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The Greatest Leap

“When bad things happen to good people, instead of asking ‘why,’ perhaps we should ask the question, ‘what do I do now?’” – author Rabbi Harold Kushner, from When Bad Things Happen to Good PeopleSarah Abrusley sits sipping from a glass…

Tales of Molly the Wonder Horse

You go to do a little thing, like help save people’s lives after a major hurricane, and you never know where it’s going to lead you.Take the case of Kaye Harris.Kaye and her husband, Glenn, own ponies, wagons and a…

ELISE BERON

It is those certainties of life, those everyday, you-can-set-your-watch-by-’em occurrences that give our lives focus and keep us balanced and sane in an ever-nuttier world, experts say.For instance: If it’s 3 p.m. in New Orleans, you know that “The Jerry…

Jim Tweedy’s Friendly Doggies

“My life has gone to the dogs! But, hey! I collect unemployment. I get three squares a day and I sleep in a really cool flowerpot! Overall … life is great!” – Charlie the Red CatFrank Zappa, the late rock-jazz…

BRUCE BROWN AND THE OLE 745

Somewhere along the 2,180 miles he trudged over the Appalachian Trail during this past year, Bruce Brown stops to sit on a tree stump; pulls off his well-worn shoes; rubs his weary, beat-up dogs and wonders what’s going on with…

Marita Jaeger’s Boutique du Vampyre

“Listen to them. The children of the night. What music they make!” – Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula to Dwight Frye as Renfield in response to the howling wolves outside the Castle Dracula from the 1931 horror classic, Dracula.The Ultimate Vampire…

Stacey Nichols – Oil wrestler

“Five fights, huh? Rocky Marciano’s got 40 fights and he’s a millionaire…”– Inmate Randal P. McMurphy in the movie,  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, rationalizing his propensity for brawling to the prison psychiatrist.The big guy was tanked up on…

A couple of clowns

 “A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast!”– Groucho MarxAfter spending a few minutes with Richard and Sally Simoneaux, you come away with the feeling that New Orleans’ only husband-and-wife clown team has front-row viewing seats on…