Posts Tagged ‘Parkersburg’

Surviving a Tornado. A video.

I’ve heard a million stories about the tornado that wiped out my hometown, Parkersburg, Iowa, last spring. I’ve seen pictures and books and newspaper stories. I’ve sifted through the rumble and walked through the war zone. And none of it prepared me for this video. The woman holding the camera and her husband owned the […]


More Degrees Of Separation

The longer we’re away, the more bitter and sweet it is to go back. While being with our oldest friends is a stark reminder of what we could never have in another place, it is also difficult to be anything but grateful. Grateful because somewhere, always, there is a place where we can go back […]


Remember when your grandparents forced you to look at their vacation slides for hours? It’s like that.

I spent several hours yesterday uploading 500 pictures – and I’m still not done. I then proceeded to spend several more hours painting the front entry and hallway of my house – because that totally makes sense to do right after you come home from vacation and should be getting ready for work. What that […]


In Which I Owe Grandmas Everywhere An Apology

Yesterday, I showed you some of the lessons that my week in Parkersburg taught me. There is one more valuable lesson that I haven’t yet discussed. It’s just been… well, painful, honestly, to think about. And it really needed it’s own post. You see, we left in a hurry. I barely had time to notify […]


Everything I needed to know about life I learned from a Tornado: A Photo Essay


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