Daily Archives: May 11, 2008

What is Mother’s Day All About?

Well, it’s like this… “Like many people in Minneapolis’ Bryant neighborhood, Patty Crawford was outside minding her business on a sunny Mother’s Day afternoon. Then she looked up to see an SUV barrelling through her front yard at freeway speed. … Through the flying chunks of what had been her lawn, a screaming flock of squad cars soon appeared. … She quickly called for the kids to take cover. Then there was the deafening smash and the tinkling of shattered glass. … “We all just stood there and whimpered,” Crawford said later Sunday afternoon. “Really, any of us could have been in a position to get hurt. It was a miracle we didn’t.” * Continue reading What is Mother’s Day All About?

Too Many Tornadoes


Marilee Thomas of Beaver City, Nebraska. And a tornado. [source]
Mid-Americans … Minnesotans, Texans, Nebraskans and denizens of Arkansas, and everyone in between, understand tornadoes, but to varying degrees. There are differences by region in how we deal with them. In Arkansas, I’ve seen foolish bravado. The tornado shelter there is known as the “fraidy hole” and having one or not in your back yard may be linked to one’s sense of machismo. People from Missouri that I have known have a deep respect for tornadoes. An example: A few years back there was a talk being given at The U when the tornado sirens went off. Looking out the windows all we could see was black punctuated by white dots (the hail hitting the window). That was not good at 3:00 in the afternoon. As the group sat there wondering what to do, my student, Lynne, stood up and said “I’m from Missouri. I’m going to the basement. You’all can stay here if you like.” Continue reading Too Many Tornadoes