The End of Time


Out there where the swamps meet the lakes it looks like this. Not exactly this way. I made this picture look this way. But, the trees are broken. Many are gone. The swamps are dead. The land is desolate. The way you might think that the end of time looks. Some of this is storm damage. HurricaneContinue reading “The End of Time”

My View of the Battlefield


The Battle of New Orleans. January 8, 1815. The last battle of the War of 1812. This is where it happened. The big battle. I showed you one picture yesterday. Somewhere along the line, my touring buddy posted a few pictures of the battlefield on his blog. He wrote something like he’s interested in how IContinue reading “My View of the Battlefield”

Battle of New Orleans


The War of 1812. The Battle of New Orleans. This is the place. Where the final battle of the war was fought over ten days in January, 1815. Even though the Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814. it was not ratified by The U.S. Congress until February, 1815. That almost seems like a perfect NewContinue reading “Battle of New Orleans”

Dock of the Bay


Water. We are surrounded by it. If you look at a map you’ll see that New Orleans is pretty much surrounded on all sides by water in some way.  To the north is Lake Ponchartrain. To the south and sort of east is The Mississippi River. If you cross the river and work your way throughContinue reading “Dock of the Bay”

About a Daddy


Southern tales. Southern stories. A love story. One night I was talking to my friend, Chesley Thompson. She’s a Southerner. Born and raised. She has family all over the south, especially in Mississippi and Louisiana. She’s a school teacher. An incredible school teacher. Just ask her former students. I met her at UNO when we wereContinue reading “About a Daddy”

Hot Tamales


I should never have posted this picture. Now I want a tamale. It’s not that I’m hungry. I just want one. Just so you know, a tamale is Mesoamerican food. They originated in — wait for it — Mesoamerica somewhere around 8,000 to 5,000 BC. They were road food. Usually armies and travelers ate themContinue reading “Hot Tamales”

A Little Swampy


Swamps. A lot of tourists come to Louisiana for only a couple of things. They say that they want to visit New Orleans. They really mean The French Quarter, or that they want to take a swamp or plantation tour.  Swamps are just about everywhere. Plantations, at least the kind most people think of, are generallyContinue reading “A Little Swampy”

Summer Starts


Yes. Yes. Yes. I know that summer officially begins on June 21. At 12:38pm EDT. That’s Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year. From there it all goes downhill. Or, not. But, in The United States most people feel like it starts on this long weekend. Memorial Day. That weekend. One of the leastContinue reading “Summer Starts”

Southern Feel.


The South. It has a look. A feel. A smell. All its own. In the summer it’s hot. Sticky. Humid. Wet. And, summer lasts a while. From March to Christmas. In the winter, it cools off a bit. But, the humidity doesn’t go away. The wetness doesn’t go away. It manifests itself in fog. 40Continue reading “Southern Feel.”