Ode to New Orleans

AMEN TO Steve Hendrix's essay on New Orleans ["Too Much to Love in New Orleans, Too Much to Lose," Sept. 4].

As a disappointed registrant for the now-canceled AARP convention in New Orleans Sept. 28-Oct. 1, I challenge other AARP attendees to donate their refunds to the charities helping flood victims.

AARP is returning our registration fees, airlines are refunding our ticket prices, and New Orleans hotels and restaurants would have earned many millions of dollars from us.

Why not send that money to help rebuild a great city we can all enjoy again?

Susan M. Menke

Bethesda

I GREW up in Georgia and have so many fond memories of New Orleans. I had to laugh at the line of how it is everyone's favorite city. My father once told me that it was his favorite place to visit because "the two things I enjoy the most are eating and drinking, and there is nowhere to enjoy eating and drinking like New Orleans." My son is a freshman at Ole Miss and actually had an oyster po'boy at Acme on the Saturday before the hurricane as he and his roommate had traveled from Oxford to help his roommate's mother and sister evacuate. I'm so happy he got to experience a little of the New Orleans his dad so often talked about.

I know things won't be easy in the Big Easy for a long time, but when they "tap that keg and string those lights," I will see you there. Thanks for making me feel better.

Terry Wingfield Jr.

Great Falls, Va.

Mayo Clinic, Cont'd

YOUR ARTICLE on Rochester, Minn., and the Mayo Clinic ["Hold the Mayo," Aug. 28] was excellent. It reminds me of three summers in 1953, 1954 and 1955 when I worked at the Kahler Grand Hotel to earn money for college.

I was interested in learning about changes in the Rochester community during the intervening years, especially at the Mayo Clinic and the Kahler Grand. The next time I fly from Dulles to Minneapolis I'll go on to Rochester to visit the museums and the historic buildings that are now open to the public, and shop at the Nordic Shop to add to my collection of Dala horses. I loved to listen to the carillon on my way to work. This time I will be able to visit the tower.

Barbara Fehse

Charlottesville

Back to School

IN JULY 2003, I spent two delightful weeks in the Oxford Experience program at Christ Church College, Oxford University. The weather during those weeks was unusually hot and sunny, and I acquired an "English tan" worthy of a beach vacation. Unlike Donald Miller's experience [Your Vacation in Lights, Aug. 28], my fourth-floor room in a 19th-century building was not hot and had lovely ventilation of the old-fashioned kind -- two large windows that I kept open to let in refreshing breezes.

The most amusing and touching experience was regularly seeing wide-eyed children touring the Great Hall, the model for the great hall at Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter movies. Although the Christ Church Great Hall does not come with floating ghosts like the set used in the movies, the open-mouthed, entranced looks on the children's faces were a testament to the magic that the real hall evokes.

Ayako Kurihara

Vienna

Photo Sharing, Cont'd

SNAPFISH IS is an extremely aggressive marketer and I do not use it because of that. It was probably not the fact that your reader gave e-mail addresses to Snapfish [Message Center, Aug. 21] that caused her friends to be spammed, but the fact that Snapfish requires e-mail recipients of photos to register in order to view them.

KodakGallery.com is my favorite because it provides a checkbox that allows friends to view your photos without registering, saving them both the hassle of signing in and the potential hassle of spam mail.

Lolli Sherry

Chestertown, Md.

Sedona

THE DESIGNER of the Chapel of the Holy Cross was Anshen+Allen, Architects, not their client, as stated in your article by Julian Smith ["Blazing Arizona," Aug. 21]. The San Francisco firm received an Honor Award in 1957 from the American Institute of Architects for their design of the chapel.

This error has been repeated so many times on so many sites that the truth has been obliterated. However, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is so significant to Christians, as well as architecturally, that your acknowledgement will help overcome the injustice and give credit where it is due.

Vernon C. Smith

Warrenton, Va.

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