Monthly Archives: April 2014

Swarm of Tornadoes Tears Across the South


Updated 4:58 p.m. ET

At least 16 people were killed Monday as deadly tornadoes ripped through sections of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, bringing the death toll for the storm system that hit the Midwest earlier in the week to 35.

The dangerous weather was headed toward Georgia early Tuesday, after having flattened buildings in towns throughout the region, and Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency.

“For about 30 seconds, it was unbelievable,” said Mississippi state Sen. Giles Ward, whose Louisville home was destroyed in the storm while he huddled in a bathroom with his wife, four kids and dog. “It’s about as awful as anything we’ve gone through.”

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The storm system rumbling east across the country has slammed a huge swath of territory with dangerous weather, from Iowa south to Oklahoma and into Arkansas, which alone saw 15 deaths. An estimated 11 tornadoes hit the…

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BREAKING NEWS: “To Appomattox” Kickstarter Officially Launched!

To Appomattox


The official Kickstarter Campaign for To Appomattox launched today at 8:30 A.M. PST. The goal set for the campaign is the largest ever attempted on Kickstarter: $2.5 Million. To donate to the Kickstarter, click here! This is your chance to help get a major production before the cameras, and actually take part in the making of this epic historical drama! Spread the word on the project, as the producers hope to achieve their goal by May 16th!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters

I found this park bench, sitting outside a computer store, in Sheridan, Arkansas. They painted it to look like a computer as a way to advertise their business. I thought it was neat and took a picture of it.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters

We thought it was a neat thing that our soda cans we received during our replenishment while on deployment, had a different look to them. I’m not sure what language it’s written in, but I think they’re neat looking compared to seeing the usually American style soda cans.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters

I saw this carved into the wall at the Memphis Zoo, near the polar bear exhibit. I believe this to be true. We are all created from the earth and when we die, we are given back to the earth.


Divergent – book and movie comparison


I have finally been able to see the new movie, Divergent (still playing in theaters). I have read the first book and am currently reading the second book, Insurgent. I am happy to say that the movie stayed true to the book. Though movies that are adapted from books can’t put everything from the book into the movie, this wasn’t the case with this film. If you haven’t read the book, then you wouldn’t understand how you shouldn’t miss anything from the book when making the movie. Instead of filming certain things to show the audience, they had some of the characters explain it instead.

For example: there is a scene in the movie where Tris leaves Dauntless to visit her brother who is in Erudite. When she is caught and taken back to Dauntless, she is attacked by a few of her training mates, then saved by Four. She tells him later about her leaving Dauntless and visiting her brother. The book tells that entire part differently. When she returns to Dauntless she is confronted by Eric and Four, Four vouches for her so that she doesn’t get into trouble for leaving when she wasn’t allowed to. Later on that night she is confronted by her attackers and is then rescued by Four.

They did leave out small details of the book here and there, but they made sure not to skip the important parts. I’m happy to see that they are going to continue filming the rest of the trilogy, with Allegiant, book three, being a two part movie. I’m currently on chapter five in the second book, Insurgent, so I will be all caught up by the time the next movie hits the theaters. They did such an awesome job with the first movie, I’ll be happy to go see the second movie in theaters.

Little Rock’s Turkish Food Festival

Yesterday, my daughter and I ventured out to Little Rock where they were having a Turkish Food Festival at the Raindrop Turkish House. They had bouncy houses for the kids, cultural music and dance, arts and crafts booths, henna tattooing, and plenty of food booths with all types of Turkish food and deserts.


I stopped at one table, where a guy was writing peoples names in Turkish style calligraphy on a large piece of colorful paper. I had him write my daughter’s name for me of course. We moved on to another booth, where a guy was painting colorful pictures on a giant plate. I couldn’t help but stare as he dabbed his pen every so carefully on the plate. I was mesmerized by the beautiful artwork he was doing, as well as the other pieces of artwork they laid around him, on top of his table.


We ventured to the desert booth and I had my daughter pick out something, then walked outside to see what else we could find to fill out plates. We watched a small group of young women, dressed in beautiful cultural costumes, dance to some cultural music, then listened to a Mariachi band play.