Author: Topher Balfer

In Memoriam

  Pamela Marquis, a longtime contributor to various titles at Renaissance Publishing, died unexpectedly on May 4. A devoted gardener, Marquis’ gardening column and other contributions to New Orleans Homes kept readers in the know not only with trends and…

Crafting, Camping & Caring – Oh My!

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is more valuable than time spent with loved ones. Spring is here and summer is fast approaching, and with the promise of warmer weather and a gradual return to…

Legal Matters

As much as we rely on the legal system to guide, shape and govern our lives, it’s not often we afford legal conflicts much thought until we’re faced with them. But in situations that require the intervention of an attorney,…

Virtual Jazz Fest 2020

Here we are, at the first weekend of the Jazz Fest That Should Have Been. It’s times like these—when we can vividly picture ourselves crowding into the fairgrounds, donning our hats and slathering on sunscreen—that we fully start to comprehend…

Saints & Sinners

It’s summertime, and while the living might be easy, choosing clean and healthy foods that still satisfy our cravings might not be as simple. What better way to cool down on hot days than…

Jazz Fest: The Mystery of the Boy on the Balcony

  Has anyone else seen the Boy on the Balcony? A cursory internet search reveals that so far, he has either gone unnoticed or no one has bothered to question him. Could it be that no one has looked close…

ALA 2018: Sherrilyn Kenyon returns to the home of Dark-Hunters

The annual American Library Association conference has migrated south to New Orleans for its 2018 gathering, bringing with it notable speakers and panelists like Michelle Obama, Viola Davis, Sally Field and bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon. For Kenyon, returning to the…

Comic Con: An Interview With Will Friedle, Part 2

Will and I began to talk about his role on “Kim Possible,” and one does not talk about Kim Possible without talking about Christy Carlson Romano. Known for her portrayal of Ren in “Even Stevens,” Romano did several television movies like the…

Big Day Bundle

Of all the important decisions a couple has to make ahead of their Big Day, the venue is perhaps the most meaningful and the most difficult. To help make sure the location for your wedding serves as a reflection of…