With my dad

A Writer for a Day

I’m fairly certain I first knew I wanted to be a writer sometime during my sophomore year of high school. I had always enjoyed writing for fun, but it was a commendation report from my English teacher Ms. Zinck that made me think I might be sort of good at it. To have a teacher […]

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A Little Human Touch at the Joy Theater

For thirty years I had been telling my sad story…Rick Springfield, my obsession for most of the 1980s, almost touched my hand at his 1983 concert at the Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. The song was “Human Touch.” He was bringing it to life, and there I was, (and I know y’all will find this […]

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Be Like Steve…and his friends

Steve Gleason is a hero. No doubt about it. No true Saints fan will ever forget his blocked punt in 2006, when the Saints returned to the Dome for the first time post-Katrina. A year after the storm, we were still more than a little broken, but in those few seconds it took #37 to […]

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I saw this New Orleans house this year at Mardi Gras. It's not hard to find abandoned homes 
that were never demolished or rebuilt.

A Look Back at Katrina

Eight years ago today, Katrina made her unwelcome appearance in New Orleans and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, leaving unimaginable destruction in her wake. In some ways, it seems like a lifetime ago, but my memories of the days leading up to the storm and the weeks after are as clear as if it happened […]

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Strolling On Royal

Ask anyone from outside the area what they picture when they think of New Orleans, and chances are their answer will have something to do with crazy parties on Bourbon Street. I think this is unfortunate because, for me, Bourbon Street is the least interesting part of the city. Of course, when visiting New Orleans, […]

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Post-Fest Blues

Ever get the holiday blues? You’ve wrapped up the Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities, and while there are exciting possibilities for the new year, there’s that inevitable letdown. The “what now?” lull. I used to fall victim to this…then I moved to New Orleans. It’s difficult to be too blue with King cakes filling every grocery […]

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