So my birthday is coming up and I will be going to New Orleans for a few days to celebrate. I was thinking of putting together a southern inspired feature to mark the occasion.
And here are some quotes to inspire, or maybe just get me excited about going back to a place where I feel completely comfortable just being me, with no apologies.“We dance even if there’s no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and laugh too loud and live too large and, frankly, we’re suspicious of others who don’t.” ~ Chris Rose
“A part of New Orleans’ beauty is that she is a place where many people, stifled elsewhere, feel safe to be themselves: just safe to be. Whether or not we agree with their politics, life choices, or diets, they are “their business.” Of course, being the nosy door-poppers we are, we talk about those choices, just a little, just sometimes.” ~ Quo Vadis Gex Breaux
“In New Orleans…..You can’t separate nothing from nothing. Everything mingles each into the other…until nothing is purely itself but becomes part of one funky gumbo.” ~ Mac Rebennack
“If New Orleans is not fully in the mainstream of culture, neither is it fully in the mainstream of time. Lacking a well-defined present, it lives somewhere between its past and its future, as if uncertain whether to advance or to retreat. Perhaps it is its perpetual ambivalence that is its secret charm. Somewhere between Preservation Hall and the Superdome, between voodoo and cybernetics, New Orleans listens eagerly to the seductive promises of the future but keeps at least one foot firmly planted in its history, and in the end, conforms, like an artist, not to the world but to its own inner being–ever mindful of its personal style.” ~ Tom Robbins
“If there was no New Orleans, America would just be a bunch of free people dying of boredom.” ~ Judy Deck