Author: Catherine Freeman

Making A Difference: New Orleans City Park

When not juggling working in home offices and remote school lessons while under “stay-at-home” orders, I watched friends jump into various activities – gardening, bread making, Netflix bingeing, cooking, puzzling, reading, etc. – they never seemed to find time for…

Food Matters

My husband’s birthday was March 16th, the last day before “normal” life in New Orleans basically ceased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After our large family dinner was canceled, I scrambled and found a restaurant where just the two of…

The Posse Foundation

In mid-March my children reluctantly arrived home after their college campuses decided to move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Understandably, nearly every campus in the country followed suit and millions of…

Fore!Kids Foundation

When my sons were young they loved memorizing the license plate designs and nicknames of each state. Of course, their favorite was Louisiana’s displaying the pelican and phrase “Sportsman’s Paradise.” It is understood “Sportsman’s Paradise” refers to the plentiful hunting…

Friends of Lafitte Greenway

The basic definition states a community is simply a group of people living together, but isn’t community more? There is an expanded definition we will likely agree is improved: “… a group of people who, regardless of the diversity of…

ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center

It is possible Carnival is the only time of year “Who Dat” chants are drowned out by another equally passionate exclamation. In the coming weeks “Throw me something mister!” will reign supreme as young and old alike jockey to receive…

Geaux Girl!

When I was about 12 years old, my friends and I liked to walk to a neighborhood book store to buy stick candy and peruse the book selection. The owners graciously allowed us this pleasure although we never purchased anything…

Legacy Donor Foundation

As a 3-year-old, long-time Isidore Newman School Science teacher and Cross Country Coach Randy Zell was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Insulin dependent, he spent 30 years managing his diabetes until his body started showing signs of distress. Eye surgeries…

Kitchen in the Garden

In June, New Orleans lost a revered icon with the passing of chef, restauranteur and community leader Leah Chase. Her legacy in the culinary world is undeniable and her belief in the power of food made her special. “Food builds…

Giving Hope NOLA

Hunger. Drug addiction. Homelessness. Sex Trafficking. Poverty. These worldwide dilemmas have plagued humankind for thousands of years, appearing too monumental for any entity or individual to derail their potential societal destruction. Yet despite the magnitude of the challenges, there are…

Zeus’ Rescues

My husband and I have been blessed with three wonderful children, but we like to joke that we also have a “perfect” fourth child: our dog Olive. While she did have a few unfortunate chewing incidents as a puppy, we…

Compost NOW

I admit when I first encountered the compost collection bin under my mother in law’s sink, I was somewhat shocked. I knew she was an avid gardener, but was she really one of those super environmentally conscious gardeners that have…

LOOP NOLA

There is a little-known crisis affecting children in our city, state and country. While not a medical diagnosis, the growing epidemic called Nature Deficit Disorder highlights the alarming lack of time today’s children spend outdoors. According to the Child Mind…

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…