Here on the East Coast we’re still shaking our heads in disbelief after a week punctuated by an atypical earthquake and a virulent storm named Irene, which was downgraded from a hurricane before hitting land but still packed a wallop that left many without electrical power and contending with major flooding. Adding to the anxiety, a storm called Lee is wreaking havoc on New Orleans, a place that also felt the wrath of Mother Nature six years ago when Katrina hit. At the same time, the ...

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