Friday, November 02, 2007

Announcing The Sula Foundation

Now that I'm back home, I'm getting to work on some things that have been stalled while I was out on the road. (I'm also doing several signings in the area this weekend: at the Louisiana Book Festival Saturday morning and at Maple Street Books Sunday afternoon.) But most important is this project I promised to help my dog Sula with:

Ken Foster’s dog Sula has started her own foundation, and in typical pit bull fashion, she has named the organization after herself. The Sula Foundation is dedicated to helping the community through sponsoring and facilitating free shot clinics and spay/neuter services in collaboration with neighborhood vets, community groups, and existing animal welfare groups. The Sula Foundation will also be sponsoring school programs to educate children on responsible dog care and interaction. We’re just getting started, so if you have any ideas or want to help, email us at sulafoundation@gmail.com.

I'd been hoping to have the clinics up and running a month ago, but a strange thing happened when I called around town looking for a community organization that would allow us to give shots on their grounds: No one even returned the calls.

But I have the first location set now and will be announcing it soon--we'll be doing the first clinic in the lower Ninth. Maybe after that some of the other neighborhoods will invite us over to the other side of the canal.

Video: My interview on "GMA Now"

I haven't actually viewed this yet, but here is the link to a clip that aired today on GMA Now. I arrived at the studios last week dressed for a radio interview, and discovered that it would be videotaped as well. Ooops!

Here it is.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Thursday: It's a Dog's Life on Martha Stewart Radio

Thursday evening I'll be a guest on "It's a Dog's Life" with Greg Kleva. The show is live from 8-9pm Eastern, and I'll be joining it about twenty minutes in. It runs on the Sirius Satellite radio service on channel 112. If you have access, please listen in, and call in too: they will be opening up the lines at 8:20.

Last week, I taped a piece for Good Morning America Radio, which airs on the other satellite radio system, XM. I'm not sure when this piece airs, but it was a great little interview, and they videotaped it to air online and on their "third" hour, Good Morning America Now.

Meanwhile, I'm catching up on sleep, along with Brando, Zephyr and Sula. And I've got a bunch of photos and stories to post from the tour, if I ever get caught up on the rest of my life. For now, its all about snoozing. Zzzzzz.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New Orleans DA Eddie Jordan to resign today

I've been out of town, and while out of town, I've been getting calls for comment on the situation with our DA, who...well, I can't even begin to get into it right now. But apparently he's meeting with his staff any moment, and will be announcing his resignation at 2:30. This extremely good news.

That awkward moment just before a first kiss...

Still waiting for mail delivery in New Orleans

I've just returned from my tour of the Northeast, and discovered that the US Post Office still doesn't know how to deliver mail in New Orleans. Or maybe they just aren't interested. So all of the various paychecks and reimbursements I've been expecting have been returned as "undeliverable." Yet, I do receive junk mail, priority mail, and magazines. The only thing returned to sender is anything in a regular first class envelope: in other words, checks and bills, which all get rejected at the central post office distribution center. My local PO has tried to clear this problem up several times--not just for me but also for the many other people who have been living in the lower Ninth for the past...nearly two years. But the USPS still wants to insist that our houses are unoccupied.

So, my checking account is empty, and I have to find some other way of getting freelance income delivered. I'm getting a sense that they really don't want us living here.