New Orleans has always been a city steeped in stories. From its crumbling walls in the French Quarter to its graveyard “Cities of the Dead” to cannons on the Chalmette Battlefield, the tales that inhabit New Orleans are as rich and diverse as the city itself.
Mary Claire Landry helps victims of domestic violence reclaim their lives. Romantic and family relationships are ideally about love, but, in some dark cases, emotional abuse and physical violence can take root. And because victims’ lives are so intertwined psychologically and financially with their abusers, escape from these relationships is often difficult.
Brandon Berger finds flourishing opportunities at home in New Orleans. When Brandon Berger moved back to New Orleans in 2008 to take a role in the family business—commercial real estate development firm The Berger Company—the city was a tough sell.
An old joke goes, “It’s easy to quit smoking. I know because I’ve done it hundreds of times.” Of course, the truth underlying this joke is that it’s really, really hard to quit smoking cigarettes. It’s been said that first-time quitters suffer the same 75% relapse rate as recovering alcoholics and heroin addicts.