Helen’s Thanksgiving Letter to the Family 2014

Margaret and Helen

Dear Family,

This Thanksgiving I am thankful some of you have decided to go to a football game rather than gather for the traditional meal.  It means I have that many less gifts to buy this Christmas.

I am also thankful that I stopped calling myself a housewife years ago.  Those Botox bimbos on that Bravo show have managed to ruin an otherwise perfectly good profession.    I’d like to see the sorry excuse of a take-out meal they cook up for Thanksgiving.  Housewives my ass. Bless their hearts, most of them seem more suited for the world’s oldest profession anyway.

And speaking of the oldest profession, I am truly thankful that none of my granddaughters dress like a Kardashian.  That Kim became famous for putting her private moments on the internet web for the whole world to see.  We used to call that pornography but today they call it social media.   My goodness how the…

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Links to Blogs I read

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Links to Blogs I read…
From Mississippi to Texas

(Craig Giesecke)

The chef of J’anita’s blogging about life in New Orleans

Don’t Hang Up!! (Penelope)

Dialing my way to a new start (fantastic positive posts)

This Ain’t Julia, Child (Mo McConnell)

Cooking “outside the pot” from my New Orleans kitchen.

NOLA Defender

Blood Alcohol Content

Bayou Creole’s weblog

Don’t know much about her, but I love her blog
She’s a NOLA woman/wife/mother doing her best for her family


group blog comprised of women who live, love and work in New Orleans (I blog there too!)

Minor Wisdom (Raymond)

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”

Hungry Termite

“art love and everything nice”

Annunciation (Christy)

Thoughts and observations from the Sliver by the River

NolaNik (Nikki)

a place to present a range of pictures, normal-ish to bizarre, of New Orleans, post-Katrina. Comments and pictures from the long lasting aftershocks of the storm will crop up from time to time.

Tales from Below Sea Level

Stories from below the water line in post-katrina New Orleans

Pistolette (Andrea)

a 30-something living in the urban fairy bog of New Orleans.

Black and Gold Patrol (dillyberto)

An intense Saints fan,this blogger loves NOLA as much as the rest of us.

The NOLA Post (James)

An illustrated journal of the New Orleans area

NOLAdishu (Clay)

Post-apocalyptic New Orleans…

Thins Kevin Hates (Kevin)

i’m vehemently pedantic

Good Children (Kelly)

Raising two first-generation natives in New Orleans

New Orleans Bloggers

Alphabetical list on New Orleans’ Blogging Community

Monkey With a Butcher Knife (Jack Ware)

Because the poo isn’t going to throw itself

Spoke the Cat (spoke)

i’m a pain in the ass. too passionate for my own damn good. over sensitive and under drugged. br>

We Could be Famous (Eli)

YO! I got sources like a journalist. You know they can’t handle-it. I have NOLA resi-dency but I seek the Presi-dency. The Mayor tries to scold me but y’all know he’ll never hold me

Bigezbear (Glenn)

A New Orleans blog that’s nicely done….great photography too

NOLA Photo Blog..FANTASTIC Photography

Howieluvzus (Howie)

self-described “recovering Baptist”

Prytania Waterline (Chris)

Observations of New Orleans, LA.

New Orleans Slate (Becca)

A Post-Katrina Chronicle “If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.”

NOLA Rising(Michael “ReX” Dingler)

Pictures from Around New Orleans and the Rest of Everywhere

New Orleans News Ladder (Bruce)

A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before but there is nothing to compare it to now.br>

Michael Homan

Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans

The Road to NOLA (Wendy)

chronicling the events leading up to and including the move to NOLA

Forgotston dot com

Louisiana attorney, political observer and blogger, C.B. Forgotston

Dispatches from Tanganyika

Poppy Z. Brite’s blog

The I10 Witness Project

interviews with New Orleans residents about their storm related experiences.

The New Orleans Levee

“We don’t hold anything back”


Posts, Pictures, and Pointless Ephemera

First Draft (Scout, Tena, Holden, Athenae)

writing is only real on the first draft

Katrinafilm dot com (Charles London)

New Orleans-A Bowl of Distinction

Toulouse Street (Mark Folse)

Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans

the Mosquito Coast (swampwoman)

Life on the edge

Reelrelief dot com

Inspirational stories from volunteers and residents of coastal Mississippi. Describing the experience of people rebuilding post-Katrina.

