The Drunken Reveler

Wine and cheese are a favorite combination around the world. In any major city, people enjoy sitting down with a glass of wine (red has always been my preference!) and a selection of cheeses and warm breads. I recently visited a wine shop cleverly christened Swirl for a casual meeting to discuss casual topics such as…

Oak Alley

Like many southern states, Louisiana’s history is rich with plantations and estates. The lands are kept well-maintained and open for visitors to tour. One (very, very) hot summer day last August, my husband and I visited the historic grounds and Antebellum mansion at Oak Alley Plantation. Located on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Almost one full year ago, a good friend and coworker invited me and an interviewing applicant to view William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Somehow, I had gone through all of high school and college without having to read more than one or two of Shakespeare’s plays. Unfortunately, this was not one of them! Feeling…

The Aboveground Work of an Underground World

Street art is absolutely fascinating. I never paid attention to the strange creativity of it until I moved to New Orleans and noticed the words “You Go Girl” graffitied onto a small patch of a building, something that could easily go unnoticed, during my first year of residency. On any given day when I would…

The Lotus

A resonant chant sung by voices Rich like her roots Divine like the secrets of a goddess Devotional Pure Heard only by the soul tumultuous and yearning Behind closed eyes A sacred lotus Untainted by the dirty water it floats in Thus is she seated there on the floor where millions pass each day Breath…

A Streetcar Named Desire

In April, I had the opportunity to see a live performance of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The Southern Rep theater hosts several performances each month, and thank goodness for the five-minute drive to work when I heard about this showing on NPR. I had read the play for English class in high school and…

Hurricane Isaac

Since moving to New Orleans two years and and two months ago, I have experienced plenty of rain, heat, and flash flooding. However, I experienced my first bona fide hurricane when Isaac paid a visit to Louisiana, commemorating the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I had heard the many stories from patients, coworkers, attending physicians,…