Monthly Archives: January 2010
Every few years Mother Nature reminds us, we who live in this land unfamiliar with the deaths of winter, not to become complacent in the temperate world we inhabit. We, who are used to our banana trees and ferns flourishing in January as well as June, rarely expect to wake up to a garden in a less than lush state. But, nature is and will ever be impervious to the expectations of mere humans. Our desires are accommodated only by chance if they fit into the whole, grand scheme of this spinning planet with it’s moon-driven tides.
For the last few nights the stars have glittered like distant ice bergs in the clear, cold expanse of sky. I wonder: do they fall to earth while we sleep, transforming into the early morning sparkle of frost in our gardens?
(Cross-posted from Casa de Charlotte Della Luna.)
I received this email today from Silence is Violence:
January 8, 2010
Mayoral forums are multiplying across the city. At an early forum at Xavier University, virtually every candidate identified crime as the number one priority for the new mayor. Yet even during a recent forum at UNO that planned to address public safety and health, only one question focused on combating crime in the city.
It is difficult to address broad concerns in a limited time frame, but given the public consensus about the centrality of public safety in this election, we feel the discussion about crime must become more substantial. SilenceIsViolence regards it as our responsibility to hold the mayoral candidates to a more concrete and thorough conversation about their specific ideas and proposals for making us safer. We have invited all major candidates to take part in a Martin Luther King Day forum, moderated by Lee Zurik, on crime and public safety. Join us on Monday, January 18 at 7pm to hear their ideas and proposals. The forum will be held in an area of the Upper Ninth Ward in desperate need of attention and revitalization, at the corner of St. Claude Avenue and Louisa Street.
Monday, January 18, 7pm:
Mayoral candidiates forum: “Crime, Community, and the Office of the Mayor”
Hosted by SilenceIsViolence, the Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force, and the Stooges Brass Band
Goody’s Restaurant, 3200 St. Claude Ave., (504) 470-9000
(Photo by NOGoddess.)
Today is a special day ~ it’s the Epiphany, St. Joan of Arc’s 598th birthday and the first official day that New Orleanians can safely eat King Cake with approval. (Go for it, Amanda!) Tonight will mark the first of the parades of Carnival season in New Orleans including the 2nd annual St. Joan of Arc parade which begins on Conti and ends at the St. Joan statue on Decatur.
This year the parade will be lead by a local young woman, the winner of The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc’s contest for French-speaking students. The young woman’s identity is unknown and will be revealed at parade-time. At the end of the parade revelers will celebrate St. Joan’s birth with a party at the foot of her statue.
Dear King Cake,
I have missed you terribly. I have been
patiently waiting for your return since you left me in March, jolted by having to adjust to not having you around for breakfast or an afternoon snack. The time of year has come again and we will be reunited, you looking as delicious as ever covered in sticky goodness and your signature purple, green and gold. There have been other comforts since you – chicken and dumplings, Peanut butter cups and hot chocolate – but you will always remain my favorite.
I can’t wait to see you in two days!
P.S I never cheated on you once with that harlot of a Saints cake they tried to pass off as your substitute. Not once!