Earthquake felt in Rochester

Brian Thayer of The Rochester Barber Shop said, "I felt the earthquake in my chair!" He was referring to the 5.9 Richter scale earthquake felt earlier today from New York to Chicago. He said his wife may think he is crazy, but moments before the media reported the event, he felt his barber shop chair rattle and wondered what was happening. The Washington Post reports, "U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed an earthquake struck central Virginia at 1:53 p.m 4 miles south southeast of Louisa, … [Read more...]

Musings From Haiti

Since returning from Haiti I have tried to identify the most unsettling aspect of my experience there. Conventional wisdom says it would be the sheer magnitude of the disaster, which experts say we can’t fully grasp. But for me there was something more subtle and insidious which I suspect has been steadily eroding the Haitian psyche and threatens to hinder their ability to recover successfully. In a word, 'eyesore'; defined as 'something unpleasant to look at'. It may seem trivial but I … [Read more...]