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The Hand That Feeds You—The Morning News

"After working at the farmers’ market, I’ve come to love fresh local food—and hate the people who buy it."

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Civil Plights—The Morning News

"In the summer of 2006, my father and I were visiting the National Civil Rights Museum midway through a road trip from Chicago to New Orleans, and in mere minutes I went from reading about the 1963 March on Washington to watching a bubbly mother-daughter duo with identical perms shake hands with President Bush. Corralled into the receiving line myself, I prayed for an invisibility cloak, or at least an Acme 'Instant Hole' to duck into. As he went down the line with the confidence of a beauty queen, did it occur to the President that I might refuse his handshake?"

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Invasion of the Bayou Snatchers—The Morning News

Not all oil-soaked animals in Louisiana deserve saving. I attend fashion shows, braises venison, and head into the bayou to understand the varmint of New Orleans: nutria.

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Notes From the Rebuild—The Morning News

Bringing back homes in New Orleans. 

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Once Upon a Time—BuzzFeed

On loving, and losing, your favorite childhood books.