Saturday, December 31, 2011
RIP to all of those mentioned and the thousands of those who were not news-worthy. Rest in Peace to you all and prayers for the strength of your families. (we lost a lost of family members this year as well)
One of my new years resolutions is to mark my pictures with more specific locations than "French Quarter". I hope you enjoy looking at this slideshow as I had creating it.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Psychology of a Champion
Friday, December 23, 2011
I can't watch the repeats of the footage from the BP Oilspill. The carnage just makes me ill in the same way the the replay of the explosion of Challenger in 1986. But I will never forget those dark periods in our history.
I remember that I had jury duty during one of the first weeks of the spill and I absent-mindedly chose the book Bayou Farewell, published in 2004 and authored by Mike Tidwell . This book basically predicted a Katrina experience. Of course a lot of books and articles were floating around during the early 21st century regarding the perfect storm that would be called Katrina. In the book Tidwell visited and worked with the heart and soul of southern Louisiana: the fisherpeople. The one thing that was repeated over and over by these hard working folks was the loss of our coastal wetlands and the speed in which it is happening.
The BP poisoning of the Gulf Coast is still having its effects from Louisiana to Florida, 20 months later. Just this week P.J. Hahn took a boat ride out to Cat Island in Barataria Bay to assess its health. It turned out to be extremely disappointing, as evidenced by P.J.'s pictures below:
The wildlife on the way to Cat Island looks healthy.
in Barataria Bay outside of Bay Jimmy
Something about seeing pelicans in flight makes me smile.
However, once they reached the island itself I'm sure their hearts dropped. Check out these pictures:
The pelicans and other birds depend on mangroves to lay their eggs.
Not a lot of eggs can be laid here.
According to PJ 'they were mangrove trees that are critical for the pelicans to nest. The oil spill hit this island particularly hard and I’ve been trying to document the loss so we can try and rebuild the island. Before the oil spill, this island supported hundreds of thousands of various birds. This spring it will probably not be able to support a couple hundred nesting birds."
These photos were all taken on December 22, 2011.
Again, quoting PJ ". It's been so tough, on so many fronts. Going out and seeing the effects on the fish and wildlife......listening to fears from the locals and their concern for their future, it's been a stressful several years!"
When I asked whether BP was setting aside money for the island's restoration here is the answer:
"BP is trying to get out of all of this. They are sponsoring commercials that basically is trying to scam the public into thinking the Gulf is now fixed and that there is nothing wrong with the seafood..........and unfortunately, it seems to be working."
Monday, December 19, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The New Orleans Jazz Fest has released its 2012 lineup for both weekends, April 27-29 and May 3-6, 2012. Performer names below are in the order listed on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Presented by Shell's Wednesday, Dec. 14 news release.
FIRST WEEKEND: APRIL 27-29, 2012
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Iron & Wine
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Israel & New Breed
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Chuck Leavell & Friends
Gary Clark Jr.
Cubano Bop: Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band feat. Terence Blanchard
Papa Grows Funk
Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Cheikh LÃ´ (Senegal)
Voice of the Wetland Allstars
The Texas Tornados feat. Flaco Jimenez, Augie Myers and Shawn Sahm
Ironin' Board Sam
The New Orleans Bingo! Show
Enlarge Matthew Hinton, The Times-Picayune MATTHEW HINTON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE The Neville Brothers perform on the Acura Stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or Jazz Fest 2011 Sunday, May 8, 2011 in New Orleans at the Fair Grounds.
Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs
Irma Thomas' Tribute to Mahalia Jackson
James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars
Lindigo (Reunion Islands) feat. Fixi (France)
Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
Pine Leaf Boys
The Dixie Cups
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
New Orleans Klezmer Allstars
C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles
Khris Royal & Dark Matter
Treme Brass Band
Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark
Savoy Music Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
Roddie Romero & the Hub-City Allstars
Bill Summers & Jazalsa
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Jewel Brown & the Heritage Hall Jazz Band
Tribute to Alex Chilton feat. Dave Pirner
Susan Cowsill and Rene Coman
Stooges Brass Band
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
The Classic New Orleans Revue feat. Frankie Ford
Al "Carnival Time" Johnson
Tribute to Wardell Quezergue feat. Jean Knight and Robert "Barefootin" Parker with Blue Eyed Soul
The Dixie Cups and more
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
Lil' Buck Sinegal
James Rivers Movement
Fredy Omar con su Banda
Kristin Diable & the City
Panorama Jazz Band
Kirk Joseph's Tuba Tuba
The Batiste Brothers
Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band
Shades of Praise: New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir
Lars Edegran's New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders
Betty Winn & One A-Chord
Guitar Lightnin' Lee & the Thunder Band
City of Love Music & Worship Arts
Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band
Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders
Watson Memorial Music Ministry
The Electrifying Crown Seekers
Ivoire Spectacle feat. Seguenon Kone
Paulin Brothers Brass Band
The Courtyard Kings
Dukes of Dixieland
D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces
Real Untouchables Brass Band
Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians
Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders
High Ground Drifters Bluegrass Band
Beth Patterson & Potent Bathers
Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys
Tonia Powell & the Left Field Band
Henry Gray & the Cats
Women in Jazz
Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes
Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Cajun Band
Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns
Tom McDermott & Friends
Jeremy Lyons & Members of Morphine
Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds
Gospel Soul Children
Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours
Louis Ford & His Dixie Flairs
Riccardo Crespo & Sol Brasil
Creole Wild West and Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Storyville Stompers Brass Band
Pastor Jai Reed
Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices
Men of Class
Dumaine Gang and Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Lois Dejean Gospel Diva
Pat Casey & the New Sound
DJ Soul Sister
E'Dana & Company
Black Foot Hunters and Geronimo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble
Young Pinstripe Brass Band
The Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers
New Wave Brass Band
Red White & Blue
Golden Comanche and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians
Loyola University Jazz Ensemble
Keep N It Real
We Are One
Zulu and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Morning Star Mass Choir
The Bester Singers
The Sammy Rimington International Band
The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers
Tulane University Jazz Ensemble
Tornado Brass Band
Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows
Ninth Ward Hunters and Ninth Ward Navajo Mardi Gras Indians
Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir
Golden Voices Community Choir
New Look and The First Division Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Bishop Sean Elder & the Mount Hermon BC Mass Choir
The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers
Josh Kagler & Harmonistic Praise Crusade
Untouchables and Furious Five Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
Reverend Jermaine Landrum & the Abundant Praise Revival Choir
Miss Claudia & her Biergartners
Asociacion de Peruanos en Louisiana
Young Band Nation Blues Project
The Jones Sisters
N'Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company...
SECOND WEEKEND, MAY 3-6, 2012
The Neville Brothers
Zac Brown Band
My Morning Jacket
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly
Florence & the Machine
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Levon Helm Band with special guest Mavis Staples
Little Anthony & The Imperials
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Asleep at the Wheel
Preservation Hall Jazz Band's 50th Anniversary Jam
David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Rebirth Brass Band
Better Than Ezra
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Big Sam's Funky Nation
The Bounce Shake Down feat. Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black and DJ Poppa
Charmaine Neville Band
George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners
Rockin' Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters
John Mooney & Bluesiana
Honey Island Swamp Band
Regina Carter's "Reverse Thread"
Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias
James Cotton "Superharp" Band
Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun
Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Orchestra
Glen David Andrews
Boutte Family Sunday Praise
Ruby Wilson's Tribute to Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey
Little Freddie King Blues Band
Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Gregg Stafford's Jazz Hounds
Hot Club of New Orleans
Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove
New Orleans Nightcrawlers
Cheick Hamala Diabate
Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Russell Batiste Jr.
