Goodbye in the Aftermath

Goodbye in the Aftermath

Downtown Marianna, FL following Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018. The entire Florida Panhandle suffered catastrophic damage with property losses to date at a staggering $5 billion and growing. In the aftermath we said goodbyeTo so many thingsThe treesOur homesOur landmarks Our citiesWe grieved for these lossesFor ourselvesFor each otherFor our shattered livesWe promised to rebuildTo [...]

The Pain of Goodbye

The Pain of Goodbye

Image by John Fenwick There was that awful momentwhen my heart finally understood,I’d never see you again. Not in this life.The breaking, overwhelming. The goodbye, forever. The shattering, excruciating.The absence, so agonizingly complete.Nothing can ever prepare youfor the goodbye you never thoughtyou’d have to say. For the loss you never thought you’d have to feel.For the emptiness you never thoughtyou’d [...]

There are Some Things You Just Can’t Prepare For

There are Some Things You Just Can’t Prepare For

Nothing could've prepared us. Not for this. Though we did prepare. We boarded up our windows. Stocked up on supplies. Safeguarded our valuables. But this time would be so much different than those that had come before. Pretty soon, all we had left were our prayers. And our fervent hope that we'd still be alive [...]

Your Silence Speaks Volumes

Your Silence Speaks Volumes

You ask me what it’s like to live in such a strange world. It wasn’t like this before, I say. Before that day. The one where the winds raged ceaselessly, roaring over and through neighborhoods, communities,miles and miles of our home. Taking so much, leaving so little. It wasn’t like this before the surging waters [...]

In the Aftermath

In the Aftermath

During this time, as the Florida Panhandle is trying to recover and heal from Hurricane Micheal, I am reminded of this beautiful warrior and inspired by her steadfast faith. The storms of our lives take many forms. The scars come. But one thing I’ve learned from witnessing Emma Rose, is that our scars do not [...]

We Are Not ‘Ok’

Bay County homes totally destroyed by Hurricane Michael. Photo by Jane Smith My dear friend, Linda Artman, told me a story the other day that made me sad. She was flying into Panama City to spend a few weeks volunteering in the area, as she has done many times since Hurricane Michael, and to assist [...]