What It’s Like to Live in the Aftermath of a Category 5 Hurricane

What It’s Like to Live in the Aftermath of a Category 5 Hurricane

Keep your head up Panama City. A feat that has proven much harder as the weeks since Michael have turned into months. Image by Sharon Owens There have only been four. Only four recorded Atlantic storms have maintained category five strength as they barreled inland. The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, with its maximum sustained [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Strange New World

Strange New World

Hurricane Micheal has altered the landscape of the Florida Panhandle so drastically that it often feels like I’m existing in a different place entirely.  It’s is like living in a strange new world. Landmarks the I used to pass by, often without a thought, are seen more clearly now in their absence. Photo by Linda [...]

Track of a Monster

BIRTH OF A MONSTER In the first week of October 2018, a cluster of thunderstorms was observed off the Yucatan peninsula. On October 6, the system was declared a potential tropical cyclone. On the 7th, the strengthening tropical storm was named Michael. On October 8, Hurricane Michael was being tracked and expected to hit the [...]