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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In the coming months, MSNBC.com will focus its coverage of the Hurricane Katrina recovery on two cities on the hard-hit Mississippi coast.

Coastal Miss. vicinity

Though Bay St. Louis and Waveland are far from the media spotlight on New Orleans, the intertwined fates of the people, businesses and institutions in these towns tell the story of an entire region's struggle to recover from the most destructive storm in U.S. history.

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A season of forgetfulness

Posted: Saturday, February 25 at 06:27 pm CT by

As the days go by, I find consolation in the number of people that I know who seem to be suffering the same effects as me. I hesitate to write anything that might smack of negativity, as I have gotten SUCH a response from friends and relatives over my last post that was "upbeat" -- sort of like "WOW! I'm glad he's over all of that 'hurricane stuff,' and is better now!" -- but sorry to say, it comes and goes ... comes and goes.

The latest "normal" for me is the fact that Katrina washed away a huge hole in my brain where my short-term memory used to be. Heather and I have both noticed a marked inability to concentrate for any length of time, for instance, listening to NPR stories on the way to work. We often realize that we've both forgotten what the story was about before it's over with. I used to read the comic strips every morning in the newspaper, but now I find myself unable to follow the narrative all the way through. I realized the other day, as we were driving out of town to a gig that I had forgotten to call Ruth (who used to run Ruth's Cakery in BSL and makes the best King Cakes on the Coast), whom I was supposed to meet at the SBA center to get some much needed art supplies. I was standing her up as I thought this and then thought "AAAaaghh! I need to call her right now!" ... AND THEN FORGOT! Luckily I saw her Thursday night, and she was very nice, didn't hate me, and said that she's been doing the same thing. I keep finding scraps of paper in my wallet (at least that is better ... I used to just lose them immediately) with people's names on them, and I remember the planned call or email, or contact that I forgot ... but then I forget again.

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Mass' appeal aids healing

Posted: Friday, February 24 at 06:24 pm CT by

St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis, renowned for its unique Gospel-style Sunday Mass, has been a godsend for the storm-battered community.

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Half past apocalypse

Posted: Monday, February 20 at 10:02 pm CT by

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- It's been six months now since Hurricane Katrina conjured wind and wave and hurled them against the Gulf Coast with such fury that the landscape still resembles the aftermath of a carpet bombing campaign.

Twisted pieces of metal, some of them huge broad sheets, still hang from hundreds of trees. And the cozy avenues of broad, shady, ancient oak trees, stripped clean by Katrina's winds, still carry in their branches the memories of the homes that once around them.

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Ice storm slaps artists

Posted: Monday, February 20 at 03:13 pm CT by

The artists in Hancock County, Mississippi are resilient to say the least. First, Hurricane Katrina knocked them flat and now a sleet and ice storm has delayed their kick off event for a series of national shows. “Hearts for Art,” a one-night event at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock Ark., was called off due to an unexpected winter storm. The event, which was scheduled for Feb. 18, has been re-scheduled for March 11.

The “Hearts for Arts” event was planned as a “Night for Arkansas to support to Mississippi’s Katrina Artists” by Claire Haun. Haun, who is vice-president of The Arts, Hancock County, had evacuated to Little Rock with her husband and mother after the hurricane. Even though they are permanently settled in Arkansas now, Haun has not relinquished her ties to the arts community on the Gulf Coast. Although she and her family lost everything in the hurricane, she decided to focus on the plight of the 200 artists in Hancock County, most of whom she knew personally.

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