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This volume, published in both hard cover and paperback, is part of a series that helps to document the period architecture of Fresh Orleans, a town founded in 1718. Each of the volumes focuses on a particular neighborhood and contains articles on the time frame as well as thumbnail sketches on specific homes. It also contains a directory organized alphabetically, by road name. This particular purchase allowed me to complete my total set of volumes.
All the books in this series are perfect and this one is no exception. Amazing research and pictures create it a winner. I was born in N.O. and lived there for 30+ years and search so a lot of fresh and interesting facts in this series.
Thank god of the people who place together this series on Fresh Orleans architecture. Each volume is fascinating and an invaluable illustrated catalog of our buildings, a lot of of which no longer exist post Katrina. The history of the people who lived in them is also wonderfully researched.
I was introduced to the melody of Clifton Chenier at the Fresh Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival. I remember his latest performance there when his foot was heavily bandaged and he was barely able to come on the stage. It was a very sad moment but that didn't last. It took almost a full song but like magic the King of Zydeco filled with life and energy and bouncing in his chair playing is accordion. The transformation was remarkable and his performance is album of Clifton Chenier is amazing example of the range of his performances with the Red Hot Louisiana Band and I think a amazing introduction to his works. I'm sure my perspective is colourful by that latest performance I saw and by the a lot of others over the previous years. A lot of are crowned "king" but I feel that Clifton Chenier truly earned the title by bring Zydeco to the masses.I hope this is helpful to someone.
I was a fresh graduate student at UCB, and one Saturday evening I was wandering about the campus, (tripping?), when I heard some unusual sounds coming from Pauley Ballroom in the student union. I went in to search a band playing melody that was completely fresh to me, singing in a language I couldn't understand, with an odd collection of instruments including an accordian and a washboard, playing a weird synchopated waltz rhythym .... and the put was rocking. An alternate universe? I learned it was Clifton Chenier's band playing zydeco music, Clifton on accordian, his brother Cleveland on washboard, with bass and drums. I'd never heard anything like it. I've been a fan of CC ever since.I subsequently moved to Baton Rouge, La, living in an apartment and CC and THIS BAND used to play in a small club less than a block away. This is CC at his best, and his band features the amazing blind sax man, John Hart. John Hart's playing is so sweet...and driving. How amazing is he? Check the small sound snipped of "Boogie Lousiane" provided. Clifton at his best, the band rocking, and then over the top with John Hart. This is a amazing CD.
THIS CD FEATURES THE ORIGINAL RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND WHICH INCLUDES 3 VERY GOOD INSTRUMENTALS. JOHN HART DOES A GREAT JOB ON THE SAX, AS HE ALWAYS DOES, AS THE OTHER MEMBERS ALSO DO! HE SINGS 4 SONGS IN CREOLE FRENCH AND SOME BLUES LIKE,CRYING MY HEART OUT TO YOU, TOUS LES JOURS AND COTTONPICKER BLUES!HE ALSO HAS SOME WALTZS ON THIS CD WHICH ARE GREAT! ANOTHER GREAT CD BY THE KING OF ZYDECO, IFTON CHENIER!!!!!
I didn't know anything about The Blind Boys of Alabama when I bought this album. I was drawn to the title, because I've lived in Fresh Orleans, and I read the list of songs and artists associated with them, and I decided to give the album a chance. The melody far exceeded any expectations I had; it's an uplifting, energizing combination of gospel, blues and a small bit of zydeco, too, I think. Not my usual kind of melody - I still prefer classical rock - yet, whenever I listen to the album I can't support but feel my spirit rising.
Had to give a shoutout to the amazing cover art, which looks like a weathered sign, and matches the rugged red clay harmonies on the record. Backed by the best musicians you'll hear anywhere (as a keyboard player, I would sell my soul to the devil for Allen Toussaint's skills), the Blind Boys deliver a strong gospel record. I had initially feared that the record would consist of overly-familiar songs and arrangements, but everything here sounds fresh, even "Down by the Riverside." Their ver of Toussaint's "Make a better world" is a highlight.
