With all that's going on at work it's been dificult to focus or even know what to say about the devastation in New Orleans. I'm sure there's very little I could say that would have any more impact than what you see nightly on the TV.
My older (somewhat estranged) brother lives on Boubon street above some stores. We have no way of getting hold of him (in fact, we had no way of getting hold of him even before this) so all we can do is contribute money. We gave to the Red Cross, but I know there are many other worthwhile charities that are helpful.