We’re up to our a$$ in alligators

Dewey Patin, 94, helps his son, Carol, load hunted alligators into the boat in 2004. This photo will appear in Sam Irwin"s upcoming book, "It Happens in Louisiana: Strange but True Tales (and Recipes) from the Bayou State."

New Orleans police reported an alligator crossing Interstate 10 in New Orleans East caused an accident that left one dead and two injured. At one time in Louisiana alligators were considered a nuisance, especially to folks who lived in the…

Neighbor Yvette Landry featured by Neighbor Sam Irwin in New Orleans music magazine

Yvette Landry onstage at the 2009 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

Musician Yvette Landry and her family lived on 6th Street in Breaux Bridge, which is just around the corner from my family’s St. Charles Avenue home. I’m a few years older than Yvette and was away at college living it…

A change did come…

Charles-Guidry-Farms

Sugarcane farmer Charles Guidry of Erath knew that if he was going to get ahead, things would have to change. But as the old Serenity Prayer goes, one has to have the courage to change the things one can. Guidry’…

Monsieur Ecrevisse: Moi, stigmatized? Mais, NON!

A lot of people believe that there was a stigma attached to eating crawfish because it was “poverty food.” Louisiana Life food columnist Stanley Dry was the latest to repeat this notion in The Versatile Crawfish,  (Louisiana Life, March/April 2015).…

The coolest things: Sweet Cecilia and Richard Sale Barn

Bert and Johnny Ricahrd and Richard Sale Barn

Sweet Cecilia, the late Al Berard’s progeny and niece, are the real deal. They’re the latest St. Martin Parish musical sensations to perform at the Richard Sale Barn in Abbeville. Richard Sale Barn, formerly a cattle auction house, was built…

Making chicken salad out of, well, you know…

Wood carver Burt Fleming sculpted this eagle from a dying tree that had to be removed.

A mighty fine piece of journalism, if I do say so myself. Here’s the latest story I wrote for Country Roads magazine. Unlikely Patrons, Unlikely Subject How Zachary’s city council, an arborist, and a chainsaw-wielding artist cooperated on a piece…