Be at Home in New Orleans

Helen Stuart By Helen Stuart, 18th Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Life in New Orleans, the friendly and pungent side

No Place Like Home in New Orleans

If you want to just believe that New Orleans is only about Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street and flashing boobs from balconies you can go on believing that because there is a definite market for that kind of tourist there. But if that is all you believe, you will always be a tourist in that city. New Orleans is a state of mind. It includes the syrupy smell of flowers that never seem to stop blossoming in the neutral grounds and stale beer on the breaths of fishermen and ladies wearing just a bit too much make up and perfume in a futile attempt to combat ninety nine percent humidity. New Orleans is all about half Sicillian Grannies who curse like sailors and pray to Saint Jude for their wayward children and grandchildren. It's going to the spillway to catch crawfish and stopping on the way home at a little store with a name like "Migliore's" with a hardwood floor and beer on ice where they fix po'boys on the spot, and the Migliore daughters ring you up at the register and ask about your catch. Living in New Orleans is having your electricity shut off and your neighbor runs you an extension cord. It's feeling blue and finding some live blues. Feeling lonely and somebody throws an extra burger on the grill, a little extra red gravy in the spaghetti sauce. Don't be a tourist. Be a wayward native.

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Crawfishing, New Orleans, Saint Jude, Sicillian

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author avatar Helen Stuart
I've spent most of my life in the Deep South, and I love animals, nature, and what makes my fellow humans tick. I have an obsession with self-expression, I write, sculpt and paint, anything I can do.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Apr 2013 (#)

Rather living like close to nature, our roots - siva

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
19th Apr 2013 (#)

I enjoyed, Helen Stuart, in reading about New Orleans, the way it really is. Thank you.

Uthrania Seila

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author avatar Songbird B
29th Apr 2013 (#)

Enjoyable and informative, and as always, written with your inimitable style Helen. \0/x

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