mudcat.org: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Thought for the day - September 9, 2000

katlaughing 08 Sep 00 - 11:52 PM
katlaughing 09 Sep 00 - 09:11 AM
Dave (the ancient mariner) 09 Sep 00 - 09:20 AM
Mrrzy 09 Sep 00 - 10:34 AM
katlaughing 09 Sep 00 - 11:33 AM
bob schwarer 09 Sep 00 - 01:16 PM
Little Neophyte 09 Sep 00 - 01:26 PM
JenEllen 09 Sep 00 - 04:11 PM
catspaw49 09 Sep 00 - 04:20 PM
Mbo 09 Sep 00 - 06:45 PM
bob schwarer 09 Sep 00 - 07:19 PM
Mbo 09 Sep 00 - 07:38 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:



Subject: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Sep 00 - 11:52 PM

I am haunted by an image burned into my mind and heart, while listening to a story on the radio today, about the devastating Galveston hurricane and flood of 1900, exactly one hundred years ago, yesterday and today.

By far the greatest loss of lives in the United States, at 6-8,000, no one had a clue it was coming. Galveston had been considered safe. You may read more about it here. To hear the stories I did, with eyewitness accounts, recorded long ago, go to www.npr.org and look for the Lost & Sound Files for September 8th. 28.8 (click) 14.4 (click) It is an extraordinary experience. This is the first time Galveston has had any kind of commemoration. It was not talked about because mostly it was considered bad for business. Survivors didn't talk about it because they just weren't supposed to. ONe man lost 11 family members.

The image that haunts me still is that of a handful of nuns, tying 93 children between them to themselves, six or seven per woman, in order that not one child be lost in the ferocious storm; a storm so strong that one man was beheaded by a sheet of roofing material. As they watched the waters gain higher ground in the orphanage, the nuns had the children join them in singing a hymn in French. It was an old seaman's hymn all about coming throught to the sunshine when the storm was over, if I heard it right. I will have to listen to it again, if I can. The radio production of the story was so well-done, with actual children's voices singing the song behind the announcer's narration.

It caught me unawares; heart wide-open, eyes shut with tears streaming down my face, sobs escaping my throat growing to outloud despair which brought my dog running to see what was wrong. That image, the women with the children, the loss....three boys survived. Some of the nuns' bodies were found on the mainland; one was found with nine children still attached to her by rope; one was found with a child clutched in each arm.

They said that nowadays with our sophisticated weather equipment, this would not happen, as people would be warned well ahead of time. I am glad of that. That image, the women and the children....as well as the others the story brought to my mind and heart...are indellible, as well as the creaky old voice of the old, old survivors finally free to be heard.

There are two songs in the DT which come up if you type in Galveston flood. Please read them and think on those whose lives were lost, reaching out over this one hundred years to touch us and remind us of their being.

Thanks,

kat


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 09:11 AM

Thank Pene and Joe for fixing things and adding specific links. You guys are great!

kat


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 09:20 AM

kat, you gonna sing them on hearme sometime?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: Mrrzy
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 10:34 AM

Mighty Day, by Bob Gibson. Whew. Wasn't it a mighty day great god that morning when the storm winds swept the town... still brings tears to my eyes. Probably would have driven off the road if I'd heard that bit on NPR!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 11:33 AM

Ha, Dave! Thanks for asking, darlin', but I just found out about them, yesterday, so it's doubtful I would sing them any time soon. Haven't felt very much like singing a lot lately, anyway. Not sure why; sure enjoy listening, though.

kat


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: bob schwarer
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 01:16 PM

Modern day weather forecasting is still not very good. Last year the Weather Service missed two of them coming at us here in central Florida. Didn't get a drop of rain or a breeze from either. They evacuated the east coast, then the storm turned north. Better safe than sorry, I guess, but the point is the forecast was still wrong.

The "Great Unnamed Storm" of March, 1993 (Ithink it was '93) caught everyone off guard, even though the weather people say they saw it coming. I think they are just covering their butts. In any case the word did not trickle down to tho populace.

This is not really a knock at the weather service. The tools are just not there to accurately predict a storm's path. Next time there is a storm in the Atlantic go to a weather service site and see how the different models vary. Read the forecasters comments and you will see that with the widely and wildly different predictions, the "official" one is just a SWAG.

The site I use mostly is http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/

Bob S.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 01:26 PM

Kat, I just finished reading the book on that storm in Glaviston. Isacc's Storm - A Man a Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. When I was finished I could not get those images out of my mind. Very good book. Goes into the history of meteorology. I found it fascinating.

Bonnie


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: JenEllen
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 04:11 PM

Ach, more tears and worried dogs....

Thanks for the heads up on Isaac's Storm too, have to check it out.

~Elle


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 04:20 PM

The Texas gulf area has had its share over the years. The explosions and fire at Oil City was one of the biggest of the century.

Thanks kat.....touching story.

Spaw


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: Mbo
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 06:45 PM

Very sad...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: bob schwarer
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 07:19 PM

There is a program on the Discovery Channel right now. "Unexpected Storms". At least it's on in Cent. FL.

Bob S.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Thought for the day - September 9, 2000
From: Mbo
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 07:38 PM

Even more realistic to us folks here in Eastern North Carolina. Hurricane Floyd ripped through here one year ago next Saturday. The area still hasn't fully recovered.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 21 January 11:20 PM EST

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.