|i want to call this stuff bear grass but i see from the pictures that's wrong...|
what is it anyway?....
whup, mystery solved. according to resident botanist michael demers--pampas grass!
From the amazon page for:
In The Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir, by Neil White
"'Daddy is going to camp.' That's what I told my children. But it wasn't camp". . . .
Neil White wanted only the best for those he loved and was willing to go to any lengths to provide it—which is how he ended up in a federal prison in rural Louisiana, serving eighteen months for bank fraud. But it was no ordinary prison. The beautiful, isolated colony in Carville, Louisiana, was also home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured by leprosy—a small circle of outcasts who had forged a tenacious, clandestine community, a fortress to repel the cruelty of the outside world. In this place rich with history, amid an unlikely mix of leprosy patients, nuns, and criminals, White's strange and compelling new life journey began."
Here's a film about that "beautiful, isolated colony" which was technically a Marine hospital and at which an order of Catholic nuns, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, faithfully treated the patients for decades:
Triumph at Carville: A Tale of Leprosy in America
|i have been so overwhelmed by the suffering of the world lately i have broken out in|
a patchy skin rash myself