Ten Years of b.rox

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Ten years ago today I started writing here at b.rox. I didn’t give much thought to the content of that first post, in terms of setting the tone for the future. I just wrote about what was on my mind at the moment. I’m fascinated by cycles, including the cycle of seasons. In retrospect, however, […]

Tree Blessing

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Nov. 16, 2013: I officiated a civic tree-blessing ceremony on the bayou. We had a real-live fire dancer and Big Chief David Montana led us in singing “Indian Red.” Still can’t believe this really happened. It seems remarkable that someone like me, without any relevant credential, would be invited to do something like this. Many […]


Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

It wasn’t until after Labor Day that I passed by the bayou and saw what Isaac had done to my favorite tree. This is the tree where my daughter got her name back in 2008. Throughout the 2010-2011 school year I stopped at this tree almost daily for a moment of contemplation. This tree survived […]

Wounded Tree

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The wounded tree that stands at the end of Bayou St. John is even more wounded now. What happened here? Bark is scattered all around the base of the tree. The biggest shards are immediately evident, but smaller pieces make a complete circle. For as long as I can remember, the side of this tree […]

Better Safe

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I woke around dawn to the sound of heavy downpouring rain. After it kept up for a while, I reluctantly dragged myself out of bed, put on a pair of boxers, some sandals, and a baseball hat, and ran out to move the car up to the driveway. Xy tried to tell me it wasn’t […]

Stinging Season

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Photo by Jenn Forman Orth Yesterday my daughter and I were sitting on the front steps playing the “game of hiding.” That’s where she grabs on to my back and I pretend I can’t find her. Then she reveals herself, and great hilarity ensues. Only our game was interrupted when she howled in pain and […]

Technology Explosion

Friday, April 7th, 2006

There are low-hanging tree branches on the Jeff Davis bike path. As MaPó said, it can be “cruel to the tall and the swift.” I scraped my head on them last summer, one week before Katrina. Now they are worse than ever. City crews have cut the grass but not trimmed the branches. Yesterday they […]