Watching When The Levees Broke.

I remember Rosie and King of Big Wheels watched it real time and both commented on their reactions.

My friend Chris was attending Tulane and as an RA evacuated with his students. My friend Jay, also from Tulane, lived thru it as a volunteer in the Superdome as did Patrick, a MySpace friend of mine. To hear them tell stories from their perspective is chilling.

WTLB is on DVD now and I've watched the first one, waiting on the 2nd and 3rd.

This should be required viewing, starting with 6th graders all the way up to college.

This is not how America should treat her people.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Just read the most amazing news from an amazing friend and I can't wait to share it with you, my bestest blogger buddies.

My buddy Chris was offered a teaching position with Teach For America.

Go on over and read what prompted Chris to pass up law school in favor of bettering his community.

Amazing is the perfect word to describe Chris' initiative, ambition, leadership skills and the way in which he reaches out to those around him. He's very much an 'actions speak louder than words' type of guy and his love for all things NOLA is impressive beyond words.

Way to go, buddy. You really are amazing and I am so incredibly proud of you and happy for you.

Drinks at The Boot, anyone??

Welcome Back Home... the 'Dome .

It's hard for me to watch tonight's edition of Monday Night Football without tearing up every 10 minutes.

This is a wonderful night for the Saints, the people of NOLA and for everyone that has believed in NOLA and the rebuilding efforts.

When my buddy Chris took me on a tour of New Orleans, it started on the way home from the airport when we passed the Super Dome. Granted it was at night and the visibility was not the best, but what I could see gave me goosebumps. It was only the beginning of a weekend filled with goosebumps every time you turned a corner and saw the destruction.

The weekend did have bright spots where signs of recovery were evident. I cannot begin to imagine all the good feelings and positive vibes that are happening in Dome tonite.

For the longest time, Chris and I have had a good-natured where is the cooler, neater place to live. I say Denver (am I right, Denver Bloggers??) and he says NOLA.

For at least tonite, I will have to agree with Chris. New Orleans is definitely the place to be tonite.


Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The whole time South Florida was  without power, hot water, internet and the daily basics that everyone takes for granted, my constant thought was ‘we have it so much easier than the people in New Orleans’.  We are so lucky...we are so blessed.

At least we had a roof over our heads. And a bathroom in which to take cold showers. And a bed to sleep in at night.

To this day, many of the residents of New Orleans have none of these treasures. They were hit hard. Many lost everything they had;both material goods and lives.

Still, New Orleans exists. And the residents are returning, determined to rebuild.

Actions, not words, will help with rebuilding efforts.

One of my friends is spearheading an effort to help in the rebuilding process.  My friend Chris is a man of action. A strong believer in rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done right the first time, Chris is currently President of the Louisiana College Dems. Together, all the Louisiana College Democratic Clubs are banding together to stage a massive offering of help for New Orleans residents.

Billed as “A New Year For New Orleans Project”, they need volunteers and funding. Please help however you can.  If you are a blogger, please blog about this. I’ve  linked to the LA DEMS site on my blog as well as posted their link below.. If you can spare a buck or two...or $200...there is a donation button on the LA Dems website . If you can help house volunteers (54 volunteers signed up  on the first day and tons more are expected) please contact Chris.  And if you can’t do any of the above, please think kind thoughts and say prayers for the volunteers the  weekend of  27-29 January.

Louisiana College Dems

This is your chance to take action.

Thanks for listening :-)