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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

In the Eye of the Storm #1

In the middle of the raging storm,the wind grew still, the light took form.All was calm for a single breath,as I passed through the valley of death.In the silence, my voice cried out, take my fear, Lord, take my doubt.Deliver me from this violent storm,Protect my soul, Lord, bruised and torn. Then, above the wind, I heard [...]