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2000:  I Survived Mothers Day
2001:  No entry--in England
2002:  Move Over, Mr. Blackwell
2003:  Lame Duck
2004:  The Bionic Woman
2005:  What Big Teeth You Have

2007: With Six Do You Get Egg Roll?
2008:  A Dose of Reality
2009:  Cannibalism

Hughie and Krapp's Last Tape

Books Read in 2010
Updated: 5/2
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal"

Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
(updated 3/17/10)

And Then I Ate


Peaceful Spring Day from Bev Sykes on Vimeo.

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15 May 2010

Jeri has taken a little jaunt down to New Orleans.

Every year, since Katrina, a group from Berklee College of Music gets together, goes to New Orleans and works on a Habitat for Humanity project.   Until this year, the schedule had not permitted Jeri to join them, because it usually came at a time when she was grading papers or coming to California.  This year, however, she was free and clear to go with the group and they took off on Monday.

This is where they started, in the upper 9th ward.

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On the first day, they were putting up siding, which I told Jeri must have been like building a stage set. 

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She said she had become an expert on caulking.

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The second day, they were landscaping a nearly finished house, and Jeri says they learned a lot about "sweat equity" -- or at least they learned a lot about sweat.

We began the day with a dilapidated yard full of concrete chunks, plus a large pile of sand and a pallet of sod.  By the end of the day we had a beautifully manicured lawn, and a foundation of sand under the house.  In between there was a lot of digging, a lot of raking, a lot of crawling around in tight places…. and a lot of sweat.

There is something marvelously zen about moving dirt around all day.  Then you get to the end of the day, and your whole body aches, and the dirt pile has miraculously disappeared.  And you know you have accomplished something!

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In the evening there is time to visit the French Quarter, the perfect place for a bunch of musicians to hang around!

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The group is keeping a blog about their experiences and I loved reading an entry by lmcfarlane, which read, in part, "I have to say that my favorite part of the night was when Mike and Jeri took the stage for a Berk alum/Tipitina monster jam. Jeri sassed us all with her flute stylings while Mike seriously smoked on his tenor sax solos. Fan-tastic."

I've been so impressed with the whole Habitat for Humanity project anyway, since Jimmy Carter brought attention to it by getting involved.  It seems right up Jeri's alley and I'm so glad she's getting the experience of working in New Orleans.


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