Hey y’all! My first children’s book is now available. WHOOP! WHOOP! This is so exciting! This first book is a true labor of love dedicated to my beautiful granddaughters. It is also extra special because the illustrations were done by my daughter, Laura Ashley Talbot. “I Love You Bigger than The Sky!” is not only a favorite saying that my little hunny bunnies and I share, but the book is full of our favorite things that pale in comparison to how “BIG” we love each other! I know you can relate.
I love being a parent but for me being a grand- parent is a whole new kind of joy. Who knew?! It has inspired me in so many ways. Whether you are a grand-parent, parent or just have a little someone who you love really “BIG” tell them with this super cute book. This is a tuck-in time essential!
Follow the link below to order your first edition copy of “I Love You Bigger Than The Sky!” Check back for dates and locations of forthcoming book signings. Bring your copy!
Look for more of my upcoming children’s books to be available shortly. Thanks so much for your support!
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So, I’ve pretty much been fascinated with New Orleans my entire life. A year ago, I finally got to visit, and I thought maybe going there would get the whole thing out of my system. I was wrong.
I’m in school to become a high school history teacher, and I while I was in NOLA, I cam across an application for a program called TeachNOLA. They basically help teachers from all across the country get in contact with principals in New Orleans by inviting them to a conference once they have a teaching certificate. So that is what I’m planning to do, and I’ll be ready to go in about 2 years. I’m really excited! My boyfriend is coming with me and is planning on going to culinary school to become a chef, while doing some sort of building/restoration work in the meantime, his roommate and rm’s girlfriend are coming with us too so we can stay as a family (his rm wants to work in steel, btw).
So my questions are… What is the outlook for teaching jobs in New Orleans, and these other two as well? Would it be difficult to find work? What would be the best areas for us to try to move to, and what exactly should we do to prepare for this move? We’re planning on going down to stay for a couple of weeks after I graduate, what would you suggest we do while we’re there? Is this even a good idea, or am I insane? We currently live in central KY, btw.
The thing is that you have 2 more years to go so things will have changed by then. Right now the teaching situation is kind of well… Let me put it like this, there are basically two systems operating in NO; the RSD and the Charter schools. There are far more Charter schools than RSD schools. From what I am hearing from former co-workers who are still in the system, there is a power struggle going on to hand the whole thing back over to the Orleans Parish School Board, so far the school board isn’t winning. It seems that the trend is for the RSD schools to become Charter. A friend was moved from a lower grade into an upper grade because they were making the lower grades Charter and will follow those children by grade until the entire school is Chartered.
The problem is that there were teachers in this situation who were placed back in the pool, meaning they were in limbo waiting for a position. There was immediate need for teachers after the storm, but things have settled in a bit. I understand that the economy in NOLA is better than other places in the US, but it doesn’t mean that we haven’t had to cut back a bit and the Orleans Parish teachers I know are worried about cut backs and where they will fit in with this RSD v. Charter system tug of war going on.
That said, I’m not trying to discourage you, after all there are two more years before you graduate. Go for the Teach NOLA program, they are hiring most definitely, but when that does happen make sure you have a principal willing to take you on, (especially seeing how you will be first a first year and will have to be mentored), otherwise you will end up in the pool waiting for a position.
Orleans Parish is known for having a large population of at risk students. You will want to focus your studies on at risk / inner city students, and classroom management. You will need to be flexible, open to a different point of view, and have a sense of humor, to do this job. (Go to nola.com and check out the education forums and talk to the teachers there for more detailed info.) One of the biggest advantages that you will have is that you are new to the profession and have a good deal of enthusiasm. While some will not want to take on a neophyte, there are principals out there who want and will welcome new blood, so don’t be discouraged if some turn you away because you are new.
I’m not sure what steel work your friend is looking for, but there are shipyards and oil refineries who are always looking for a good welder.
Sorry so long, but just wanted to put out the whole picture.
People that come to New Orleans are usually looking to have a good time. The festivals, parades, shopping and good family fun are there to be had by all. In order for that to happen, there are people who work behind the scenes on a daily basis. The city workers, law enforcement and firefighters in the public sector and the cooks, cleaning people, wait staff and tour guides in the private sector are just some examples. These people are on their feet 12 hours a day many days and they need footwear that is going to withstand the wear and tear and not kill their feet. My friends that work on their feet everyday prefer to wear Rocky Boots . The quality and craftsmanship comes from a company that has been in business since 1932. You don’t stay in business that long with knowing how to make things the right way. The best place to get your Rocky Boots is Boots-USA. They have brands like CAT, Wolverine, 5.11 Tactical, Bates, Rocky, Converse, Danner just to name a few. They have free shipping and a 365 day return policy! That is as good as a beignets and coffee after church on a Sunday morning in New Orleans. So do what the working people in New Orleans do and go on over to Boots-USA and take advantage of all the deals on durable, reliable and comfortable work boots and shoes. Your feet and wallet will be glad you did.
This is a video I shot at Storyville Jazz Hall in New Orleans on July 15, 1988. This is SHELL SHOCK!!!
SHELL SHOCK were formed in 1980 and were the first hardcore punk band based out of the New Orleans area. Over the years the line up had changed as well as the style from straight forward hardcore punk to more of a cross over style. With many 7 inch singles and 2 full lengths and lots of touring under their belt, they were a premiere New Orleans band that is sadly missed.
SHELL SHOCK: Line up
Kirk Windstein: Guitar / Vocals
Mike “Hatch Boy” Hatch: Guitar
Mike Savoie: Bass
Jimmy Bower: Drums
Kirk Windstein took over the vocals duties after original singer Greg Hatch (hatch Boy’s brother) moved from New Orleans to SF earlier that year. This is Kirk’s 2nd gig with the band.
In November of 1988 Mike “Hatch Boy” Hatch, tragically ended his life. Months later the band carried on as “AFTER SHOCK”, then by 1990 they changed the name to THE SLUGS. Which would later be renamed CROWBAR.
Jimmy Bower and Kirk Windstein would work together again in CROWBAR and DOWN. Years later Bassist Mike Savoie would become a video director and would work with CROWBAR, DOWN and PANTERA during the course of the 1990′s.
For More info on The New Orleans scene visit nolaunderground.com
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I’m a middle aged bloke from Sweden grown up with the music of Louis Armstrong. Finally I’ve come to the decision that I have to visit New Orleans at some point in my life. Hopefully I’m going to run the Marathon on Febrary 1, 2009, and as it looks I’ll go there on my own. I’ve read answers to questions about weather or not NOLA is safe and feel pretty convinced that it is. But would I be reasonably safe on my own, walking home from Vieux Carré to Central Business District where I plan to stay (at Baronne street) late at night? As most people, I like to think that I’ve got a reasoable amount of common sense.
As an ex-resident (I lived there until Katrina and then came back about 6 months ago then had to go back to Baton Rouge because of financial problems.) of New Orleans I can say that there are still quite a few bad places.
Don’t go around visiting the projects or anything… those are examples of the bad areas.
As for walking around in that area, it’s relatively safe from what I remember. But I’d still recommend going around the city in a vehicle most of the time.