I was born and raised in Ohio, about seventy-five miles north of where my mom’s maternal and paternal ancestors first claimed land in the late 1700s. After high school, I attended college in Missouri, and gave birth to my first two children in Nebraska.
My Midwestern roots run deep even though I’ve lived in Florida for about thirty years (minus three remarkable years near Memphis).
That’s why I’m proud to be a regular contributor to this website which is devoted to all things Midwest. We love to share Midwestern history and heritage with our readers.
But today, my heart is with my adopted state as Hurricane Irma heads to Florida.
My daughter and I chose to leave early so we packed her van with the kids and the dogs, laptops and important papers. Now we’re back near Memphis at my sister’s mini-farm. With preparing to evacuate and then spending two days on the road, I didn’t take the time to write a Midwest Almanac post.
Midwesterners are known for their hospitality, generosity, and warmth. So I know we’re all united in keeping everyone affected by this horrible storm in our thoughts and prayers.