Last night I wanted to finally celebrate Sweets’ Birthday with dinner. I wanted to cook him black bean soup, I wanted to gorge on sushi, I wanted to sink my taste buds in the fire of chilies.
We picniced on the floor, consoled ourselves with each other and with our take out (actually take-in), and reminded ourselves of the importance of human connection in times of watching such a tragedy unfold.
Sweets and I have just barely dragged ourselves away from the news channels to cut down on the visual impact of the damage in NOLA and MS. Our emails lists offer awkward solace as we have found the often ugly, though largely wide spread range of human reactions in our virtual friends.
It’s easy to focus our thoughts on the New Orleans community as a representative of the destrution that has happened in this corner of the country. New Orleans is a worldwide archetype of jazz, alcohol exuberance, food as life, and festival. Our cognitive dissonance is that we don’t see any of that now, and we are in our respective geographical regions, unable to help.
Fat Tuesday is no more, or at least on hold. Help can be given in the form of donations to the Red Cross and the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, organizations that have proven able to dedicate donated resources to the need at hand. Unfortunately, scams in the world of giving donations to world disaster, are not unheard of.
Please choose to give your donations to organizations you were already familiar with before the tragedy unfolded.
Eugeneans are able to make a direct donation to the Red Cross thorugh a number of local organizations. Pony Express Restaurant Delivery is soliciting Red Cross donations when orders are placed through their food delivery service. Thanks Pony Express for helping me put my money where my mouth is.
Mardi Gras (mär’dē grä) , last day before the fasting season of Lent. It is the French name for Shrove Tuesday. Literally translated, the term means “fat Tuesday” and was so called because it represented the last opportunity for merrymaking and excessive indulgence in food and drink before the solemn season of fasting. In the cities of some Roman Catholic countries the custom of holding carnivals for Mardi Gras has continued since the Middle Ages. The carnivals, with spectacular parades, masked balls, mock ceremonials, and street dancing, usually last for a week or more before Mardi Gras itself. Some of the most celebrated are held in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Nice, and Cologne.