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September 01, 2005



What a tender and beautiful post.

I'm glad I saw your link on Chocolate & Zucchini.

Vicky Go

My heart sank when I saw photos of inundated New Orleans. I just so love this city even though I've only been there 3 times. It is so different!

I hope it will come back - it has to! It must!

Thanks for the thoughts!

Read about your blog at C&Z.

Hope all your friends in the Big Easy are OK.

VG fr NJ


Thank you, Julie, for honoring our city.

With love from the South,


What a beautiful post. It brought a flood of tears that I've been trying desperately to hold back for the past three days. Crying makes all of this a reality. New Orleans is the Emerald City for those of us at Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. The French Quarter is where most of us discovered (or recovered) our writing voices. I'm so glad that you were with us this summer to experience some of that magic.

Love, Tracy

Joe @ Culinary in the Desert

Thank you for posting this - I hope you hear from every one of your loved ones very soon!



Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! After seeing the unending horror stories on the news, I needed to re-see this beautiful city that we all love so much. I hope to dream tonight of a marathon moment...



Hearing and seeing the news here was disheartening, and I am just shocked at all of the devastation brought on by Katrina. It'll be a long road to recovery ahead for everyone.

chef 'em out

Congratulations on your mention in Chocolate & Zucchini.


Julie, the more I hear, and the worse the news gets, the more inert and speechless I feel. Then I read this beautiful essay of yours, and my batteries are recharged, and I am girded for battle, ready to answer those smartasses who ask why we're committing so much energy to a city that is in such a geographically tricky place. Thank you, m'love, thank you.


Ruth and Vicky, thanks so much for visiting -- and for your kind comments on this post. I find it helps me to write about what I love when a situation is so heartbreaking that I don't even know what to say or where to begin.

Dear Tracy, Margaret and Mary -- you can only imagine how relieved and grateful I am that you're okay. Thanks for reading this, and know that my dearest hope is to see you all again, sooner than folks think, in the city that care forgot.

Joe, it's great to see you here. I've just begun to read your own enjoyable blog -- keep up the good work!

Dear Rowena, it's great to see you back. I'm coming over to visit and read all about the Black Forest.

Chef, thanks for your visit.

Oh Jen, my dear. As much as I try to dwell in the beauty of my recent memories, I am exponentially enraged moment by moment with this country's consistent failure to protect and care for people and places. And as we're all noticing, it's the most disenfranchised who are cared for least, and who are being made to suffer in horrendous and unnecessary ways. And in spite of how despondent this makes me feel, you remind me that I too must gird my loins (and any other significant body parts) for battle.

verbal chameleon

Hi Julie,
That post really moved me. Thank you!


Julie, I'm grateful that your comrades are safe and accounted for.

This is another beautiful post.

Thank you.

Lea xoxo


Kate, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment.

Lea, lovely to see you here as always. You and your wonderful family and our great lunch remain one of the highlights of our summer!


Sigh. What a sweet post. I had to derail my own blog (about small farms) to write a tribute post, because New Orleans turned me into a foodie. (But I didn't realize it until last week.)

There is no way to write about it all...the lilting accents, the beautiful people, the "bon temps."

Nice work. I just subscribed to your blog. Thank you.


Julie: Thanks so much for writing about your New Orleans experience and for thinking of us down here. It is a beautiful piece and makes the city come to life.

It was such a thrill that you came here and that I (and others) got to write with you here, and reading about all the food you had, and what you brought back, really made me hunger for New Orleans again.

Before reading your blog, I had just written my daughter to send her your email, but I guess you two have communicated already. I hope you get to meet sometime soon.

It may be a while, but the city will recover. I look forward to having you come to New Orleans again.


Elyse Eidman-Aadahl

Moved to tears, like most of the other posters. What a beautiful and special city, heartbreaking to see it suffer, inspiring to imagine the energy to rebuild and recapture it that I know is being unleashed everywhere. You've captured not only New Orleans, but how deeply place can affect us and how palpable it is when it is hurt.

When I read your note, Julie, I was most hoping that Richard Louth would be able to read it. So Richard, I'm delighted to see your note right in front of mine. I hope you know that all of us at the NWP hang on every word that you and others write in your e-mails and posts on the listservs. We send them back and forth and share with the staff. Please know how much we are with you.

Julie, you and Richard remind us of how powerful writing is and can be when it really matters. Thank you.

Joe C

I'm so glad you got there before this happened. Don't forget to save me some of dat olive relish...

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