June 2, 2006

Good Morning:

"New Orleans is not just a place; it is a state of mind and of heart and that mind and heart are very healthy."

That was the overriding theme that emerged from the three-day conference "Rebirth: People, Places and Culture in New Orleans." The conference came to an end yesterday, but I like to think of it as a beginning. For I can't remember ever leaving a place feeling more optimistic about our city's recovery.

Please let me know if you feel the same after viewing some of the conference highlights, including addresses by voices as diverse as First Lady Laura Bush, NBC anchor Brian Williams, chef Leah Chase and, coming soon, writer Chris Rose and others, at

Have a great weekend,


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