Happy Birthday, Dad

Happy Birthday, Dad

Today would have been my Father’s 82nd birthday. Each year, around this time I find myself reflecting on his life. On the man he was and on the continued impact he has on my life. My father was so many things to me. My father, yes, but so much more. His was a calming presence [...]

Raindrops and Buttons

Raindrops and Buttons

I love the sound of rain. However, the sound of rain on a tin or metal roof is something else altogether. It brings to mind childhood afternoons with my Nana. My Nana, Mary Murphy Chaknis, was born in 1911 in County Cork, Ireland. Her family was poor, and by the time Nana had reached her [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Our Story

Crushed. The weight of the world Across weary shoulders. When did this load Get so heavy? How did all this brokenness  Come to be? When will it ease? This burden carried  Since that day? How will this story end? For it will. That’s how stories are. Just, please tell me,  That we’re strong enough  to [...]

Rough Road Ahead

Rough road ahead. Marks the beginning. This road so unlike  Those that came before. Nothing prepares you For the scene that meets the eye. Nothing equips you  For the shortness of breath, The bone-deep heartbreak. This road leads to the center. The eye passed over here. Ground zero it’s called. For miles it continues. For [...]