Tag Archive for Baton Rouge

Mardi Gras 2015

I never fully claimed Louisiana or Baton Rouge as my home, and I never participated in the full spectrum of Baton Rouge Mardi Gras events. These past two weeks I’ve been homesick, missing the festival spirit that consumes the entire state, even the most reclusive among my friends. You’d think the weeks and weeks of Mardi Gras spirit – preparations,…

On Commas, Court Orders, and College Readiness

Sixty years ago the Supreme Court handed down the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Until around 2005 or so, give or take a year, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system operated under a federal desegregation order, one of the longest running orders in the country. Today, Baton Rouge Community College continues to receive entering freshmen educated under that order. Due to the…

Your Neighborhood Grocery Store

Grocery stores are the intersections of life. They are sites of culture, commerce, and exchange where we traffic in power relations, interpersonal connections, and political commitments. They are stages for enacting liberal guilt and way stations for the study of food politics. I have become highly conscious of this complexity while trying to wean myself of my unhealthy addiction to…

Gratitudes

Gratitudes: It’s Been a Long Lonely, Lonely Time

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

Forgetting to post gratitudes makes me forget to be grateful.

1. The BRCC community for fortitude in the face of uncertainty.

2. The Boomerangs of Baton Rouge for planting the seeds of cosmopolitan life in this city.

3. The LGBT activists for persistence and vision.

4. Dialogue on Race Louisiana for forging ahead.

5. The LSU Performance Studies folks for unwavering spirit and creativity.

6. BRPN for progressing in spite of it all.

7. The Unitarian Church for providing an early haven, however brief.

8. The women I worked with at the LSU Women’s Center. You built something wonderful and sustainable, and I am honored to have been part of it.

9. Everyone, young and old, present and absent, that I ever played D&D with in Baton Rouge.

10. Ladies who lunch; despite our difference in ends and means, I respect the difference they make for the part of the projects we share.

WHYR 96.9 Community Radio Baton Rouge – Third Place

Since the summer, I have volunteered for a radio show called Third Place on WHYR 96.9 Baton Rouge Community Radio. A “third place” is a public, non-commerical place where people engage in civic discourse about important ideas and issues. The show is something like a local left-leaning NPR. Initially, everything on the show was pre-recorded and edited,  and now it’s…

Make it Do

“Make it Do” is better than recycling, International Buy Nothing Day, and homemade Christmas presents all put together. Our daily infrastructure makes it so hard to recycle. It’s better not to buy in the first place. The Baton Rouge Recycling Office has an excellent link to the Center for a New American Dream. The Center promotes anti-consumption, with loads of…

Cultural Identity Activities for Teaching Privilege

Teaching issues of race and other identity categories presents a challenge in a racially mixed classroom. Student responses to race-related topics are unpredictable, and can send irretrievably shut down classroom dynamics for the rest of the semester. Last semester, for instance,  as some intentionally provocative students claimed that black people really do like fried chicken, others genuinely bought into the…

Things I Miss About Tampa

Driving home to Baton Rouge from vacation in Tampa, and blogging from a wi-fi hotspot generated by a Palm Pre, we’re stuck in a traffic jam outside of Gainsville for almost an hour.  An 18-wheeler jack-knifed across two lanes.This makes me think about what I miss about Tampa,  a place I called home for ten years. In no particular order:…