It was the first Mardi Gras after Katrina and, we did not know at the time, our last before heading to Penn State. Our departmental staff assistant had a house right on St. Charles and so we joined our colleagues there every year for the parades. One little girl was lifted up on the shoulders of our department head to give her a better view and access to beads. She is now 17 and we […]
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans I miss it both night and day I know that it’s wrong… this feeling’s gettin’ stronger The longer, I stay away Miss them moss covered vines…the tall sugar pines Where mockin’ birds used to sing And I’d like to see that lazy Mississippi…hurryin’ into spring That is a song by Louis Armstrong which was always (likely still) played at Tulane’s graduation. I am pleased to […]
This past SBL in New Orleans I presented a paper so I will simply refer you to that post: SBL Paper: Recovery and Restoration Through Scripture (images). We continue to pray for those lost and those who remain. If you are so inclined, consider supporting the various ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. The Jericho Road Housing Initiative is a particularly powerful and important program.
This is the paper I presented to the Chronicle-Ezra-Nehemiah and Exile combined session. I was invited to speak about how the destruction and restoration of Jerusalem can be understood through the waters of Katrina. I have images that go with this (see a few images from Katrina at my flickr account) that I will post eventually and I recored the audio as well and I hope to have that up later as well. Restoration and […]
If you follow my twitter feed (and no reason you should, do you really want to know what I ate last night?) you would know that after some flight delays I landed in NOLA yesterday afternoon. Depending upon how long you have read this blog you may not know that I spend my first 9 years of employed life as a professor at Tulane University. Yesterday I spent some time getting settled and then went […]
And not just a week late, these are from 2006, our last Mardi Gras in NOLA. This was also the first Mardi Gras after Katrina, so if you head over the photo set you will see people dressed with blue tarps (the house covering of choice provided by FEMA) and “vanilla extract” after Nagin’s comments about NOLA being a chocolate city (Mardi Gras Costume photo set).
Not because we took a vacation but because we were thinking of and praying for our friends in NOLA. My wife, as you know, continues to telecommute as a media consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of LA and she was busy all last week and through the storm coordinating media coverage, calling, texting, and just checking up on folks. We are thankful that NOLA seems to have been largely spared, but lives have been lost, […]