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Fewer mudbugs this season

Posted by schroeder915 on January 23, 2006

Times-Picayune:

Farmers, fishers and buyers say only about 20 percent of the state’s crawfish crop survived the salty water brought inland by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and a drought in the Atchafalaya basin.

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3 Responses to “Fewer mudbugs this season”

  1. Tara said

    The ripple effects are beginning to be felt. I saw a sad piece on CNN Sunday morning about the number of suicides in New Orleans among white collar professionals. I think that we will be feeling the after-shocks of this tragedy for a long time and in ways few have stopped to think about.

    Schroeder, I wonder if you could point me in the direction of some local, new Orleans based volunteer agencies that could hook me up with some 5 to 10 day assignments? I have 4 and half weeks of vacation time per year and I would like to use it to give back to my adopted hometown.

    Any ideas would be most appreciated.

    Cheers-
    tara

  2. Schroeder said

    Depends upon what you want to do Tara.

    Do you have professional skills that incline your towards some kind of activity, or would you prefer to do something other than what you normally do?

    The main thing that’s needed right now, I think, is people to provide medical services, and to help gut people’s homes.

    Common Ground is providing both medical services and house gutting, and they’re doing a fantastic job in both areas — but you have to be willing to accept that you’ll be surrounded by people who like to think of themselves as radical anarchists and there are a few former black panthers involved. It’s a very nice bunch of people, but I don’t always agree with their perspective.

    Common Ground

    Habitat for Humanity is another group you could hook up with. Their priority right now is gutting houses.

    New Orleans Habitat for Humanity

    St. Bernard Parish (which was heavily damaged from flooding) has a lot of gutting activities going on as well.

    There’s the Red Cross and Salvation Army — they’re primarily doing food distribution (at least, that’s what I see them doing, but they probably have other things going on).

    You might prefer doing something with an ecumenical group.

    I saw in your profile that you work in the communications industry. I can tell you that I’m trying to get something off the ground in that realm — to get other people involved in gathering more first-hand stories from people about their past and present experiences — that might be self-perpetuating beyond your stay. I would personally hope to disseminate those accounts as oral histories to let the rest of the world know what’s really happening here — something I think the mainstream press has totally failed to do.

    I could make other suggestions, or refer you to other people.

    Let me know.

  3. Tara said

    (I thought I posted this, but I may have surfed away before following through. I am sorry if this is a duplicate post.)

    Yikes! I need to review that profile info – I started a blog and never really did anything with it. I waffled a bit on whether or not I wanted people to read my ramblings. I have been inspired by your and others blogs, so maybe it is time to revisit.

    I have an MA in English, and a ton of work experience in communications. I also have a strong background in natural health and natural health advocacy, etc. I work here: http://www.ccnh.edu.

    I would love to do something other than what I normally do: something physical, something interacting with others. Working in distance education is isolating and I sit on my ever-widening butt way too many hours out of the day.

    I am aware of Common Ground — I will look into that and Habitat too. I guess I just need to decide when I can take my time off and then coordinate closer to those actual times.

    I am not religious…but I am not opposed to volunteering for ecumenical organizations. In fact, I think that charity and community work is the best thing most religious organizations do in today’s world.

    I am curious about your project, and it totally sounds like something I would be able to help with, of course while I am around, but also from afar in terms of archiving the stories, etc. Oral histories–are you thinking of podcasts, audio files, etc.?

    I am at work right now, so I need to keep it brief. I’ll find you later 🙂

    By the way, surfed your other blog. You are a Life Coach? I think I need one of those 🙂 Not kidding…I think I am having my early mid-life crisis (I’ll be 37 on 2/22) and, for me, Katrina has been not only an international/global event, but one of a personal, emotional, reflective nature — it has been the trigger for making me realize my complacency and contentment, which is not the same at all as happiness or fulfilling a purpose, or creating a purpose for one’s self. Perhaps I am oversharing here?

    Anyway, in scrolling through your other blog, I followed the link for the “What Archetypal Character Are You” Quiz — I am the Wayfarer Guide:

    Your deep insight and quick wisdom never ceases to amaze those around you. You are the guiding light for many of those you know and are not
    afraid to help anyone else who asks. Not very many acknowledge your tremendous help and effort, but you do not mind that so much. You’ve seen what is in store for them, and will be there should they need your help. You enjoy people in general, but are very selective of who you let see the real you. Others see you as an enigma of sorts, a mystery that is seemingly ever changing.

    That was a fun quiz! OK, back to the task at hand. See you soon.

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