Friday, June 17, 2011

Florida arrests folks for feeding the homeless...

Can you imagine that people could be arrested for feeding the homeless? Not in New Orleans... For all the negative press this city gets for the crime and dirt (oh yeah, I just saw you dump trash outta ya car!)... this is a GENEROUS city when it comes to individuals and groups who take care of those who are less fortunate then themselves.

I remember after Katrina when so many were homeless and hungry, especially those living under the overpass on Claiborne Avenue, and Tent City by City Hall... The individuals and groups that I saw daily to come and feed the homeless made me feel proud to be a New Orleanian. Proud to be a human.

When I would ask folks why they were there, this is what I remember being told:

"I want my children to understand how important it is to take care of others, and to see that others don't have a life as good as theirs."

"I drive a bus everyday and I pass by these people and I had to do something to help."

"My mother just made a bunch of food and told me to take it down here and feed people."

"Why can't we have enough food to feed everyone?" That was Mr. Curtis from the Praline Connection. He could often be found feeding the poor.

What's ironic, it is often the black New Orleanian families that I saw out feeding the poor, often out of the back of their vehicles, some with much less than those who have to give and choose not to. Ironic and blessed.

Church's, individuals, groups... I have witnessed incredible acts of charity in this city. Whether it is feeding the homeless, or the bunkerbusters and travelers, the beggars and broken - my  heart will never, ever, forget the acts of charity and kindness I have witnessed.

OneLOVE New Orleans

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rest in Peace" Sis. Mary Ethel White 103: Mother of Mount Carmel Baptist Church

"I shall wear a crown when the trumpet sounds..."

How many of us with a shorter life span than this Godly woman can say we have led a loving and righteous life? Mother 'Marie' Mary Ethel White's funeral and repast was held today. I never met Mother Mary, yet felt her spirit of love and kindness resonating throughout the services held today at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2024 N. Tonti Street in the 7th Ward of New Orleans.

I will share some of the lovely tributes shared from the heart in honour of Sis. Mary Ethel White, the 'Mother' of Mount Carmel Baptist Church:

Her favorite song/lyrics: "It's all right, Jesus has made it all right."
Hymn attributed to Mother Mary "On the Battlefield for the Lord"

"Mother Mary was a woman who gave her life in service to others and Christ."

Mother Mary... "A person you will never forget once you've known her."

"A beautiful person to know, loving to everybody, taking care of those in need."

Blessings Mother Mary,
 truly, you are "Bound for the Promised Land".

One Love

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A tribute to my animal bredren...

Buddy died today as a result of a hit and run. I will miss you Buddy.
Thank you for always running to me with such joy when I called out your name.
I love you baby, no human will ever hurt you again*.

Cat... we still speak of you and miss you.
I love you and thank you for the time we had together.

*Buddy's body endured the last indignity. I heard after the fact, that his body was put into a trash can instead of buried by his owner. I am so sorry Buddy, and to all the animals who have suffered so greatly in the hands of humans. Blessings to all of God's creatures.