Labors of Love

Snuggles For Hire

  On this dreary Monday set amid the continuing current challenges, hopefully this will add a smile to your day.   The current pandemic has encouraged many of us to consider taking on a new challenge or heading in a…

Reading Material

  “I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading has opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read…

Essential Linens

Years ago, my grandfather, Richhard Amis retired from the railroad business in Chicago to a new life in the sleepy town of Mountain Home, Arkansas. I spent many of my best childhood summers helping him with his new business –…

A Bit of Joy

  I’m sure you won’t find it in a nonprofit administration textbook, but my 45 years of nonprofit experience shows me that besides passion and good programming, a successful nonprofit needs two things: someone who can raise buckets of money…

Finding a Positive in COVID-19

  We’ve all experienced it — the Corona Coaster. One moment you’re coping relatively well with our new reality and the next you’re filled with grief, anger and anxiety. Finding things that are better since COVID-19 is a challenge, but…

Fashionable Masks

  I’ve worn mine to brave the grocery, to visit, but not hug, the grandkids and to comfort a friend, who on Mother’s Day, got a call saying that after a long brutal battle, COVID-19 finally defeated her son. My…

Jefferson Chamber’s Bites for Knights

  To show appreciation for all of the first-responder heroes of COVID-19, the Jefferson Chamber Foundation — a charitable foundation that supports the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce with beautification initiatives, professional development and leadership programs — has created the Bites…

Live Oak Cafe

  Mother’s Day is traditionally one of the restaurant industry’s biggest days. Last year, Live Oak Cafe was jumping. The music was humming, and wall-to-wall customers were delightfully devouring shrimp and grits, sweet potato bacon Benedict, and raspberry dream pancakes.…

Bread & Roses

  I’ve been baking bread for nearly five decades. I love the rhythmic zen of kneading. I have a special bowl for proofing and a dedicated heating pad to aid the process. I enjoy the gentle shaping of the loaves,…

New Ways to Succeed

In today’s crazy world, business owners are shifting their business models, learning new things about themselves and finding innovative ways to succeed. Marigny Demauriac, owner of Demauriac LLC, a financial advisory firm headquartered in Slidell, is also adapting and adjusting…

A Safe Place at Crescent House

  Whether it's squabbles over how to correctly load the dishwasher or whether to watch tiger kings or housewives, tensions on families sheltering at home is a bit of a problem during these challenging times. But for some families, those…

Let ‘em Eat Crawfish

  Chris “Shaggy” Davis is manning his boil with precision and grace. As he laddles out the red crawfish they steam and glisten in the late spring sun. Half a dozen or so clients are queued up, standing the requisite…

Chef’s Brigade

Local healthcare workers and first responders are commonly eating out of vending machines and grabbing snacks wherever they can, while, at the same time, restaurants are struggling for business. Looking to provide relief to both groups, local author Troy Gilbert,…

T-shirts That Give Back

Resilient, resourceful, and ready-for-action are the descriptors for most of us New Orleanians. And nowhere is that more evident than in the teaming of hospitality worker Monica Bourgeois and Blake Haney, owner of Dirty Coast, a community conscious t-shirt business.…

Communication Is Key

  These are anxious times. We’ve been bombarded by messages, data, scenarios, facts and fictions about COVID-19, a pandemic that doctors and experts have never seen before.  People want to know that their government/management/ownership care about them and their overall…

Digging In

  I grew up in Milwaukee where the coming of spring bursts into one’s life with intoxicating hope and exuberant color. There was never anything subtle about the season. With sun yellow blossoms poking through the winter’s last snow, daffodils…

Revitalizing the New Orleans Chamber

New Orleans Chamber of Commerce's executive vice president and COO, Sandra Lombana Lindquist takes pride in her ability to cultivate and nurture businesses. She knows that she’s chosen the right professional calling – economic development. “I like to see things…