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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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Apr 102017
 

Forget about those confederate monuments for just a moment. If you really want to generate some controversy in New Orleans, try talking about directions.

Case in point: the new Equity Circle installation down on Jeff Davis Parkway.

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Equity Circle is the newest installation on the neutral ground of Jeff Davis Parkway.

You may have seen this when passing by recently. It was constructed toward the end of last year and officially dedicated in December. It’s kind of low profile, so you really have to get out of your car to appreciate it.

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Apr 022017
 
Tree

Photo by Bart Everson

Remember how we lost a couple of the great big live oak trees on Jefferson Davis Parkway recently? They have just been replaced with bright, fresh, young saplings. Definitely the most beautiful thing I saw this morning.

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.

Mar 272017
 

bart-everson-headshot-2013If you’re looking to justify your gloomy worldview, there’s plenty of material at hand.

Some look to the malfeasance of the rich and powerful. Others point to shocking acts of violence in our own community.

Me? I prefer glass.

Such responsible citizens!

I’ve written before about glass recycling and the challenges it presents. Yet that was a essentially hopeful moment, inspired by the re-launch of a glass dropoff program at the ReFresh Project on Broad. Alas, the moment has passed.

I participated happily over the past six months or so, hauling our empty bottles with me when I made groceries, and dutifully placing them in the dumpster. And I felt good about that.

Full of Glass

Clearly I wasn’t alone. I noted the dumpster was often near to overflowing. Sometimes I even had to keep the glass in the trunk because there wasn’t any room for it.

Now it seems that program has been discontinued, and I find myself dispirited — but not for the simple reason you might think. Continue reading »

Mar 202017
 

Photo by Bart Everson

We colored eggs for the vernal equinox, which this year falls on the 20th of March. I’d never heard of this method of coloring the hardboiled “whites” themselves, but my daughter found a video on YouTube that showed us how. For more on the meaning of this seasonal moment, check out this excerpt from my book. Happy equinox!

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.

Mar 132017
 

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One day in September of 1995, I made a trip with my wife and a mutual friend to Cedar Bluff, a place I considered the most beautiful place in Indiana, and only fifteen minutes from our home in Bloomington. I experienced an intense re-awakening of some ideas and aspirations that had been slumbering close to my heart. Below, you can read what I wrote in my journal on that day. What’s fascinating to me is how much things have changed over the past two decades — and also how little. The very word “localism” (as an ideology, opposed to “globalism”) seemed like a novelty then.


September, 1995

The bureaucratic state and the multi-national conglomerates have made the individual irrelevant by breaking down the local community. They’ve made the local community irrelevant by isolating individuals in gilded cages.

What can be done? Big business and big government are so entrenched, so monolithic that revolutionary dreams seem like hopeless (and therefore pathetic) fantasies.

The only solution is to do to them what they’ve done to us. We must make big business and big government irrelevant to our lives as individuals and as a community. We need to develop communities that are more self-sufficient, independent, autonomous.

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