Wednesday, April 2, 2008

IN KATRINA'S WAKE

For this week's 2 Things Challenge, I couldn't help but think of how important numbers and letters became in the wake of Katrina's massive destruction. Letters were used as code and spray painted on structures that had been searched. Part of the code signified whether or not there was loss of life.

Letters and numbers were also used to send a message to express profound feelings and emotions about a person's property and loss. Still ever present are the heartbreaking reminders of what we have lost.


This little house was located just off of the beach in the downtown area of Bay St. Louis, MS.
Please Respect Our Loss


Message to State Farm - Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis


Located on the beach in Bay St. Louis, The Fire Dog Saloon was once a thriving place to enjoy excellent food, fun, and friends. This sign, however, speaks to the fact that people get to the point of having to give up hope of rebuilding. Pieces of culture die off bit by bit as recovery drags out.
Fire Dog Saloon - Bay St. Louis, Feb. 2008

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7 Comments:

Blogger D.C. Confidential said...

Wow! Excellent representation, Gara. It's still so stunning to me how our government has and continues to let down those of you in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Can you recommend organizations where you are that are either looking for volunteers or contributions? I'm dubious about the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, while an excellent organization, is too easy and obvious. Any guidance you can provide would be appreciated.

-Janet

April 3, 2008 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Frances said...

I got in difficulty commenting.
I was amazed by the strength of your response to the challenge. Thanks for letting us know about this issue. We only hear about US politicians here in UK and it is good to know what's going on for real people. How terrible that this situation continues. Keep us informed. Thanks.

April 4, 2008 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger The Artful Eye said...

Heart-rendering post. Shame on our government.

April 5, 2008 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Wow, very deep and wonderful post. Much better than my interp' of the theme! There's so much I don't know. The code work is sad yet meaningful.
Good entry!

April 6, 2008 at 3:06 AM  
Blogger Bev said...

Great interpretation, but also important historical pictures.

April 6, 2008 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger Bev said...

Have come back to this. Very moving also.

April 6, 2008 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Dave Coulter said...

This isn't what I thought America was about.

These shots are frustrating from a distance, I truly can't imagine how folks are coping on the ground. As my buddy in Ocean Springs said, "this is the new reality"...)

I have an idea. Maybe people should send those economic stimulus checks to the Gulf?

I have another idea. Maybe we should quit this silly war and free up some real money.

April 7, 2008 at 10:37 AM  

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