My Obituary |
| May 26th, 2007 under Humor. [ Comments: none ]
Mid-City Treasure! |
| May 21st, 2007 under Food, NewOrleans. [ Comments: 1 ]
Last night Shirley and I went to a fund-raiser for the Mid-City Library. It was great fun! My favorite food items were the charbroiled oysters and the great sausage from Creole Country. The sausage was so good that Shirley Jr and I stopped by this morning and bought three different kinds of sausage-Green onion crawfish, aligator, and andouille.
It’s a bit hard to find the place at 512 David St, but it’s worth it. Deanie Bowen was excited that we came in as a result of having tasted the sausage at the fund-raiser and gave us a taste of some great sausage she had just cooked when we stopped in.
Later this afternoon when we stopped in again (I didn’t bring my checkbook), Vaughn Schmitt gave us a taste of the Greek sausage he made for the Greek Festival this weekend. He’s a great guy. I’m going to send all my relatives some sausage from Creole Country for Christmas!
Latest New Orleans Stats from Brookings |
| May 17th, 2007 under Katrina, Recovery. [ Comments: none ]
- One additional public school opened in Orleans Parish this past month, but 70 schools remain closed.
- Â Fifteen public libraries remain closed across the five-parish area including in the least affected parishes. Five librariesare still closed in Jefferson Parish and one library is still closed in St. Tammany Parish.
- The New Orleans area continues to struggle with only 64 percent of its health care facilities now open. And noadditional state-licensed hospitals have reopened since October 2006.
- This past month, two child care centers have opened in Orleans Parish and one in St Tammany bringing the total number of open child care centers in the metro area to only 60 percent of the pre-Katrina number..
More information can be found here.
Bush Meets with the Christian Wrong |
| May 15th, 2007 under ChristianWalk, Peace, Politics, violence. [ Comments: 2 ]
President George W. Bush met privately with Focus on the Family Founder and Chairman James Dobson and approximately a dozen Christian right leaders last week to rally support for his policies on Iraq, Iran and the so-called “war on terror.”
Unfortunately, the â€œChristian Rightâ€ is neither.
Instead of this:
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord.
On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 Peter 3:8-13
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Unfortunately, Bush heard this from James Dobson:
â€˜We are being threatened and we are going to meet this with force — whatever’s necessary.â€™â€
Thanks Michael! |
| May 11th, 2007 under Friends, NewOrleans. [ Comments: 3 ]
I spent last Saturday with my friend Michael Homan at Jazz Fest. When I heard the following lyrics from Cowboy Mouthâ€™s song Glad to Be Alive, I was reminded how blessed I am to have Michael as a friend.
Here is the chorus:
Easy to bitch
Easy to whine
Easy to moan
Easy to cry
Easy to feel like there ain’t nothing in your life
Harder to work
Harder to strive
Harder to be glad to be alive
But its really worth it if you give it a try
Yeah, Michael does like to bitch and whine, but itâ€™s the last part that he does particularly well. Heâ€™s tirelessly worked to better his neighborhood and community since Katrina. His commitment has been a real challenge and inspiration to me.
Michaelâ€™s the hardest worker I know. But the best part is that he really likes to enjoy himself. He never does anything half-way. When he does Mardi Gras-he dresses up. When we do Barkus-heâ€™s got the coolest float. When I went to his house to see the Saints play the Bears, we were all dressed up and ready to watch it on the improvised big screen!
His fascination with the culture of New Orleans has rubbed off on me and it has enriched my life and as a result, my family life as well. Heâ€™s allowed me to experience the greatest New Orleans moments in the last several years by inviting me to the Saints return to the Superdome and the Eagles game. Of course, in typical Michael fashion, we visited Buddy Dâ€™s grave before the playoff game! Every time we get together to go to a special event or just get together for fun, he reminds me that it it good to be alive.
Thanks Michael for all that youâ€™ve done to make these past few years memorable in a good way. I could write more, but I don’t want the folks in PJs to see me cry. I’d be stuck in that first stanza without friends like you.
New Orleans: Blame It on the Rain |
| May 5th, 2007 under Katrina, NewOrleans, Recovery. [ Comments: 1 ]
Pretty scary way to enter the hurricane season. Yesterday I had to travel the 8.4 miles from my house to pick up my son at Archbishop Shaw High School. Because of the severe flooding, it took me an hour and a half. Eight flippinâ€™ miles!
It seems that we have a severe problem with pumps. I would think that in the wake of Katrina, there would be an attempt to fix the levees and the pumps. Go figure. Marcia St. Martin, executive director of the city Sewerage & Water Board said, “But the real key to this afternoon is, irrespective to our problems, the rainfall event was greater than our capabilities with everything working perfect.” Strike up the Milli Vanilli!
Great answer Marcia! Ever think to fix the pumps so that the rain might not have such an impact? We had a bad rain. It showed you really haven’t done your job. Why not do something about it? Why haven’t you done your job? Shouldn’t doing all you can to decrease flooding be a priority?
Sometimes I hate this place. Glad Iâ€™m going to Jazz Fest today.
Violence and Jesus |
| May 4th, 2007 under ChristianWalk, Social Issues, violence. [ Comments: 4 ]
A couple of persons have asked me to comment about why the Patterson chapel speech was wrong. Here goes.
1. The timing was in poor taste-His speech sounds as if he is denigrating those in the Virginia Tech ordeal that did not act according to his idea as to what would have been the ideal response. I found that pretty insensitive. He did apologize later.
2. I really hate the macho BS version of Christianity being espoused by men who either have too much testosterone or are compensating for a small penis.
For example, the â€œbanned videoâ€ by Mark Driscoll. I mean, look at the image above. Yeah, that’s a real man ramming a bullet in the chamber. How cool! If that doesnâ€™t promote violence, then what does? Driscoll wants to recruit men that have many important qualities so that they can save the dying church. One of these qualitiesâ€¦having sex with their wives at least once a day! I think I just heard an amen!
He argues that only men can save the church. Doesnâ€™t that do violence to the persons created in the image of God who do not have a penis? I guess I can tell my daughter to sit back and wait for the men to do the real important work. Oh, by the way, hope you enjoy sex because it will be your duty as a good wife to serve your husband at least once a day!
God this is sick!
Hey Patterson and Driscoll! Ever heard of the Prince of Peace? Turning the other cheek? Loving your neighbor? Walking humbly with your God?
Guess not. Itâ€™s that kind of arrogance that makes people hate Christians.