Jesus, Oklahoma. And Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Indiana.

What the hell? I am so sorry to the families and friends of those who lost their lives, and to all who are without power now, and who have lost property. This is so terrible. The mother and her baby. The sheriff who was just trying to rescue people. It’s all so awful.

Here’s what happening today, according to the National Weather Service: “The NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma expects another round of severe weather on Saturday. The area for greatest concern is the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys. Large hail, damaging winds and isolated strong tornadoes are all possible.”

A while back someone stuck a pussy willow branch into a pot in front of my apartment building. I remember thinking, ‘It’s dead, why put it in the dirt? They probably just put it there for show. And who doesn’t love pussy willows, so okay. Thanks.’ Well, here it is, sprouting leaves. The Chinese believe these shoots are a sign of coming prosperity, so perhaps good things are coming.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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