SWBTV: Rebuilding Louisiana webisode 1

This is a documentary web series based on a trip 15 students from the Jersey City area (many from New Jersey City University) took to help Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana in 2007, two years after the hurricane.

We drove down from New Jersey to NOLA and spent a week gutting homes, cleaning entire neighborhoods and feeding underprivileged families devastated in the Buras and lower ninth ward. We also spent quality time with kids in the “450”, the largest trailer park in Louisiana – named for the 450 families residing there.

Originally, it was going to be produced as a full length documentary. But upon the advice of a filmmaking friend, I’ve decided to launch it online in 5 minute webisodes. This format creates an opportunity to open dialogue about what’s happened in Louisiana and what needs to be done on multiple levels.

This project and many others are just part of an effort via The NOLA Preservation Society to educate the youth locally and across the globe about the significance of music, art, culture and history of New Orleans (NPS).

NPS is already educating children in Jersey City through the Boys Club of America and local schools so that they may understand how Louisiana contributed to American culture, the similarities to their neighborhoods, and to show children how they can express their social viewpoints creatively.

In the meantime, make sure you subscribe to the feed at http://www.swb.blip.tv so that you’re notified of new webisodes as soon as they’re uploaded.

Open up some dialogue on the Louisiana situation, because it can happen anywhere, anytime.

Be well and enjoy the show.

Maxim Almenas


Duration : 0:5:43

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Posted by mark - October 22, 2016 at 5:03 am

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Do I need a passport to travel to Texas?

I live in California, and I need to take a trip there for work, but I heard they might seccede from the Union, so what documents do I need? Will I need to pass through customs to return?

Also, now that they are their own country, will we need to build a fence on the borders of Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico to prevent refugees from flooding into the US?

You don’t need a passport. When you land, you’ll have to survive a 3-round death match before you can earn Texan citizenship. In the first round, you’ll have to dodge a firing squad of cowboys. In the second, you’ll have to lay down in a stampede of bulls. The last round involves a 24 hour square dance. It doesn’t end there, you will not be accepted among the people unless you spend no less than 75% of your income on ‘Longhorns’, ‘Cowboys’, and "Don’t Mess With Texas" merch.

Buy a revolver as well. You get no respect without one. They don’t believe in fences… They have a ‘shooting line’.

Don’t mess with Texas (because they can’t tell when you’re joking)

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Posted by mark - October 21, 2016 at 4:40 am

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What can I cook for supper tonight????

I need something that will fill up my husband and I am tired of cooking the same old stuff like Rice and gravy and meat. We live in Southern Louisiana so he like heavy food but I want to try something new. Can you give me some ideas????

My mom used to make Shepherd’s Pie for supper. It’s relatively simple and tends to go over well with men.
In a 9 x 13 pan, place a layer of browned hamburger in the bottom. Follow that with a can or two of cream of mushroom soup. Then, layer a vegetable (like corn or green beans), and finally top off with mashed potatotes. It may sound crazy, but it is delicious

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Posted by mark - October 20, 2016 at 3:32 am

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Cajun corned beef hash

with eggs n biscuits

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Posted by mark - October 19, 2016 at 2:34 am

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B & B Inns: The Best Food You'll Ever Eat

Well, some of you Bed & Breakfast innkeepers missed a golden opportunity. I went to websites of inns best known for their food, but no entrees were even mentioned. How can it be that an award-winning inn for their breakfast doesn’t describe any breakfast? So I went to websites that proudly described their dishes. Here are a few of them.

The Buttonwood Inn is in a small New Hampshire town called North Conway, but nothing about their breakfast is small. They may begin with some Pumpkin-Walnut bread or Apricot-Orange scones, Maple Cinnamon rolls, Blueberry-Walnut Crumb Coffee Cake, or warm Fruit Crisp with granola, accompanied by cool, fresh fruit topped with raspberry sauce . That would be enough breakfast for me, but the chef is just getting warmed up. Next comes a savory dish like Mushroom-Sausage and Cheddar Cheese Strata, Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese and Chives and a side of roasted Red Bliss Rosemary potatoes. Then comes the sweet entrée: Baked French Toast Casserole with Pecan and Wild Maine Blueberry topping. Or Light Yeasted Belgian waffles under fresh blueberry sauce. Hail to Buttonwood.

Mission Oak Inn of Henry, Illinois offers some wonderful breakfast dishes like French Banana Crepes and fabulous Blueberry Pancakes, but it was their dinners that snapped me to attention. How about a Pizza of roasted chicken, onion, and cheese atop a dreamy creamy sun-dried tomato sauce? Or tender meat medallions served in a cream, brandy, maple and mustard reduction? Or grilled salmon on fresh greens with original sauce and topped by bacon, green onions, parmesan cheese, and walnuts? Or pork tenderloin marinated in apple cider, grilled, then smothered with homemade apple/peach chutney?

Then I happened to catch Jane of the Hawk Valley Retreat on the phone. When I asked about her most popular dishes, her voice became secretive and sultry and she led me lovingly down the list: German Baked Apple Pancakes, Baked Peach French Toast, pancakes with a brown sugar/strawberry compote, Green Onion and Spinach Cheese Quiche with hash brown crust, and Eggs Benedict with her own secret Hollandaise sauce recipe. The names of her entrees didn’t bowl me over. But as she described every detail, every ingredient and spice, I knew cooking isn’t just fun for her, it is a luscious adventure. There’s a difference. Jane is a master of simple baking.

