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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]