Leroy Jones & New Orleans Finest
New Birth Brass Band
The Malone Brothers
Marlon Jordan Quartet
Wendell Brunious & the Music Masters
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show
Mac Arnold & Plate Full o' Blues
Amina Figarova Sextet
Doreen's Jazz New Orleans
The Stars of Heaven
Red Stick Ramblers
Magnolia Jazz Band of Norway feat. Topsy Chapman
Kipori "Baby Wolf" Woods
Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Bigtimers
Jambalaya Cajun Band
Free Agents Brass Band
Guitar Masters feat. Jimmy Robinson
John Rankin and Cranston Clements
George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band
Jim McCormick Band
Black Seminoles and Red Hawk Mardi Gras Indians
Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys
Hot 8 Brass Band
The Raymond A. Myles Singers 30th Anniversary
Jo "Cool" Davis with Sugarboy Crawford
Blodie's Jazz Jam
A Living Tribute to Harold Battiste
Creole String Beans
Golden Blade and Fi Yi Yi Mardi Gras Indians
Original Pinettes Brass Band
Forgotten Souls Brass Band
Patrice Fisher & Arpa & the Garifuna Connection
The Johnson Extension
Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters
Orange Kellin's New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra
Reggie Hall & the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee
Belton Richard & the Musical Aces
Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra
Pinstripe Brass Band
New Orleans Spiritualettes
Jockimo's Groove feat. War Chief Juan
Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds
Young Tuxedo Jazz Band
Tommy Sancton's New Orleans Legacy Band
Kid Simmons' Local International Allstars
Tarriona "Tank" Ball & the BlackStar Bangas
Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective
TBC Brass Band
The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders
Lesa Cormier & the Sundown Playboys
Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers
Donnie Bolden & the Spirit of Elijah
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
Rocks of Harmony
Val & Love Alive Fellowship Choir
Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band
Julio y Cesar
Kora Connection feat. Morikeba Kouyate and Thierno Dioubate
Connie & Dwight with the St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great Gospel Choir
McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir
The Mighty Supremes
Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-El
Yvette Landry Band
Original Big 7 and Original Four Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Zulu Male Ensemble
John Lawrence & Ven Pa' Ca Flamenco Dancers
Guitar Slim Jr.
Big Al Carson & the Blues Masters
Cherokee Hunters and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians
Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble
J. Monque'D Blues Band
Kristi Guillory & the Midtown Project
Ladies of Unity
Ole N Nu Style Fellas and Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Kenneth Terry Brass Band
Palmetto Bug Stompers
Seva Venet & the Storyville String Band
Kinfolk Brass Band
St. Joseph the Worker Choir
DJ Captain Charles
Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony
Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Voices of Peter Claver
Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mount Calvary Voices of Redemption Choir
Pastor Tyrone Jefferson
New Orleans Indian Rhythm Section
Gospel Inspirations of Boutte
Jeffery Broussard & Creole Cowboys
O. Perry Walker Charter High School Choir
Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs
The Pfister Sisters
First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir
Wild Red Flame
Buffalo Hunters and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
High Steppers Brass Band
Tanya & Dorise
Valley of Silent Men
Pigeon Town Steppers
New Generation and Undefeated Divas Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Culu Children's Traditional African Dance Company
14 and Under Cajun Band
David & Roselyn
Smitty Dee's Brass Band
N'Kafu African Dance
Baby Boyz Brass Band
New Orleans Hispano America Dance Group
Versailles Lion Dance Team
Young Fellaz Brass Band
Original C.T.C. Steppers
Nine Times Ladies
Prince of Wales and Original Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Opera a la Carte
Young Guardians of the Flame
Stephen Foster's Foster Family Program
Monday, December 12, 2011
Representatives from Shell oil company presented the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program with the money at its management conference meeting Wednesday in Thibodaux.
The islands are unnamed spits of land in Barataria Bay east of East Grand Terre island. Richard DeMay, a scientist with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, tells The Courier ( http://bit.ly/sS3nBh they are as small as 3 to 6 acres apiece.
But small as they are, the islands are home to thousands of birds during nesting season, including brown pelicans, gulls, egrets and roseate spoonbills, which pack in beak to beak to roost and raise their young in the spring and summer.
The islands are too small to support predators, which makes them more appealing to birds.
At one time, the islands were as big as 200 acres each. But shoreline erosion from waves and storms has caused them to nearly disappear, DeMay said.
"We should begin this now. These islands are in real jeopardy," said DeMay.
The plan is to build a shield of rocks around the islands to protect them from waves and erosion and then fill in the islands with dredged material to beef them up.
Similar projects have been done on Wine Island in Terrebonne Parish and Queen Bess Island near Grand Isle, DeMay said.
Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Saturday, December 03, 2011
I am happy to report that Dauphin Island is back better than ever. She has a new West End Beach which is perfect for beach combing, walking your dog sans leash (if you are a responsible owner and your dog is not aggresive), bird watching, photography and just plain relaxing.
We took thousands of pictures during our stay there. We would arise before the sun and walk the block to the beach and then come home for lunch and rest and return to the beach about 4:30 for sunset. I loved the daily schedule.
We came home sunburned, happy and with a cooler full of beautiful seashells.
