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5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Drowning My Hometown, New Orleans

The day after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast my hometown New Orleans drowned. Practically everything I knew as a kid was wiped out - my home, schools, some neighbors, etc.
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The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is August 29, 2010. The day after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast my hometown New Orleans drowned. Practically everything I knew as a kid was wiped out - my home, schools, playgrounds, churches, hospital where I was born, some friends, some loved ones, some neighbors, etc.

Scyler Bostick, Jr. - one of my talented young nephews - wrote a song entitled Worst of the Worst. In this video Scyler - whose stage name is Street Scholar - raps

We've been through the worst of the worst.
Still can't keep us down.
New Orleans stand up!

The photo on Scyler's video is of nine of my siblings and me (on the lower left). However, sadly it is a photo of us at our mother's funeral. Thankfully my dear mother made it through Katrina. She and most of my immediate family were fortunate to have evacuated before Katrina struck New Orleans - even though they lost everything except for the few possessions they had when they evacuated.

My dear mom passed away about a year ago. But her vibrant spirit and love of life still lives on in her large extended family! When I say my mom had a vibrant spirit and love of life, I kid you not. She and one of my brothers lived with me on Miami Beach for a year after they lost their home due to Katrina. Even though I miss her dearly, I can only smile when I think of how much fun she had in Miami that year. I couldn't keep up with her social calendar. This mother of ten, grandmother and great grandmother - my dear mom - wore me out. LOL!

As the Street Scholar raps - my mom always had faith even when Katrina punched her in her face!

May God Bless New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast.