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    Wednesday
    Mar172010

    The NOLA Tree's First Spring Program -- Lots of Exciting News!

    We leave for New Orleans next Saturday! This is going to be an incredible adventure.

    Why?

    Well, here is a sampling of what we have planned (this text is taken from an email we sent to group members)...

    Last year, Dave Eggars, one of the most acclaimed authors of this generation, wrote a book called "Zeitoun." The book tells the amazing story of Abdul Zeitoun and what he went through in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Well, Abdul and Kathy Zeitoun have invited our group to their home on Sunday March 28. Of course, we will adequately prepare the group for the visit, but we also recommend that you read the book, perhaps one of the most important books you will ever read. Johnathan Demme ("Philadelphia," "Silence of the Lambs") is currently making it into a film. Here is the Amazon.com link as well as the link to the Zeitoun's Foundation.

    http://www.amazon.com/Zeitoun-Dave-Eggers/dp/1934781630/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

    http://www.zeitounfoundation.org/

    Second, on Friday evening April 2, our last night in New Orleans, the group will be attending a jazz concert at Preservation Hall in the French Quarter. Peter Fleischer has generously donated 18 tickets to the show. We will also be able to meet some of the musicians prior to the performance. A big thank you goes out to Karen Strauss for linking us up with Peter.

    Finally, we are in the process or arranging a meeting with Katy Reckdahl, a staff reporter for the Times-Picayune. We are hoping to arrange for a tour of New Orleans' largest daily newspaper. Katy's story is also a fascinating one. On August 28, 2005, on the eve of Hurricane Katrina, she gave birth to her son in a New Orleans hospital. Here is a YouTube link to a firsthand account of her ordeal.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXqo_WR0Kks

    This is going to be an amazing trip!

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