Voices of New Orleans blog

a community of passionate, eloquent writers who care deeply about what happens to the Big Easy.

New Orleans Daily Photo (Steve Buser)

A daily glimpse at live and images of New Orleans

Post Katrina Mental Health (Joshua Norman)

A look at Mental Health & Trauma Recovery thru
the Lens of a Major American Disaster

2millionth weblog (Michael)

Politics Poetry & Popcorn–Reality Based

People Get Ready (Schroeder)

Make (Leaky) Levees, Not War

After the Deluge (AD) (Josh Neufield)

escaping and surviving Hurricane Katrina–and what happens next in the lives of a cross-section of Crescent City residents. Told in webcomic form

The Chicory (Varg)

Lost in Leveeland

Cliff’s Crib

The unexamined life is not a life worth living for a human being. Long Live the Lower Ninth Ward

Animamundi (Marco)

Food, Wine, Music of the African Diaspora, Books, New Orleans, Travel, Our French Bulldog Aldo et al

N.O. It’s Just Me (EJ)

When I have something to say, trust me, I will. If I don’t, I won’t.


New Orleans, Louisiana. REBUILD THE RIGHT WAY.

Tim’s Nameless Blog
Post K Life in New Orleans

Library Chronicles (Jeffrey)

Paradise plastic. Cheap and fantastic.

Moldy City (bayoustjohndavid)

Moisie cité, cité pleine de rêves,/Où le spectre en plein jour raccroche le passant

Harry Shearer

Squandered Heritage (Laureen and Karen)

a blog about historic preservation in New Orleans


New Orleans news, sports and other stuff

Dr. Heberts Medical Gumbo

Blog of a former Chalmette Doc now living in McComb, Ms.

Your Right Hand Thief (Oyster)

Laughing off hard truths in New Orleans

Adrastos (Peter)
Politics, Life & Culture (or what passes for it) in Post-Katrina New Orleans.

Editor B (Bart)
A young New Orleans couple, living in their flooded home, taking it one day at a time.

Some Came Running (Celcus)

Observations, opinions and rants on the new normal in the Big Easy

Signal 26 dot com

where a New Orleans policeman can speak the truth freely without fear of retribution

The American Zombie (Dambala)
Commentary on life in Post K New Orleans

mdfilter (Mark D)

da po boy, unmasked

Healthcare for Peace

Website detailing the experiences of beautiful people from around the country who came to this area in 2005-06 to help us recover from Katrina. Thank You All

The Dead Pelican (Chad)

The area’s own Drudge Report

Bayou Liberty Relief dot org

A blog written by members of a relief group camped out in Slidell who are here to help rebuild the area
Thanks, y’all

Thoughts by Seawitch

Random thoughts from Mississippi

Operation Eden (Clayton Cubitt)

Excellent writing & photography from Pearlingon, Ms.

Suspect Device (Greg)

The Blog about “The Rectal Foreign Body in the X-Ray of Louisiana Politics”

The Garden of Irks and Delights (Lisa)

A blog of a New Orleans girl trying to navigate the pits and snares of post-hurricane life here, where nothing is easy and everything has changed.

Tin Can Trailer Trash (Mominem)

Musings on living in a FEMA trailer and other Katrina related toughts

Hurricane Archive dot org

Many pictures from post Hurricane Katrina

Ashley Morris’ blog

Click here for a New Orleans’ blog that is down to earth

Humid City (Loki)

Information, Culture and Opinion from Post-K New Orleans . . . . . Get Wired, Rebuild!

Humid Haney Rant
Angry, but in a good way

Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated

Viewing the world from southwest Louisiana

Charley Varley,
A British photographer who created
Disaster and Recovery: A Year in the Life of New Orleans: A photographic journal of New Orleans from the day Hurricane Katrina devastated the city to 365 days after.
Thanks, Charley!


