As many of you are aware, we have had some unusually extreme weather over the last week here in Richmond. Last Tuesday afternoon, we experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake--the strongest earthquake this area has had since 1897! Fortunately, Maury Place came through unscathed, and we are all fine. Now, as I write this, we are experiencing the forces of Hurricane Irene. So far, we have extremely gusty winds and heavy rains, but no severe damage. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will weather this storm without any catastrophe. We pray that those others on the East Coast who are in harm's way will emerge safely on the other side of this storm.