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September 6, 2011

“It’s a living thing, Brian. It breathes, it eats, and it hates. The only way to beat it is to think like it. To know that this flame will spread this way across the door and up across the ceiling, not because of the physics of flammable liquids, but because it wants to. Some guys on this job, the fire owns them, makes ’em fight it on its level, but the only way to truly kill it is to love it a little.”

Donald “Shadow” Rimgale, played by Robert DeNiro, from 1991’s Backdraft

We’ve enjoyed a mostly relaxing, idyllic Labor Day weekend — dinner with friends, time in the pool, respite from the heat with the approaching cool front — with the notable exception of the wildfires raging through our part of Texas right now.

We have not been directly affected by the fires (many thanks to those of you who have checked in).  My sister and her family were evacuated from their neighborhood Sunday with only the clothes they were wearing.  That fire is contained, though, and they hope to return to an undamaged house today.

Our neighbors to the east in Bastrop County, a rural area studded with enormous pine trees, are not faring so well.   While it appears no lives have been lost in what is being called the most disastrous fire in this state’s history, thousands will be left homeless in its wake. Worse, the fire burns on.

So, I’ve been distracted from my reading by breaking news, Facebook page updates (as it turns out, social media can be employed for uses other than sharing cute things our kids say or the latest Onion headlines — who knew?), and thoughts of safety for those fighting these fires and those displaced by them.

I’m refocusing on this article:

Photograph by Randal Ford. In-line lettering by Daniel Pelavin. Dimensional type by Joe Zeff Design.

and I will be back soon to discuss.

Until then, I wish you safety and a soft place to land.  Thanks, always, for showing up.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lucy Falk permalink
    September 6, 2011 7:39 am

    Glad to hear all is well – shows how much I have been watching the news – had no ideas about the fires but glad everyone is ok and good luck to your friends. We miss you!

    • September 6, 2011 5:48 pm

      miss you too, lucy! i never watch the news, either, so when I got the phone call that parts of austin were burning I was in shock. thinking of you guys and hoping you are all well :).


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