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  • 00:31

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After

    in Writing

    We are restarting our blog-radio show, "Heroes of Katrina."  Several years ago, we hosted the show under the generous support of Bonnie Kaye ("Books of Excellence"), who provided support for our efforts.


    We are now restarting the show under a thematic of "Ten Years After."  What are the heroes written about in the book, "Katrina:  A Freight Train Screamin'" doing now?  How have their lives changed.  What is new and interesting for them?


    All these questions are important, as Katrina changed many lives in many ways...As always we provide this show to exhibit a perspective of the resiliency of the human spirit.


    As the winds of Katrina blew, lives were changed.  People did what they had to do...and their stories reflect the power of human and perseverance and spirit.


    What better than ten years later do we explore lives affected and re-equlibrated and re-reflected.


    Please join us for an inspirational and reflective discussion on the human spirit as reflected by the changes of lives. 

  • 01:26

    Heroes of Katrina: 10 Years After: Vincent's...a Survivors Story of Success

    in Books

        Vincent’s Italian Cuisine was founded in 1989 by native New Orleanian Vincent Catalanotto.  From a large, close Sicilian family, Vincent grew up eating wonderful food prepared by his parents who were both great cooks.  Vincent learned to love and appreciate food at an early age, and then spent most of his life working in the service industry, fueling his passion for the restaurant business while allowing him to hone his innate ability to create fabulous meals and to make people happy.


    Vincent opened the first of his successful neighborhood restaurants in 1989.  The “little Italian place on the side street” quickly became Metairie’s hidden jewel.  Vincent developed a menu that showcases the finest and freshest ingredients available (in fact, there are no walk-in coolers or freezers at Vincent’s - produce, seafood, meats and cheeses are delivered fresh daily!)


    Vincent opened a new restaurant in 1997 on St. Charles Avenue near the Riverbend, much to the delight of the Uptown community, which has since embraced Vincent’s Italian Cuisine as their favorite neighborhood restaurant.


        The Vincent’s restaurants endured the ravages of Katrina and bounced back in excellence.  Today they are considered the best Italian restaurants in New Orleans…and some claim the best Italian restaurants in the country.  We love the abiance and hospitality.


        Gretchen and I have discovered Vincent’s and it has become a home away from home…Vincent greets us by name, and takes care of us as if we were part of the family…We enjoy the hospitality at minimum, on biweekly basis.


     


     

  • 02:00

    Heroes of Katrina: 10 Years After - Firefighter Jim Prince, There and Back...

    in Books

    Jim Prince, a native of Central Michigan with over 20 years of fire and rescue service experience spent about 6 months in New Orleans first as a Volunteer Firefighter then as a Logistics Generalist for FEMA.


    Jim will recount his experiences in the shattered region and provide fascinating insight into events and occurrences.


    Jim had some amazing experiences with FEMA in various ways which he will share.  On this show we will focus on aspects of the infrastructure, how the federal/state/local resources may have been better deployed…and provide significant insight into the balance of the three key governmental entities.


    Cary and Gretchen will be hosting…we encourage folks to call in and share their feelings…See ya there!


    If you don’t like FEMA…call in…ask some questions or share your anger…Call in and lets crawl into the controversy…necessary or not…open discussion is a catharsis…let’s get ‘er done!


    Author Cary Black wrote an epoch novel of American heroism called Katrina: A Freight Train Screamin’.  The book tells the real story of the worst natural disaster to hit the United States.  It chronicles the stories of the people who were on the ground savings lives, the people who were reaching out to rescue the millions of abandoned animals, and the people who survived and heroically came back, dug in, and rebuilt their lives from the chaos.  The stories reflect the thoughts of regular folks having to fight for their lives and finding heroism in their souls as they struggled to deal with the enormity of the storm.


    The book tells these peoples stories in a way that makes the reader realize how far reaching the depth of this tragedy was...Never to be forgotten

  • 02:01

    Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years After: Our Children and Heroine

    in Books

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years after:  Bonnie Kaye:  Our Children and Heroine
     
     
    Tuesday, March 3rd at 8:00 pm, EST, 7:00 pm, CST, 6:00 pm, MST, and 5:00 pm, PST.
     
