Have some fun, take a look at Judy's lively photos and blog from New Orleans. Over a Tuscan Stove.
Judy was reminded of Florence and the flood in 1996, I thought about New York and 9/11. And what you remember is how people pull together to help each other. Judy mentions Jessica Harris's comments when she addressed the IACP conference. Her first words were, "I hear train whistles." And she went on to describe and have us listen to the sounds and the rhythms of her beloved New Orleans. I'll always remember the way she cocked her head and listened to the staccato beat of knives chopping. Honey, there wasn't a dry eye in the house when she was done!
On a wackier note: I think there is a connection between New Orleans and Venice. They are both below sea level, the inhabitants of both cities like to dress up, they feel like separate nations unto themselves, and it's easy to eat well in New Orleans and Venice. They would make odd 'sister cities', but that's ok.