Rachel & Tin

Rachel Dangermond


In 2004, I created this blog as an outlet for memoir writing. Then months later, the 2005 Federal Flood turned my life upside down. As an investigative journalist, I was soon blogging about the national and global tragedy that happened through the lens of my own life. From 2005 to 2015, I went from denial to determination, from a total dismantling to a reinvention, from PTSD to resilience. I was one of a few New Orleans bloggers who captured in real-time the national tragedy that happened here on an hourly and daily basis for over a decade.

I am also the author of the forthcoming book, The Elephant In The Playground, a memoir about a Sephardic mom raising a Black son in New Orleans. I was a Facilitator with Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Welcome Table New Orleans, a race and reconciliation initiative that began in 2013. I am also working with the Department of Justice on its community policing initiative. After adopting my son, Tin, in 2009, I created Transracial Parenting, a provocative blog and workshop on raising culturally competent children. In 2016, I received my certificate as a mediator. My work is published in the anthology New Orleans by New Orleans, Louisiana Life, City Business,, and I co-wrote Acoustics: Architecture, Engineering, the Environment (1998 William Stout Publisher).