Out on a Limb: The Power of Candlepower

By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 12

From the December 2008 issue #173
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I put the candle on the floor and stepped back. My wife, Lucy, eyed me warily. I moved the candle a few feet and shifted myself a few feet away. Lucy crossed her arms, like she was about to scold one of the children for dressing the cat in doll clothes.

“What,” she asked, “are you doing?”

“I’m working,” I replied, and I turned my attention back to the candlelight. Today is the third day of intermittent
electric power in Cincinnati after the last fingers of Hurricane Ike flicked out the lights for about 90 percent of us in
the city. The first couple days without electricity were spent figuring out how to eat (I made chicken with Thai yellow curry on our gas grill), and how to get around in the dark (wind-up flashlights and nasty scented candles we swore we’d never use).

From the December 2008 issue #173
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