Justin Allen, 23. Brett Linley, 29. Matthew Weikert, 29. Justus Bartett, 27. Dave Santos, 21. Jesse Reed, 26. Matthew Johnson, 21. Zachary Fisher, 24. Brandon King, 23. Christopher Goeke, 23. Sheldon Tate, 27.
11 names on a list. Names you probably never heard of. Names of people you have probably never even met. Yet, these 11 young men are probably, more important to you now then you could possibly even imagine.
ALL, are Marines. Soldiers who gave their lives this week for you. There will be no...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” - John F. Kennedy.
So here we are. We are smack dab in the middle of millions of people needing help to just have food and water. All around the world, after so many natural disasters have struck and there are so many people in real need and we are, Facebook posting, Instagram posting, Tweeting, Snap chatting and social media blasting. But not about people's needs. Everything is all about, a free countries rights, to have the freedom to...
At the end of a struggle, or even at just the end of a long day, we often find ourselves pondering. Perhaps, lamenting over all the things we didn't do, couldn't do, didn't do well and other negatives of the like. It's times like these that we need only to look at the sky. The sky can and will go through destruction, catastrophe, darkness and seemingly endless night. But, with eyes to the sky you'll spot the sun. With eyes to the sky you're spot a rainbow. So look high up above you, then steady your gaze toward the future and press on my friends.
After the Storm... Day 13 Out of Sight.... Out of Mind
Back on my porch this morning. My 4am perch, drinking my coffee and listening to the sounds of silence. My morning routine before getting dressed and going to work. My life, back to its sense of normalcy. It's funny isn't it? How life returns to its pace, back to "normal." You almost don't even notice it happen, it just kinda does. My life, while personally, physically unaffected, damage wise from the storms, will never be the same.
The majority of the world will go on as Harvey and Irma and Maria will become blips on their personal radar screens....
After the Storm.... Day 12.... Darkness before the Dawn
You could hear people crying, but you couldn't see anything, so getting to them was virtually impossible."
This was a quote from a man who just survived Irma two weeks ago. Now, he has survived Maria, Irma's bigger and badder sister, as she has passed directly through Puerto Rico. Maria left her mark as all storms do, but the one that dropped my jaw to the floor is the storm is leaving the entire island in total darkness.
There is absolutely no power. The storm raged through the night. Torrential rain, hurricane winds, flooding, flying debris and...
After the Storm.... Day 11 Hurricanes and Earthquakes and Fires.... Oh My!!!!
By now, you, along with the entire world, has seen or heard how Hurricane Maria, which is more powerful than Irma was, is annihilating Puerto Rico and other islands in the area.
This comes in the wake of a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Mexico City earlier this morning. The earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the quake that hit Mexico in 1985 and killed thousands. Remember, Mexico is still dealing with the after effects of a magnitude 8.1 less than 30 days ago.
Just a few hours after the 7.1 hit Mexico, a 6.1 magnitude quake rocked Japan, with the...
Check out this statistic: "Estimates of the combined damage from Irma and Harvey, the pair of record-breaking storms could reach $290 billion dollars! That is nearly a quarter, of the total costs, of all natural disasters in the United States from 1980 to this year!! That doesn't account for the wildfires and extreme heat burning up the American West, or the nine major disasters—including drought and floods—that hit the country from January to July."
Over the past few weeks, we have been hit in the face with storm after storm. Each one broadcast widely all over the news. Showing the devastation all over our country and even all over the world. First Harvey, then Irma, then Jose, now possibly Maria and Lee. Over and over again, storms are heading our way.
As important as it to be prepared for them and then, start to recover from these storms, I felt I needed to reflect on a bigger picture. See, it's not just these "storms" right now that we are all dealing with. It's all the "storms" of the past as...
A week ago today, millions of people were waking up, or if you didn't sleep like I didn't, just to go outside and begin to asses what it would take to put your particular life back together.
Yesterday, a week later, I was still cleaning up massive piles of debris at my mom and dads house. There is still many without power, many without homes, not only here in Florida, but also in Texas and other places all over the world.
If you have been fortunate enough not to have been affected by the storms that have ravaged so many of...
Just as things all around me were appearing to get better, the storm, that had left our area some 6 days ago, reached out from natures grave, to attempt to claim hope once again.
There has been nothing but sunshine since the day Irma left. The water is receding in the areas that have flooded and again, normalcy was becoming more of the norm. The news had shifted from reporting almost nothing but the storm, back to random stories of government and local issues, with pockets of information about storm related issues.
As I sit on my front porch this morning and just listen to the calm, it's kind of hard to believe that 5 days ago, I was inside a home, watching power flicker on and off, wondering if I'd have a porch to come home to when the storm passed.
I drove yesterday morning, 55 miles south of where I live, to return a generator that was lent to me. As I drove south, I was amazed at the difference in damage that I saw. Where I live, lots of power outages, a lot of flooding and trees and debris, but very little "catastrophic" damage,...