Author: Faith Dawson

Faith Hope and Elijah

I had three days’ notice when my baby arrived. Most parents get nine months to prepare, and I suppose if you count all 18 months of adoption preparation that I’d been through, I should have been twice as organized as…

New Orleans' Top Female Achievers

Dr. Kathleen Sullivan SchiaviObstetrician/gynecologist practicing at East Jefferson General Hospital When Dr. Kathleen Sullivan Schiavi performs a hysterectomy, she’s often accompanied in the operating room by a robot – a high-tech daVinci Surgical Robot that simulates human movements.The doctor operates…

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The Interstate 20 billboard that announces to Atlanta commuters that “soul is waterproof” lifts the spirits of displaced New Orleanians.  It is true that Atlanta, long New Orleans’ bigger, newer, richer rival, has plenty of stuff that the Crescent City…

Ultimate New Orleans: Dining

DiningFavorite place to buy King Cakes: Manny Randazzo King Cakes. Chalmette culinary tradition comes to Mardi Gras with Randazzo’s victory. Haydel’s and Gambino’s bring two other great baking traditions to the front. National chains keep away.2) Haydel’s Bakery3) Gambino’s BakeryFavorite takeout:…

And the winners are...

This being a leap year, it’s also a federal election year. To help prepare our readers for the challenging task of selecting our next president as well as members of Congress, we have provided the equivalent of spring training with…

Molding a Future

Well, it’s been a year SINCE New Orleans has looked like her old self. The great event of 2005 did its best to, ahem, redecorate some of our noted houses—but New Orleanians wouldn’t suffer a wind-and-rain job lightly. We fight…

Goodbye Old House

A personal odyssey to Academy Park by Faith Dawson As the van pulled away from Chantilly Drive, my mother marveled that the last 33 years of her life could be contained in several Rubbermaid bins and a few heavy-duty garbage…

Human Nature

India Stewart begins every day with a simple exercise in inspiration—she goes into her garden. There in the early-morning sunlight, plants and flowers give her the creative boost she uses as chief designer of the works bearing her name. But…

The Forgotten Apostle

St. Jude, a couple feet tall, looks out kindly over stacks of pink and white petitions. His neck is decorated with garlands. Bouquets of flowers surround him on the altar of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, offerings of sacrifice and…

Made in the Shade

Paul Grüer does not sketch. He does not conceptualize. He does not design any of his lighting fixtures with plans or goals or hopes. What he does is put together wood, metal and sculpted polymer clay in forms and shapes…

Pieces of Patricia

Actress Patricia Clarkson declared herself off-limits after a manic spring of 2004 – a spring filled with premieres, red-carpet bashes, interviews and other A-list responsibilities. In fact, the heavy load of celebrity events punctuated a somewhat-manic two-year period, a time…

MOST ATTRACTIVE New Orleanian, female

Karen Swensen, New Orleans Magazine readers voted you the most attractive New Orleanian, female. Any thoughts? That’s insane! I’m shocked. I’m so flattered. It’s very nice of people. Did you know you had this adoring public out there? (laughing) No!…

Paper Trail

In a city that loves a good convention, Renee deVille was pleased to see a significant gathering of some of the 100,000 species of mold, which ruin some of our oldest and most treasured belongings in New Orleans. OK—it wasn’t…