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    Since Hurricane Katrina, the onslaught of heroine into St. Bernard Parish has increased to nearly epidemic proportions.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that in 2009, the drug induced death rate in Louisiana was higher than the national average.  For the 2004 - 2008 time period, St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana had the 5th highest rate of drug poisoning deaths in the country, at 48 deaths per 100,000 population.
    Our guest, Bonnie Kaye, lost her daughter to heroine.  Bon­nie’s griev­ing began years be­fore her daugh­ter Jen­nifer stuck a needle in her arm for one last high.
    “My daugh­ter was dy­ing for a long peri­od of time,” Kaye, an Ox­ford Circle res­id­ent, said re­cently. “You are dy­ing for a long time be­fore the ac­tu­al death comes.” 
    Kaye shares the heart­break­ing story of her daugh­ter’s over­dose death in 2002 with her new book Jen­nifer Needle in Her Arm: Heal­ing from the Hell of My Daugh­ter’s Ad­dic­tion.
    Writ­ing is fa­mil­i­ar ter­rit­ory for Kaye, a re­la­tion­ship coun­selor and au­thor of eight books who also op­er­ates the North­east GED Cen­ter, in Philadelphia.  But that ex­per­i­ence, as well as the pas­sage of 12 years, didn’t make her latest book any easi­er to write. 
    Please join us for a compelling and emotional look at an American tragedy.

  • 01:30

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After- Caroline Travis, Illustrator

    in Books

    Please join us as our very talented, interesting, amazing and inspirational guest, Caroline Degler Travis, shares her Hurricane Katrina story and where she is ten years after. Caroline will tell the story from the perspective of a Baton Rouge vicinity resident....a first in the history of our radio blog show.


    Caroline was born in 1953 to Ruth and Rolland Degler in Oregon City, Oregon. She moved to Louisiana at 5 yrs of age, married right after high school and had three children within six yrs of marriage. Caroline married Jerry Travis with whom she has one child.


    Caroline, a former nurse, and current artist and painter, provided the illustrations for the children's book, "French Quarter Tori and the Red Owl" (by Cary and Gretchen Black).  A book about the value and specialness of friendship through hard times and great moral and geographic lesson for children of all ages.


    Caroline says, "I feel I have accomplished my dreams but there is still more in store for me. I have become an artist after my retirement although I knew throughout my life this talent was always there. I just never put it into action. I have recently bought a pottery wheel. This will be my next accomplishment. I will make pottery!! I am trying to pass some of my talents down to my grandchildren. My oldest grandson loves art also. I love spending time with my grandkids.


    Please join us for an inspirational discussion with Caroline


     

  • 02:00

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After: The Adventures of Lily Duke

    in Writing

    In the first weeks after Katrina, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast lay in ruins.  The infrastructure of the entire area had been literally eliminated.


    Lily Duke an independent film producer had moved to the New Orleans about 5 weeks prior to Katrina.  When the storm came she evacuated to Mobile, AL.  From the time of her evacuation she had a calling from destiny and knew she could make a difference.


    A couple days after Katrina, she returned to New Orleans but was told by Louisiana State Police border guards, that to be allowed through, she needed documentation that she was a First Responder in some official capacity.   Through her military connections, she learned of the Church of Christ and became an official First Responder.


    Through her resourcefulness, Lily ended up running a food and supply camp on Algiers Point the Mardi Gras World complex.


    Lily has been on the show before and is coming back to give her perspective on the changes since Katrina and the impact her experiences have had on her live since the storm and after.


    Please join us for an inspirational 2 hours on Thursday evening, February 5th at 8:00 pm EST, 7:00 pm CST, 6:00 pm MST, and 5:00 pm PST, for what should be an inspirational and amazing show.

