She Rises

At the intersection of Orleans Avenue and Jefferson Davis, stopping at a red light sparks contemplation.

Congo Square Rhythms Festival

About one month ago, I wrote about Red Baraat after happening past a place on Frenchmen Street that was featuring the band that night. I lamented at letting the chance slip by to see them, but luckily they made it back to New Orleans for the 6th annual Congo Square Rhythms Festival in Louis Armstrong Park….

Orange Walls

Deep orange walls infused with the muses streaming through his trumpet Fingers pulsing what the soul is feeling Eyes closed for one sweet moment hips swaying slowly in the heavy, fragrant air Collective strangers bound by notes and lyrics heads nodding agreement Yea, that’s the feeling A couple dances her loose curls falling on his…

International Women’s Day

“No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex.” [Susan B. Anthony] March 8 was International Women’s Day. This post is a bit delayed because although this is a 102-year-old observance, I only learned of it on Friday and wanted to learn more. IWD began as a…


Whenever we admit an especially nice patient to the hospital whose diagnosis seems worrisome and somewhat elusive, we assume the worst — cancer. Of course this has no scientific basis whatsoever; it is simply the experience that all of us have collectively had throughout our training. Such is the case with a patient I admitted…