Archive for the ‘New Orleans’ Category

Wading Toward Home

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

New York Times (October 9, 2005)

There’s a fine line between stability and stagnation, and by the time I was born, New Orleans had already crossed it. The difference between growing up in New Orleans, starting in 1960, and growing up most other places in America was how easy it was to believe, in New Orleans, that nothing meaningful occurred outside it. No one of importance ever seemed to move in, just as no one of importance ever moved away. The absence of any sort of movement into or out of the upper and upper-middle classes was obviously bad for business, but it was great for what are now called family values.

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Coach Fitz's Management Theory

Sunday, March 28th, 2004

New York Times (March 28, 2004)

A few people, and a few experiences, simply refuse to be trivialized by time. There are teachers with a rare ability to enter a child’s mind; it’s as if their ability to get there at all gives them the right to stay forever. I once had such a teacher. His name was Billy Fitzgerald, but everybody just called him Coach Fitz.

via Coach Fitz’s Management Theory – New York Times