Above:A 360-degree photo shows a rusted boat and other wreckage at Bayou Caddy, a port west of Waveland. (John Brecher / MSNBC.com)

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Katrina rekindles Santa spirit

Posted: Tuesday, December 26 at 06:36 pm CT by

My Christmas spirit is vastly improved since last year. I'm not sure that I can attribute it to being out of a trailer and in a house, though I'm sure that that does play some part. I think mostly it has to do with -- hmmm, now let me see how to put it -- I guess it has to do with Santa Claus. Over the past 16 or so months I've seen a great many things I never thought I'd see, never hoped to see, and some I'll never hope to see again. But in some ways these experiences have made me understand what Charles Dickens meant about a redeemed Scrooge keeping Christmas in his heart every day.

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