Pat Conroy and Linda Ronstadt

Coach J. C. "Dutch" Reinhardt

I truly loved Steve Oney’s tribute to novelist Pat Conroy, Old Men and Young Bucks. I read the piece in The Bitter Southerner. Conroy, the author of Conrack, The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, died March 4, 2016.…

Calvin Borel and the Bush Tracks of Louisiana

St. Martin Parish professional jockey Calvin Borel retired today. He’s got 5,146 winners under his belt and won more races at Churchill Downs than anyone except one guy. You can read all about Borel’s career in the story “Derby-winning Cajun…

Pâquer, anyone? South Louisiana Easter traditions

Paquer (egg knocking) traditions are serious business in south Louisiana.

Ever wonder why we boil chicken eggs and decorate them at Easter? Well, if you take your copy of St. Thoma Aquinas’ Summa Theologica off the shelf… what? surely you have a copy of Summa Theologica? Well, if you don’t,…

That Night in Angola

Louisiana musicians Yvette Landry, Roddie Romero and Beau Thomas perform for the prisoners at Angola Prison (Louisiana State Penitentiary) at Christmas 2015.

My Breaux Bridge neighbor, my pal and fellow writer and musician, the lovely and talented Yvette Landry, is featured today in the The Advocate, Louisiana’s premier newspaper. The headline reads Songwriter Yvette Landry shares her musical experiences. She’s opening tonight…

St. Martin Parish photographer wins national honor

Mardi Gras in rural Louisiana. Photo by Ron J. Berard

Photographer Ron J. Berard, a native of Henderson in St. Martin Parish, La., was honored for his January 2014 Thunder in the Fields photo feature in Louisiana Life magazine. The International and Regional Magazine Association, the only trade organization that…

The Real Mardi Gras

The Tee-Mamou Women's Courir de Mardi Gras are coming to your house!

The Mardi Gras spirit is beginning to make its presence felt in southwest Louisiana and the Tee Mamou Courir de Mardi Gras had their first organizational meeting of the year January 22 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Evangeline…