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NOLA 2014

It was a Christian home, marked by crucifixes on the walls, an open bible on the coffee table. Ms. Nita prepared for us the best gumbo we had ever tasted, deep and rich, the product of generations. It was her thank you to the volunteers who had come to share this long awaited day, her day of homecoming. She had been waiting 9 years. She shared with us a simple and familiar message. “Keep Coming Back”, for there are many still waiting, waiting for their turn to make the gumbo of gratitude. Upon a hallway wall hung a simple plaque, with words of wisdom, with words of recovery, for all to take heed. After all, we are all in recovery from something. It is where our humanity resides. “LIVE THE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF BE FEARLESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY NEVER STOP LEARNING BE TRUE TO WHO YOU…

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New Orleans 2014

A mouth full of gold, jailhouse tats, and a broken story from a mended man.  Bobby G. shared his climb from the bowels of Angola to the horizon of his possibilities.  His addict menace had broken him down to a shell of a man.  8 years of cell block endurance, 2 of those in solitary. He had wept in anguish, feeling written off by all he had known. He arose to reclaim his soul in the rooms of recovery, finding a meeting the day of his release. He is now free, he is now humble, he will never forget. NOLA too has wept in anguish, 8+ years ago gutted by Katrina.  There were suggestions at the time that this city also be written off, abandoned, left for dead. Too much damage, too much money, too monumental a task to bring her back. Those suggestions have been proven preposterous, for the…

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