I grabbed a few pictures that somewhat show just a fraction of the beauty and peace that we observed in our 7 days in idyllic Dauphin Island, Alabama
Our dog Deuce in dog heaven....look at all of those sticks!!
He chooses a stick that favors his breed an size and runs with it....
Deuce and his favorite human jumping for the stick
It's hard to believe that the first day we were there Deuce wasn't comfortable with the surf....he adapted quickly
One of my favorite part of the day was sunrise. The pelicans would start to fly low across the surf looking for breakfast. They are magnificent birds.
When we looked out of our screened in back porch we faced a lagoon. During our week there we discovered that this lagoon was home to a beautiful blue heron.
Because I love the shoreline, I am so happy to find the shells that the tide brings in. This pic shows my favorite of the shells, the ones I like to call 'ridged' shells.
This shot shows the broken shells we were attracted to. That holey one on the bottom sits on my desk at work. It's my favorite.
Hubby caught this picture of a pelican doing the dive for food. Isn't it awesome? We sat for at least 30 minutes watching the pelicans eat lunch during this particular day.
I apologize that I didn't rotate this picture and can't figure out how to do it in wordpress.
Hubby spent 30 minutes slowly approaching this magnificent heron in the surf.
We caught every sunset while we were there. One night we caught this awesome sight.
I became obsessed with these fences, especially at sunset because the light changed everything.
you can set your clock by the time that the pelicans go home for the night. It was a magnificent show every evening about 5:10 PM to see flocks of the birds heading home.
This is an evening shot of the lagoon that faced our porch. It was a wonderful sight which - if you paid attention - would attract a variety of birds. I tried on several occasions to catch a kingfisher but he was too fast for me.
Another shot of the pelicans going home.
I like this sunset shot
This is a morning shot of a pelican flying across the surf
A wonderful sunset shot when the waves were active
Our first night there I caught this shot of a blue heron walking along the beach, oblivious to the people fishing. It gave me a good gut feeling to how the rest of the week would go. And it did. if only I could live there. ;/
Here is a close up shot of the blue heron who lived in the lagoon across from our camp. He became noisy if we got to close
I can't tell you how emotional I get when I see shrimp boats in action. Weird, i know. I find them so beautiful. Another reason I enjoy Dauphin Island.....great shrimp boat shots.
My favorite shot of Deuce for the whole week. He is magestic in this picture, despite the fact that we know what a big doofus crazy goofy puppy that he really is.
Friday, December 02, 2011
ARCENEAUX Curtis "Coco Robicheaux" Arceneaux departed this life on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the age of 64. Beloved husband of Danielle Laramie Arceneaux. Son of the late Herman and Virginia Arceneaux. Father of Heather (Alex) Nygren. Brother of Thomas (Alys) Arceneaux, Connie (Hoyt) Reese and Nancy (Dan) Jones. Grandfather of Zinnia Nygren. Godfather of Alexandra Casey. Uncle of Gabriel, Christopher, Michael (Julie), Sean, Melissa (Adam), Jonathan, Zoe, Tanner, Mason and Rachel. Also survived by a host of cousins, other relatives and friends. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Service at DW Rhodes Chapel, 3933 Washington on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm. Visitation will begin at 3:00 pm. Interment: Private. Arrangements by DW Rhodes, NOLA. Please visit www.rhodesfuneral.com to sign the guestbook.
and from that guestbook, check out this message from Coco's daughter:
The outpouring of love and support from the global community is heartwarming, and has been comforting.
We have created a Memorial Love Board for my father on Spiritland as a place to tell stories, share pictures and videos, and especially to add some humor, because anyone that knew Curtis knew that he was funny.
It is my wish to create a museum to honor New Orleans musicians in his memory.
Although he did love flowers, I believe he would want donations made to support the family of Kenny Holladay and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.
~ Heather Nygren
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Will the race card ever go away? I think not because of people like Mr. West and redneck white people.
The reason I'm choosing Allen as the Scuzzbucket of the week (1st in a long time, I know. I've been busy wasting time on FB) is because of this article regarding his bid for re-election as a Congressman in the Sunshine State. Here's what old Allen has to say about his white, female opponent:
"She's a career politician looking for her next gig," he said. "Maybe she likes running against black guys," he added, referring to a 1992 Democratic primary which she lost against Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.). Frankel, the former mayor of West Palm Beach, is running in the Democratic primary along with Patrick Murphy to oppose West.
Hope he loses.