I thought I would devote today’s links to all things Katrina.
Like so many, I have traveled to the Gulf Coast to enjoy the culture and beauty, the music and art, the food and drink (sometimes a little bit too much drink.) I have had one too many Hurricanes at Pat O’Brien’s and called the hubby (at that time the boyfriend) from a pay phone to tell him how much I missed him. I’ve danced barefoot at Jazz Fest. I’ve sipped chicory coffee and eaten hot beignets at Cafe du Monde. I’ve traveled for business twice to New Orleans, anxious to slip away from the official agenda to walk the streets and immerse myself in the unique sounds, sights, and smells. We have a painting in our entry by New Orleans artist James Michalopoulos. It was a steal that I snatched at a local artist’s yard sale, anxious to claim a piece of New Orleans for our home.
The city has taken me under her grand, eccentric arm and shown me a good time more than once, so perhaps in some small way I can help spread some positive vibes for all who were, and still are, affected by Katrina.
Yahoo News has some suggestions for ways to help, including the Volunteer Match organization.
An incredible Jazz Centre has been proposed for downtown New Orleans.
This commentary on NPR by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose is very inspiring.
Have a great three-day weekend. See you on the flip side!