photo credit abc13.com I didn't have the news on yesterday and was totally ignorant of this fire that's been going on since about 10:30 Sunday morning. That is, I was ignorant til I got to work around 4 today. Once I hit the interstate on the way to work, I could see a massive black … Continue reading Metro Houston’s East Side is on Fire (and it’s definitely not pretty).
This is a question that's bugged me my whole life along the Texas coast. Thankfully, we got through Rita (2005) and Ike (2008) okay where I'm at, many miles inland and several feet above sea level. We've never evacuated, and not because of the inability to afford it, scoffing at the storms, or bravado. No--we … Continue reading #081–Why do posted Hurricane evacuation routes in Houston mostly divert people eastward?
I heard a little about this, but thanks to clearing out my house and trying to get my brain back on track and life moving on, I hadn't paid much if any attention to the news in a week. So, I missed this gem from a few days ago. Lawson Craddock I heard was from … Continue reading Lawson Craddock, or, a Houston athlete who made promises & kept on going…
It's times like this I really wish I'd have gone into meteorology, because we're all complaining about the same damned thing...and I like having answers when nobody else does. It balances out my incessant need to ask a trillion questions, so maybe it's only fair, or just a hyperactive extension of myself, trying desperately to … Continue reading This winter in Houston was–wait, it’s still going? WTF?!
My copy: 9780292721135 (image from The University of Texas Press). I lucked out when I got this book. It came to the bookstore in late January of 2010 and the store was closing by the end of the month. I hate when bookstores close, but it was the only way I could afford this one--marked … Continue reading Houston: Lost and Unbuilt, by Steven R. Strom
(cover image from quebecreadingconnection.ca) I was at the Holocaust Museum Houston a few years ago when I first saw this one. By then, I'd had my mind opened to the power of graphic novels and how they can say things versus traditional print novels. And it was about Houston. So I snatched it up. The … Continue reading The Silence of Our Friends, by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, & Nate Powell
I suppose if I was smarter and less susceptible to my own bullshit, I'd have been going through my short stories and writing more on these impromptu days off instead of playing "Clue" and watching Akira for the umpteenth time on the desktop.
The landlines have been out since mid-Sunday. The power was out for about 16 hours and flickered a bit. My cellphone sucks and barely gets texts unless I turn it toward the window just right in not-so-windy weather (which cuts off calls, too). The cable was gone for two days, the Internet for nearly three. … Continue reading 2 days cut off from the outside world (thanks, Harvey) and I haven’t hung myself. Guess I’m not an internet addict…?
I'm a weatherbug. I'm the weirdo with a 35mm camera hoping to get great lightning shots in one click and waste a whole roll of film trying. I wanted to film hurricanes and tornadoes. I watched Twister and wanted to be a storm chaser when I grew up. Actually, the movie made me want to … Continue reading I’m Waiting for the Storm to Come: Harvey’s knocking down south… so far.
I think this book is an interesting find. I found it a few years ago when I was gathering research materials on Houston in the 20th century. There really aren't many books about the Houston area, fiction OR nonfiction, and I was hoping to write something of either someday.