In the spring of 2010, my email box was inundated with writers looking for the softer side of the story of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and following oil spill disaster. These seekers of a different angle flocked to my bayou to interview my shrimping neighbors. As a wetland advocate, I wondered how I could use this man-made disaster as a platform to further the cause of education and awareness.
It became clear to me early on that most of the journalists who arrived at my door really had no clue about our culture and way of life. So, if they wanted a story about how the oil spill had impacted us, then they must humor me and allow me to educate them about this vanishing ecosystem and its people.
What these well-meaning journalists needed first was a foundational perspective from the standpoint of a population of coastal communities who were suffering yet one more blow to their way of life. As a woman who lives, works, and fishes here, I could give them that perspective, which was simply this:
This oil spill was not an isolated disaster for the people of coastal Louisiana. It was like being kicked when we were already down. And here’s why.
OH BW I am SO jealous – we still have SNOW!!! AAAAHHHGGG…. last year at this time we wer planting our oats, this year we don’t even have the tractors ready because it is so friggin cold!!! LOL I love honeysuckle and those are beautiful – mine are red and yellow and the humming birds LOVE LOVE LOVE them. 🙂 Can you post more about your cooking, I live in Wisconsin and was COMPLETELY enthralled with the shrimp boil…
Oats? Farmer lady? Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment, Heidi! I love red honeysuckle, too, but someone mowed mine down–all four of them, “Uh, I didn’t know what they were.” Anyway, about the bayou cooking, did you check out the Bayou Woman Cooks for archived cooking posts? Come back soon!