Michael Divine

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When the Smoke Cleared

So the past couple of weeks at our home in the Northern California have been challenging. We moved an hour north of Napa back in December and, after the wettest winter on record, we had the hottest (and driest) summer on record which led to the worst fires, you guessed it, on record.

Our air was thick with smoke and we woke every morning examining the current fire maps. We were rather surrounded - to the north, south, and west at times less than ten miles from the brunt of them. When everything is like a tinderbox and winds may shift at any moment, that ten miles doesn't seem so far. Some friends transported all of our artwork to Oakland for safekeeping - 'just in case. Our bags remained packed next to the cat carriers by the front door.

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