When I was a kid, my mom, my grandmother and I had a weekly tradition. On Fridays, my grandmother would come over for a visit and we would all sit and watch Jeopardy.

I was just a kid, and I never knew the answers, but my mom did and I always thought she was so smart. I looked forward to those Fridays, in front of the TV, watching Alex’s Jeopardy with the comfort of my mother and grandmother.

My grandmother died, and my mom and I continued the tradition, for a while- watching when we could. …

Disclaimer: This will contain spoilers about the 90's/00's NBC show ER. I mean…duh.

On a lark, and out of sheer pandemic boredom, I decided to watch the entire NBC series, ER, which originally aired from September 19, 1994, to April 2, 2009. My original plan was to just watch the first 3 seasons, but after I got hooked, I decided I was in for the long haul.

I figure 22 Emmy wins has to be worth a few hours of my time, right? Just so I wouldn’t feel like this was a total waste of time, I decided to share…

Photo: David Rodrigue, 2020

This piece was originally published by Big Easy Magazine on September 1st, 2020.

“New Orleans is slowly bleeding to death. I don’t know how much longer my job will be able to continue leaking.”

It’s a desperate statement, from a New Orleanian on Twitter, that’s all too familiar to those who depend on businesses being open, and life returning to some semblance of normal, in order to make a living during a global pandemic. …

French Quarter, Photo by: David Rodrigue

It’s noon. My phone lights up and sets off a cheerful “ping!” sound. This used to mean that I had a new email or text message or maybe there’s some new celebrity gossip that will act as a welcome distraction for a few minutes.

However, these days the happy ping is a news alert letting me know that more people are infected with Covid-19. It’s letting me know that more people have died and that the numbers are only going to be increasing. …

Bourbon Street, Photo by: Marielle Songy

To Whom It May Concern:

It’s currently being reported that New Orleans has had an explosive rate of coronavirus diagnoses and may soon be known as the “epicenter” of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak. Many factors are to blame: New Orleans is easily one of the poorest cities in the country- we lack proper healthcare and housing. Our homeless population is huge with people erecting “tent cities” under our expressways. It only makes sense that people who can’t afford to see a doctor regularly are going to be more susceptible to coronavirus.

New Orleans, like many other cities, is facing a…

Mom and me on my 5th birthday, 1987

Get through that first year. Get through the first birthday, the first Christmas, the first winter and the first anniversary of the thing. Once you get through that first year, the rest of the years aren’t so bad. It will all be okay.

At least that’s what I tell myself. Results may vary.

Being an only child is practice in preparing for death and knowing that one day you’ll be left alone. It sounds extreme, but I’ve been preparing for the death of my parents since I was a child. I’ve spent my life mentally bracing myself for the inevitable.

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy is a writer and journalist living in New Orleans. More of her work can be found at www.mariellesongy.com

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