Off to Oz?

Tornado Damage in Clarksville
My grandpa’s property was devestated by a tornado a last month. 
He lives in Clarksville, Arkansas- up on a ridge overlooking the town.  
The tornado came from close to the river and made it’s way up along a country road- destroying the country club, some homes, new car wash, and more.   It continued across the interstate and over the creek and up the hill to my grandpa’s house. 

The crazy thing was this…
After tearing up the electrical posts across from his house and splitting them in 3-4 parts it circled his house- taking up EVERY TREE in his yard except for one.  He had huge oaks, buckeyes, walnuts, pecans that were torn up by the roots like daisies and thrown.  His HAM radio antenna (about 40 ft tall) was twisted like a cherry stem.  
HAM antenna
NONE of those many trees hit his house.  His garage and sheds (except for one) were destroyed, some just gone.  There were shingles embedded in tree trunks.
A pine tree was thrown through one of his kitchen windows and sucked out again.  
(He doesn’t even have pine trees and neither do his neighbors!)  
Through the kindness of strangers they had all the trees chopped up very quickly.
(I believe they said it was the local football team and the Arkansas Baptist Association.)
My mom and uncle are still up there helping with the mess.

Emily’s favorite Pin Oak (Was about 3.5 ft. in diameter)
After sucking all the siding off the house, the tornado went back into a neighbor’s field and took 100 of her trees from a pasture.  It then went to my aunt’s house and crashed her garage and took some trees.  Then it decided to hop up into the air again and destroyed an apartment complex and a few new homes before heading out of town.  I think the death toll was five. 
Storms have been so bad this year.  
To me it’s a sign that global warming is VERY real.  Weather patterns are changing.
Mother nature is not happy.

Blog Action Day! (Climate Change)

Happy Blog Action Day!

The topic?
Climate Change

My family thinks about climate change daily. I’m not kidding. My kids worry about it constantly.

We have been trying to live a “greener” life to make changes in our own little ways. But is it enough?

People brush off the issue, we all want to pretend like nothing is going on.
But- look at the changes happening in our short little span on this beautiful planet…

I have personally seen coral reefs that were once gorgeous when I was a child, almost completely disappear or turn into brown deserts due to slight temperature changes in the water. Oceans are rising at a rate three times faster than the historical norm!
(Ask any fisherman, surfer, scuba diver and they will tell you it is true.)

My grandfather (now in his 90’s) tells us how he used to ice skate on the pond in his hometown. Now it’s rare to see snow there at all.

Storms have intensified. Natural disasters are now a yearly event. Water shortages abound, and as a result disease and famine spread.

The ice caps, glaciers, and mountain snows are disappearing. 2008 was the 8th hottest year in recorded history according to the NOAA. Polar bears are drowning because the ice is so thin in places.

Even if you don’t believe in Global Warming or that Climate Change is not occurring, how could changing your own little world hurt?

Hopefully we can make a difference if we TRY.

What have we got to lose?
Our futures,
Our lives,
Our planet.