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January 19, 2010


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Laury Bourgeois

The lady in the Chatette thanks you with tears in her eyes, Arabella. I don't know if you realize it or not, but I was just thinking that you were the only one out of all of those wonderful young social workers who crossed my path who was my student, my employee, and my supervisee. You are truly a blessing in my life-Love and Merci-Laury


Dear friend, New Orleans will always be that part of you that nurtured your ability and desire to "extend yourself" to others on your "journey". I often use you as an example when speaking to friends and co workers who seem stuck, afraid, anxious, _____ (fill in the blank) and I marvel at how we squander those moments but I also recognize the fundamental fear. It's not change we fear but the loss that comes with it, and there's no way to avoid losses as you have demonstrated and yet transcended. That's the part I like to share. So as I say, "let me tell you the story of my dear friend and mentor who I refer to as the lady in the chatette......"

Laury Bourgeois

As I guess you can probably tell, I'm still working on the "letting go" part. But, the Chatette and our life here has been an amazing life raft for Dal, Sam and I. We are moving-maybe not totally moving on-But-we are moving!

Evelyn Jackson

I love how different the light is in all three photos...kind of like friends...all different, all with their own special 'light' for your life. After spending time with you and hearing the 'storm stories' I feel as if I have a little better understanding of what Katrina did to NOLA and the lives of everyone who lived and loved there. I think those of us who haven't suffered some kind of trauma..natural or un-natural...don't realize that you don't just pick up and move on with life as usual. Things change, people change. It's hard to let go of the 'before' so you can fully embrace the 'after.'

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