Louisiana Cool-Down

I chuckled when I arrived at the hiking club hike last Saturday. There were 2 people there in jackets. It was early, and it was cooler out, but I didn’t think it was jacket weather cool. But I did don a hooded sweatshirt Saturday night when my phone read 70 degrees. I was stunned that […]

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Sunday Night Check-In: Catfish, Watermelon and Sweating

This is the first weekend I’ve really felt it. I ran early yesterday morning before dawn and was miserable. I’m not even running with Ashok because it’s too hot for her. I took a shower and headed down to the Farmer’s Market to meet some friends. It was still early – around 8ish – but […]

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Sunday Night Check-In: I’m Beat

This weekend was a blur. I went out to dinner with a friend in New Roads Friday night but got home pretty early. When I woke up Saturday morning, I was energized. I had an appointment with an appliance repairman in the afternoon, but I got up, ran some errands and cleaned my house. I […]

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Sunday Night Check-In: Still Enjoying What’s In Front of Me

I went into Friday with no plans for the weekend. I planned to lounge around, surf the internet, get back into my workout routine, dye my hair and clean my house! Well.…… like I said last week, I’m trying to enjoy what’s put in front of me. My Memphis friend Gerry and his partner Kristi […]

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Walking in the Land of Steel Magnolias at Christmastime

I’m writing to you from the Kingdom of the Steel Magnolias, Natchitoches LA. Interestingly enough, I caught the end of Steel Magnolias a couple of weeks or so ago. Over the years, when people would hear I was from Louisiana, they just knew that I was familiar with the little town that provided a sweet […]

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Finding Loveliness in the Simple Things

This morning God had me reading The Dance of Life by Henry Nouwen. I always just open the book and let God tell me what I need to hear. It works like a charm. This morning’s salve was a journal entry where Father Nouwen reflects on his propensity for drama. He talks about a friend […]

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Girl Talk: Coming of Age as Trailer Trash

When I was 12 my family moved into temporary housing while we were waiting for our new house to be built. Our old house sold rather quickly and unexpected, so we had to find housing for the six of us pretty quick. When you live in the country, there are no apartments. If we lived […]

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Let the Good Times Roll: Louisiana-Style

I went home to visit my parental units last weekend. They live in Pierre Part on Belle River in Cajun Country. I made a point this time of not driving all over the state to see my siblings and other friends. I just wanted some downtime and to hang out by the water where they […]

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Running Through Tiger Land

I had to run an 11 milerĀ on Saturday. I was down in Louisiana visiting my brother Sammy who is a professor at LSU. Friday night I was trying to figure out an 11 mile course around the LSUĀ Lakes but I didn’t want to run laps. I wanted to run one large loop. He suggested that […]

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The Makings of the Perfect Gumbo….C’est Bon

Mama always told me the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I actually didn’t find that to be true in many places I’ve lived, but it’s definitely true in Louisiana. You see, down there, it’s all about the food. We think about it; we talk about it; we plan parties around it; […]

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