There isn't anyone to replace you."It has been almost a decade since Hurricane Katrina destroyed huge portions of Fresh Orleans while killing almost 2,000 people there and along other portions of the Gulf Coast. The emergency response of the concerned governmental agencies and leadership was famously inadequate. A huge portion of the population of Fresh Orleans was displaced, a lot of permanently, to other cities. Kaycee Eckhardt is a native of Fresh Orleans, was teaching in Japan when the hurricane struck, and decided to be part of the effort to restore the much required educational services to the students (optimistically called "scholars") of her hometown. On her first day of work, her supervisor admonished her with the topic quote, since her two immediate predecessors had quit after very brief stints on the job. And the reader will search out why.I'm not an education "professional." Most of the blurbs at Amazon are from people in the field. My interest in the book (and my method there, more of which later) are more abstract. Education, like agricultural and health care policy, is an necessary aspect of our society. Eckhardt provides a vivid report from the proverbial "trenches" of "trying to create a difference" and this book needs to be read by far more "generalists."Consider her first year, trying to support revive one of the closed public schools. Students are far below grade level, and generally quite rebellious. Some die, at times by a bullet. Eckhardt's bike is trashed, her purse stolen twice, and she receives very true death threats, all of which she relates in an amazingly low-key matter-of-fact manner. A fellow teacher, in her "stiletto heels" is having an affair with the captain of the football team. The "faculty room" is described as: "There are three sofas, 50 odd-cardboard boxes filled with brand fresh textbooks too expensive to distribute for use, a filthy microwave, two wheezing refrigerators and, when a lot of of the teachers were show together, conversations so poisonous that carbon monoxide would be preferable...the spectres of administration, rules, obstacles, and kids were hung like verbal piñatas, and bashed, bashed, bashed...I brought cold lunches and ate them, lukewarm, from my desk drawer, preferring a possible bacteria attack to facing this frigid venom." In the midst of all this there are the heart-breaking tales of what students face, for example, Robyn, who, at the age of 12, when Katrina hit, pushed her diabetic grandmother for help, and watched her die. At 16, she is pregnant, and decides to have the baby in her grandmother's honor, or, as she says: "Miss, Eckhardt, you're cool and all, but we gonna see this differently.""Sci Academy" is a charter school (and I am so much of a generalist, I am still "agnostic" as to if charter schools are the "answer.") The author signed on at the beginning, and would ultimately spend four years there, both in leadership roles and as a teacher. And she describes education policy, squad building, discipline, the success of raising reading levels three grades in one year. There remain the numerous heart-breaks, like a student who was so perceptive in analyzing stories, yet would put a gun in his mouth at khardt gave it her all for four years, working the 70-80 hours a week, being deeply emotionally involved with her mission and her students. The adrenalin can only latest so long, and she did indeed have to "fold" to preserve the other aspects of her life. And I kept thinking what an poor shame that the work cannot be more evenly distributed, since there are so very a lot of (like the telemarketer who just called me) who have no meaningful work at all. The mission of the school is for each "scholar" to be able to go to college. The school achieved some media prominence, and even obtained a million dollar award from Oprah Winfrey. But the author is wise enough to recognize, in a society in which graduates of Ivy League schools can still wind up being "au pairs" that college can also be a trap, particularly in Fresh Orleans which is a town geared to the hospitality industry that values minimum wage workers "...a town dependent on hospitality janitors, dishwashers, short-order cooks."In conclusion, two tales of sweet serendipity. Eckhardt describes herself as being a bit rebellious in school, and was failing French in college, when the student counselor, during the allocated 15 mins a quarter of talk, sarcastically suggested she study Japanese instead, which is how she got to Japan. Meanwhile, I swim my laps at the local pool. When leaving one day, I noticed that one of the fresh lifeguards was reading The Catcher in the Rye, one of the coming-of-age books of my youth. Surely, "kids nowadays" didn't still read it. But in the case of Kaycee's sister, Simone, mentioned in the book as "the Lobo," at least "one kid" still did... and she is the one who told me about the "sandcastles" that were / are being constructed after Katrina. And I am ever so grateful for the recommendation. 6-stars for this essential read.
From the first page, I was captivated by the author’s spirit, devotion, insight and superior writing skill. Katrina’s Sandcastles is a work that should be read by everyone who works with children, especially those kids whose environment has been poisoned by neglect, abuse, poverty and incompetent parenting. Kaycee Eckhardt makes a compelling case that our country, our world, can grow healthier and more stable if we would invest resources in this approach to education, and emotional help in the teachers on the front lines.
