I’m alive

I had a speaking gig in Oklahoma City, so I took the opportunity to visit my family. My plane was several hours late on Wednesday, but it was a good thing since if it had come in on time I would have had to drive my rental car through a massive storm that brought flooding to the highway. Then, over the weekend, that tornado hit Picher, which is only a half hour or so from where we were, killing seven people. The tornado missed us in Vinita, as did the bad thunderstorms, but despite our clear skies a huge wind started blowing. It snapped a big maple tree, two feet in diameter, right at the ground, falling right across my sister’s driveway. Although I had forgotten what springtime in Oklahoma could mean, I did have a great visit with my parents, both siblings, and some friends I hadn’t seen since the olden days.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Grasshopper

    Dr. Veith,

    I’m glad you avoided the weather problems. I enjoyed listening to you speak on Friday night. Thanks for coming!

    Allen

  • Grasshopper

    Dr. Veith,

    I’m glad you avoided the weather problems. I enjoyed listening to you speak on Friday night. Thanks for coming!

    Allen

  • FullTime

    We have been having a string of weekend storms (meaning we were hit last weekend, then had a clear week, then more storms on the weekend) here in Mississippi, but no deaths that I know of (not having TV hurts this sort of thing) just injuries and property damage.

    I am glad you are not tree-squished, Dr Veith.

  • FullTime

    We have been having a string of weekend storms (meaning we were hit last weekend, then had a clear week, then more storms on the weekend) here in Mississippi, but no deaths that I know of (not having TV hurts this sort of thing) just injuries and property damage.

    I am glad you are not tree-squished, Dr Veith.

  • CRB

    Dr. Veith,
    Glad you are well in spite of the damages and loss of life in the area of your hometown.

    I didn’t know how else to make you aware of this, but wonder if you have seen this article as it mentions Patrick Henry college.
    http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/rnovak/2008/rdn_05121.shtml

  • CRB

    Dr. Veith,
    Glad you are well in spite of the damages and loss of life in the area of your hometown.

    I didn’t know how else to make you aware of this, but wonder if you have seen this article as it mentions Patrick Henry college.
    http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/rnovak/2008/rdn_05121.shtml

  • kerner

    First, praise God for protecting you and your family and friends on what was surely a difficult day for some. Our prayers are with those who suffered from the consequences of the storms in OK, where apparently the wind really DOES come sweeping down the plain.

    CRB has beaten me to it, but that article originated in the Washington Post and has a link to it in Slate. So PHC has gotten some wide spread press.

    I was a little surprised to read Novak describing your employer as “Patrick Henry College (in Purcellville, VA) for home schooled students”. I thought PHC was for conventionally educated students as well.

    Anyway, sounds like your chancellor remains unsold as far as McCain is concerned.

  • kerner

    First, praise God for protecting you and your family and friends on what was surely a difficult day for some. Our prayers are with those who suffered from the consequences of the storms in OK, where apparently the wind really DOES come sweeping down the plain.

    CRB has beaten me to it, but that article originated in the Washington Post and has a link to it in Slate. So PHC has gotten some wide spread press.

    I was a little surprised to read Novak describing your employer as “Patrick Henry College (in Purcellville, VA) for home schooled students”. I thought PHC was for conventionally educated students as well.

    Anyway, sounds like your chancellor remains unsold as far as McCain is concerned.

  • Julie Voss

    My prayers sure go out to the people of Picher. I saw a heartbreaking documentary about the town called “The Creek Runs Red” and when I heard that this further misfortune destroyed over half the remaining homes I scarce could take it in.
    Glad you kept safe.

  • Julie Voss

    My prayers sure go out to the people of Picher. I saw a heartbreaking documentary about the town called “The Creek Runs Red” and when I heard that this further misfortune destroyed over half the remaining homes I scarce could take it in.
    Glad you kept safe.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    About that column from Robert Novak. . . I’ll blog about it when I get a chance. Patrick Henry College is certainly not just for homeschoolers. That’s one of several misunderstandings in that column.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    About that column from Robert Novak. . . I’ll blog about it when I get a chance. Patrick Henry College is certainly not just for homeschoolers. That’s one of several misunderstandings in that column.


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