Saturday Links: Katrina Edition

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.

Jess at Oh, the Joys linked to two volunteer organizations this week: Hands on Gulf Coast and Hands on New Orleans.

Yahoo News has some suggestions for ways to help, including the Volunteer Match organization.

You can purchase music to benefit New Orleans or even buy limited edition vodka to benefit the city.

The people of New Orleans say thank you and share stories of faith and kindness.

An incredible Jazz Centre has been proposed for downtown New Orleans.

This commentary on NPR by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose is very inspiring.

Velveteen Mind wrote eloquently about her family’s experience on the Mississippi coast.

Have a great three-day weekend. See you on the flip side!

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  1. Renee says:

    I love the picture; it’s beautiful! And thanks for remembering New Orleans (and the Gulf Coast). Great post.

  2. Pattie says:

    Thanks for passing on the info, Jamie. I think for those of us who weren’t personally affected, it is easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget there are still people there affected by Katrina.

    I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans, but my husband has, and brought back the Hurricane mix from Pat’s and the Cafe Du Monde beignet mix. Yummy!

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