Saturday night I found myself with a bunch of Pagans and other folks at an uptown synagogue, preparing food for the homeless. We whipped up some large batches of red beans and rice, salad, and watermelon. Then we took the food to a large encampment of homeless people and served it. I slopped out 130 […]Read More → A Night with Desmond
I just wanted to take a quick minute to salute my parents. They just finished another week of volunteer work, helping to rebuild New Orleans. As per usual they stayed at Camp Restore and kept busy, but I did manage to visit with them a couple times. This time they brought some friends with them […]Read More → Volunteers
I’ve often fantasized about organizing a cleanup of the Jeff Davis bike path. (For some reason I thought tribal drumming would provide a good accompaniment to the task.) It seems the Big Easy Roller Girls are actually doing it. Now I can fulfill two fantasies in one fell swoop.Read More → Jeff Davis Overpass Cleanup
One of the young volunteers asked me a pertinent question yesterday: “So, when we get done painting your house, are you going to help other people with their houses?” I confessed that I hadn’t thought about it. I’ve been so focused on our own renovation for almost three years now. “That’s how some people I’ve […]Read More → “Are You Going to Help Other People?”
I bought 20 gallons of primer and packed the wife and daughter off to Indiana, but somehow the prospect was still so unreal to me. I felt certain something was going to go wrong. Work was supposed to start on Tuesday, but I didn’t hear from them. My contact person didn’t return my call. But […]Read More → Scraped & Primed
I got a message a few days ago from a prof at a Big State University. (No, not my alma mater.) I’m sharing it here in edited form: I have been following your blog since Katrina… I use your blog and videos to talk to students in a preservice technology education course about the power […]Read More → How to Help?
Some while back I signed up with the Preservation Resource Center to have our house inspected by an expert. Today, it happened. I was visited by an architect and an engineer, Remi and Bill, volunteers from San Francisco. They were quite taken with our house, but more importantly they didn’t see any major problem arising […]Read More → Clean Bill of Health
I’ve been working on our house every day since I got here. It’s lonely work, and it can be a little wearing. So today I decided to take a break. Instead of going into the Dead Zone that is my neighborhood, I participated in a massive effort to “Clean Magazine.” If you’re familiar with New […]Read More → Clean Magazine