Karen White's The Beach Trees: One Part Mystery, One Part Love Story

How do you rebuild? When something precious is ripped from your life, how do you start over? How do you pick up the pieces and make a whole when there are essential pieces missing? Those are just a few of the questions that Karen White addresses in her newest novel, The Beach Trees. It's one part mystery, one part love story and a whole lot of parts of great summer reading. ...more

of a book that never really found its way.... at least for me ;(

a/b from The Burrow at ...more

Gulf Coast Crab Cakes with Louisiana Attitude

Hailing from the Gulf Coast, David and I love seafood. With Mardi Gras right around the corner, we made crab cakes with a little Louisiana attitude. These crab cakes are overflowing with crab meat, having only enough binder to hold them together....more

Hi Cece, I haven't tried baking them myself, but I've seen similar recipes that call for baking ...more

When the Reporter is a Poet, We See the News Differently

Poets as reporters and social analysts use the power of the lyrical message. It doesn’t matter if it is oral, written or performance based poetry. The structure and the skill of delivery keep the art form alive and fulfill an important function; we are not alone. Poets need to tell others what is happening, provide perspective, analysis and context to events. There is almost no subject that you can think of that doesn’t have some form of poetry attached to it. ...more

I like what you said the first reporters were poets. It's true poets are messengers like winged ...more

Please Don't Be Offended: This Is How We Get Through Disasters in the South

I never suggested it is easy to be a Gulf Coast resident. And I never said that we forget after we forgive. This is an incredibly complicated time for all of us, emotionally and financially. This oil spill is dredging up emotional memories that many of us were unprepared to address.  BP has effectively changed our futures, the way we will parent our children, the lives we expected to live. ...more

Love! I ooey-gooey, sticky-faced, candy-in-the-morning-before-breakfast love this post, Megan. ...more

Obama at the Gulf Coast

President Barack Obama offered remarks in Grand Isle, Louisiana that provided an update on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig disaster. ...more

And happy Memorial Day. :)

I totally agree with you. It's very disappointing and yet in some ...more

Bloggers Tell Compelling Gulf Oil Spill Stories

Oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico more than one month after an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and created what's being called the world's biggest environmental disaster. In deep contrast to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, the Internet is playing an important role in how we are receiving information about what it happening in the Gulf. The world is literally watching the oil by live feed via a Spillcam, and bloggers from the region and bloggers with specific expertise in difference niches are essential resources for understanding what is happening right now in the Gulf.  ...more

This just kills me. We need safe precautions in place. If any country should be capable of ...more

Oil Slick Reaches Louisiana Shores: I Can't Pretend This Disaster Is Not Happening

While I used to do both public relations and technical writing for a government-related environmental restoration entity, which means I grasp some of the science and technology discussed regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its ecological impact, I had chosen not to write about this catastrophe. I live in the New Orleans area, and have been in a fairly decent mood of late. Who wants to slump into an environmental depression? ...more

Thank you, ChicagoBookBabe. You might appreciate a poem I posted yesterday, inspired by the ...more

Fourth Anniversary of Katrina: We're Still Here

New Orleans is my city and I love it. I am not alone in this affection. Yet, I drag my feet to write about how it stumbles down the road to recovery. Shouldn't a writer in New Orleans, seeing her city's value, beauty, promise, its failures, blight, and grotesque inequalities revisit its saga often? ...more

 to Nordette and all of you for these excellent links. I have been in a sour mood all ...more

Hurricane Katrina's Third Anniversary and Tales of Lingering Storm Phobia

I've observed the phenomenon of Katrina survivors fleeing public places at the first sign of rain and heard others testify to the potency of hurricane phobia. Down here in southeastern Louisiana, folks see rain, hear thunder, get a glimpse of lightning or dark clouds and they bolt for the doors, anxious to get home, hug their children, batten down, and make sure the world is safe. ...more

It's hard not to be afraid when you've experienced something catastrophic.  I pray for ...more