Not a blog, but a website detailing Buras, Louisiana’s
painful recovery efforts

Hurricane Katrina News (Joshua Clark)

Author of Heart Like Water‘s supersite for the latest Katrina news, vital
resources and “stuff”

Surviving Katrina in Pascagoula, Mississippi (Anita)

Great reading here, detailing what it’s like to put your life back together after your house takes on 8 feet of water

Ernie the Attorney

After Katrina (adrienne lamb)

Posts in the aftermath

Becky Houtman

Just another New Orleans weblog


Great website reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its impact in the New Orleans area. Daily updates from and for residents and friends of the Crescent City.


New Orleans Site containing a group of bloggers detailing daily life in a Post K world.

Hurricane Katrina Disaster & Recovery (Margaret Saizan)

A blog created the night before Katrina hit, this site is chock full of important links and intelligent writing on life after a catastrophe. Excellent link.

Militant Moderate Musings (Noah)

Musings of a NOLA native living in Miami

Moldy City (David)

World Class New Orleans (Mssrs Clio & Melpomene)

…dedicated to the resurrection of New Orleans, Louisiana…

Vicky Moos


Inactive Katrina Blogs (some good reading, though)

Wetbank Guide (Mark Folse)

Remembering Katrina, envisioning New Orleans

Now and Then

A current look at the recent past

Flood and Loathing, (Dale)

a New Orleans blog detailing Post K life in the Big Easy

Building Big Easy (Kinch)

Building a better Big Easy one blog at a time.

Confederacy of Dunces USA (Liz & FatCat)
inspired by the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast USA and named after the novel A Confederacy of Dunces by New Orleans native John Kennedy Toole. Certainly the disaster response efforts have been led by the dunces….

da po blog
Po’, like a po-boy.

Fix The Pumps (Matt McBride)

After Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to assume full responsibility for repair of New Orleans’ drainage pumps. Over a year later, much work remains undone. I am here to push them to do that work.”

Gulf Sails (Troy)

Proud member of the New Orleans PTSD since landfall

The Language of Loss (Ellis Anderson)

This is the story of my town – Bay St. Louis, Mississippi – “ground zero” for Katrina.
While it’s my personal memoir, it’s the account of the entire community’s odyssey as well.

Big Fat New Orleans Katrina weblog

Rodger Kamenetz’ blog

My Katrina Journey

Blog of a 52 year old disabled woman living in Pearlington, MS dealing with life in the Post-K world

People of New Orleans
Video interviews with New Orleanians

New Orleans before and after (Dan Frazier)

I lived in New Orleans before Katrina….I’ll live in New Orleans after Katrina too.

Blog-Katrina Aftermath (Evacuee)

Post Katrina Populist Funk

grass roots activism, stories of neo-American survival & free media from down south.

No Pickles dot net (Brian)

Ineffective rants against the trivia that is life


Journalist Jon Donley’s blog from Mandeville, LA


A blog regarding New Orleans East

Emily Metzgar

A doctoral student in media and public affairs at LSU, Emily’s blog is well done and full of good info.

Other Pieces of this Website

as of July ’06, many boats are still orphans due to katrina. Click here for the documentary.

Katrina’s Aftermath

…how she hurt us all in the Gulf Coast area

Recovering from Katrina

My perspective on recovery from the wrath of Katrina

Chef Highway coming back

I drive Chef Highway to and from work daily. Decided to put together this webpage to show her rebirth

Thanks, Katrina

a blog I use to document post Katrina thoughts and feelings

A Woman’s Retreat

A place I’ve set up to celebrate

My favorite quotes

Quotes from all over about all
aspects of life

Venetian Isles & Lake Catherine

Following their recovery post Katrina

Pictures of My Bayou

The peaceful beauty of Bayou Liberty

A tribute to children

They grow so fast!!
I’ve created this page to remember how sweet and pure children
really are.

The Opening page

The “index” page of this website

Patriotic thoughts

Something I started right after 9-11-01 and want to continue to add to…

Need some inspiration? Go here

Writings that have inspired me and
help me when I’m feeling blue

My Quit Smoking Links

Links to places I’ve found
that have helped me “keep the quit” for over 8 years now…..

Herb/vitamin page

Information on the nutritional and
medicinal uses for a variety of herbs. Links, too

My page dedicated to pets

Readings to help you deal with
the grief of losing a pet and other thought provoking pet stuff


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