In the Aftermath of the Storm

In the Aftermath of the Storm

When Hurricane Micheal slammed into our cities last October, he took more with him than just our trees, our businesses, our homes. He took pieces of us. Memories we’d planted long ago. The world outside has moved on. But we, we are still living in the aftermath. Like the many cities destroyed before us by [...]

Hurricane Michael: Five Things the World Should Know

Hurricane Michael: Five Things the World Should Know

“Everyone here has a story of loss they struggle to describe and recovery they cannot yet comprehend.” 1. There was no way to adequately prepare. We'd done this before, many of us, more than once; prepared for the possibility of a hurricane visiting us during the Season. We were used to Summer ushering in, not [...]

Faith Stands

As the winds roar, As the waves rise higher, As fear overcomes, Faith stands. As destruction grows, As devastation overpowers, As the broken cry out, Faith stands. As the world transforms, As the road ahead darkens, As we become weary, Faith stands. As we stumble forward, As the shattering continues, As our broken hearts grieve, [...]

The Florida Panhandle, Four Months After

The Florida Panhandle, Four Months After

It's been almost four months since Hurricane Michael ravaged my home in the Florida Panhandle. With devastating 155-mph sustained winds and a storm surge that literally wiped Mexico Beach, Florida off the coast, this region is battered, bruised, broken, and hurting. The devastation in Mexico Beach, a coastal community in the Panhandle of Florida which [...]

Hurricane Michael Relief Donations Fall Staggeringly Short

Hurricane Michael Relief Donations Fall Staggeringly Short

Image by David Herring/Shutterstock The storm has passed, but the aftermath lingers. Hauntingly and so very real. It seems the world has moved on. But we cannot. We are reminded daily. The damage left scars on our once beautiful cities and landscape. It's unmistakable and so very heartbreaking. While those outside the devastation can close [...]

Northwest Florida Spring Hop

Northwest Florida Spring Hop

The panhandle of Florida is home to not only the World's Most Beautiful Beaches, but also to many gorgeous natural springs abundant with local wildlife. My daughter, Emma and her beau, Jason spend most every weekend exploring these often overlooked locations, capturing their trips on their YouTube channel, Paddle Blues.