10 Lessons Learned When Katrina Bamboozled My Wedding

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since my wedding was interrupted by a little thing called Hurricane Katrina. At the time it seemed surreal, and though it wasn’t anything like the wedding we had planned, in many ways it was even better.Over the last few months I’ve watched other natural disasters attack our country – from heartbreaking wildfires to torrential storms and now the recent destruction of Hurricane Isaac.  So many lives were affected in tragic ways and everyone has a different story....more

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 ;(

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More Than An Email Forward: A Visit With Molly, the Amputee Horse

In early 2009, Molly appeared in my inbox as yet another heartwarming animal-themed email forward from Mom. (Cat Adopts Baby Squirrel! Dog Frolics With Deer! Kitten and Parakeet Are Best Friends!) But somehow, Molly's story rose above the cloying cuteness and hit me in the gut. A Louisiana horse who'd lost her leg in the post-Katrina madness, Molly persevered (assisted by perceptive humans) and became a model case for amputees everywhere. ...more

This is a great story! Thanks for sharing!

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On Behalf of my Fellow Katrina Survivors, "THANK YOU!"

For years I had been wanting to write this post, but I never could get it out. Although I was overwhelmingly thankful to everyone who was there for us, I still had a lot of pain in my heart about the whole Katrina situation. I didn't know how to say "Thank you" without feeling like I was pardoning the people who hurt us; The ones who in 2007 made horrible posters for the ...more

Danziger Seven Investigator Pleads Guilty to Katrina Shootings Cover-Up

While we in New Orleans bask in the glow of Super Bowl victory, Hurricane Katrina ghosts still haunt us. On February 24, yesterday, the story finally broke that Michael Lohman, a former New Orleans Police Department officer, had confessed to conspiring with other officers to cover-up the truth of what happened on the Danziger Bridge September 4, 2005 after the city flooded. ...more

U.S. District Court Rules Against Army Corps for Katrina Flooding

It's being called a "landmark decision." A federal judge ruled November 18 in favor of New Orleans residents and one business, the plaintiffs, and against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a Hurricane Katrina flooding lawsuit. U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr, decided that the Corps failed to maintain the levees that breached during Katrina, flooding St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. The case involved six plaintiffs, two of which are in the same household, and the court awarded $720,000 in compensation to the remaining four. ...more

Anna Deavere Smith "Lets Us Down Easy" in the Health Care Debate

"When I hear the official language [of the health care debate] it makes me suppose that this is a time when we need a lot more art that's not going to have answers that are in black and white. " Anna Deavere Smith to Bill Moyers, November 13, 2009 ...more

Well America may well as I have said previously begining to have to discuss the other as ...more

Benjamin and Sotomayor Set to Change the Landscape

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Need a Hero? 'Miracle on Hudson’ Pilot C.B. "Sully" Sullenberger also a Small Business Owner Helping Other Enterprises

The US Airways pilot who brought a jet down safely into New York’s Hudson River earned a reputation for safety before he saved all 155 people aboard the damaged plane.  When Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger is not flying commercial aircraft, he serves as president as a safety consulting firm.  The former fighter ...more

Racially Motivated Katrina Vigilantes: Is Black Life Worth More than a Wine Cooler?

Journalist A.C. Thompson, writing for The Nation magazine, documented that white vigilantes shot black men at will during Hurricane Katrina in Algiers Point, part of the City of New Orleans, and no one has been investigated, much less prosecuted. Furthermore, associated video of white men boasting about their deeds indicates the men acted with police approval. ...more

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