The sprawling main house is the nucleus of a magic universe which counts a cottage, a music studio, an ample porch and a variety of fig, lemon and willow trees as satellites. Here, in a home away from home, I completed deadlines, rejuvenated, and savored a slice of everyday life in New Orleans.
Although I've spent a fair amount of time with Morgan Freeman over the years, I can't say I feel as though I really know him. Someone once described Lake Superior to me as "a place so vast, with areas that go to such depths, they're impenetrable." That, to me, sums up Morgan Freeman.
I interviewed iconic German filmmaker Werner Herzog in 2009 for his film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Several memories: Herzog's dry, yet oddly melodious speaking voice; his somewhat acerbic sense of humor; his unique, grimly optimistic outlook on life.
When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, the nation saw tens of thousands of people left behind in New Orleans. Ten years later, it looks like the same people in New Orleans have been left behind again.
To be clear, we are not suggesting ending the use of fossil fuels tomorrow. Decarbonizing our industries, homes, transportation, power generation and food production will take time. But we must make this transition as quickly as humanly possible.
This is my second year at the Nantucket Film Festival, and this will probably be my one dispatch, mostly because I'm having too much fun to take time to write about it.
As we see tragedies like Katrina continue to occur -- look no further than Nepal for a current example -- linking with other global organizations will grow our body of knowledge in disaster preparedness, resilience training and reconstruction. Such a network of architectural, engineering and builder communities will be indispensable to recovery.
Sandy Rosenthal, founder of the grassroots group Levees.Org, is celebrating the publication of a recent New York Times story. The analysis, combined with another research paper, will contribute to the historical record of New Orleans.
"Why couldn't my mother keep me?" The power of that question put by a six-year old boy to his adoptive mother struck me because the life history of the boy and his birth mother is the painfully familiar story of a disproportionate share of the Gulf-South's population of women and children.
On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and with memories of Super Storm Sandy still fresh in people's minds, architects and designers are turning their attention to building smarter for the longer term, with a goal of protecting the lives of all the people through design.
Parenti's observation summed up a deep sense of puzzled frustration I've been feeling for a long time, which has been growing in intensity since the Reagan era and even more so since 9/11 and the unleashed Bush agenda.
It's that time of year. Music festival time. I have been spying on the beautiful people attending Coachella and Jazz Fest via Instagram, which inspired this piece on jewelry do's and don'ts for festivals.
In a city known for boisterous celebrations, there is new reason for optimism in New Orleans this week. More than 2,000 animal protection advocates have descended upon The Big Easy for the Humane Society of the United States' annual Animal Care Expo.
The Lower Ninth Ward, which experienced catastrophic flooding during Hurricane Katrina, has had a much slower recovery than most New Orleans neighborhoods.
How does a privileged female British Citizen whose family resides in Orlando, Florida and who has no biological heritage the Dominican Republic become the Founder and Executive Director of an impact based charity initiative targeting the most impoverished communities on the island?
As we get ready to commemorate Dr. King and so many others who marched to Selma, I would argue that George W. Bush has forfeited the right to march. He does not get to partake in such a solemn and sacred time in our history that moved us forward as a nation when all he did was set us back.