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Homeward Bound

The past couple of weeks – with social distancing and shelter in place becoming part of our daily lexicon – have been surreal at best and, for hyper-social New Orleanians, eerily quiet. We are used to visiting our favorite shops, eateries and bars and having a swirl of openings, celebrations, charity events and other gatherings to attend. Settling into this new reality of slower days and nights at home has likely taken some adjustment for the more extroverted among us.

For me, long walks and bike rides with my husband Mark (employing the proper social distancing) have been giving me life.


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Living for our daily walks 100 times more than usual of late.

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We’ve also been trying new recipes, enjoying Zoom happy hours with friends, reading and watching a ton of movies and relishing long porch sits. My yoga and meditation practice have never been so consistent. Also, I might be driving Mark insane with my frequent tidying and organizing sprees.

Along with everyone else on the planet, I’ve also been checking out what everyone else is up to on social media. Great ideas abound, so I thought I’d share what seven New Orleanians I regularly follow are up to while sheltering in place.

Pharmacist and self-care evangelist Dr. Alisha Reed is taking and prescribing long baths and other ways to keep calm and carry on.

Musician Amanda Shaw is streaming live music to Facebook and selling and sending “name your price postcards” so people can send a little positivity around the world.

Apartment Therapy home tour editor Adrienne Breaux is capturing the beauty of New Orleans’ architecture during her daily walks and revisiting old favorites.


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Just gonna keep posting pretty photos to make myself feel better about the world. (Old photo.)

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Artist Ashley Longshore is “painting Audreys” (aka Audrey Hepburn) with part of the sale proceeds going to Second Harvest Foodbank.

Author, journalist and entertaining doyenne Julia Reed is beautifying her home with nature.


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On this first day of spring I am forever grateful to my beloved friend @howardwchristian for giving me the world’s best housewarming present: 4000 mixed daffodil bulbs over the course of two seasons. The yard is a glorious yellow (and orange and white) meadow and they grace almost every surface of the Folly. Yesterday, when I was on my daily picking spree I spied a snake trying to eat a frog. I dropped my bounty and blasted the bejesus out of him with the hose until he slithered off and the stunned Mr. Toad finally hopped away. Howard, who is deathly afraid of snakes, will not be happy to hear of the episode but I was reminded that nature is, well, nature, in all her glory and guts. I will spare you an overreaching metaphor about our current situation and stick with wishing everyone a hopeful spring 💚

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Chef Alon Shaya is feeding New Orleans healthcare workers.


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Hummus ready! @ochsnerhealth #doctors #nurses @pomhospitality

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Designer Sara Ruffin Costello is taking up new hobbies.


What are you doing to pass the time? Share in comments.



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