Brett Will Taylor http://wwno.org en Love NOLA: You Can Take Her With You http://wwno.org/post/love-nola-you-can-take-her-you <p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If New York City is a state of mind, then New Orleans is a way of life. On his final </span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Love NOLA</span><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Brett Will Taylor begins to pack up the parts of the way of life that will stay with him always.</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two weeks ago, I was standing in one of my favorite places in the world: New York’s Penn Station.&nbsp; Like the other half-million people who churn through there every day, I was trying to get somewhere.</span></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 47107 at http://wwno.org Love NOLA: You Can Love My Family, But Don’t Take My Cookie http://wwno.org/post/love-nola-you-can-love-my-family-don-t-take-my-cookie <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Ask a New&nbsp;Orleanian&nbsp;about her or his family and the answer can take half a day. That truth isn&#39;t always easy, but on today&#39;s Love NOLA, Brett Will Taylor suggests we give a listen anyway. In doing so, we just might hear the depth of love that lies beneath the number of words.</em></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You know you&rsquo;re in for a good flight when your seat mate is an 80-year-old, white haired, Louisiana native named Mary Rose.</span></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 45375 at http://wwno.org Love NOLA: In Praise Of New Orleans Resourcefulness http://wwno.org/post/love-nola-praise-new-orleans-resourcefulness <p><em>Virtually everyone who has lived in New Orleans for any length of time has at least one hurricane story. About staying or evacuating. About lights going out or rain coming down. This is a hurricane story of the formal kind — a story about how a proper British lady rode out Hurricane Isaac.</em></p><p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:02:00 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 43906 at http://wwno.org Love NOLA: Coming Home From Katrina http://wwno.org/post/love-nola-coming-home-katrina <p></p><p>You know, sometimes I think we're only here, in this crazy love affair we call "life," to find our way home.</p><p>Not just that place we go to bed each night. But that <em>space</em> where we belong. Where we can be ourselves. Where we can live our truth.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s not always an easy journey. Just ask Miles.</p><p>He’s a man I met early one June morning at a corner store in Tremé. Both of us were hungry — he for pancakes, me for a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. As we waited for the cook to work his magic, we did what you do in New Orleans. We started talking.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 01:43:00 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 41845 at http://wwno.org Love NOLA: Is New Orleans The World’s Nicest City? http://wwno.org/post/love-nola-new-orleans-world-s-nicest-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“When did you become so nice?”&nbsp;</span></p><p>That’s what a Boston friend asked me last week while in New Orleans for a visit. We were driving down North Robertson when the car in front of us came to a stop smack dab in the middle of the street.&nbsp;The man driving the car had stopped in order to have a conversation with a woman who was sitting on her stoop.&nbsp;It was quite clear this conversation was going to occur without the woman leaving her stoop. Or the man leaving his car. Which was now not stopped, but parked, in front of mine. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 23:02:36 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 39470 at http://wwno.org How We Go Forward From DOMA http://wwno.org/post/how-we-go-forward-doma <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or </span>DOMA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as it is commonly called, was both celebrated — and mourned — across America.</span></p><p> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:48:09 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 38463 at http://wwno.org Love NOLA: Summertime And The Living's Air-Conditioned http://wwno.org/post/love-nola-summertime-and-livings-air-conditioned <p>When it comes to summer in New Orleans, I feel a lot like Goldilocks.</p><p>Now calm down people.&nbsp; I’m not talking about donning a blonde wig and sleeping in a row of bears’ beds.&nbsp;</p><p>I haven’t done that in years.</p><p>What I AM talking about is air conditioning.&nbsp; Specifically, finding the right temperature for your home during those looooooong summer months when New Orleans turns into one big oven.</p><p>The way I see it, you have three choices.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:38:17 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 37505 at http://wwno.org Voices On Violence: The Violence Has Changed Me, But This Is Home http://wwno.org/post/voices-violence-violence-has-changed-me-home <p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 18:37:20 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 37026 at http://wwno.org Voices On Violence: The Bubbles Of Safety Are Getting Smaller http://wwno.org/post/voices-violence-bubbles-safety-are-getting-smaller <p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:32:15 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 36849 at http://wwno.org Love NOLA: When It Comes To Violence, Are We Listening? http://wwno.org/post/love-nola-when-it-comes-violence-are-we-listening <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent study found that the average American hears 100,000 words per day. That's a lot of Tweets! With so much information swirling around us, is it any wonder that Americans may have forgotten the fine art of actually listening to what we hear? Here is a case for listening — to the voices surrounding one of our city's most pressing issues.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between hearing someone and listening to them.</span></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 23:59:26 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 36570 at http://wwno.org