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Adventures In Dog Sitting

What I’m thankful for: The levees didn’t break. I don’t have to paint my toenails again until hot weather. Same thing with shaving my legs. There is still a month to buy Christmas presents. My mother-in-law says she’ll cook Thanksgiving dinner,…

Purses are a Girl’s Best Friend

The song says diamonds are a girls’ best friend. But once you’re older and more mature, you realize how ridiculous that idea is. Your best friend is your purse. It provides all of life’s necessities: your phone, your aspirin, your…

Raising Eyebrows

My daughter Gladiola is sitting and staring at nothing. Poor heart. Her senior year just started and I know she has plenty on her mind: Will she do good on her tests? How will we pay for college? What will…

Enhancing the Derrière

In August, everybody should wear just muumuus – and that’s it. Well, maybe underpants, in case a stiff wind whips up or we step on a sidewalk grate like Marilyn Monroe. But nothing else; it’s too hot. My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda,…

Moms in the Kitchen

There are plenty of things I’m not any good at. Volleyball. Singing. Financial planning. One thing I am excellent at, though, is finding silly things to worry about. And so it was that I woke up at about 3 a.m.…

Read & Spin

TRAVEL A self-proclaimed “compulsive reader,” author Terri Peterson Smith provides lots of travel advice for fellow book fans in Off The Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs and Girls on Getaways. Smith shares some tips for…

Coastal Carnival – Why It Ain’t Right

Some things should stay where God put them. They just don’t do so good transplanted. Like polar bears. And banana trees. And Mardi Gras. I am not talking about the Mardi Gras like in Rio, because that’s a whole other thing. From…

Austin Rivers

My first game to see New Orleans Hornets rookie point guard Austin Rivers play was ironically against the Utah Jazz, the team that was once known as the New Orleans Jazz. The Jazz logo, as my friend pointed out, looks…

Steakside

We love a well-cooked steak. We love places where we can celebrate our carnivorous nature, and we love a restaurant that pays attention to what makes a steak great. Not all of the restaurants on this list are, strictly speaking,…

Death and The Times-Picayune

All her life, my mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, woke up to the thump of The Times-Picayune on her front porch. Not no more. Now she will only hear it on certain days of the week. “I got to pick out which…

Catching Up With Tomatoes

I am coming out of the post office, minding my own business, and a lady slaps a bag of tomatoes in my hands, jumps in her car and drives away. I ain’t surprised. I am in Folsom where my daughter…

Tails and the City

People who aren’t from New Orleans have a certain opinion about people who are from New Orleans: They think we’re nuts. You ever notice that when you travel? You could be in Timbuktu, but when you say you’re from New…

Picayune Memories

I can not remember a day in my life without the morning Times-Picayune on the doorstep. Did that influence my decision to become a writer? I don’t know, but two years after I graduated from Newcomb College, I was hired…

Aunt Bovette – The Final Act

Nothing is easy these days. Not even plopping over dead. I know this because Aunt Bovette from Ohio just did it. It ain’t too tragic thought, because she was 97 and charming as a meter maid with sore feet. I…

The Trouble With Zombies

The more you tell people that you’re not crazy, the crazier you sound. Which is probably why I’ll never be able to convince my sister-in-law Gloriosa that I ain’t taken leave of my senses. I blame it on the vampires…

How to Survive a Graduation

It’s a long, hard struggle, but when you finally make it to graduation, it’s like being born all over again. Everybody is real glad for you, but nobody wants to watch the whole thing. Me, I only go to the…

Restaurant Insider: Candy, Carmo, Cafes

On the 29th of this month (yes, that’s a thing that’s happening) Southern Candymakers will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The business, which is owned by locals Chuck Williams and Peter Tompkins, opened its first shop at 334 Decatur St. on…

Read + Spin

ALBUM New Orleans rockers MuteMath have re-released their third studio album (their first full-length effort without original guitarist Greg Hill), Odd Soul, as a vinyl LP. This most recent effort is noticeably more bluesy. Paul Meany’s vocals are just as…