flooded cars from Hurricane Harvey

Where have all the flooded cars gone?

My first encounter with a disaster zone took place in New Orleans. I first saw the damage Hurricane Katrina did to that city six months after the storm. I was shocked at the sight of  piles and piles of flattened, flooded cars. They were stacked up to the bottom of highway overpasses, some at least twenty feet higher than the streets we were driving on. The fate of flooded vehicles In the Houston area alone […]

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Books and Burgers

Normally I go to a restaurant OR a library, but not both at the same time in the same place. But then, many things are not normal since the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey. Clay’s Restaurant, named for the road on which it is located in Northwest Houston, has been a popular destination for years. Families love the open play area where kids can burn off their youthful energy while adults sit in shaded […]

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Martin Luther statue

500 Years Later – 1517 to 2017

In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation, I am pausing from the post-Harvey blogs to reflect on the significance of that globe-changing movement that began October 31, 1517. Today we may rant and rail against political, religious, and business injustices and inequities, but at least we are we are free to do so. Five hundred years ago people in Europe were controlled by a complex system of royalty and religious […]

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Wildlife Affected by Hurricane

All Creatures Great and Small

“And have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28b) The news informs us about the impact of disasters on the people in the path of hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and fires. First responders arrive immediately to rescue people and their pets. Communities come together to start dealing with the resulting destruction. But humans aren’t the only creatures […]

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Alley Theatre

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

This week I got a message from Dean Gladden, Managing Director of the Alley Theatre. In 2015 this downtown Houston theatre moved over to the nearby campus of University of Houston while the Alley got a $46.5 Million upgrade. This much beloved theatre was one of many Houston downtown buildings that flooded in 2001. That summer tropical storm Allison hovered over Houston for several days, dumping water into our city’s underground tunnel system that connects […]

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