  • 02:00

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After - Mardi Gras Then and Now with Vince Vance

    in Books

    Six months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans celebrated Mardi Gras. The celebration in 2006 was as lively as ever, but smaller. There were four fewer days, six fewer carnival krewes and every parade had to use the same route......BUT laissez les bons temps rouler.....even history's most devastating natural disaster could not destroy the spirit of our community captured in the background photo of the world's largest and best free party. Join us during the height of the season as we chat about Mardi Gras immediately post-Katrina and then ten years later. Only in NOLA!!!  Also, we have Valentines coming up on Saturday of next week...and nothing could be more appropriate than a show integrating Valentines Day with Mardis Gras fanfare.


    This evening we have Vince Vance joining Cary and Gretchen the Wonder Girl for a reflective evening of looking at Mardi Gras and Valentines Day.  We will be discussing the relationship between the two celebrations and sharing much of Vance's music...Join us for some fun!


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  • 01:31

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After - Cary and Gretchen, with Bonnie Kaye

    in Books

    This week on Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After, We are honored and pleased to have Bonnie Kaye come on the show as a host to interview Gretchen and I.  Bonnie was the original patron of the Heroes of Katrina show we did several years ago.  Without her support, wisdom, advise, and encouragement, the show would likely have never been, nor would be, now.


    Cary met Bonnie through her efforts to support literally hundreds of independent authors who faced significant losses in revenue due to the fraudulant practices of Airleaf Publishing.  Over the years she has become a close friend to both Cary and Gretchen.


    We are excited to have Bonnie on as a host...this show brings us back around to where we started in 2010.  So please join us Wednesday evening for a show where Cary and Gretchen give their "Then and Now" account and discuss new and upcoming projects with Bonnie Kaye.

  • 02:00

    Heroes of Katrina: 10 Years After /The St Bernard Parish Fire Department

    in Writing

    When the winds of Katrina began to die down, the flood waters began to rise.  For St. Bernard Parish, the flooding was nearly absolute.  99% of the structures had been flooded and destroyed.  In some places 25 feet of water lapped up upon the rooftops.


    St Bernard Parish is the only county in the history of the United States to have been nearly completely destroyed.


    As of the census of 2000, there were 67,229 people (an increase of 598 or 0.9% over the previous decade), 25,123 households, and 18,289 families residing in the parish. The population density was 145 people per square mile (56/km²). There were 26,790 housing units at an average density of 58 per square mile (22/km²).


    After Katrina, with an entire population reeling from the destruction, many evacuated.  Those that remained waited for the waters to subside and began the long process of re-building.


    For perspective, as of the census of 2010, there are 35,897 people.  The community is still re-building 10 years later.


    During the storm, the St Bernard Parish Fire and Sherriff's Department deployed to aid the community as the flood waters rose and remained.


    Chief Thomas Stone is our special guest.


    Chief Stone recently told us, "So much has occurred with the recovery and rebuilding of our departments, such as building new stations, replacing our apparatus, hiring and training new firefighters. Our departments have been to hell and we’re not back yet.  We had a mass departure of senior officers in the years after Katrina, threat of layoffs of firefighters and all the red tape trying to rebuild. We have not even replaced all of our equipment lost through the Public Assistance Project Worksheet program 9 ½ years later".


    Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating show about perseverance, reality, hopes, and dreams.

  • 00:17

    JumpStart Your Business NOW! with Katrina Sawa

    in Women

    We’re half way through this year and if you’re not half way through to your goals in revenue or otherwise for your business then you definitely want to listen in this week as Katrina Sawa shares how to Jumpstart Your Business Fast!


    On this episode, Katrina will share how to look at your business from the big picture and big vision of what you want to create and where you want to be all the way down to the nitty gritty details of HOW to get you there. She will cover things to help you be more productive, get support from others outsourcing tasks you may be weak in plus she shares some key marketing strategies on things you can do for free or low cost to jumpstart your business now.


    Listen in live or via podcast on iTunes - rate the show there too and leave a comment on the blog at http://katrinasawa.com/blog-2/.

  • 01:44

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After - Books of Excellence: Cary and Gretchen

    in Books

    Tonight is a rebroadcast of the show Bonnie did Sunday featuring Cary and Gretchen...After the show...we will entertain calls for discussion...


     


    Join us for stimulating conversation!


     


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