Article Published Today in The Advocate

“A generation ago, tucking in a baby meant a lullaby and nestling the child in a soft sea of blankets and bumpers.
Today, that soothing nighttime ritual is viewed as dangerous.”

I was very excited to see my name in print this morning. Louisiana’s capital city newspaper, The Advocate, picked up one of my freelance pieces, “More Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.” It was published on the front page of the People section (above the fold)!

The article discusses the changes in childcare throughout the last generation and how boning up in a parenting class is important for grandparents.

According to the piece, these classes are more relevant to Louisiana’s grandparents:

“Louisiana, according to Louisiana’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren website, has the nation’s third highest percentage of children living with grandparents. The national average of children living in households headed by grandparents is 7 percent; in Louisiana, it is 11 percent.”

The Old Country Blog!

Check out my latest project, The Old Country Blog (you can always conveniently find it here by clicking the tab at the top of the page).

I created this blog to conserve my family’s culture, by telling stories from my grandparents’ motherland and serving up a complementary recipe.  By preserving fable and food, I think my blog reflects the best of the old country’s culture.

I would also like to talk to your grandparents!  I not only want to tell stories of my motherland, but yours! Please email me at carolinecgerdes@carolinegerdes.com with your family lore and recipes!

Check out this week’s post about St. Nicholas Day in Germany.  If you think a lump of coal is bad … Try drowning in a river!


Thanks Emily!

My friend and colleague in student media, Emily Slack, recently took some head shots of me.  I’d like to give her a shout out and a big thank you for the lovely photos!


Meet NG Young Explorers

London photographer Emily Ainsworth will share her adventures with the Mexican Circus tomorrow at headquarters.


“If you’re in D.C., join us at NG headquarters this Friday for a Young Explorers Salon, and meet three recent grantees: Shannon Switzer, Neil Losin, and Emily Ainsworth. Learn how their passion for adventure and the Earth led them from ‘fishing’ for lizards in urban Miami, to floating down California rivers, to running away with more than one Mexican circus.”

My second National Geographic blog for NG News Watch posted yesterday, Meet NG Young Explorers, about a really exciting event happening tomorrow at headquarters in DC.  I had the pleasure of interviewing three of National Geographic’s Young Explorers Grantees and hearing their inspirational stories of adventure.

If you are in DC tomorrow, so can you!

“Join us in an intimate club setting in the National Geographic Dining Hall Oct. 14 for an evening with these inspiring twenty-somethings. Food, drinks, and stories worth retelling will be served.”

If you can’t join the party at National Geographic (like me, I’ll be toasting my sister and her husband-to-be at their rehearsal dinner in New Orleans), join the conversation and tweet @natgeolive.


My First National Geographic blog posted!

A photo by Stephanie Sinclair of an illegal child marriage in Rajasthan. The bride in the yellow veil is five years old.

“Child brides are not unique to a single country, religion, or language.  Even though child marriage is illegal in most nations, it is a common tradition — older than laws protecting against it.”

If you have time today, I hope you take a look at my blog, A Conversation about Child Brides. Not only is it my first National Geographic News Watch blog, but it also is about an interesting event happening at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC on Oct. 3.

Cynthia Gorney and Stephanie Sinclair, writer and photographer duo for NG magazine’s  “Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides,” will speak at headquarters on Oct. 3 about events they witnessed while covering this piece.

The article and associated photo gallery are very moving — and at times jarring. If you are in DC, this event should be worthwhile! Tweet @natgeolive to join the conversation or to learn more!


Welcome! Wilkommen! Bienvenido!

Dear Internet,

Welcome, again, to my website.  Here you can find my resume, a sampling of my work and some information about me.  In this blog space, I’ll try to keep the world-wide-web apprised of my professional life — a nice break from cat videos.

Right now, I am working on …

  • My studies as a LSU Mass Communication: Print Journalism Senior
  • Copyediting for LSU’s Legacy magazine (a nice change of pace after serving my term as editor during my junior year)
  • Freelance pieces around Baton Rouge
  • (On a personal note) Serving Maid of Honor duty for my sister’s October wedding
OK, just one cat video