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Midnight Trains

  *This article originally published as Laborde's editor's note in the January/February 2021 issue of Louisiana Life Magazine    Let us pause a moment to consider midnight trains: Winston Hall is a Shreveport musician, song writer and music history buff.…

Phased Out

  We all hoped 2021 would bring a breath of fresh air, but with the new year came tighter COVID-19 restrictions around the city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana. The restrictions included New Orleans moving back to a…

Carnival at Home

  Each day our walks in Uptown get a little brighter and more whimsical and a lot more festive due to the “house floats,” popping up on people’s porches and in yards throughout the neighborhood. The Krewe of House Floats…

Resolutions

  I now weigh 157 pounds. That is not, statistically, a lot for a man of my age and height. The problem is that whereas some people can wear weight well, at 157 pounds I look something like a pincushion.…

Fun and Fitness

It might be the idea of being the center of attention for the day or knowing those photos will last forever. Either way, all brides want to look their best on their Big Day. So amidst all the wedding prep,…

Hope for the Future

  Jan. 6 was a good day for me personally. The violence at the Capitol sort of took the shine off of everything, but before that happened, I was just thrilled with the way the world was unfolding, and overall,…

The Geezer Bowl

  To begin, I am not the sports/Saints writer for MyNewOrleans. That job goes to my colleague Chris Price. Then again, I'm also not the food writer here. Nor the travel writer. But I write about sports, food and travel…

New Beginnings

  During a time when many businesses are seeing closures due to the pandemic, a new hotel is bringing a new era to the French Quarter. One11 Hotel is the first hotel allowed to open in the Vieux Carre district…

Camellia Beans

  I’m going to be honest: I dreaded Mondays when I was a kid. Mondays meant red beans and I did not like red beans. I ate the sausage, but the beans were not my thing. It wasn’t until I…

The Day The Music Died

  I don't really know what to say. Usually, in this space, I try to write pithy, witty commentary about our city and state and our communal lives. All the weirdness and comedy that abounds. But I don't have it…

City Stayin’

  It’s not surprising that a pandemic hinders travel plans. Sitting on a plane while trying to maintain six feet of social distancing or heading to the downtown area of a big city could easily continue the spread and no…

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