Welcome to my website too! I’d love to talk about the June 22 release of my upcoming novel, Mr. Peanut, but the fact is that we’ve suffered biblically here in Nashville, from a so-so nationally covered flood from which we’ve only begun to recover, to locusts (cicadas, after a several years’ hiatus, have returned, the exploded husks of their bodies covering trees and lawns everywhere), so this being the Volunteer State, I’m giving over my blog to some local coverage of the event in case people reading have missed it. From the Nashville Scene, which has done a fantastic, tireless job covering The Flood and the city’s cleanup and recovery efforts afterward, you’ll find a great summation of current events on the ground, stories from the hardest hit neighborhoods, as well as places to volunteer time; or, for those living out of town, organizations in need of money for relief efforts. Here’s a great story from The Tennessean about the sad state of our beautiful symphony hall. Initial estimations regarding damage were, to put it mildly, conservative, and the embedded video and other images are surreal. Finally, here’s another listing of volunteer opportunities. Life these days is trumping art, both locally (there’s TVA’s billion-gallon coal ash spill in Kingston, TN too) and nationally (let’s not even start on the Gulf of Mexico, that spewing wound in the planet), but if you have a few minutes, take a look around.