Author: Catherine Freeman

Top Box Foods Louisiana

Writer and humorist Lewis Grizzard said “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” I completely agree, but would add a few more homegrown indulgences that make also me smile: juicy watermelon, buttery corn on…

Camp Pelican

Each year as summer break approaches it reminds me of years ago when I traveled solo aboard a Trailways bus to my first overnight camp session. Terrified yet excited, the anticipation of freedom, fun and new friendships in an uncharted…

Community Visions Unlimited

  If you do any driving in New Orleans, I guarantee you’ve noticed the growing number of painted signal boxes. At the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Freret Street it’s Fats Domino. At Poydras Street by the Superdome you’ll find…

Make Music NOLA

Albert Einstein was passionate about playing the violin. He was even quoted as saying that all a man needs in life to be happy is a table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin. But violin playing didn’t…

SisterHearts

  Fireworks, champagne toasts, “Auld Lang Syne,” black eyed peas, collard greens and resolutions. How routine and fortunate it is for me to say goodbye to the past year and feel the hopeful anticipation of possibilities of the year to…

American Heart Association

We have a family joke that Saints football gives us weekly heart attacks. Thankfully this isn’t true, but I’m certain our hearts are working harder when jumping up and down after a successful Lutz field goal or high-fiving anyone in…

NAMI New Orleans

Years ago, a doctor and I were having a conversation about mental illness when he shared a profound analogy I’ve never forgotten. Asking if I would take my children to an eye doctor if they had vision issues, I quickly…

Hoffman Early Learning Center

When I moved here over two decades ago and started learning my way around, the city was described to me as a “checkerboard” of good and bad neighborhoods. I’m fairly confident this was a warning, but I actually found the…

Children of Promise

The African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” has definitely been overused, but I believe it’s still relevant. Reflect a moment on your own upbringing to recall all those you turned to when you needed support or…

Green Light New Orleans

Last month I attended a speech by an inspirational scientist who’s dedicated to exploring, explaining and sustaining life on Earth through solving global environmental problems, such as changes in ecosystems, land use, climate, food security and resource sustainability. Understandably his…

Trinity Educational Enrichment Program

“She was able to thrive with other students and improve her presentation skill.” “His experience helped enhance his academic knowledge and also his social relationships.” “He was full of questions and anxious to learn about all the lessons and recreation…

SOUL

Combatting deforestation one neighborhood at a time

RHINO

Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans is more than just service