Friday, April 30, 2010


This story, outlining the tragedy on our coastal doorstep, brings tears to my eyes.
It's like watching KATRINA approaching all over again.


Weather hurts Gulf oil fight; new drilling on hold

Posted: Apr 30, 2010 5:16 AMUpdated: Apr 30, 2010 9:56 AM

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Ocean Springs Press Release on Oil Situation

MEDIA PRESS RELEASE - for immediate release

April 29th, 2010

OS Prepares for Possible Oil Spill Affecting Coastal Waters, Beaches, Marshes, and Wildlife

A citizen volunteer group is currently being organized in Ocean Springs. A web site is under construction for those who wish to volunteer for training to clean the beach and marshes. This website will be linked to the city web site, Ocean Springs, MS on Friday.

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center will organize training on cleaning wilfelife affected by the oil spill. Volunteers may register their contact information at the center's web site, Audubon Center.

To report oiled or injured wildlife, call 1-800-557-1401

For details and information concerning this release, please contact Johnnie Bernhard at (228) 875-2209.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010


Let it be known, I am NOT in agreement with off-shore drilling, or drilling in general. It does too much damage, much we aren't even aware of YET. 

This current Disaster IS another Katrinaesque bomb of destruction beyond comprehension. It is truly sad and it is a dire consequence of greed and misunderstanding of the inter-workings and even the tiniest dynamics of the Earth which WE continue to take lightly and destroy!

THIS is the point at which I stop taking it as lightly as I have, even though I have been against certain things. 

THIS is where I SPEAK. "Drill Baby Drillers" and your ridiculously irresponsible, money-driven, earth and life-destroying greed MUST END! And to start, you can take your oil rigs and stuff them where the sun doesn't shine!

Gara - Mississippi Gulf Coast Advocate
           for Clean and Beautiful 
Oxford, MS

Via Twitter: ( 9:30 pm) 
@BARBIEBASSETT  (in Jackson, MS) - Gotten several calls tonight from viewers smelling the oil from the Gulf of Mexico.


Update Links on Oil Ecocatastrophy 
( thanks for the word @mediamadam - via Twitter )


From AP -


From WLOX - Biloxi


Oil spill shoreline impact, shows Florida arrival Monday -


RT @jimwxgator Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Clean-Up Volunteers are needed!  Please RT this information:  |

RT @jimwxgator Growing oil spill in Gulf of Mexico could cost insurers $1.5 billion

FOLLOW me on Twitter @mswxChick if you're into weather and the Great Oil  Disaster, pick up people I follow there and you'll have great info all the time! This is not a "chat" Twittershere!

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The following came to me today via my Facebook page from my dear Katrina friend in Ocean Springs, MS. She asked me to pass this info along and I am more than glad to be a tiny part of helping out in this possible upcoming scenario of disaster. As if Katrina didn't do enough damage to the fragile eco-systems of the coast from Mississippi to Louisiana, now we have the OIL SPILL!

The Pascagoula Audubon Center is now on stand-by to conduct another oiled bird workshop in conjunction with partner, Chevron, to teach public who wish to assist. The workshop won't be at the center, but we are taking people's names and phone numbers who wish to participate and are in the Mississippi Coast area. Please call for information: 228-475-0825.

If you find an injured/oiled bird, call the Oiled Bird Hotline at 1-866-557-1401. Be prepared to give the following information: 1 - exact location where animal was found, 2 - your name, 3 - your phone number, 4 - your address.

If all coastal folks would please pass along the above via their FB status, FB email or regular email to others in coastal areas. Thanks! AND... " DO NOT TOUCH THE INJURED BIRD!"

- Lisa Wesson, Cruising the Wild


And I will add, if you TWEET, this is the perfect time to pass along this and other info concerning the BIG OIL MESS... TWEET FOR THE BIRDS and OTHER ANIMALS who will be suffering.

As of this morning, the length had spread to 100 miles and was less than 20 miles from the Louisiana coast. St. Bernard Parrish is in line to be hit by this mess. Another Katrina. Mississippi is in line to as the weather is in process of changing as I write this. A High will be moving further East and as it does so, it will change the wind direction to onshore from the South. Winds are expected to be 20-30 mph.

As of this evening: Leading edge of oil is expected to reach the Mississippi River Delta by tonight (Thurs. April 29)!



