No hurricanes are in sight in January. But the Big Easy is now well-fortified for when Katrina's relatives strike.
ExxonMobil must pay $2.329 million in a settlement, announced by Louisiana's Dept. of Environmental Quality last August and finalized early this month, to address violations from 2008 into 2013 at its greater Baton Rouge facilities.
Just before the holidays, word got out among musicians that the city council was voting on a new noise ordinance. This ordinance would severely limit the amount of sound a band could make while performing on the streets or in a club.
If 2013 was the "year of the bike share," will 2014 see continued growth in both the number of bikes and riders? Or will the novelty wear off and costs go up?
Herein lies a personal story and some of what I learned from it. The story is not just mine. Unfortunately facing mortality applies to all of us.
It was loud and busy, wet and deafening, but the music, the dancing, and the food were still amazing and mood-lifting.
As Treme has come to a close, it's hard to decide whether the food or music will be more memorable.
Everyone reading this knows a host of former lawyers, bankers, consultants, academics, or doctors for whom the work or environment was not right, many of whom eventually left the profession or stuck around halfheartedly.
If you have never seen a New Orleans parade, it's hard to explain the energy, the magnitude and the sheer excitement. The best way I could describe Krewe du Veiux upon seeing it for the first time was "a quarter mile of moving chaos."
The Crescent City might as well be re-christened "Who Orleans" because Doctor Who's Matt Smith is heading stateside for Wizard World New Orleans Comic...
Multiple issues and the transferring of properties between the city, state, LSU and the VA all combine to make this a complex case. However, the lawyers argue, the procedures followed and the reasons for them are in total contradiction of the law.
New Orleans is a gumbo; a mixture of ingredients that come together and create something undeniably unique. It is a city with energy, creativity, and individuality that represents the best of what American cities are doing today.
Soon we will be celebrating the day we met nearly seven years ago. It has been an incredible amazing fantastic voyage and we cannot wait to see what happens in 2014!
Power going out at the Super Bowl; Maker's Mark announcing its plans to dilute its whiskey; the woman who hid under her desk to avoid a TV reporter; Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend and a Canadian mayor's crack-laced meltdown. All great, but not Sponge-worthy.
The staring dog, his beloved passed-on pet, whom he painted into one of his Cajun Bayou scenes to explosive popularity, is part of sixteen other museum and permanent collections, and currently four feature collections.
Woody Allen's films have global meaning across many generations. As an artist his work has personal resonance. In most of his films art is treated with reverence alongside the main characters.