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11. tune out to tune in
reducing external information clutter
news - discussion
9.29.11 : feature column!

In the book, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Andrew Weil promotes a news fast one day each week. The theory is when people absorb too much news, especially the kind that induces feelings of helplessness, anxiety, or rage, this impacts their health in negative ways. These emotions stay rooted in the body unless progressively moved out. If we are constantly taking time to read the top headlines, are we also creating a balance of positive influences to offset the news impact? Because the natur...
12. the forgotten independent
thoughts of a non-label voter
news - criticism
8.29.11 : feature column!

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” ~ President John Adams, 1789 Forget the Tea Party and the Coffee Party and Circle of Moms and MoveOn and all those other trumped-up, rabble-rousing, soundbite manipulators. I believe far more people uphold independ...
13. they tried to make her go to rehab
what celebrity excess reveals about society
pop culture - discussion
7.27.11 : feature column!

By the time this goes to press, it might be revealed that Amy Winehouse's death at age 27 was drug related. Even if it isn't a direct overdose, her history of drug abuse is well documented and sometimes, a little heart can only take so much torture before it just gives up. Literally and figuratively. I don't wish to speak ill of the dead, but I'm surprised at the rampant outpouring of woe regarding Winehouse's death. Yes, she was a talented singer/songwriter. Yes, she had stylistic flair. Yes...
14. portrait of an artist: wendell pierce
art imitates life for a son of new orleans
news - discussion
5.30.11 : feature column!

Wendell Pierce, actor, producer, and activist, is on set shooting "Lay the Favorite" with Bruce Willis and Vince Vaughn. He talks about his mom. He reveals the details of her cross-city ambulance ride from her home in Pontchartrain Park, near east New Orleans, through the throngs of Mardi Gras celebrants lined up to witness the Bacchus and Endymion Krewes roll on St. Charles Avenue in Uptown. "The ambulance got to St. Charles Avenue and could not cross over to get to Touro Hospital." Methodis...
15. american dream 2.0
what we have in common makes all the difference
news - discussion
4.29.11 : feature column!

I recently attended a presentation of a consumer research company about the proverbial state of the union. The company surveyed thousands of people and analyzed their opinions regarding the status of the economic environment and whether we, the people, still believe in the American dream. The answers? Dismal and, um, no, not so much. The majority of this information was presented for the sake of advertising and marketing, but there’s an undercurrent of the basic human condition that offers fa...
16. 52 ways to cook
getting off the shelf and into the pan
general - process
12.27.10 : feature column!

After I mentioned in my “Chef, Interrupted” column that I have about 60 cookbooks, give or take, my husband said, “You really do have a lot of them. Why do you have so many?” I didn’t set out to collect them. It just kind of happened. When I hosted a radio cooking show in New Orleans years ago, a guest gave me my first cookbook, a small spiral-bound cardstock issue called Mandy Lee’s Recipes for Good New Orleans Dishes. At the time, I knew nothing of her history, and much of it is still hard to...
17. yes, yes, you were bitchin’
now go away
pop culture - discussion
11.29.10 : feature column!

Friends, an epidemic is sweeping our nation, threatening our moral fiber with false promises, cult of personality, and quirky catchphrases. No, I’m not talking about Sarah Palin. The circumstances are far more heinous than even she could present. The great threat to us now is 80s nostalgia. I am a child of the 80s. I had the bleached-blonde rattail, the multiple ear piercings, and the linebacker shoulder pads. With a delicate balance, my musical tastes switched between the grand despair of M...
18. writing in polka dots and plaid
taking inspiration from project runway
television - discussion
10.27.10 : feature column!

NOTE: If you have not watched any of "Project Runway" Season 8, know this column contains spoilers. Come back and read it after you've watched the finale! I totally suck at sewing. Oh sure, I can reattach a button and quick stitch a small tear. But that is, quite simply, the range of my needle and thread abilities. I don't know how to work a sewing machine. I don't crochet. I don't knit. It's embarrassing to admit how many pieces of clothing I've given to my mother-in-law for repair. My siste...
19. two tales of one city
rebuilding lives after hurricane katrina
news - discussion
9.29.10 : feature column!

“You would not believe how many people on my street have cancer,” the delivery woman said as she placed box lunches at my feet. “Sure, our houses are repaired, but our hearts--well, some of us still have hearts flooded with despair.” I was standing on a sidewalk of the flood-ravaged home of Mrs. Goff in the Gentilly neighborhood in New Orleans, fingers stuck together with window glazing and Dover White paint, my face slick with the humidity and 90-degree heat at 10:30 in the morning. ...
20. portrait of an artist: christian kane
a one-two punch of talent
television - appreciation
7.28.10 : feature column!

Christian Kane has a favorite quote from Steve McQueen: "When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it." But the multi-faceted entertainer is also a testimony to Warren Zevon's adage: "I'll sleep when I'm dead." Kane celebrates his third season as Eliot Spencer on the hit TNT series, "Leverage". Eliot is the kind of man who squires a lady down a country lane with one hand placed gently on the small of her back while he haymakers her deadbeat ex-boyfriend with the other. The gracious, S...
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re: guns don't kill people....

A flawless piece written in record time. Awesome!

re: god for president 2012

Damn straight.

re: god for president 2012

I vote you to be God's next press secretary. Just sayin'.

re: god for president 2012


re: irrussistible

Just an incredible job capturing what Russ was about. Thank you.

re: irrussistible

Russ is smiling!

re: irrussistible

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man gone too soon. Thank you so much for writing and sharing with us.

re: irrussistible

Not really sure that a critique here is necessary. Nice job.

re: irrussistible

Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

re: tune out to tune in

Very thought provoking and well argued, but I'm not sure this CNN junkie can break the addiction. I know I -do- feel better when I take a break from current events but can't seem to resist.

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