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Life After Harvey — Computer Art   1 comment

Kingwood Flood DSC_0312 art blogComputer Art by kenne

 

After The Flood Waters Recede, What’s Left Behind?   4 comments

Eastside Park (1 of 1)-9 blog framedIndustrial waste is left behind when the Harvey flood waters move on in the Houston, Texas area. Plus, there’s plenty of human plastic trash not included in this picture. — Image by kenne

We continue to destroyed nature with our industrial waste more than any other nation in history. Despite this, we have now backed out on the Paris Climate Change Accord. Hospitals in the Houston area are now beginning to deal with health issues related to the Harvey flood waters — breathing problems; skin problems; intestinal problems, just to name a few.

— kenne

Families and Friends Helping Families and Friends   1 comment

Flooded Neighborhood (1 of 1) blogThis is the flooded home of the couple on the right. With the help of her brother and sister-in-law on the left, they have been working for days as they recover from Harvey.

Flooded Neighborhood (1 of 1)-2 blogLike a lot of people in Houston, even with severe loses and being very tired, their spirits are upbeat — check out the smiling faces. 

Flooded Neighborhood (1 of 1)-3 blogFor days, cars of people coming to help those flooded have been parked along each side of the street. 

We attended Jill’s church Sunday morning, and it was obvious many were taking a break from a week loses and being of service. Everyone has stories to share. Some homes were not only flooded, but they are also collapsing because of sandy sub-soil. Kingwood high school will be closed for the school year because of structural damage making the buildings unsafe.

Flooded Neighborhood (1 of 1)-4 blogThis is where Jill’s street ends. Beyond the barricades, there is an eight-foot drop into the surrounding forest, not enough to stop the waters as they continued to rise for at least another six feet.

Flooded Neighborhood (1 of 1)-5 blogThis is looking from the end of the street where the barricades are, up to where the street begins to level off. The waters stopped just before reaching the top street elevation, which is where Jill lives. 

These images are representative of the devastation much of southeast Texas has experienced since Harvey ran amok in Texas. People of the Gulf Coast use to unsettling nature of storms coming inland off the coast, but Harvey will be one that will be remembered for generations. Maybe it’s time to start taking lessons from the Dutch, but then, I’ve heard that before. 

— kenne

Flooded Neighborhood (1 of 1)-6 blogImages by kenne (September 3, 2017)

Bayous over banks
Rivers filling man-made lakes
Gaters in back yards

The rain has moved on
Texans help one another
Trash along curb sides.

Bodies over worked
Unaccustomed to the smell
Nightmares when you rest.

A new birth of sun
People sharing their stories
Helps lift the spirits.

— kenne

 

 

Kingwood, Texas Neighborhood Deals with Flooding From Harvey   2 comments

Kingwood (1 of 1)-6 blog IIA Flooded Neighborhood Grocery in Kingwood, Texas — Image by kenne 

We are here in Kingwood, Texas staying with one of our children, Jill, and grandson James in Kingwood, Texas, which is part of Houston. It flooding down in Houston, and unless you are on a mountain top disconnected from the social media world, this is not news to you. Record amounts have rain has fallen causes massive flooding, even in places that have never flooded.

Thousands of people are flooded out of the homes, and many have no place to go. Many of these people are those who are bearly able to get by on a daily basis. Many are the people who do our dirty work.

“Who’s gonna build your wall boys?
Who’s gonna mow your lawn?
Who’s gonna cook your Mexican food
When your Mexican maid is gone?

Who’s gonna wax the floors tonight
Down at the local mall?
Who’s gonna wash your baby’s face?
Who’s gonna build your wall?”

— Tom Russell

Today I spent part of my day driving through parts of Kingwood, a planned community where poor young Hispanics would not be able to afford to live. Yet, one-third of the Houston population is Hispanic, some of which may not be here legally. Regardless, without many of this population; Who would be doing our dirty-work? Who will help clean up Houston after Harvey? I was thinking about this question and its answer today during my drive when I saw a large group of people coming out of a local grocery store that had been flooded. 

— kenne

 

 

 

Great-Tailed Grackle   Leave a comment

Great-tailed Grackle Grung Art blogGreat-Tailed Grackle — Grunge Art by kenne

The great-tailed grackle
Is one fucking precocious bird
Always making noise.

— kenne

Ken & Mary’s Blues Project: Part V — Tighten Up   Leave a comment

Archie Bell-1636 blogArchie Bell, Ken and Mary Harris (May 20, 2017) Image by kenne

Video by kenne

Hi everybody
I’m Archie Bell of the Drells, from Houston, Texas
We don’t only sing
But we dance just as good as we walk
In Houston, we just started a new dance
Called the Tighten Up
This is the music we tighten up with

First tighten up on the drums
Come on now, drummer
I want you to tighten it up for me now, oh, yeah
Tighten up on that bass now
Tighten it up, ha, ha, yeah
Now let that guitar fall in
Oh, yeah . . . (click here for all the lyrics)

Archie Bell at Ken and Mary’s Blues Project — Part III   Leave a comment

Archie Bell-1632 art II_blogArchie Bell at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — Computer Art by kenne

Houston, Texas has a lot of legionary musicians, not the lease is Archie Bell. You all timers, like myself will remember the 50’s & 60’s group, Archie Bell & the Drells. Remember “Tighten Up?” When it comes to great R&B, Archie Bell is among the best! His appearance at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — The Last Waltz was a real blessing for those of us who have attended the Blues Project concerts over the years.

There’s more to come.

kenne

 

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