Today’s #FridayReads: novel LIFE DRAWING by Robin Black–a book so good I’m wishing for the first time in my life that I were a slower reader because I’d be able to savor it longer.
I am not surprised that I love LIFE DRAWING so much; in 2011 I read Robin’s collection of short stories, IF I LOVED YOU, I WOULD TELL YOU THIS, & I was so inspired by her absolutely beautiful writing that she made me want to write again.
That’s about my highest compliment.
In the wake of the NWS-confirmed tornado in Revere, MA this morning–a rare but not unprecedented event–here’s a reprise of my 2011 article for the Boston Globe about tornado safety. Please stay weather-aware and be safe!
From The Boston Globe, June 2011
I’m a professional stormchaser. On Wednesday, I was in the surreal
position of issuing tornado warnings to friends back home in Massachusetts while sitting in a stormchase vehicle beneath a tornadic thunderstorm in rural Nebraska. Some of the questions and comments I received over Facebook and Twitter were deeply distressing. One said, “No way am I waiting anything out in a basement. I’ll take my chances.” Another, during a
tornado warning, asked, “Can I drive into Boston?” A third, married to a newsman, wrote: “My husband is stormchasing for tonight’s story!” When I asked whether her husband had any experience whatsoever with severe weather, I got no reply.