My dear friend Mary Kay Deen, who now infuses heaven and earth with her light, had a favorite saying for young people graduating from the Starfish Café training program: “The hardest day of a butterfly’s life is the day it kisses the caterpillar good-bye.” Maybe this day, this tenth anniversary of Katrina, is the day…Details
When disaster strikes – whether personal or large-scale – many times the big question is, “What should I do?” These tips are offered to help answer that question and to lead you to other resources. Watch for tips from experts in the disaster response world.
As I have been with friends this anniversary week and as I have remembered, again deep gratitude washes over me for all the grace we received after Katrina. People prayed, sent gifts, came to help. Just today I learned that the Mennonites and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance are finishing repairs on a friend’s house that were…Details
Sitting next to the Courthouse Road pier in Gulfport this morning, drinking coffee and drinking in the soft sounds of lapping waves, I savored the quiet. No roar this morning. A few gulls almost still. Dolphins surfacing very near. Then a school of fish jumped, creating brilliant silver white images in the air. No little…Details
As we journey through this week of the tenth anniversary of Katrina, we are seeing many reminders in the media and all around us. Some of our feelings this week may be expressed more freely with color and shapes than with words. If that is true for you, I invite you to try creating mandalas.…Details
Telling our stories is one of the most healing processes after any trauma. Whether you lost your home and treasures in Katrina, lost nothing and have survivor’s guilt, went to the Gulf coast on work trips, you are a Katrina survivor, and journaling is one of the most healing ways you can tell your story.…Details