Subways flooded, Stock Exchange closed, millions without power

Water races where the tap of shoes is wont to bear, on subway steps and massive transit stairs.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning signed major-disaster
declarations for New Jersey and New York, two states that have faced
severe flooding (with reports from other news sources saying that the subways are also flooded) and wind damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The Wall Street Journal reports: “Mr. Obama signed the declarations early
Tuesday as residents of the states awoke in many places to several feet
of water and no electricity. The declarations free up federal resources
to help the affected areas.

“The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of
New Jersey and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local
recovery efforts due to Hurricane Sandy beginning on October 26, 2012,
and continuing,” the White House said in a statement. A similar
statement was released for New York.

A White House official said Mr. Obama was updated on Sandy overnight
and will receive another briefing Tuesday. Mr. Obama spoke overnight
with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.
He also spoke with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the mayors
of Newark and Jersey City.

The president earlier in the week signed disaster declarations for a
number of states along the East Coast, including Delaware, Connecticut,
New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

These declarations were different and didn’t describe the states as
facing a “major disaster,” a label that helps free up more federal
resources.” Read the entire article here

How to help after the superestorm

CNN has an article with links on how to help after the superstorm. Here is an excerpt::

“Relief groups are already working to make sure everyone affected by the storm is cared for, and you can help.

Give food and shelter — The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are providing emergency shelter and meals for evacuees.

Help children in need Save the Children and World Vision are paying special attention to the needs of children affected by the storm.

Care for animals — The Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association have teams working to save the lives of animals caught in the storm.

Provide emergency supplies AmeriCares, Direct Relief International and Feeding America are providing food, medical supplies and emergency kits for people in need.

Join in the cleanup Team Rubicon has dispatched veteran field teams to start working right away, and Samaritan’s Purse is looking for volunteers to help rebuild after the storm passes.

Help outside the U.S. — Hurricane Sandy took a deadly toll on the Caribbean before it hit the United States. Operation USA and the International Medical Corps are helping people affected by Sandy in Haiti and Cuba.”  Read the entire article here.

More coverage:

CBS News reports, Super Storm Sandy: More than 7 million without power
Forbes reports: Wall Street Stays Dark In Sandy’s Wake, Exchanges Work to Restart Trading

NBC New York reports: Water Floods Subways, Service Likely ti Be Out for Days

In the Air Tonight

By Annette Marie Hyder

Street dreams and petrichor —
that smell you get after rain —
are in the air tonight.
Diesel rainbows flutter in puddles
looking for all the world like liquid butterflies
while the rain, a thousand tiny hummingbirds,
beats against each flower pane.
I open my window and let them fly in.


By Annette Marie Hyder

Framed in sudden shadow from the sinking sun
the leaves, illuminated in groups of 3×4, look like stained glass windows
that creak and sway upon the trees in the autumn wind.
The day murmurs an evening prayer into the high, neck-tipping dome
of the cathedral sky while my knees kiss the earth,
and the fingers of the breeze count my hair-strands as rosaries
and the world around me sighs
in pleasure.
The tree-walls around me seem flagged with goodness
and filled with the song of ancient things
that tilt with me and bow as one
gratefully inclined.

Saint Paul Fall Art Crawl 2012

                 Saint Paul Art Crawl Poster

Free art event! All the studios of Lowertown St Paul are open to the
public with works of art in all mediums, styles, and price ranges. Take a
guided walk from building to building as artists open their spaces for
display and sale. Check out more information at:

Changing popular culture perceptions: one face and one voice at a time

The Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know project is part of the Saint Paul Fall Art Crawl 2012 and will be at the Lab At The Lyric, Friday and Saturday, Oct 12 and 13, 2012

Attendees of the Faces Along the Corridor exhibit of this project will have the opportunity to participate at the event, which will be photographed by Jasmine Rain Hyder.
JoAnne Makela’s musical/spoken word group MedusaHead will perform on Friday
night, Oct. 12, 7:30-9:30. Guest performers Sarah Newberry, Pam Roth,
Annaliese Sweitzer, and Donald Washington will infuse MedusaHead’s
soulful standards with jazz sax and a bit of sweet twang. 

If you cannot be there in person, you can still
participate by joining the Facing Feminism project. Submit a jpg of
yourself and a personal statement about feminism [what the word means to
you, how it has affected your life] and you may appear in this
weekend’s slide show, or be featured on the Facing Feminism project
website. Send your image and statement to: annette.hyder[at]gmail.
com. You can see examples of the exhibit pieces on the project Facebook page or at

Come on — I saved you a seat!

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

12:00 noon to 8:00 PM

Lab at The Lyric

Hampden Ave S., St. Paul

                                               Copyright Annette Marie Hyder

Anya Sasses Old Man Trouble

By Annette Marie Hyder

“I am plump with
the experiences I have had,” she says.
“They have not worn me down nor elicited my bones
to peek out from the feathers that I wear.
And bread and water?
I know how to extract the oil
from the surface of the water given me,
make one loaf of bread reach for the heavens in soft sighs
and pull an egg out from behind Disaster’s ear
whilst nicking Dodgewaith’s gold
and pinching Calumny’s rear.”