other economic storms.

Susan at Working Moms Against Guilt

Very insightful. If you have that "workshifting" capability in your job, it's easy to forget how many people don't have it -- and don't have the flexibility to stay home when it's unsafe to leave home for work. Thanks for shedding light on this issue!


Read your blog yesterday – excellent as always. Thought about it overnight and remembered all the times when I was a kid that my mom had to go to work (grocery store checker) even though the town was shut down for snow. The real pressure was for people who don’t get paid when they don’t work. Several days off can just be devastating. I am tremendously worried about the haves and haves nots in this society and how close to the edge the have nots live. Some of us have flexibility with our work and financial flexibility that missing a day or two's pay doesn't have a big impact (especially the professionals among us). Unfortunately, many working moms are not in the same boat.

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