Here's a piece of an email I received this morning:
I survived landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Why did I stay? I ALWAYS stayed. Do I regret it? No. It enabled me to salvage much on the house, and sell it, satisfying the mortgage. Left after 5 months, I now reside in Wacko, TX. I've seen the best and the worst of human nature, and learned lessons few will ever know.
I have, through fate alone, met others here from NO, out of Katrina. We all share the same conclusion, we say little if nothing about where we're from. It just makes our lives easier not to mention it. People here seem very resentful of us. Still. And it's very hard.
It has soothed my heart and soul to view your photos, read the blogs, etc.