Calendar

September 2014
M T W T F S S
« Nov    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

Photo audition

I have two major regrets from Hurricane Ike: I didn’t keep a journal and I didn’t bring a camera. A journal would have helped remind me about the sights, smells and emotions gradually fading from my memory. And a camera would have made it much easier to include photos in the book. Since I didn’t [...]

Drawing comparisons

The 1900 Storm shaped Galveston’s attitude toward storms, for better and for worse. Hurricane Ike only strengthened those responses.

After surviving and eventually recovering from what is still the deadliest natural disaster in American history, Galvestonians felt a sort of invincibility to hurricanes. If the great, unnamed storm couldn’t destroy the island, nothing could. Islanders [...]

The horror of an impending disaster

On Thursday, Sept. 11, Rhiannon and I stayed with Daily News Photo Editor Jennifer Reynolds in her downtown loft. We planned to get up early on Friday to witness and report on the island’s final hours before Ike. We set our alarms for 7 a.m., but we never needed them. At 5:30 a.m., Jennifer got [...]

Not even a major storm

The second chapter of “Forgotten” takes readers into the offices and conference rooms at city hall and the county courthouse as Galveston’s leaders made preparations for Hurricane Ike. The most important question they grappled with was if, and when, to call the evacuation. It was interesting to get the perspectives of Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas, [...]

Face-to-face

As I mentioned in my last post, we finished writing a little more than a week ago. Half the chapters went to the copy editors last week. The other half are on their way this week. And… drum roll please… we should have publishing news to share with you soon!

While I’m waiting to get [...]

History repeats itself

As part of her research for the chapter in “Forgotten” that compares the 1900 Storm with Hurricane Ike, Rhiannon spent hours in the Rosenberg Library reading the firsthand accounts of people who survived that disastrous storm. We already knew about many of the connections between the two storms. But we had no idea about the [...]

Perseverance

I neglected this blog for two weeks, but for good purpose – I finished writing yesterday! I needed to block out every distraction, even worthy ones, to concentrate on making that final push. We still have to go through the editing process and create a reference list for all of our research, but Forgotten is [...]

It’s only stuff

The debris piles that choked Galveston’s streets after Hurricane Ike endure as one of the most powerful symbols of the storm for me. They epitomized the sorrow and loss the storm inflicted, as residents ripped what remained of their lives from their flooded homes and dragged it to the curb. They also offered some insight [...]

Inexcusably slow recovery

The Houston Chronicle had a good story on Monday about the post-Ike recovery in the Bayou Shores neighborhood, which just happens to be where I used to live. One of the families I interviewed for our chapter on rebuilding also lives there. Like so many, the Enriquez family didn’t have enough insurance to rebuild. Then [...]

The power of a focused message

I don’t think anything played a bigger role in Galveston’s recovery from Hurricane Ike than the return of the University of Texas Medical Branch to full strength. The resuscitation of John Sealy Hospital is a symbol of what a community can do when it works together to pursue a goal as though its life depended [...]