I know they have to tell the big stories, those mass media people. But, maybe some day we'll hear about the other ninety percent - the rest of the story. Like the loss of thousands of livestock. Archives and public records. Dirt tracks. Missing rice fields and catfish ponds. Katrina destroyed this year's sugar cane planting; and, the huge sugar refinery in Chalmette Louisiana, the parish seat of St. Bernard Parish and site of the 'Battle of New Orleans', is out of commission. That's 900,000 short tons of refined white crystal sugar a year shortfall - a lot of Breyers Mud Pie ice cream with caramel swirls, Nabisco chocolate crème oreo's and devil's food snack-wells, tootsie rolls and junior mints, and my morning chocolate cake donut and large coffee with half&half and three packets of Sweet-and-Low.
Title: Wrecked Sugar Refinery.
Artist: John Singer Sargent, 1918