David Shafer David Shafer David Shafer’s stories United States: Right Where He’s Supposed To Be United States: A New School Year, a ‘New Normal' Slidell, Louisiana - The only thing Tish Casey tried to retrieve from her ruined pre-K classroom was a rocking chair. It was her grandmother's rocking chair, and Casey, 54, had wanted to give the chair to her own grandchild, expected in April. Pakistan: Pakistan Bound: Relief Worker Shares Her Expertise From Heathrow airport, before boarding a plane to Islamabad, Susan Romanski, a member of Mercy Corps’ Global Emergency Operations team, stole a brief moment to call into the organization’s Portland headquarters. United States: A Welcome Back to School Classes began in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana this week, but teachers who returned to work there weren't comparing notes on their summer vacations. United States: A Special Delivery from New York City One month after Hurricane Katrina tore through communities along the Gulf Coast, the devastation is still striking: boats nestle in the crooks of trees; homes stripped of their walls and roofs stand exposed like dollhouses; school buses lie where they were flung. United States: Waiting For Rita: Katrina Response Team Doubles Its Duties Poring over maps and glued to updates from the National Hurricane Center, a thirteen-person Mercy Corps team assembled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, awaiting Hurricane Rita’s landfall on the bruised Gulf Coast.