We’ve been busy getting situated to deliver what we have been promising to our friends, and that would be a direct connection to the world of Louisiana Fishermen. The attached video is one of many we are posting of a chat Dr. Riki Ott had with the fishermen and their families last Friday. Dr. Ott was in Alaska during the Exxon Valdez spill and has a lot of wisdom to share. I think you will find her views on corporations passing off as persons protected by the constitution is well researched. She’s trying to make sure the mistakes they made in Alaska aren’t repeated down here.

As I sit here tonight, I realized that I needed to get my head cleared and let the things I’m feeling come out. I am overwhelmed with strong feelings for these people and their independent lifestyles. Am I witnessing the demise of a species…that of the Cajun? I’m conflicted because most of the time I am so positive. I guess we can only wait and see what happens in the next few days. Maybe Kevin Costner and his machine will miraculously appear down here and suck up the oil. Maybe superman will make a long awaited appearance…I wish I had a crystal ball.

I often preach to people about the need to be flexible in your life since we never know where the next curve-ball is coming from. Two years ago I was publishing an alternative newspaper and then along came an economic tsunami and pushed me on a different path. Now I’m watching the fishermen being wiped out by an environmental tsunami. Just how this will all turn out is anybody’s guess right now and we’ll be here filming and putting it out there for all to see. Your interest in the outcome is so important to the folks down here. We are up and running smoothly now so we’ll be posting videos constantly.

More to follow and like I said yesterday, walk to the store, bicycle anywhere you can and be a lean, mean green machine. We have got to save ourselves because BP can’t do it for us.

Dotty Oliver Publisher of Little Rock Free Press on facebook.

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Dotty Oliver, author of “Mistress of the Misunderstood,” has won many awards with her alternative paper, The Arkansas Free Press, including the Sierra Club's “Outstanding Environmental Journalism” award and Arkansas AIDS Foundation's “Most Compassionate Media” accolades. After closing the newspaper down during the meltdown of 2008, she started Dottyllama Publishing, which will be dedicated to publishing the history of Arkansas’s alternative culture. Dottyllamapublishing.com