Happy for us; sorrowful for those not so fortunate

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It’s calm here this morning. The temperature has dropped 15 degrees since the early morning hours when I couldn’t sleep. There is some sunshine peeking through the clouds. We still have a 50-50 chance of rain, but the thunderstorms that can spawn the dreaded funnel clouds are no longer expected.  Our homes, businesses and lives remain intact. We are thankful that once again here in south Alabama we dodged a bullet.

Everyone was not so fortunate. Tornadoes in northern Alabama that moved into Kentucky and Indiana destroyed and damaged homes, a school, a prison, businesses. Worst of all, at least 30 lives–that which you cannot replace- -have been lost.  As the rubble is sifted through, very likely that death toll will rise.  Some of those who suffered more damages had just recovered from last April’s killer tornadoes. It is heartbreaking; Our thoughts and prayers to all those victimized by this latest killer storm system.

I read a online article written by a reporter in north Alabama about the aftermath. The bright spot in it were these words: “I saw neighbors helping neighbors.” This doesn’t surprise me. Still, it is so encouraging to know the good people of this state embrace a sense of community.

I know that in Australia, where several of our regular readers and commenters live, there has been flooding with more rain expected. I hope that all of you and your friends and loved ones will remain safe.

It’s a tough old world. But if we stick together and help one another out, it makes picking up the pieces a little bit easier.

English: Enterprise, AL, March 5, 2007 -- Work...

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About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. AMEN, Sis. So grateful that all of our family/friends are safe, but my heart goes out to those who have suffered loss.

  2. J’écris en français quand je suis émue car je ne parviens pas à exprimer mes sentiments dans une langue étrangère. Je suis soulagée que l’ouragan ne se soit pas déchaîné sur l’Alabama. Je pense à ceux qui ont eu moins de chance et suis très triste.
    La vie n’est pas un long fleuve tranquille et il y a des zones de turbulence mais ….. la communauté des admirateurs de Mr. A est très forte et dans les moments de doute, vous savez qu’elle est là.
    Elle vous soutient et répond comme un soldat “Angie , s’il y a un problème, dites-le nous ”
    C’est cela l'”Armitage effect” !!!!

  3. Angie, I am so relieved for you and yours, yet, as you say, sad for those who were hit hard and lost so much. As Nadia writes, we are a community and we come together in adversity. Right now, I’m afraid all I can do is pray hard, and that I do.

  4. I’m glad that you’re OK Angie, but really sorry for all the people who suffered as a result of the tornado. Hope the community will help those who were affected to rebuild their lives.

  5. Glad to hear all is okay with you, but it was saddening to see the news coverage this morning when we woke up to Sunday. It must be absolutely terrifying being caught in a twister, the devastation is truly heartbreaking.

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