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 [...]

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 [...]

A Journey from Darkness

A Journey from Darkness

For four weeks, I embarked on a journey. In the beginning; I believed it was necessary because I was weak and incapable of fitting into my life. This journey has proven to be about so much more. It quickly became a journey of the spirit that led to the profound discovery of myself. Myself, stripped [...]

Broken Soldiers

Broken Soldiers

Silhouetted against a misty dawn,stalwart soldiers stand.Broken limb to broken limb,bare shadows, of all they used to be.Scarred, damaged, marked by destruction.Caught in a strange abyss.That foggy transition between what they were,and all they long to be again.Shadowed, broken soldiers.A metaphor for us, perhaps?We, the survivors.The scarred, bruised, and hurting.Caught in that hazy expanse,between all we were,and [...]

In the Eye of the Storm #1 New Release in Natural Disasters

Thank you Neysa Wilkins and WJHG for the beautiful job you did in telling our story. And, In the Eye of the Storm is our story. Our community’s story. Our shared experience. Our belief in each other and our hope for the future. Thank you to all who contributed and allowed me to share their words [...]

In the Eye of the Storm Gaining Momentum

In the Eye of the Storm Gaining Momentum

The Panama City, Florida, News Herald featured an article written by Tony Simmons, on Wednesday, February 6, showcasing the publication of new books about Hurricane Michael. The storm hit the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018, leaving complete destruction in his wake. Michael's 155-mph sustained winds caused an estimated $4.5 billion in property damage, an [...]