Monthly Archives: May 2016

Leap Year Leap

On February 29 I turned off Alabama Highway 98 to visit the historic town of Fairhope. An elderly Porsche driver took a sudden left turn across my path. I tried to veer away. Surly’s front tire hit the vehicle’s passenger … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Jesse Florence Zenor, Ocean Springs, MS

Jesse Florence Zenor wants to make a difference. After completing architectural studies at Auburn, she moved to the Gulf Coast to do Hurricane Katrina relief work. She stayed. After the cleanup and a stint in an architectural design firm, Jesse … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Gina Champion & Phyllis Wursteisen, New Orleans, LA

“So, you want to interview me to see if I have an acceptable place to spend the night?” Gina Champion met me with worthy skepticism. Shannon Weber, whom I met in San Francisco, suggested I stay with Gina when in … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Dave Culpepper, New Orleans, LA

“Louisiana has one of the highest rates of relative sea level rise in the world. Fifty years from now, New Orleans could well have a smaller footprint and a higher levee. The city is trying to develop more water features to … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Elyse and Roger Hackett, New Orleans, LA

“We are quintessential audience members. Elyse is the first to dance and break the ice.” From this Yankee’s point of view, Elyse and Roger Hackett are textbook New Orleanais. Elyse greeted me in a breezy shift printed with a map … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Marguerite Oestreicher, Habitat for Humanity, New Orleans, LA

  Last I was in New Orleans was a week during the winter of 2005 and again in 2006 to built houses at Musician’s Village, part of Hurricane Katrina reconstruction. Habitat for Humanity’s work there is long finished. All of … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Ms. Pearl, Buskers’ Bunkhouse, New Orleans, LA

Buskers’ bunkhouse is a self-proclaimed artist refuge in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood; its couchsurfing profile indicates everyone is welcome. The Big Easy proved to be a city of fascinating people, yet I received few invitations for a roof over my … Continue reading

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