Spillway Serenity - Neema Murimi

Spillway Serenity
I moved to New Orleans from Ruston (North Central Louisiana) to attend Loyola University for graduate school. I had initially lived in Metairie (right off of the S. Clearview Pkwy North Exit) but really hated the lack of nature and endless, uninspired concrete consumerism there.

So, doors opened and I ended up living with a family member of a friend in Norco. It was exactly what I needed. I took to exploring, and found this spot... a makeshift port where the boats of locals usually descend into the river for fishing.

I was just taking it all in, looked up, and there it was...the sun glistening off of the water. The calm breeze in rhythm with sun's rays as they touched the vegetation. Light upon movement. I took the photo, and posted it on my Facebook page with the caption: 'This is why I live in St. Charles Parish rather than Orleans.'

Now, I'm sure that there are many secret spots in New Orleans, particularly Uptown or Mid-City, where I could find little pieces of Heaven. Audubon Park has not been too disappointing...but it's still contrived. I needed a place that was more raw and unruly, and this photo is the granted wish, if you will, of an innate need of mine.

Photo submitted by: Neema Murimi

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Controversial State Police ticket program suspended in parish
Controversial State Police ticket program suspended in parish
St. Charles Parish District Attorney Joel Chaisson II said he hopes "a few bad apples" don't jeopardize a program that he believes has made area highways safer.