Rest A While (Sundays in My City)

  Rest A While is a landmark along the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain. It was a fine hotel in the late 1800s, catering to wealthy New Orleanians escaping the heat and disease that visited New Orleans most summers. Yellow fever, malaria, typhoid and heat stroke were common maladies of Old New Orleans. In the […]

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Get Smart

While I was away for a short trip abroad, the heating and air-conditioning unit was replaced in my home.  When I got back, I admired the new shiny contraption that sat alongside the house. “Great,” I thought, I hope the new thermostat works.” My older system had a thermostat that had two settings: very cold […]

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What time is it? ¿Que hora es?

This parody always makes me laugh. If you know just a few Spanish words, you will like this. The title? What time is it? If you want to learn a bit of Spanish, I have a few suggestions: Try Coffee Break Spanish podcasts. They are free and easy to understand. Learn informally by talking with […]

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Little House in the Big Woods

I live nearly equidistant between Abita Roasting  Company and Abita Brewing. I like having options when it comes to beverages. Neither of these fine establishments are within the tiny confines of the city limits of Abita Springs. And neither am I. I live here, in this tiny cottage on the edge of a densely wooded […]

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A Floyd Is Born

This is the first installment of an occasional series about my father and his forebears. On December 24, 1932, a boy was born. His mother was 40, and his father 45. He would be the youngest of eight children. It may have been a starry night, and perhaps some of the family had attended church […]

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Writing Without Periods

I can write without periods I am confident about this statement This is a moment I have longed for It’s not a disease at all It’s a blessing! There comes that moment in a woman’s life when she realizes true freedom This is it gals and guys who follow the Gumbo YaYa I am a […]

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Gumbo and Grace

Finally! It’s gumbo weather in Louisiana.  Temperatures are mild, and the humidity is low.  Time to stir up a roux in a cast iron pot and get cooking. Even better, it’s a good time to ask my mama to make a gumbo.  When it comes to gumbo, I can’t think of any I have had […]

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