The biggest effect (should this be affect? I'm not sure) this blog has had on my life was the most unexpected. Because of the time I spend here, I now have slivers of my heart spread across North America, and even the world. People, friends, whose faces I have only gazed on two-dimensionally. Their words, funny, and heartbreaking, silly and sarcastic, introspective and mundane have carved a place in me. And I now care about you all in a way that must seem disproportionate.
As I result, I watch Ike looming with even more anxiety. With a hand clenched around my stomach that now feels personal. Worrying about homes I have never seen and people I think I know. If you are being affected by this storm, please know that my heart is with you, my prayers are for you, and I wish, desperately there was something I could do.
But, please, please keep yourself safe. This world, my world, would be a little dimmer without you.