Like many of these top inns, the chefs at the Bloomsbury Inn use only fresh local farm products. I never expected a South Carolina inn to be full of such scientifically talented people. But they’ve experimented with hundreds of dishes, and the creativity of their top picks boggles the imagination: hot apple soup, poached pears and baked peaches with toasted peanut butter rolls, creamed eggs in a puff pastry, baked cinnamon-raisin French toast, toasted bacon-pecan bread, homemade biscuits with chocolate gravy, peppered praline bacon, and their own version of Eggs Benedict: a delicate crème sauce over croissant, wilted spinach, peppered ham, avocado, and poached egg. Exquisite.

Sue of the Harbour Ridge Inn in Osage was not about to be outdone. She emailed me with her choices, and I appreciated the personal attention. Sue serves fruitinis in martini glasses with a white chocolate mousse base on which she slices banana. Then she pours in Chambord-soaked strawberries with a dollop of whipping cream and a mint leaf for garnish. She does the

Bloomsbury Inn one better by nesting her Cinnamon-Raisin French toast atop a whipping cream custard base accompanied by sausage loaf and delicate poached pears in red wine and orange juice. Another popular French toast starts with fresh grilled pineapple slices, country ham, sliced cheese. Add sourdough bread soaked in French toast batter, grilled and served with a strawberry-jalapeno pepper jam. She also makes egg casserole to order with choices of fresh stuff like roasted red peppers, leeks, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, spinach, diced ham, cheeses and fresh basil and dill. I was impressed. Nice email.

The Judge Porter House in Natchitoches (where?), Louisiana it not to be missed. The first course at the judge’s might be peach or apple dumplings, bread pudding with warm maple sauce, Peach Crisp baked with a coconut-pecan topping, Apple Brown Betty topped with vanilla yogurt, pecans, and cinnamon, or Berry Puff Pastry stuffed with fresh berries, drizzled with raspberry sauce, and topped with whipped cream. The second course may include delicious pancakes, waffles or French toast, but I featured those things in other reviews so let me emphasize the egg dishes. One baked egg dish features eggs with savory mushrooms and crème Francais cradled in Black Forest ham crisps. Another favorite is Southwestern egg mixture baked in individual ramekins and topped with hearty salsa. Then there’s the Queen Anne Quiche, but the chef was very hush-hush about it. Guess you’ll have to visit the judge’s to check it out.

The two most attractive things Bed & Breakfasts offer are cozy, top rate lodging and the best breakfast ever. Check out these terrific inns.

Debra Fortosis

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Posted by mark - October 18, 2016 at 2:00 am

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Has anyone went to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston?

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Question by joshsr0909: Has anyone went to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston?
I am considering going to Louisiana Tech in Ruston and want the opinion on someone who went there or currently attends there. Is it a good school and what is the student life like. Ruston seems like a small place so is there a lot of things that the students can do to experience the “college life”?

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Answer by HIT 09
I will be enrolling in their online program in the Fall 09. I won’t be going on campus so I can’t give info. on student life, but from what I hear it is a good school.

Add your own answer in the comments!

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Posted by mark - October 17, 2016 at 1:44 am

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My Louisiana Tourism Commercial – Faith Ford

This is one of the commercials produced by the official state tourism bureau for the state of Louisiana.

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Posted by mark - October 16, 2016 at 1:34 am

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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast 02 02 11

 New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

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Welcome to Sharon Denise Talbot New Orleans weather 10 day forecast! This is your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast. It will be updated daily. The New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is a valuable tool for planning all of your New Orleans outings. While you are here in NOLA there are plenty of people to see, places to go and things to do and the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast will come in very handy. The weather in New Orleans changes day to day. This is because of the city’s proximity to water. This is one of the reasons the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is so valuable if you are traveling to New Orleans. Don’t miss any of them. Make sure you are not caught unawares. Be prepared for the Louisiana weather changes. Quick and convenient, just check here before you make your plans for the day!  

High /
Low (°F)
Precip. %
Feb 02
Cloudy / Wind 46°/36° 10 %
Feb 03
Rain 38°/37° 70 %
Feb 04
Rain 44°/34° 90 %
Feb 05
Sunny 52°/37° 10 %
Feb 06
Sunny 61°/49° 0 %
Feb 07
Few Showers 65°/43° 30 %
Feb 08
Few Showers 53°/39° 30 %
Feb 09
Sunny 59°/42° 0 %
Feb 10
Sunny 62°/46° 0 %
Feb 11
Partly Cloudy 63°/48° 10 %

Good Morning NOLA!  Is it cold enough for you?  Just wait.  I am not in the least bit jealous of my movies buddies who are booked to work to the rest of this week. I am perfectly happy to stay close to home for a few days. It is VERY windy today.  If you are out and about in the CBD, you know it is even worse when it comes roaring between the buildings.  The low today is mid forties with a drop back in the thirties tonight. Just a minimal rain chance today but tomorrow we are looking at  a seventy percent chance and it won’t get out of thirties.  I think I will find something to do at home.  Friday is not much better with a ninty percent chance of rain and highs only in the low forties. The weekend will be clear but still chilly out there. The ground hog might have said early spring but it is not here yet.  Have a great day and I’ll see you in NOLA!

  Don’ t forget to check back tomorrow for your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast.

  New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

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Posted by mark - October 15, 2016 at 1:25 am

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*SHOCK* Louisiana culture at risk? Angry Time Magazine reporter says don’t be depressed about that!

MSNBC, July 29, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.

Rather interesting behavior by a ‘reporter’ who uses BP employees and federal contractors as sources. (at 0:52 in)

(Headline takes place at 4:30 in)

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Posted by mark - October 14, 2016 at 1:03 am

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A Historical Tour of Louisiana

OfficialLouisianahttp://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/users/officiallouisianaTravelLouisiana, History, Culture, HeritageA Historical Tour of Louisiana

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Posted by mark - October 13, 2016 at 12:19 am

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