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Bart Everson

Jun 262017
 

Photo by Bart Everson

Lots of rain lately, but I was most impressed by the deluge on Tuesday, the 13th of June. 3½” in about an hour. Thanks to Sewerage & Water Board for distributing these rain gauges. We picked ours up at an Earth Day event, and it’s got my third-grader interested in some basic science and math.

Bart Everson is a writer, a photographer, a baker of bread, a husband, a father and a resident of Mid-City. He is a founding member of the Green Party of Louisiana, past president of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, and a participant in New Orleans Lamplight Circle. More at BartEverson.com.

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Jun 192017
 

Gun violence continues to plague us.

No, I’m not thinking of the recent shooting of congressional representatives in Virginia. I’m not thinking about terrorist attacks. I’m not thinking of police brutality.

Rather, I’m thinking of the shootings on our streets, which typically do not make national news but nevertheless shatter lives and break hearts.

Three of hearts: public domain image

Most everyone wants the violence to stop. Bullets fly, people die, mothers cry, we demand change — and yet the violence continues year after year.

Current methods aren’t effective. Clearly, we need to try something different.

Here are some concrete changes we could make in order to reduce violent crime in our society. Continue reading »

Jun 122017
 

Photo by Bart Everson

Great to see the restoration of this old plaque at the statue of José Martí — too bad the panels are out of order…

Bart Everson is a writer, a photographer, a baker of bread, a husband, a father and a resident of Mid-City. He is a founding member of the Green Party of Louisiana, past president of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, and a participant in New Orleans Lamplight Circle. More at BartEverson.com.

Jun 052017
 

I’d just gotten out of the shower when I heard the brass band passing by.

Still in my bathrobe, I toddled down to the street corner to take a gander. There they were, coming down Banks Street, dozens of people in outrageous costumes, and a bicycle-powered float made up like a pirate ship.

It was Mid-City’s best kept secret: The Krewe of Palmyra.

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May 292017
 

Photo by Bart Everson

The RMMLF-PPPC claimed responsibility for this “carnival of iconoclasm.”

Bart Everson is a writer, a photographer, a baker of bread, a husband, a father and a resident of Mid-City. He is a founding member of the Green Party of Louisiana, past president of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, and a participant in New Orleans Lamplight Circle. More at BartEverson.com.

May 152017
 

Photo by Bart Everson

Nothing left but a foundation. Let’s build something new.

Bart Everson is a writer, a photographer, a baker of bread, a husband, a father and a resident of Mid-City. He is a founding member of the Green Party of Louisiana, past president of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, and a participant in New Orleans Lamplight Circle. More at BartEverson.com.

Apr 242017
 

I’m not sure, but I think I was recently on the receiving end of some “mansplaining.”

That word is almost a decade old and so probably doesn’t deserve scare quotes or require further explication. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to put quotes around it and offer a definition. I guess I’m a linguistic conservative.

Artwork by Ron Mader, licensed under Creative Commons.

Just in case you’ve been living in an isolation chamber, here’s how the good folks at Merriam-Webster define the word.

It’s what occurs when a man talks condescendingly to someone (especially a woman) about something he has incomplete knowledge of, with the mistaken assumption that he knows more about it than the person he’s talking to does.

Women tend to know more about this phenomenon, by dint of experience, or so I’ve been told.

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