New Orleans, 1990

 

In 1990, New Orleans and me… we looked like this:

 

New Orleans, 1990
Bourbon Street, 1990

 

This weekend, I’m Louisiana bound again. So we’ll see how much things have changed!

To set the mood, some New Orleans tunes: jazz, r&b, funk… you know the drill. I pulled together a few fave songs for the road. You can listen, too — just check out the playlist here: Down to New Orleans by Kate on Grooveshark

Any other New Orleans music suggestions out there? Let me know in the comments!

 

French Market, 1990

Gulf Coast 2k13

I like to make pictures with film. But… I always take a while getting the film developed. And when I do bring it in? It’s full of surprise, long-forgotten photos.

So now it’s December, and I love the cold. But these fresh prints have me thinking about the warmth of the beach…

 
coast.

 
…with water at the perfect temperature…

 
horizon.
down.

 
…and kiteflying, because the wind was just right.

 
kite.

 
Hope you’re enjoying a cozy winter and dreaming of warm summer days.

Has anyone ever heard of a ‘moon pie’ ??

The actual moon:

Super Moon

The moon pie:

They’re both round. Only one is edible.

Moon pies are a big deal in Bell Buckle, Tennessee — home of the yearly RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival.

This very, very, very small town is also home to the Bell Buckle Cafe:
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Bell Buckle Cafe

Bell Buckle Cafe has an eclectic menu, which features some moon pie-infused specialties. The place is a lunar legend.

Rock on, moon gazers and moon pie lovers.

 

 

photos by pam hollingsworth

What I Really Learned in College

 
 

So, they handed me my degree last Monday.

Feels good! Feels weird…. Feels exciting.

College, on the whole, was an amazing 4 years for me. Studying history, economics, politics – I learned a lot from some inspiring professors.

But most importantly, I learned a lot from the examples set by those inspiring professors, and by my equally inspiring peers. Examples for being industrious, curious, tenacious.

 

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After graduating, I sat down and tried to think of what I had really loved about college. What made it special, and what I would miss. And I realized this:

The magic of college wasn’t in the classes I took or the places I hung out. For me, the magic was in the people I was surrounded by.

University is a unique scene. An array of people, all brought together from different backgrounds, in different disciplines, with different hopes and aspirations. In one place, you have the scholars, scientists, doctors, artists, and more – before they max out their potential and reach their goals. Here, in college, is where all of our paths cross.

So now our paths are starting to diverge, and that’s a good thing. As I embrace this new beginning, I look back on college as a great experience and opportunity.

I read a lot. I traveled a lot. I learned a lot.

But the best part was always the people.

Professors, classmates, roommates, family, friends, people I knew well, people I wish I knew better —

You guys are phenomenal, and with you, college was awesome.

 
 
With thanks,

Kate

 
 

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Washington, DC

Until last year, I had never been to the US capital. It was a place I’d always wanted to visit, but somehow never had the chance.

And now that I’ve seen it, I know that I love it. The people, the bustle, the food, the museums, the news crews – this city has a lot of excitement packed in.

There’s lots of marble everywhere…

united states of america.

And neoclassical architecture…

capitol.

There are the famous monuments visible in the heart of the city…

washington.

Downtown, the area is filled with tourists, souvenirs, activists, and food:

flags.

make some noise.

dc eats.

mirror.

 

I had a great time in DC! Have you been? What’s your favorite memory about a trip to the capital? : )