Yesterday afternoon I stopped by the playground on the Jeff Davis neutral ground with my daughter. We approached Serpent Mound at the same time as a trio of kids in elementary school uniforms. I noticed the youngest child, a girl with a withered arm, was crying. I asked if she was OK. One of the […]

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Friday night my daughter stabbed me in the eye. Not intentionally — she was just waving her arm around. Her little finger somehow got past my glasses, and her nail sliced right across my cornea. When she realized I was in pain she gave me a kiss. Very sweet. It was pretty painful, but I […]

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Some of my neighbors have been bickering, er, I mean debating about Comiskey Park here in Mid-City. The basketball goals that used to be there were taken down when an television production company made plans to rebuild the park for a reality show. That didn’t pan out in the long run, and the park was […]

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There’s some 37,000 Lutheran kids volunteering in the city of New Orleans this summer. I was surprised to discover approximately half of them working next door Saturday morning. I think they were mostly from New Jersey. Their project: gutting Craig’s house. Craig was our next door neighbor, but he’s now living in Texas. He never […]

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Our big excitement today came when the New Orleans Fire Department came out to investigate a suspicious canister leaking a mysterious substance in front of the abandoned house next door to ours. Actually we’re pretty sure it’s just white latex paint. According to a neighbor’s eyeball witness testimony, the canister was deposited in Craig’s yard […]

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Our girl had her best sleep in a long while last night, but we sure didn’t. A bunch of guys decided to have a party in front of the abandoned house across the street, starting around 1:00 AM. They were drinking beer, listening to corridos, and generally laughing and hollering and carrying on. They were […]

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Normally neighborhood groups support the demolition of abandoned buildings. However, last Monday representatives from the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization spoke against the demolition of the old Lindy Boggs Medical Center. Reaction has been mixed. Here’s a typical comment from the story on nola.com: Great, a bunch of boneheads that want to look important attempt to stop […]

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Xy wanted to give some trinkets to the neighbor kids this holiday season, so she had one of the girls compile a list. Tomanique Shawn’ae Shawniah Shawnique Jurr’ieon Jurr’eall Melqueisha Amy Tyesha Joshua Zykeith La Aarea Keira Lamar Justin Cheveniqua Ages range from one to fifteen, and three-quarters of the kids are girls. I was […]

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Here’s a note I sent to my neighborhood discussion group. Neighbors, After much soul-searching I have decided that I will not be seeking another term on the board of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization. This is purely for personal reasons: My wife and I are expecting a child in early March (if the Good Lord is […]

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