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Cellular adventures

Phones used to ring. They didn’t squeal, play “Mardi Gras Mambo” or belch. Bad enough your kids did that.  And when phones rang, you knew where to find them. Plugged into the wall. The same wall they were plugged into…

Silver Savers

In the days after Katrina, As You Like It Silver Shop helped restore thousands of pieces of hurricane-damaged silver.

Picking Up the Pieces

Whatever calamities befall your priceless porcelains — from hurricanes to toddlers — porcelain restoration expert Jeanne Stallworth can set them right.

Adventures in Spring Cleaning

My mother-in-law sometimes insinuates I’m not the best housekeeper in the world. Like for Christmas, she gave me a Heloise household hints book and says I should read a chapter a night. Maybe she’s right. Maybe Heloise would’ve cleaned under…

Line of Fire

For Mardi Gras, Mayor C. Ray Nagin greeted the city’s signature holiday as a gladiator. It was just a costume, of course. No one – including the mayor – could’ve known this day would be the most violent Fat Tuesday in…

Heading Home

In three weeks, I’ll be departing Iraq. In fact, by the time this article is published I’ll be back in the good ole U.S. of A., reunited with my family and starting a new Marine Corps assignment. A year of…

Yes for the VA/LSU Plan

This publication restates its strong support for the VA/LSU hospital project proposed for the area that borders the downtown business district. We do so with the hope that the arguing will soon end and the construction will begin so that…

Restorative Power

After Katrina, McConnell’s Furniture Refinishers Inc. went on a personal mission to help fix New Orleans, one antique at a time.

A Labor of Love

The boys and I have been reading Little House on the Prairie. They don’t seem to notice any similarities between themselves and the pioneering Ingalls children, but me and that Mrs. Ingalls? We could talk. We could definitely talk.Take the…

Frogmore

One unusual name, two very different places

Passion Play

To say that the four principals of upstart production company FourFront Theatre are ambitious is a bit of an understatement. The veteran actors of the local theater scene – Gary Rucker, Kelly Fouchi, and Megan and Lucas Harms — banded…

Christmas Dinner at Camp Ramadi

Ed. Note: Baghdad Dispatch is written by two female Marines with local connections; Marine Capt. Mary Noyes, an attorney (right); and Marine Maj. Meredith Brown, an Iraqi Women’s Engagement officer (left). Their respective columns will appear in alternate months. Noyes…

Lash Out

Each year, I fall prey to glossy ads of the new “it” mascara. Truth is, most of those long lashes are faux and have been digitally enhanced; yet still I’m seduced by the ads. With so much new technology in…

Restoring the Past

More than three years ago, a monstrous storm blew into New Orleans and tried to wash away much of our past. It was a time of quick decisions, some life and death, and a test of our city’s spirit. Now,…

The University Section of Uptown

The University neighborhood, a small sliver of Uptown named for the various colleges and universities that exist within its boundaries, stretches along St. Charles Avenue roughly from Broadway to Calhoun streets.Its distinctive architecture ranges from the Gothic buildings of Tulane…

Is Chocolate Good for you?

 One shop doesn’t transform a recovering metropolis into a chocolate city. But last year a small chocolate paradise arose out of the receded flood waters on Canal Boulevard.A few blocks past the cemeteries, located between a Helm Paint Store and…

Hope from the Drumline

It is the interplay between present and past which gives history its fascination,” historian Alan Bullock once wrote.Only in New Orleans, however, can a broken traffic light change the interplay between past and present, opening a window to a brighter,…

When Zulu Saved Mardi Gras

During the bad days shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Ray Nagin went to Atlanta where he met with a group of black displaced New Orleanians. The crowd had the concerns that might be expected with their lives uprooted and the…