Taking the time to visit the Lower 9th Ward was so enriching. The experience moving me to tears and evoked feelings of devastation, confusion, concern and a deluge of thoughts.
Crossing the bridge from the Bywater to the Lower 9th Ward
There were many disheveled homes with removed siding, broken windows and paint chipping.
Open lots where homeowners could not or purposely choose not to returnAnother open lot with the cement from the original foundationTrailer
The painted X-code which search-and-rescue teams used in 2005 post-Katrina to display if there were survivors or dead found in the homes.
This rusting sign was for a drive thru KFC and directly across the street was also a Popeye’s chicken. The telephone booth with advertisement Moving Hope Forward was uplifting.
Brad Pitt Make It Right Houses
Harry Connick Junior’s Musician Homes
There were a lot of silent pauses for reflection and barrage of questions were raised throughout the time we spent there, but I was reminded me about the importance of appreciation, the spirit of kindness and resilience.
“We can’t live without carbohydrates, proteins, fat. It’s that simple. And yet food can be as meaningful and controversial as any form of art. The slippery sweet tang of spaghetti with squid ink may be exotic or nauseating to you. For me it’s the taste of childhood summers. Food is a deeply personal yet quintessentially social affair. You are what you eat, they say, and what we eat, like who we are, has to do with where we come from, where we live and with whom, and who we aspire to be.
Like food, leadership can be comforting, delightful, surprising, revolting. Like food, it is fuel, glue, and emblem of a community — be it a family, a nation, or a corporation. It energizes, brings us together, and represents us. Like food, leadership has a timeless essence, comes in countless forms, and fulfills basic needs.”