Joseph was lonely because he was alienated from his family, felt no one cared and that there was no hope. He conquered his lonliness by maintaining his integrity, becoming involved in meaningful work and forgiving those who had wronged him.
In September, 1985, a celebration was held at a New Orleans municipal swimming pool. The occasion was the celebration of the first summer in memory when no one had drowned at any New Orleans city pool. In honor of this somewhat historic event, two hundred people gathered at one of New Orleans’