Friday, April 29, 2011

Good reads

Okay, so from the ravages of the storms must come something good, right? Here are two blogs I read today that I loved. One by a famous newscaster; and one by a friend of mine here, a mother of four, a Tuscaloosa native, and now a mourner for a place that will never be the same. Even if the buildings are rebuilt, the losses that occurred will be a scar forever. Nevertheless, what she writes has some hope. Read what Brian Williams and Kari Kampakis have to say.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April Fury (as the news calls it)

Not at all a favorite thing...
Alabama is devastated! It's like nothing I have seen, support the Red Cross, send prayers, hug your families, and stay safe!

The day started out with tornado sirens at 5:30 a.m. That early storm missed us by a mile or so. Cahaba Heights just to the south of us is full of fallen trees, ripped roofs, and no power as a result. We thought we were lucky for dodging that one, but had no idea what was to come later that day. We hunkered down in the basement at 6:00 p.m., after watching the coverage of the mile-wide F5 tornado (twister! as AM called it!) tearing through Tuscaloosa. Thankfully, the over-the-mountain neighborhoods were somehow spared. We are nevertheless heartbroken for northwest Birmingham, Pleasant Grove, Tuscaloosa, Dekalb Co, Cullman, Concord, Waverly, Cordova...I could go on and on...but the national news will do that for me.

Now, take a break from storm coverage and enjoy the royal wedding, which if nothing else is a lovely distraction and celebration. It might seem frivilous and extreme, but I think we could all use that now and then!