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0 4 Questions with Sarah Tindall, Writer for the Corpus Christi Caller Times

Sarah & Her Husband Brad at a Diabetes
Benefit Gala Last Year
Often seen with her notepad covering Rockport-Fulton events, Sarah Tindall is the woman behind many of the 'society' and fashion features in the Corpus Christi Caller Times. Her latest column entitled "Closet Snoop" showcases a local "fashionista." Now, we get to learn a little bit about the woman who sometimes puts Rockport-Fulton 'on the front page.' Thank you, Sarah, for sharing a little bit of yourself with The WWNetwork!

1. Where and how did you grow up?

I was born in 1977 in New Orleans, LA. I grew up in the Lakeview neighborhood, which is on the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain. New Orleans is a neighborhood town, and to this day when I go back to Lakeview I feel like I’m back home again. I grew up in a house built by my great aunt and uncle, and in which they had raised their son, my cousin, and my great aunt lived eight houses down from ours. I have one younger sister, and we both attended the neighborhood Catholic elementary school and one of the local Catholic high schools, which also happened to be across the street from our house.

I then attended the University of Dallas, a Catholic college in Irving, Texas and majored in English and minored in Journalism. The university has a study abroad program in which the Sophomores are sent to spend a semester in Rome at the school’s campus there, and it was during my semester there that I met my wonderful husband, Brad Tindall. We married after graduation in 1999 and moved to New Orleans, where we bought my great aunt’s cottage up the street from my parent’s house and raised our son Daniel, who was born in 2000.

2. How did your upbringing affect what you do for a living now?

My family was tight-knit, like most in New Orleans, and it was common when we got together to tell stories- crazy things family members had done (“remember the time Mimi found a marijuana plant growing in the alley and took it home and planted it in her backyard because ‘she thought it was pretty’???”) crazy things the neighbors had done, whatever craziness the local politicians were up to at the time, etc. When I was pursuing my journalism degree, I was naturally drawn to Features stories because of my natural bent for storytelling, developed all those years at the kitchen table, and I’ve been writing pieces like that ever since.

3. What brought you to Rockport-Fulton (in Sarah's case Corpus Christi), and how does it differ from where you have lived previously?

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed our house, my parents’ house, and my sister and brother in law’s house along with all the rest of Lakeview. So, we moved to Corpus Christi, where my husband had grown up and his parents still live. We love to spend time in Rockport-Fulton; it reminds me of all the summer vacations I spent in Florida beach towns like Destin and Pensacola. The Coastal Bend is different from New Orleans in some ways, but also very like it in others. Both are small, tight- knit friendly communities, and folks in both areas seem to have their priorities in order (“laissez le bon temps rouller” comes to mind, along with the “work will get done as long as the fishing is bad” mentality of the Texas coast). The food is even the same and different -- same seafood, just cooked differently!

4. What are your passions?

I am most passionate about my family. Our son Jonathan was born here in 2006, and Brad and I love watching he and Daniel grow up together. I enjoy traveling and reading, especially historical novels and Southern fiction. My favorite part about all of the writing work that I do (I write for several magazines besides the Corpus Christi Caller Times) is the opportunity to meet new people and learn their life stories. I consistently find myself in awe of how many ordinary people I meet who are doing extraordinary things.

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