What Sandy Damaged Goes Beyond Buildings

NEW YORK -- To those of us with friends and family still struggling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, these are days in which we remember the good times had along the New York's sandy shores.

Around 1900, my grandparents bought a small cottage at Breezy Point, the beach neighborhood devastated by fire during the recent storm. The cottage remained a summer focal point for a large, Irish Catholic family with 42 grandchildren through generations and to today.

The "bungalo,'' as we called it, didn't burn during the storm but was severely damaged. Folksinger and sister, Christine Lavin, offered this glimpse into why Breezy was such a special place for New Yorkers lucky enough to have access to its beach.

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Comment by Kristin Kjaero on November 16, 2012 at 5:18pm

Absolutely beautiful, thanks Chris for sharing this. Talent runs in your family. : )

Comment by chris shea on November 14, 2012 at 3:52pm

Very, very tender.  I think all old school Irish Catholic families look like cousins.  The Sheas would fit right in.  The heart holds all the memories: so neither rain nor wind nor the ocean can take them away. Or fade them, for that matter.  Thank you for sharing.  And your sis has a wonderful voice!

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