Last night I took a walk on the beach here in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with my cousins. Everyone is carefully watching news reports about the oil spill, dreading its spread along the beaches, hoping that it won't reach here. The winds are not in our favor though. We can only pray that it will be contained before it ruins the coastline and the wildlife living there. The damage would be immense to nature, tourism and the livelihood of many people living along the coast.