As the US population ages, a disorder known as "hoarding" is becoming more of a problem. Up to 15 million Americans deal with a person in their lives who can't stop gathering stuff, and the house fills with what seems like tons of useless junk.
Matt Paxton is host of the television show "Hoarders," and he holds workshops on the subject, including one on Tuesday in New Orleans.
Paxton helps clean the extremely cluttered and dirty homes of hoarders. He says careful communication is needed to help those afflicted with the disease.
A recent study ranked Louisiana as the #5 best state for dog owners. So what is it that makes our state a perfect place for man's best friend?
For starters, southeast Louisiana has more festivals in one month than most places have in a year. And a lot of them are dog friendly.
And when was the last time you went to a coffee shop or bar and didn't see a dog? Pet friendly businesses are everywhere. Not to mention the numerous dog parks and mild winters that allow us to enjoy them year-round.
When was the last time you saw a stray animal? Odds are it was within the last few days.
Southeast Louisiana is the perfect habitat for stray animals due to a combination of factors. Long summers make for long breeding seasons. Abandoned and raised houses make for great shelter. And the Mississippi River and Port of New Orleans make for a continuous food source.
So what can we do to reduce the number of stray animals in our region?
Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:05 am
Last June, 13-year-old Yashua Cantillano and his 11-year-old brother, Alinhoel, left their uncle's home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with a change of clothes in plastic bags, some snacks, water and their mother's phone number scribbled on a piece of paper.
Their guide and protector? Seventeen-year-old Sulmi Cantillano, their step-sister.
With the help of a smuggler, or coyote, Sulmi says, they got to the Mexican border city of Reynosa about 11 miles south of McAllen, Texas. They crossed the Rio Grande and turned themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol.
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.
Luisa Dantas created a Hurricane Katrina-related website called Land of Opportunity, which accompanies a documentary film of the same name. It chronicles ongoing challenges of disaster recovery and resilience.
The newest feature is a timeline that compares and contrasts stories of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy.
What’s on your yearly checklist? The dentist? Taxes? What about taking your pet to the veterinarian?
That’s right: your pets need a medical check up every year.
An annual visit to the vet is the best way to ensure that your pet has a long, healthy life. Regular check ups also keep your pet up-to-date on important vaccinations like rabies and kennel cough.
Diseases that affect animals can be airborne or spread through contact with a parasite or virus that’s brought inside on your shoes. So the yearly checkup is important for both outdoor and indoor pets.
WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Like a lot of New Orleanians, Wayne Benjamin understands that after 9 years, some people are ready to stop talking about the storm.
"But for others, it’ll never be something that goes away, and I guess it depends on where you’re at as a person and what you’ve lost" he says.