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This just in, a postcard from our true-blue friend Robert Clepper (and the ever-delightful Wanda, his Jack Russell terrier).

“Dear Jane and Sam,

Hope that you are well, warm and fed.

Sorry for the adversity.

You remain in our prayers and hearts.

Love, Robt. & Wanda”

Take it from someone who knows: Robert hails from New Orleans and Galveston, Texas, and has survived a number of hurricanes in his life, including Katrina, Rita, and Ike. In comparison, we are off-the-charts fortunate.

Still, life is at sixes and sevens after hosting the in-laws, whose life on Long Island was complicated by the power outage caused by Hurricane Sandy, for seven days in our one-bedroom apartment (I know, I know); interminable lines at supermarkets, bus stops, gas pumps, and polling places; and a greatly disrupted work schedule.

In fact, it’s hard to think straight at the moment, with election results as well as a post-Sandy nor’easter looming large.

So all I have to say is, cook with love for the people you love. If you are in a position to manage it, cook for those who still are without heat, water, or a home.

If it’s impractical to give time, give treasure. Below are some agencies who are among those accepting contributions to assist people affected by Hurricane Sandy. I also recommend checking out Charity Navigator: Your Guide to Intelligent Giving.

American Red Cross

Brooklyn Recovery Fund

The Humane Society of the United States

Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

Salvation Army

United Jewish Federation of New York

United Way Sandy Recovery Fund



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