Linnea Ashley on February 20th, 2007

it sounds ridiculous to the outside world. how could i not want to be out and about during mardi gras? but if you ask any number of local new orleanians…you’ll find similar answers. sure there are the die hards who love it…but there are the rest of us who endure it.this year it is frustrating […]

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Linnea Ashley on February 16th, 2007

it took forever to get the blood out. the shaved hair and glass. for days it all stayed with me, moments from a day that was almost my own finality. you can’t get stitches wet when your head is infected. you can’t stand up long enough to pick out glass when your medicine is making […]

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Linnea Ashley on February 15th, 2007

…or the garden district, or even downtown – haphazard as the rebuilding and rejuvenation of downtown is. midcity approaches it but nothing i’ve seen so far comes close to the 9th ward. today i did some volunteer work in the ward. driving across the industrial canal i thought i was prepared. i wasn’t. driving was […]

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Linnea Ashley on February 13th, 2007

turns out we had some bad weather…downed a few houses, damaged quite a few roofs. tornadoes touched down in new orleans – like there wasn’t enough going on here. i’m fine though…no worries!

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Linnea Ashley on February 13th, 2007

call it paranoia call it old age, call it whatever you want but i half expect for there to be tornadoes here tonight.i know. ridiculous. all the more so because i’ve spent a good part of my life in the fringes of tornado alley. i’m accustomed to the warning system that takes up residency in […]

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Linnea Ashley on February 10th, 2007

this was the first full weekend of parades. i don’t think most people realize that mardi gras is not just fat tuesday. instead it lasts for a while. plenty of time for folks to have beads thrown at them at parades, walk about with open containers, and listen to high school bands jam down the […]

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Linnea Ashley on January 31st, 2007

since katrina, the population of new orleans has shrunk almost in half. at the same time, the number of reported cases of domestic violence have increased by 50%. 50%.that’s not the actual number of cases, just those that spoke up, sought help, got asked and were able to answer the question. that doesn’t speak of […]

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Linnea Ashley on January 31st, 2007

it is official, i’m not just in the background but i will also be in the forefront of the school of public health and tropical medicine’s vagina monologues. i am doing this year’s spotlight piece as well as a smaller piece in the middle. in addition to that i’m also responsible for press and designing […]

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Linnea Ashley on January 26th, 2007

one of the things i adored about zed was the abundance of water. i could be almost anywhere in auckland and see the ocean. in all reality, zed is so narrow that you can be almost anywhere and be a reasonable distance from the ocean. something about seeing that green blue water sparkling, its color […]

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Linnea Ashley on January 25th, 2007

The “tipping point” is an interesting concept…the idea that things happen not solely or even mostly because of some genetic makeup but as the result of other things…like context. The book references something called the “broken window theory”. Essentially, bad things happen in places where it looks like it won’t matter anyway. If the ground […]

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