Monday, April 17, 2006

Friends,
As Josh said, this ride has reached its end. I have been humbled and awed by the people who came to this blog to read our words and experience Katrina for these last eight months. I hope it was useful to some and calming to others.
We decided to end this blog today on the news of being honored with the most prestigious journalism award in the country. Not to bring it down, but it is a bittersweet thing to accept. I would gladly hand it back if it would prevent the death and untold suffering for which we were awarded the prize.
Let it also be known that this award only highlights the fact that we did nothing special. Any journalist that I am proud to know would have done the same thing. Some would do it for the glory and adventure, but most would because they believe in the power of words to help, to calm and to force action, especially when life spins around on you and kicks you in the guts.
Katrina chose us, we did not choose Katrina— all we had to do was show up to work.
Thank you all for reading.
Mike Keller

34 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats again on an honor well deserved. Most importantly, I appreciate your humility.

-AR

6:15 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Congratulations!! I will miss your blog but understand your need to move on. Best wishes to you both.

12:51 AM  
Blogger Keeper said...

Live well and Prosper,both of you!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Crissi said...

I read all that in our California Bay Area paper today. I want to say congratulations, as I understand the bittersweetness of this award. But you have done everyone a service through your work in keeping people aware of what happened, and what is still happening even though Katrina the storm is over. The suffering still continues. Bless you guys, and thank you for keeping us all in the loop! I'll miss your work here!

1:10 AM  
Blogger beagle said...

You thank us for reading when we should thank you for writing. :P

Y'all will be missed, keep up the good work guys!

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keller,

can i borrow five dollars?

email me at jim.higdon [at] gmail to catch up. come to kentucky if you need to run from a bigger storm.

jim

7:52 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

first off, congratulations. you deserve it. secondly, thank you both so much for helping us understand the devistation and hope that you wrote about. you made Katrina more real for us more than anything else. thank you.

2:54 PM  
Blogger The Fergoosons said...

Oh please!!! You two went above and beyond!!! Other men would have dropped and ran!!! You were there for the long haul...ok, you're probably both nuts for doing it, but what a ride it was to watch the goings on through your writings!!! I expect to see great things happen to you both!!!

8:57 PM  
Blogger JulieP said...

Congrats on the award. Ya'll deserve it. It has been bittersweet but I've enjoyed the blog.

Thanks, guys, for writing.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, gentlemen, and congratulations. I wish you both the best for the future.

Still reading in Missouri
(C. Gordon)

9:54 AM  
Blogger GO said...

Congratulations. And thank you for being the human side of the news.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Kitty said...

Well done, guys. Thank you so much, and I wish you much success to both of you in whatever you do next.

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Blogger Eva said...

Amazing... so many emotions going through my gut as I read your last posting. The honor of "meeting" the two of you through this blog, remembering all the personal struggles that you endured and shared with us over the past months, the absolute pride and excitement in learning about the P.Prize, being touched to the soul after reading your simple and humble acknowledgment of it here... the tears that started to flow that represent not only the overwhelming joy for you in receiving that award, but also for the sadness in hearing that this will be the end of the blog and our "connection" with you, and finally, in memory of all of the people, places and events that you have written about over the course of this blog. Thank you for sharing your talents... you have touched more people in more ways than you'll ever know.

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11:33 PM  
Anonymous barb said...

thanks guys it's been great reading your blog good luck in future endevours ( yes endevours not endevors) I'm from Canada

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the hard work!

I'm helping to edit a book of photos taken of words and signs made after the hurricanes in the Gulf Region late last summer.
Here is the url detailing what we're looking for-->
http://www.flickr.com/groups/signsoflife_book/

Do you or anyone you know have photos that fit this description who would be interested in submitting for use in the book?

Also, it would be wonderful if you could forward/blog this email to other people you think might be interested in contributing.

Please respond to this email account:
signsoflifebook@gmail.com

Thank you for your time.
Eric

11:12 AM  
Blogger The Fergoosons said...

It's been a year today! What a day that was!!!

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank-you for taking your time to do this, i have seen first-hand what this storm did, and it humbles me to see the reaction of the people in that "area"...i will never forget what you have done with this blog...nor will i forget the people "of the coast"

Again, Thanks.

9:45 AM  
Blogger R2K said...

: )

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Blogger Kat said...

Congrats, and the best of luck.

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Blogger One of The Wildwomen said...

Have kept your Eye of the Storm Blog on my favorites since Katrina. You two were my sanity savers after the hurricane. My brothers truck has washed off a bridge on his way to help someone, because of you and your blog, I was able to connect with someone that knew him and I found out he had been through a crazy ordeal, but, was ok. I will forever be grateful! Hope your lives are filled with Huge blessings!

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