A Message From The Creator

“Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.” 
― Iyanla Vanzant

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Marin Alsop

Emine Saner

The Guardian March 7, 2011

Article History

One of only a few female conductors, Marin Alsop was the first woman to wield the baton at a major US orchestra when she became music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007. In the UK, she revived the Bournemouth Symphony, which she led between 2002 and 2008.

“The hardest thing for me is always to get a big sound from the orchestra without being very demanding or apologising,” she said. “As a woman, if you’re too aggressive people think: ‘She’s so overpowering.’ But if a man does the same gesture, it’s regarded as strong and virile . . . Also, when you’re delicate, as a woman sometimes you’re interpreted as being lightweight. Men don’t get that.”

She also founded the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, which mentors and supports aspiring female conductors. Marin Alsop is music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Women In The News

Staff Writer


Women team up to build homes

Therese Johnson never thought she would own her own home.

But Thursday afternoon she was working with about 20 other local women to build her new home from the ground up.

“It’s a dream come true,” said 44-year-old Johnson, who has worked in the Thibodaux High School cafeteria for 18 years. “It means a whole lot to me. I thought I would never own a home, but I guess God stepped in.”

More than 50 local volunteers, mostly women, also stepped in to build Johnson her dream home as a part of Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week, a nationwide Habitat for Humanity effort.

The effort aims to get more women involved with Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, teach them construction skills and move families out of poverty housing, according to Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity officials.

“This is the third year we’ve gotten women from Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes to pick up a hammer and go to work building homes — doing what is traditionally thought of as a ‘man’s job,’ ” said Andrea Clark, executive director of Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity. “It’s wonderful for the homeowner, and it’s a blessing for the community.”

Habitat volunteers began working on the home Thursday morning and will continue through today.

Volunteers groups from many local companies pledged their time, including Lowe’s, Terrebonne General Medical Center, Best Buy, Amelia Belle Casino and John Deere. Lowe’s also provided Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity with a $5,000 Lowe’s store gift card, as well as in-store volunteer training in support of Women Build Week.

Chris Ledet Homes of Thibodaux sponsored the project.

Sheri Eschete, wife of Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete, was one of the women working on Johnson’s future home, hammering on its base. She got involved after judging the organization’s Mr. Habitat fundraiser last summer.

Sheri Eschete said she’s not traditionally “handy” — the most hands-on she gets is sewing. But she was happy to help.

“I think Habitat is a great organization because it gives people a chance to help themselves,” she said. “I’m not really good with a hammer, but I’m learning.”

Future Habitat homeowners have to put in “sweat equity,” or volunteer hours working on other Habitat projects, to qualify for homes.

Habitat homes typically take about three to nine months to build, said Habitat volunteer coordinator Aimee Bourgeois. But many volunteers like to stay involved, volunteering to continue working on a home after Women Build Week, and that makes the process go faster.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Bourgeois at 447-6999, ext. 224, or email her at labourgeois@bayouhabitat.org.

Johnson said working to build her own home was a good experience, and the St. Charles Street lot where her shotgun home will be located is “perfect.” She plans to live there with her 22-year-old son.

“I’ve lived in Thibodaux all my life. It’s a quiet neighborhood. It’s perfect for me,” she said.


Staff Writer Nikki Buskey can be reached at 857-2205 ornicole.buskey@houmatoday.com.

Inspiration Of Motherhood

My Mother My Friend

You were my fairy tale princess,
So much larger than life.
You were my angel and my witness
Through all my pain and strife.

At times you made me angry,
Great words I would proclaim
How someday you’d be sorry.
You were the one to blame.

But when I needed comforting
You always found the time.
Your words were more soothing
Than days of childhood sublime.
Now the distance holds us apart,
The boundaries have no end. 
I’ll hold the memories in my heart. 
You’re my mother, my best friend

By Anonymous

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