Dave Winer has a holiday wish, which includes a special message for New Orleans. Last year I was in Panama visiting my dad and as I recall we began the new year horrified at the devastation in India and South Asia as a Tsunami struck and caused damage along coastal towns and villages. Never would I have guessed that a similar fate would befall my own city. Still, I’m happy for the the many things that have ‘gone right’ in my life. I have great family and friends, and I have three wonderful kids. Here is a copy of the letter that I wrote them this year for Christmas; it pretty much summarizes how I feel about all of this Katrina stuff. It’s good to have people outside New Orleans –people like Dave Winer– who care about us and who want to help. I’ve learned a lot from Katrina, mostly I’ve learned how helpful people can be if they are given the chance to be positive.