One Year After Hurricane Sandy Struck My Home and Made Me Stronger

There are places I rememberAll my life though some have changedSome forever, not for betterSome have gone and some remain…..If that Beatles song doesn’t sum up the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I don’t know what does…....more
So glad you survived and in some ways thrived.  I remember seeing some of your postings about ...more

Will Tropical Storm Isaac Hit New Orleans on Katrina's Anniversary?

As I awoke this morning to the sun shining in Central Louisiana, it was difficult to believe that a hurricane was slowly making its way toward our Gulf Coast...toward New Orleans, where two of my children now live....more
Living in Southern California, it's hard to imagine having this worry every summer, every year. ...more

Disaster Preparedness Month

It's been a weird year/decade/century for all kinds of destructive events and no matter where you live, there's some kind of threat looming. According to a national survey, over one third of Americans have experienced natural disasters or emergency situations, yet only eight percent have done everything needed to prepare for these situations....more

How I Knew I Chose the Right One

My belly sloshes, full of too many bright-red, sticky sweet hurricanes. Orange slices teetering on the edge of the glass and Maraschino cherries stabbed on a tiny plastic sword. Pat O’s serves them in a tall glass I get to take home with me. I save it and fill it with trinkets and Mardi Gras beads, a plastic flower from the St. Patrick’s Day parade last year. ...more

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We're Drinking the Same Water as Cleopatra. Is It as Clean?

Did you get a drink or throw in a load of laundry before starting to read this blog, written in honor of Blog Action Day? You probably could have, given the easy access most of us have to clean water....more

Weather-watching obssession - does this make me an ol' coot?

Watching the weather is a favorite hobby of mine.  I don’t generally get my weather reports from television, but I might as well be one of those people we see in comedies, who fixate on the Weather Channel and sit there for hours, soaking up data about places they’ve never been, never intend to go, and if they did go there, they wouldn’t know anyone. Those people are portrayed as coots. (One definition of a coot:  Simple-minded.)  A weather fanatic will say to no one in particular,  ”I knew it.  I knew that system was gonna come in early.”   ...more

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Southeast Gas Crisis

Among the many life adjustments I've made in the last year-and-change since moving to Georgia, this one was the most unexpected: Hurricane season means gas shortages even for those of us far inland from said hurricanes. And even if someone had told me about this phenomenon, no one could've predicted what we've been experiencing the last month or so. Long after the hurricanes (and any associated pipeline damage) have departed, gas is still scarce. ...more

There is still a shortage in Asheville NC, too. They keep telling us it's because the ...more

Hurricane Season: Peace After Revolution

I preface this story with sympathy for those in Texas slammed by Hurricane Ike as well as Louisiana residents impacted by Ike flooding. For the last few days here in southeastern Louisiana, we've felt licks from that storm as parts of the state recover from Gustav. ...more

And commenting too.  Thank you, TM.

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(Animal) Shelter From the Storms

As Hurricane Ike bears down on Texas, it's hard to suppress those Hurricane Katrina flashbacks. With the bulk of my family living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hurricane Season brings anxiety. I worry for the humans I love, the humans I've never met and all the animals in between. During Hurricane Katrina, nearly 10,000 animals were rescued but an estimated 600,000 pets were killed or left without shelter. ...more

Honestly, I can't believe it took such a horrific disaster to bring this issue to light but ...more

waiting for gustav

when you live in the gulf coast, hurricane season is a big deal. i didn't know how worried about gustav we should be, but when i went to the grocery store and saw the water aisle completely stocked (as opposed to being completely empty) i felt better. because i have seen it bare more times in the past three years than i care to recall. and no lines at the gas pump, relieved. it was not coming our direction. at least not yet anyway. why are there so many more hurricanes now than there used to be? and why are they so much more intense? ...more