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I am very sad to read from afar the devastation cause by a barrage of tornandos in the American southland, particularly in Alabama.  Hundreds have apparently been killed by these terrible storms.  People sometimes have a romantic notion about storms and chasing tornandos and forget that they are so deadly.   Even though there are those who have thankfully survived, it is hearbreaking to see them lose their homes.

If you have never been to the American South in the springtime you might not understand the beauty of the place and its people.  There is a way the sunshine shines that makes you feel so good.  Magnolia trees, spanish moss, the open fields and rushing streams.  The smiles, laughter, the sense of community, the easy friendship and decency of its good people that is too often overlooked by stereotyping fools.   Put me on a front porch in Birmingham, Mobile or New Orleans with a case of beer, some good home cooking, music in the background and a few friends to shoot the shit and I’m set for the afternoon and as far into the evening as the night will allow. 

In the small towns there everyone knows everyone else, the past is always present.  These twisters can ruin more than a few houses, they attack a sense of community.  So I am hoping that the worst is over and praying for those who lost loved ones.  And I am reminded yet again how short a time we have here as the wind passes over the land.  

I know, I know,  too maudlin and too much, but that is how I am feeling today.

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8 thoughts on “The Southland in The Springtime

  1. Now that’s a lovely post. It truly is quite a unique part of the world, but nature always seems to extract a price of some sort. Thank heavens these storms are of the ‘once in a a lifetime’ kind.

    Maudlin’? – nonsense, it never hurts to reflect on life, and its ‘ups and downs’, just thank your lucky stars if you have more ‘ups’ than ‘downs’…

    Thank you!

  2. I know what he’s talking about. The soft air, the slower pace, the little courtesies.

    I’m quite fond of the South myself, and it is just awful what’s just happened.

  3. Ernest,

    “Now that’s a lovely post.”

    It is. My experiences of that region mirror Mahons’s to a large extent.

    What a tragedy! The loss of life is appalling. No, we may have conquered many illnesses and more, but Nature is still the boss 🙁

  4. Mahons,
    You have a great ability to project pathos across the ethernet: you should consider developing your literary skills further.
    Regarding the twisters and the havoc they can wreak on these communities,
    in the style of South Park’s “Butters”;

    Www-well Geez,
    mmm-move is www-what I’d do…!

  5. Mahons

    Great post. But the USA has far greater problems:

    “America, the world’s greatest country, whose financial strength and dollar were supreme for the past 100 years, has been put on notice by Standard & Poor’s that it is on the road to second rate status. It was disconcerting to read the ho-hum reactions of economists to S&P’s shift to a negative outlook for U.S. sovereign debt. As one who sees darker implications of a downgrade in Treasurys, it gave me pause to wonder if I am overreacting to the event. Perhaps they are correct in that it will probably not happen, and that if it does, it’s no big deal because the dollar still is the world’s reserve currency. Japan and Great Britain did it and they are fine. And where else would investors go?

    My conclusion is that the other 99 guys are out of step. My fellow analysts are mired so deep in the trees that they overlook the forest of reasons why we got into this mess in the first place. The problem with economic analysis and analysts is that there is a tendency of disassembly. By breaking down the problem into its parts one can miss how they all connect. Perhaps if they stepped back and considered where this country is heading they would be less sanguine.”

    Link here

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