Pascagoula River Audubon

Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico Updated each evening. This is a NOAA site for the Emergency Response to the OIL SPILL DISASTER in The Gulf

Mississippi Canyon 252 Overflight Map

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MEMA Cottage Meeting - WAVELAND

Community Meeting of MEMA Cottage Residents

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 
Time: 06:30 PM 
Venue: Leo Seal Center
Address: 529 Hwy 90, Waveland, MS 

Event Details

This is a Community meeting for Mississippi MEMA cottage residents who are having issues. 

Some MEMA COTTAGE  residents continue to receive EVICTION NOTICES.

* Having trouble keeping your Cottage 
* Received an eviction notice from MEMA? 
* Unsure about MEMA's elevation rules? 

Let's talk about it. STEPS is moving forward to ensure that the residents have access to all the information they need.

RSVP on Facebook:!/event.php?eid=116771361684101&ref=mf


Contact STEPS:

Phone: 228-435-3113 


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010


(for Biloxi)

Water is My Sign

One ocean - a visual communion,
My communion,
where sky and I meet that capacity
for magic
which removes the world
and my soul feels Life, and remembers
when that water touched me ~

I was two,
when Biloxi and the water
stole me.

and though I left,

I never truly left. . .


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A group in Ocean Springs, called PAPOS, has created an idea for public sculpture for my favorite little place on earth. 

PAPOS,which stands for Public Art of Ocean Spring, has a mission and funding to put art in front of the people and their idea for this wonderful project is to make it a walking tour. 

Initially this is a five year project. The first sculpture will be placed at The Chamber of Commerce at the old depot located at the tracks on Washington.

to read more about this great idea:


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Monday, April 12, 2010


AMNESTY REPORT - Un-Natural Disaster

Before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wiped our Gulf Coast areas with
their catastrophic effects, populations of the Gulf Coast states of
Mississippi and Louisiana suffered severe LACK of ACCESS to adequate

Now nearly FIVE YEARS later, the recovery process lags for those who
need it most.

There is CONTINUED LACK of access.

There are people, known (under International Human Rights Standards as
IDPs, Internationally Displaced Persons, as a result of Katrina and
Rita. To me, this is unacceptable!

According to the report, one way to help prevent this additional
disasterous result is to AMEND the STAFFORD ACT to include human
rights principles that will ensure the rights to healthcare and
housing for ALL Disaster Survivors.

Please read this important report:

My Katrina Experiences :

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Saturday, April 10, 2010


Hancock County Mississippi STILL NEEDS grocery stores!!

After almost FIVE YEARS now, people in this county have to continue
dealing with lack of places (suitable, large stores) to buy their

Although there is a Walmart in Waveland, people should not be
relegated to HAVE to go to one particular store.

This should NOT be the case.

(Personally, I am sick of Walmart here in Oxford.)

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Friday, April 09, 2010


This is Pathetic!!!

From the Times-Picayune:
National Flood Insurance Program expires, leaving home sales at risk

March 01, 2010, 8:01PM

The National Flood Insurance Program expired Sunday night after Congress failed to pass a temporary extension of the program that is vital to protecting homes in the New Orleans area.

NFI Progam Expired

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Friday, April 02, 2010


When I post updates from my iPhone (from Tweeted news on Twitterrific) that includes a link to a story at hand, the HTML code for the link is showing up in the post. I am sorry. It looks ratty and so un-pro. It's messy, but the links work.

I logged into the blog on iPhone--(where I tend to "live" these days) to see about fixing the code, but the entire post was so janked-up with code that it was just no use. It was a puzzle to be taken apart and reassembled....thus, iPhone posts from Tweets I get and wish to pass along will be a bit out of sorts.

Please forgive. Katrina did it. :)

Thanks to all who visit here and read about my beloved Mississippi Gulf Coast.
We still have far to go, we can do it!


Via Twitteriffic / @WLOX ::

The old Point Cadet fishing bridge was destroyed by Katrina.... and in
that area, what wasn't!

It's now going on 5 years since Mississipi was so horribly impacted by
the huge hurricane's fury.

It's taken this ling to move forward with this new $9 million project
which will be much more than just a fishing pier. bridge.


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Thursday, April 01, 2010


How wonderful that this much needed step in recovery and rebuilding a destroyed Waveland is now underway!

Exciting exciting! Hope to get there this autumn. I miss it so!

For more on the story:
<a href=""> Work progressing on Coleman Avenue in Waveland</a>

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