Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans

Fall Falls Flat

I am the only person alive who hates autumn, I think.

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Second Grade Stress

It's starting to get real, y’all.

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The Fab Four

Four things I think are great.

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Friday Frustrations

My feelings exactly.

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Baby Mine

Her first day of school. My last time watching a kid of mine have her first day of school

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Back To School

I am seriously lacking in back-to-school enthusiasm.

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Survivor Journalism

I was thinking like a surviving family member and not as a journalist.

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Currying Favor

Are Facebook friendships between teachers and parents problematic?

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Disney Drama

I feel vaguely guilty admitting this, but I have no desire to take my kids to Disneyworld.

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I’m So NOLA I Bought a House

I am so New Orleans that I can never even think about living somewhere else. And that’s not a slogan or a social media gimmick. It’s just the truth.

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Go Falcons (Franklin, That Is)

Elite public schools might not be right for everyone, but Ben Franklin was right for me.

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The Trouble With Truthiness

As much as I insist upon facts and figures, I still want my kid to stay a kid, to believe on faith alone that a tiny winged fairy flies into her room at night and collects her baby teeth.

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Not Kidding

Our lives are a little bit different now. But that’s OK.

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A Month Away

I am holding on to the hope that Ruby will want to come home sooner because I have no idea how I will manage a whole month without her.

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Can ‘We’ Be Pregnant?

My husband wasn’t pregnant, but he was expecting.

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Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans

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Eve is further proof, if any is needed, that New Orleans girls can never escape the city. After living here since the age of 3 and graduating from Ben Franklin High School, Eve moved to Columbia, Mo., where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Missouri School of Journalism and became truly, unhealthily obsessed with grammar.

She had originally intended to strike out to New York City and work in the cutthroat magazine industry there, but after Katrina, Eve felt a strong pull to return home, to her roots, her family, her waterlogged and struggling city – and a much more forgiving work atmosphere that would allow her to skip a routine of everyday makeup and size 0 designer label business suits and enjoy the occasional cocktail or three with an absurdly fattening lunch. She moved back home in January 2008 and lives in Mid-City with her two daughters, Ruby and Georgia; her stepson, Elliot; and her husband, Robert Peyton.

Eve blogs about the joys and struggles of living in post-Katrina New Orleans, the unique problems and delights of raising a child in such a diverse and challenging city – including her experiences with the public education system – and her always entertaining and extremely colorful family.

Eve has won numerous writing awards, including the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for column-writing and Press Club of New Orleans awards for her Editor’s Note in New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and for this blog, most recently winning the award for "Best Feature Affiliated Blog."

She welcomes comments, advice, empty flattery, recipes, drink invitations and – most especially – grammatical or linguistic debates.

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