Karen Harradine


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Karen Harradine (ConservativeWoman) is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality.

Most Recent Articles by Karen Harradine:

Fear, chaos and the kindness of strangers in the eye of Hurricane Harvey

Sep 5, 2017 — Karen Harradine

First published on ConservativeWoman:
We’d booked a trip to see the solar eclipse in Nashville. My husband worked there many years ago and wanted to show me around. We thought it was a good idea to follow this with a short break in Galveston, Texas.

After two lovely days there I woke in the early hours of Friday, August 25. Staring out of our hotel window, I saw Hurricane Harvey bending palm trees and churning the sea right past the shoreline. We had decided the night before to pay heed to the voluntary evacuation notices and risk driving to Houston International Airport before the storm got any worse. I naively thought we would be able to catch our flight out the next afternoon. The next 48 hours were a lesson in patience and compassion.


While the Left sneer, the magnificent people of Republican Texas show the true meaning of humanity

Sep 4, 2017 — Karen Harradine

—First Published at: ConservativeWoman.co.uk
The last flight out of Houston that day was ours. The airline cancelled two of its three scheduled flights, including the Phoenix one, and piled us all on a plane scheduled for Dallas. The airfield was deserted. I felt as though we were the last humans on earth. I had not been scared during that stressful drive from Galveston to Houston. Neither had I been scared as the shuttle bus battled through walls of water earlier that morning. But as the plane took off into the jaws of Hurricane Harvey, my stomach muscles contracted in fear. I could see from the window horrible scenes of flooded roads, parks and homes.

The pilot instructed all passengers and crew to stay in their seats. For most of the flight the plane bounced up and down and lurched from side to side. But the eeriest part of our escape journey from Houston was the total silence within the cabin. For that full hour we were in the air all 139 passengers were silent. Nobody uttered a single word or sound.