Two cousins reminisce about their childhood visits to their grandparents, where Miss Lizzie Devine -- their neighbor, Sunday School teacher and "the only woman who had more power than our grandmother" -- loomed large.
JJ is a survivor in this hard scrabble fishing community. In good times before the oil catastrophe and Katrina, he says he could make thousands of dollars a night shrimping. Now he doesn't have enough money for gas.
No sooner had I written this post than the DC media delivered a perfect illustration of the huge gulf between what obsesses the Washington press corps and what the rest of America is worrying and talking about.