Sep 182012

Tulane University architecture professor John Klingman lives in a century-old Garden District home without air conditioning by choice, controlling the flow of air through the house with shutters, screened windows and constantly fans. After Hurricane Isaac’s power outages prompted widespread reflection on the role of air conditioning in the city, Klingman’s decision and others like him recently drew the interest of Times-Picayune reporter John Pope in an article about the lifestyle.

Sep 072012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

“Expect the worst and you won’t be disappointed” was the most solid piece of advice my dad ever gave me. I find my dad’s words of wisdom oddly comforting in the most dire of situations, including the panic felt when dealing with named storms.

With Hurricane Isaac whipping through town, there was nary a household saved from the massive power outages. And while we were charging our phones in the car, checking our Twitter feeds, and complaining about Entergy not doing it’s job, I have to admit I chuckled a bit as to how spoiled we’ve become. Continue reading »