Labors of Love

It’s a Christmas Miracle!

  Since Dec. 8, the BLOAK 12 Days of Christmas fundraising campaign has sold more than 1,200 sandwiches at Blue Oak BBQ (900 N. Carrollton). Blue Oak is sponsoring the event designed to help feed families associated with Son of a…

The Great Tree Debate

  Glowing with lights and hung with cherished ornaments, Christmas trees from St. Charles Avenue mansions to 9th Ward shotguns are bringing Christmas cheer to New Orleanians everywhere…and the business of Christmas is booming. Each year, Americans buy almost 30…

Animal Lovers Needed This Weekend

  Three years ago, I did a story for the BizNewOrleans.com about Big Sky Ranch/CATNIP Foundation. Located in Folsom on a bucolic 10-acre sanctuary, Big Sky Ranch is home to more than 200 animals, many of whom have been given…

The Picture of Hope

Pablove Shutterbugs provides a valuable creative outlet for New Orleans children with cancer and a way for anyone to buy art with a purpose. “Children deserve to be children,” says Charlotte Rolfs. “Their scars should tell an exciting story of…

Reimagining Recycling

I have trash glass everywhere. In a brown paper bag, I have pickle jars, curry jars, kosher mustard jars and so much more. Underneath a table, I have an extremely large collection of green Topo Chico bottles. And in my…

Bells Will Be Ringing

  We’re all suffering from excruciating election anxiety, and the European model shows New Orleans yet again in the cone of uncertainty for a hurricane. Plus, each morning we awake wondering if that tickle in our nose represents the beginnings…

The Mobile Mechanic

  There is concierge service at hotels, concierge doctors who make house calls and concierge security details who can keep you safe. I don’t use any of those services, but I do have a concierge mechanic. OK, maybe he’s better…

Have Leash, Will Travel

  For many of the 64 million dogs owned by humans, each day is filled with boredom and little to no exercise. And most, if not all dog parents feel some form of guilt when they don’t take their pupsters…

At The Drive-In

  Beginning in October, the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) will be premiering Drive-in Déjà Vu at the Pontchartrain Convention and Civic Center. This idea brings back many memories from my childhood. I vividly remember two drive-in movie experiences: in…

Dog Days of COVID-19

Let me introduce you to my new pup, Gracie. She is an 8-month-old, 50-pound American Pit Bull Terrier mix. I’ve been around dogs all my life and she is by far the sweetest dog I have ever met. That’s not…

It Takes A Village

  Next Wednesday will be a good day for 8-year-old Jack White. When he was 6, White was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, after much pain, frustration and anxiety, his port will be removed. A port is a small device placed under…

A Taste of Normal

  Although I've lived in New Orleans for almost 50 years, my stern Midwestern roots still run deep. As this pandemic rages on, I soldier on. As two friends died lonely COVID-19 deaths, I soldiered on. As my income plummeted…