Terrible storms have paused

Our area has been in the storm system that’s battered Missouri and Oklahoma. We’ve had mostly rain and wind (and a lot of thunder and lightning, Donner and Blitzen), but our sirens did go off last night because of the large hail across town. No damage close by, though.

I thought I’d post about it because the Channel 8 News last night was making it sound as if Richardson were blowing away, and we got phone calls from my sister-in-law, my mother’s cousin, and a friend who lives across the country. They were worried because of the reports of damage so close to us. But we’re fine. I am concerned about some areas that did have lots of trees down.

Joplin, Missouri, is GONE. My friend George Willard used to live in Carl Junction, but I think everyone in his family has left that area. Our prayers go out to everyone there who will be starting over. How is our government going to pay disaster relief . . . and how are the insurance companies going to pay off on all the claims? Not just in Missouri, but also in all the other places where entire towns were wiped off the map. They flooded part of Louisiana to save other parts of Louisiana. What happens to the people who were flooded out? There just isn’t enough charity to go around. It’s worrisome.

The wildflowers enjoyed the rain.

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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