dear new orleans

One thing’s for sure: Our strength and resilience is what makes us who we are. Some of us - maybe even most of us - have literally lost everything a few times in our lives. Loved ones, our homes, material possessions, it’s been rough. But the way we come together at times like this really makes us who we are.
We love, mourn, and rejoice together. We are family.

Right now, it hurts. Some of us will rebuild our homes, again. The rest of us are here to uplift & support you and to remind you that we’ve been here before and we made it. We’ll get thru this together.

All my love & prayer,

Ash

On this day in history, May 7, 1718 – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.

Down in dear old New Orleans / words by Joe Young ; music by Conrad & Whidden. For voice and piano. Caption title. First line of text: Hear that whistle a blowing. First line of chorus: Dancing in the moonlight on a bright night.
Cover ill: People at a costume party, riverboats by Starmer. Photo of Rae Samuels. As sung by Miss Rae Samuels in The Ziegfeld Follies of 1912–Cover. Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1912.

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
Dear New Orleans,

This time 10 years ago, I was laying on the floor in the gym at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana at a temporary Red Cross shelter for hurricane Katrina evacuees. I was 16 at the time and my life has never been the same since. Katrina fucked up a lot of my life; not at all how I thought my senior year in high school would be. But I’ve met some pretty incredible people along the way and I’ve experienced things I probably wouldn’t have had the storm never happened. So I guess she wasn’t all a hoe, just partially.

I’ll never see those photographs again, and I lost my fair share of worldly possessions. But I’m thankful that God spared my family members and that I’m able to reflect and thank Him for continuing to rebuild our lives, even still 10 years later.

Much love to my fellow NOLA fam, both near and far. If you were able to come home, or if you’re still out there in fucking Utah… our resilience & faith is like no other. We are the chosen ones. We each have our own story about the storm; before, during, and the aftermath. And our stories are precious and delicate, never to be forgotten. I fuck with yall the long way. No matter where I end up in life, you and New Orleans will always have my heart. I honestly couldn’t imagine the woman I’d be if it weren’t for you.

So here’s to the next 10 years. And the next 10 years. And the next 50 after that. I love you. I miss you. I’m here.

Translation: Personal Book, “Special Talk” with Yuzuki Reon

Translation of the Special top-star interview with former top-star, Yuzuki Reon from Suzuho’s personal book, released in August (2015). 

A special note before reading… translating this was extremely difficult. So please take what you read with a grain of salt, I’m not confident I actually captured everything correctly. (Also special thanks to my beta readers who gave me a ton of help <3) I mean… it actually got to the point half way through that I almost gave up. It didn’t help that a certain someone would not. stop. talking. in excessive amounts of Kansai-ben while dropping every other subject from their sentences……..

Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy reading the ‘crying series’…

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