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-- Special edition --

October 7, 2005

Tired, crying and still homeless

By Samantha Perez

Samantha Perez

By Michel Lee/ The Tattoo

Natchitoches, LA - Sept. 8, 2005


Iím really tired. Itís late right now, and more than anything, I just want to crawl into my bed, beneath the blue comforter and strangerís sheets to go to sleep, but I canít. I know I canít, because every night that Iíve been here at LSMSA, Iíve tried. Instead, I wind up listening to the girls next door as they talk until three every morning, or I listen to Tenacious D and Led Zeppelin until I doze off for 20 minutes. I like dozing off. My alarm clock isnít very fun to watch.

To read more, click on 'Sleepless in Natchitoches' link here

(This printed edition contains journal entries from 'Out of place in a new school,' 'Hitting the road, again,' and 'Guilt and doubt')

Starting the day after Hurricane Katrina stormed across the Gulf Coast, killing thousands and chasing millions from their homes, 17-year-old Samantha Perez began to tell her heartbreaking story. This is the second printed installment, containing her second and third diary entries. To read all of Perez's work, including later  entries, follow link. 

To contact Perez, please send an email to The Tattoo

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