Courir de Mardi Gras

March 13, 2017  |  Travel, Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

I have long wanted to witness a rural Louisiana Mardi Gras, and last week I did. This is nothing like the more familiar Mardi Gras as celebrated in New Orleans. This is a ritualized traveling show that can be kind of creepy, a little bit scary, very colorful, and a…

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The Many Faces of Rosie

The Many Faces of Rosie

August 14, 2016  |  Events, Local Interest, Uncategorized  |  3 Comments

This is what it looks like when almost 2300 people gather to win a Guinness World Record: the most Rosie the Riveters together at one time.

But look closer. It’s about so much more.

History. Community. Celebration. Recognition. Gratitude.

Those are some pretty good reasons for a party in my book. It was…

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July 22, 2015

July 22, 2015

July 25, 2015  |  Local Interest  |  4 Comments

There is something mysterious and perhaps even romantic about abandoned spaces. The rust and decay can have a certain kind of beauty, and can engage our imaginations as we wonder what the place might have been like in its prime. Movies often employ a time-fade technique where decrepitude is gradually…

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In the Company of Books

In the Company of Books

June 30, 2015  |  Books, Travel  |  No Comments

I love books. And bookstores. And, most especially, used bookstores. They are magical places where time slips away. The discoveries are many: new titles, forgotten titles, inscriptions that hold a story, volumes that simply must be mine. Books are pretty and they smell good. Used bookstores are quirky and individual….

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Zydeco Joy

Zydeco Joy

May 31, 2015  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

The forecast predicted cloudy and cold, in that familiar May way. Did Mark Twain actually say, “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco”? He certainly could have.

The day started out that way, but by the time Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic took the stage at…

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Bringing Folks Together Zydeco Style

Bringing Folks Together Zydeco Style

February 11, 2015  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

If I had to describe zydeco in one word, it would be “joyful”. I love to hear Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic play anywhere, but it is never more fun than at a church dance. That is where all the elements of the culture that Thierry celebrates come together: generations…

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Timeless Travel on the St. Charles Streetcar Line

Timeless Travel on the St. Charles Streetcar Line

February 10, 2015  |  Travel  |  2 Comments

The story of the St. Charles Streetcar line is about streetcars and a whole lot more. It’s about a famous city, and everyday people, and . . .

Click here for the full story.

I am very proud to have this essay published on Rear Curtain. I hope you’ll take a look!

Paris in December

Paris in December

December 21, 2014  |  Personal, Travel  |  8 Comments

I love Christmas. That won’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me. It was a special time when I was a kid, and it’s special now. Both of our girls get home today, and I look forward to our rituals and traditions. The house is ready for them…

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Playing for Keeps at the Savoy Music Center

Milton Vanicor (center)

Playing for Keeps at the Savoy Music Center

October 31, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

We visited Lafayette, Louisiana a few weeks ago for the first time. It was the 40th anniversary of the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles,and we were very excited to be there, to hear the music, dance a little, eat a lot, and soak up the history and culture of this unique…

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This Is The Good Stuff

Ed Poullard and Lawrence "Black" Ardoin, with Sean Ardoin on drums

This Is The Good Stuff

September 11, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

They call it a festival, but it feels like a party in a great big back yard. The folks know one another, and they are happy to gather together for a day spent dancing to the music they love. This is the 19th year for the Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco Festival….

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