Saturday, August 25, 2007

Falling Apart

I don't have to tell you what week this is.

There are black days on the internal calendar that rests in the psyche of all Americans. December 7th. September 11th.

And August 29th.

To be honest, the nightmare started before that, and for many, the horror continues even now. Today is August 25, and tonight, families in Florida are grieving. Their loved ones were taken from them in the opening moments.

Two years ago today, a category 1 hurricane named Katrina battered southern Florida and killed 14 people. Over the next week, this storm would march across the eastern United States, causing thousands of deaths in seven states from the Gulf of Mexico in the south, north as far as Ohio.

But it is August 29th that sits at the center of the horror, as the unforgiving forces of nature collided with the failures of man and everything fell apart.

You know what is coming this week, and it will be all over the news. Some will tune in. Some will turn it off. Some will keep on trying to put things back together, one foot in front of the other, as they have done every day since this week two years ago.

Newsweek interviews Dr. Anna Pou about those days, and some of the things that were going on. Hopefully, her ordeal will soon be over, and she will be able to put things back together.

Rising Tide 2 was Friday night and today. Presentations, panel discussions, taking account, dark humor and alcohol. Putting one foot in front of the other. I'll have a better round up in the next few days as more reports are published. It was amazing. If you want to start looking, there's more at the following sites...

Rising Tide Blog
Ray In New Orleans
First Draft


sophmom said...

Your post gave me goosebumps. Y'all are off painting and I'm on DB's computer waiting to head down to visit with Michael. Cynthia's surfing over on the sofa. I remember "those days" so clearly. I was chatting on my college parents message board on Wednesday when that sputtering low over he Bahamas suddenly organized itself, herself and got a name. All through Thursday night and early Friday the UM parents were posting reports from their children. By noon Friday, obsessively checking the boards and blogs at I had this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that makes me slightly gasp and almost cry even now just thinking of it.

We had a wonderful time, didn't we? It was great hanging out as always. Aren't these just the finest people???

Bruce Biles said...

In the immortal word of E. A. Poe...
Y'all please check out
Great conference and thanks again.
Bruce Biles