Author: Ashley McLellan

Persona: Community Crusader

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, more than 50 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the state have been African Americans. Dr. Thomas LaVeist, dean of Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the first African American to…

Literary Louisiana: Summer Reading List

JACKPOT DREAMS Louisiana Lucky: A Novel by Julie Pennell In “Louisiana Lucky: A Novel,” author Julie Pennell brings us the story of three sisters growing up with modest means in a small town. They fantasize about what it would be…

Social Aid, New Orleans Style

When Krewe of Red Beans founder Devin De Wulf saw a simple need, providing front line workers with wholesome meals, he jumped into action. He and his krewe members have launched a new initiative, the Krewe of Second Line. New…

Poolside Service

Relaxing by the pool is a favorite summertime activity. But what to do when happy hour rolls around? Who wants to bring the party inside? We’ve searched and found the most stylish acrylic cocktail glasses in classic shapes and cool…

Laine Hardy

Louisiana native Laine Hardy has always been a performer. The southern rocker started playing guitar at the age of 8, and by 14 he was performing in a band. When a friend asked him to come with her to audition…

NOLA Mother's Day 2020

  It’s time to celebrate mom, and while that celebration may look a little different this year, there are still plenty of great places to get gifts, delicious treats, festive spirits and more. Here are some of our top choices…

Literary Louisiana: Off the Shelf

MAGICAL TALE The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata This book is a hard-to-describe tale of twists, turns and mysterious manuscripts. It starts in 1929 New Orleans, where a young woman writes a popular science fiction tale, falls…

Eric Paulsen

During his long career at WWL-TV, journalist and anchor Eric Paulsen has seen politicians come and go, scandals and celebrations, tragedies and triumphs. While New Orleanians can still start their day waking up to Paulsen hosting the channel’s morning show,…

Starting a New Running Routine

For me, getting outside for an early morning run has been crucial to staying sane during our self-isolation time. If you are new to running or would like to start a new routine, here are some tips and tools to…

Corona Diaries: Friday, April 17, 2020

  During these times, our attention spans have varied wildly from binge reading an entire novel in one day to only being able to focus on videos the length of a TikTok jam. For me, I have found my most…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, April 16, 2020

  The weather, while beautiful, took a chilly turn this morning. During most spring days, we turn our kitchens away from soups and stews to lighter fare. But for me, I’ll be making a big pot of lentil soup. Lentils…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  Social aid and pleasure clubs across New Orleans have been leaning heavily into the “aid” portion of their mottos. Groups like the Sirens, the Merry Antoinettes, the Muffalottas and more have collected money to provide meals to healthcare workers.…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

I have a text thread with several of my Carnival krewe members. We check in at least once a day, usually more than that – a lot more than that - to make sure we are all staying sane and…

Corona Diaries: Monday, April 13, 2020

  As I write this, the forecast is at last calling for rain. Although I have loved the sweet sunny days we have been experiencing, a big part of me is excited for a day of rain, wind and thunder.…

Celebrating Easter and Passover During Coronavirus

  While we are all still in the midst of our social distancing practices, many will be celebrating this weekend. Easter and Passover mark a special religious moment in the year for Jews and Christians, and harken the arrival of…

Let’s Play a Game!

  With shelter-at-home orders in place through the end of the month, many may be looking for entertainment beyond the screen. Kids and adults alike are all feeling stir crazy and a little (a lot) bored. From card games to…

Loving Life in LA

David Rubin, a.k.a. Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., and his band the Zydeco Twisters have been cooking up music for a local, national and international audience for decades. The master of the washboard, Dopsie loves his fans just as much as they…

Taking It To The Streets

With many events being cancelled with orders to implement social distancing and shelter in place, the annual Crescent City Classic 10k run has transformed itself from a traditional 6.2 mile road race into the new Virtual Crescent City Classic run.…

Keeping the Party Going, Virtually

  New Orleans residents aren’t letting social distancing kill their buzz. Many are “gathering” in small groups via apps like Zoom and Google Hangout to celebrate virtual happy hours. Metairie resident Molly Russell Doran was excited to join in the…

NOLA Mock-Tales: Oooooh, We’re Halfway There

We are quickly approaching our halfway point, and I really can’t believe how fast the time has flown. I have found that having a plan in place, with plenty of refreshing sodas, tea and mocktail garnishes (think lime, fruit, herbs…

The Writing Life

Novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s 2019 novel “We Cast a Shadow” became a runaway hit, garnering praise from NPR, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and many more. The novel, a unique story about a father protecting his son no…

Literary Louisiana: Louisiana Spirit

FOOD Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou by Melissa Martin Chef Melissa Martin is passionate about two things: food and helping to preserve and protect the fragile wetlands and fisheries of her native Louisiana, as well as…

Zulu King 2020

New Orleans native Brian M. Sims, a 24-year member of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, will serve as 2020 King Zulu. Throughout his membership, Sims has participated on multiple levels and with many roles within the organization, including…

Behind the Lens

If you’ve ever been to a Carnival parade (and why wouldn’t you?) you may have seen an intrepid photographer capturing all the fun. Or when news happens, there she is in the thick of things getting just the right shot.…