No Escape

Working on the sequel to In the Eye of the Storm, there are so many images around me that continually inspire words. So many of the stories I receive from contributors are hard to get through. The pain is so raw. But then, so is the hope. I find that I am ever grateful that [...]

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 [...]

There’s Just No Escape

There’s Just No Escape

Traveling home each day, there are reminders everywhere... Miles of piles, and shattered lives. Places that were, but exist no more. Broken soldiers, lining tattered streets. All that’s left, of our once green trees. Snapped into, these soldiers fell. Swept away, within the gale. I used to love, to drive these roads. Where beside the [...]

In the Silent Aftermath

October 10,2018 changed us forever. Surrounded by destruction, it was hard to imagine coming back from this. But at heart, the people of the Florida Panhandle are strong. They are the heroes in this story. The ones who inspire hope and wield inexhaustible strength. This is their story. Told in their own words. In their [...]

Hurricane Michael: So Many More Stories to Tell

Hurricane Michael: So Many More Stories to Tell

Nearly five months after Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle, economic setbacks and delays have made recovery increasingly difficult for Florida Panhandle residents trying to rebuild their homes, and their lives. Allie Raffa, Fox News, February 28, 2019 When I set out to capture the stories of Hurricane Michael across the Panhandle, I never anticipated the [...]

No, We’re Not ‘Ok’

No, We’re Not ‘Ok’

On February 22nd I wrote a blog about current conditions in the Florida Panhandle following Hurricane Michael. I had recently experienced a few encounters with individuals who had absolutely no idea what conditions are like just over the Hathaway Bridge in Bay and surrounding counties. They went so far as to say that things weren’t [...]