“Burger” on trumpet with his band, TBC, at a second line on St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans
The majority of the world is good – I’ve written those words on past posts here because I believe it. Even when the news constantly reminds us about all the evil, I continue to believe the majority of the world is good.
Humanity is a term that refers to all of us. All … not all with a but or except … simply all. Regardless of skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, location or any other qualifier or disqualifier, humanity includes the characteristics human beings have in common.
The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. (Brian Tracy, author)
Men in support of the Lady Buckjumpers second line in Central City, New Orleans
Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. (Stevie Wonder, musician)
Sammy Eubanks comforts his wife Corrie after he was notified that his band did not win the blues competition in Memphis, TN
The requirements for our evolution have changed. Survival is no longer sufficient. Our evolution now requires us to develop spiritually – to become emotionally aware and make responsible choices. It requires us to align ourselves with the values of the soul – harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for life. (Gary Zukav, author)
Members of The Stooges brass band rehearse prior to a second line in Central City, New Orleans
Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. (Dennis Prager, journalist)
Three generations of Mardi Gras Indian queens on the most important of all nights — St. Joesph’s Night — in Central City, New Orleans
Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot. (Thomas Moore, poet)
Mr. Otis gives me a little advice about life on the street in Central City, New Orleans
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. (Oprah Winfrey, entertainer)
Coming out in Treme – the neighborhood, not the HBO series
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. (William Arthur Ward, writer)
Sometimes we celebrate. The world’s biggest smile at Uncle Lionel’s Jazz Funeral in Treme, New Orleans
Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. (Ann Landers, journalist)
Two second line walkers greet each other in Central, New Orleans
Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. (Joyce Meyer, author)
Taking pictures requires a little patience at Mardi Gras, Uptown, New Orleans
I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. (Jackie Robinson, athlete)
Respect is what we owe; love, what we give. (Philip James Bailey, poet)
Mardi Gras Indians greet the elders during Downtown Super Sunday, 7th Ward, New Orleans
Ray Laskowitz is a photographer in New Orleans. I can’t recall how we found each other, but I find his photos capture many aspects of humanity. Fittingly, he describes his blog as “about pictures and their backstories.” My experience told me he is the perfect artist for this collaborative endeavor. I gathered the text, then he supplied the images.
I encourage everyone to visit Ray’s blog for his stories and his website to see his photos, where images are available for purchase. I’ve invite Ray to respond to comments when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.
All photos are copyrighted by Ray Laskowitz @ Laskowitz Pictures