Oh man, this book created me cry. A lot. More than anything else I've read about education in Fresh Orleans--and I've read a lot on the subject--Katrina's [email protected]#$%! me in the heart, conveying what it must actually feel like to wake up and drive to school and teach, every morning, young people who've been so underestimated by their public op reading this review--go watch Eckhardt's talk on Youtube called 'Literacy in a FEMA Trailer.' Seriously. Just watch sixty seconds of it. I've never met Eckhardt, but I can tell you: THAT is what a transformative teacher looks perhaps the saddest and most shocking part of the book, for me, was the revelation that Eckhardt left the profession in 2012. Ultimately, this turns out to be a book that's as much about quitting teaching as it is about mastering teaching. Why did she quit, after consistently leading her students to 3.5 grade levels' worth of growth in a single academic year? Was it emotional exhaustion? Was she worn down by students spitting on her, destroying her bicycle, stealing her wallet (more than once), slicing the class goldfish in half and leaving it writhing in its own blood? Did the poor times overshadow the amazing ones, or was she just haunted by constant doubt about whether, despite her clear successes, she should somehow still be working harder, doing more, for these kids?I don't know. Eckhardt doesn't even seem to know. She offers no simple answers. And that's exactly why everyone in education should read this book. I'll leave you with her latest line:"Perhaps the final lesson, the one I never stayed for, was the one in which I learned how to be a teacher and love myself at the same time."Wow.
This is not a book about educational theory. It is not verbose, technical, or burdened with academic jargon. It is a book written in short story prose that appears to be almost fictional at first; yet deceptively intricate and complex in its wisdom and reflections on teaching, love, and life. It is a raw, vulnerable insight into the lives of teachers. Every word is written with intention, nuance, and passion. It is wildly creative; it has its own heartbeat. You won't just read it - I can assure you that you will devour it, savor it, and be inspired it just as I was.I leave you with my favorite quote from the book: "It was a leap of faith, of belief, and of hope to test something new, to feign expertise when my feathers quivered. I was afraid, so afraid, to fail. Yet to pause, or to hesitate, or to forget to innovate because of fear is the only moment that we might fail."
I really enjoyed this book. First of all it's an simple read - it's written in short vignettes, that create Kaycee's experiences come to life, and provide the reader multiple glimpses and snapshots. Second, I felt that Kaycee wasn't pushing an agenda or convincing me as a reader of one viewpoint of another - she simply was telling her story and that in itself was the compelling part. Overall - I really enjoyed her openness and honesty throughout and how in-tune she was during her time as a beginning teacher. I think this would be a amazing read if you're doing work in education whether or not you're a teacher.
This book is not just for teacher's, this is a must read book for everyone. While the focus is on Kaycee's development work in Fresh Orleans Sci Academy, in the aftermath of Katrina, it brings to the forefront the issues so a lot of teachers face in a crumbling educational system. The issues facing society today are minimal, compared to what they will become, if we continue downhill in educating what I will call our high risk youth. Even attempting to reach the "Scholars" depicted in Sandcastles, so a lot of more youth are falling further and further behind everyday. The more we allow this happen the poorer society will be in the future. The future will not be as amazing as it is today if every person does not take time to obtain a grasp on education and do their best to create it better. We all need to take Kaycee's lead and support our teacher's bring the level of education up to where it should be for all students. Sandcastles is an eye opener. Obtain a copy, read it today, then do what you can to support teachers create things better!.
Katrina's Sandcastles has the feel of Cisneros' The House on Mango Road meets Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase. This text chronicles Kaycee's "growing up" as a teacher through vignettes and excerpts from journal entries. The stories she tells are at times raw and searing and other times humorous and endearing. Throughout the text, readers are led to understand the nuances and complications that ravage teachers and try their passion and dedication to a profession that asks so much and sometimes gives so little. In the end, it is Kaycee's reasoning, which draws me to her book: "The kids matter. The kids are the reason to believe. [. . .] I came to teaching twice, very simply, because I felt a need to do a job worth doing." That belief resonates throughout the text. While the stories are Kaycee's, she is sharing the stories of our children, and they do matter tremendously--they are worth reading about.
Wonderfully written, I was moved to tears, laughed out loud, and shared excerpts with mates over tea. This book reminded me of the reason why so a lot of teachers go into education, and why I, myself, had to leave it. She writes candid accounts about her time in front of the classroom and even when writing about despair, manages to hold moving forward with a mission.
What a wonderful, real story. Educators, parents, or anyone who has ever been in a class should read this book!Faced with the largest challenges imaginable, this squad of teachers takes the hard core, difficult students of the poorneighborhoods to become serious students and college enrollees.
If you celebrate Christmas, or if you don't but still listen to the melody secretly, or if you just love all things Fresh Orleans like I do (especially the music), obtain this one! Milton Batiste's "Me Huge Fat Santa" is the standout, but every track is great. Place a small gumbo in your Christmas cheer - it's a whole lot of additional joy!
I bought four of the Putumayo CDs (French, Seasame Street, Asian and this one) for my son, who is 1, and this by far is his favorite. He loves the upbeat rhythm and loves to dance along. I have fun the melody too and it's a nice change from the more traditional children's music. I would definitely recommend it.