My mother's family is from New Orleans and my mother lives outside Alexandria (mid-state) in the tiny farmhouse my great-grandfather built. So while I haven't lived here all that long (7 years), New Orleans is in my blood. I freelance in publishing editorial, so I work at home and can be available to you for information and suggestions during your stay, if you like.
I have a deep interest in food (a family trait-- My aunt owns and runs a fine restaurant here in the city, some cousins own a grass-fed meat operation outside Baton Rouge), particularly about issues of food security, accessibility, and sustainability. So the local and slow-food movements are dear to my heart. My garden and chickens here sustain me on many levels.
My longtime partner, Bill, and I are both artists and musicians (and I'm an actor). Bill and I have had a number of eclectic rock bands over the years, and we love all the many opportunities for costuming here in New Orleans. So while we are both readers and are engaged with the issues of the day, we also both love our friends, to have a good time, and to laugh, often. The unique blend that is New Orleans' culture sustains us on so many levels.
We value the tapestry of life and welcome guests from across the spectrum of human diversity.