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The Storm With Four Names

Lisa Shanahan
Oct 28, 2015 · 7 min read

Halloween always reminds me of a scary night when I lived on Cape Ann in Rockport, Massachusetts, a few blocks from the ocean. I was thirty, a new mom, with a little baby girl. My husband, Jim, commuted twenty-eight miles to his office in Boston, and I was often home alone in the early evening with Isabel.

We were new in town, new-parent pioneers — didn’t know many folks yet and didn’t have any family there. Although…