Living Well

What If a Tornado Hit Your Town?

As you’ve seen on the news – or perhaps firsthand – many areas of Alabama and surrounding states were devastated by tornadoes on April 27, 2011.  One of the places most devastated was my hometown of Tuscaloosa.  Some areas are barely recognizable; pictures of the damage do not do it justice.

Thankfully, thousands of people have literally come to the rescue, and the design world is not an exception.  Candy Silvasy of the website, Art of the Spa (@theartofthespa), and Leslie Carothers, at The Kaleidoscope Parnership (@tkpleslie),  joined together to host a tweet-a-thon fundraiser.   For every retweet of the Tornado Aid Magazine, $5 was donated to the Salvation Army, who is doing a wonderful job helping victims in the affected states.  I am honored to say that I, along with Schumacher fabrics (@Schumacher1889) and The Century House (@TheCenturyHouse), sponsored this event.

Below are a few pictures I took of the destruction.   It is an odd feeling to drive down a road I have driven all of my life and  unsure where a landmark used to be.

Candy and Leslie were also kind enough to ask me for my personal account of the tragedy for the online magazine, as they knew I have family in Tuscaloosa, and my hometown is dear to my heart.  After you go to and RT the link to the Resource Guide (Tornado Aid Magazine) with the #TornadoAid tag, click here to read what I had to say about my account of this horrible day (page 6): ISSUU

Thanks for doing your part to help those in need!