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daily life here is always interesting. The best days are when you can practice a random act of kindness, laugh with a stranger, watch people, and just enjoy a beautiful day for the gift that it is. Two nights ago, i was sitting on my front porch, and a very distraught young man was walking my way. he was tall, and reminded me so much of my 29 year old son. He passed me by, then turned back and started talking. I did not have my cochlear implants on, so I asked my friend to come out and translate. His father had just had a heart attack, and was at the hospital in Metarie, LA. He has no car, lives around the corner from me, his mother has already passed. he asked if I could drive him to the airport, which i could not. But, I offered to help him get a cab. It was a busy night in the quarter, so cabs were zooming by. Some would stop, i would explain the situation and that i would pay the first $25 if they could help this young man. After about the 4 cab, a driver said yes. As, i walked away from the cab, the young man was just sobbing. He was trying to talk more to me, but i could only read his lips for part of what he said. Believe me, in the French Quarter there are more than daily opportunities to help people. But, to know first hand the pain of your parents death, and to see his anguish and hopelessness, was the opportunity you let your heart lead you on. I have prayed daily for this young man.

Quote…gotta love it.

Actually, it is on a dish towel I bought in New Orleans this past trip.

” Here in the South, we don’t HIDE CRAZY. We parade it around on the porch and give it a cocktail.  And second, (which happens to be my life philosophy) life’s journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, “Holy Cow, ” what a ride!”

 

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Life Changes

A mere dream in 1997, has become our reality.  After a first visit to New Orleans, and spending much time here over the last 16 years, we have finally purchased a home.  It is moving week, from the house we leased for a year to be sure we liked it here as much as we thought.

Living in the residential area of the F.Q is fantastic.  I love being able to just walk everywhere.  I love seeing the local people walking their dog.  It is even funny to watch the way too drunk person run into poles, as i peer from my balcony.

But, it is a life change, and brings with it fear of changes.  While we will still keep our house in TX as well, and split our time.  “My Life”, “My Friends”, are all in TX.  And, yet while here my creativity surges.  I feel alive, free-spirited, less responsible, almost a little guilty.

i am reminded of a favorite quote

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.  ~Havelock Ellis smile

 

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