Dianne Performing Scared Silly at Audubon Elementary – Friday, October 31, 2008

Friends: I had the pleasure of performing at Audubon Elementary in Kenner, Louisiana. I performed at the school last year and many of the students remembered me! When they saw me, they began singing my song “Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam.” My “Scared Silly” show began with grades 3-5. The school was celebrating a Fall […] Read More

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September 9-10, 2008

Friends: In these post-Gustav days, things are slowly getting back to “normal” in my area though today, tropical storm warnings and flash flood watches were issued for coastal Louisiana because of Hurricane Ike. Ike is headed to central Texas where people are under a mandatory evacuation. We have voluntary and mandatory evacuations in the lower-lying […] Read More

Categories: Author, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Hurricane Gustav, Storyteller, Storytelling
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Hurricane Gustav Recovery – Monday, September 8, 2008

Friends: Today, I made some headway in my office, tackling tasks that needed attention before Gustav reared his ugly head. I was able to finish a book proposal (Stories on Board! Crafting Board Games from Favorite Tales) and send it in to my editor. This is a picture of students working on a board game […] Read More

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Hurricane Gustav Recovery – 9-7-08

Friends: Today was our first full day at home since we evacuated from Gustav on August 30. The first good news I heard was that sewerage services in Jefferson Parish Westbank were restored. I was able to spend much of the day cleaning (you need water to clean!) – scrubbing down the refrigerator and freezer […] Read More

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Hurricane Gustav Evacuation Update – 9-5-08

Friends: My husband, Antonio, commuted to work again today. Around 11:00 a.m., my mom and Clay found out that they had power. They decided to stay in Mississippi one more day to allow the house to cool down and give more time to the Parish to restore sewerage services. So they got their townhouse rental […] Read More

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Hurricane Gustav Evacuation Updates – 9-4-08

Friends: Last night, I left Birmingham, Alabama around 12:30 a.m. I said goodbye to the kids (Eliana, Camrynn & Jasmynn picture above with Clay) and headed out. I was on my way to Diamondhead, Mississippi, migrating south to be closer to New Orleans. My husband had to report to work on the 4th so this […] Read More

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Hurricane Gustav Evacuation Update – 9-3-08

Friends: It is Day 4 of our Evacuation journey. Today, I slept in. Exhaustion finally engulfed me. I skipped breakfast. My husband woke me up to tell me that he had to return to Louisiana by tomorrow morning. He works as Parking Director of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and was ordered to report […] Read More

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Hurricane Gustav Evacuation Update – Tues. 9-2-08

Friends: When I woke up this morning to catch the news, I was so dismayed to see that most of the stations halted their coverage of Hurricane Gustav or provided only brief sound bytes about the damage Gustav caused. I guess an impending catastrophic storm and mass exodus makes much better news than a weakened […] Read More

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Hurricane Gustav Evacuation – 9-1-08

Friends: It’s been another long day but at least we were in the comfort of the hotel. The day started out like any other – we all gathered for breakfast around 8:30 a.m. Except this was no ordinary day. We ate breakfast in the hotel lobby with tons of other evacuees, all glued to the […] Read More

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The Origin of the Word “Hurricane”

Friends: My friend, Photographer Randy Richards, sent me an email about the origin of the word “hurricane.” So I did a little research. This comes from www.helium.com by Frances Jock: “There are two possible origins of the word “hurricane.” According to one source, the word “Hurricane” is derived from the Spanish word “huracn.” The origin […] Read More

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