The U.S. is experiencing some severe weather again this week, with thunderstorms, rain, hail, tornadoes, and even snow, depending on where you are. Storms are ripe with dramatic potential, since they can force your characters to cope with extreme, even life-threatening circumstances. As a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, I can state with certainty that severe […]
Where Are You Going by Dave Matthews is one of my favorite songs — and for some time now, it’s been the $64,000 question, so to speak. After Hurricane Katrina, my parents and I decided that New Orleans was no longer a good place to be and that we would relocate as soon as […]
My grandmother went to the doctor yesterday. As a precaution — probably at Mom’s urging — he gave her a prescription for oxygen. I went over there last night to find one of the big metal tanks lurking in the corner of the room.
My grandfather was on oxygen for several years at the end […]
I debated a lot about whether I should write something today, on the two-year anniversary of Katrina. I felt like I ought to, but my initial efforts yielded two paragraphs that sounded kind of hopeless and bitter, and I decided to give the whole thing up as a bad job.
Then this morning I read […]
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