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…

Hide! The Alligator’s Outside or Great Holiday Gifts!

Alligators are big lizards ...with teeth!

Lizards are creepy. Their ability to adapt their skin color from brown to lime green is disconcerting. And when they inflate their tiny pink throats to gargantuan size, it looks pretty disgusting. My grandmother had a lush garden where green…

St. Martinville – The Evangeline City

St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, St. Martinville, La.

St. Martinville is a nice place to visit. The third oldest town in Louisiana, it offers the visitor history in a picturesque setting. The town’s earliest French settlers arrived in 1754 and called their new home Attakapas Post. Among the…

Dave Robichaux ate here

James Lee Burke is a frequent visitor to Books Along the Teche, the best little bookstore around.

Dave Robichaux fans know that the place to pick up the latest James Lee Burke novel is at New Iberia’s Books Along the Teche. With a pre-pay, BATT will send you the latest autographed JLB book. As lagniappe, BATT will…

Peaches and Dreams

Anthony Yakaboski, a 39-year-old home health nurse, has enthusiastically thrown himself into truck farming and the freewheeling lifestyle it takes to be a successful produce man. Yak’s Produce is just north of Ruston on Hwy. 33 Yak’s fruit stand defines…

My Summer Reading List – Heavy Books and Light Reading

I like to read. But what I really like to read is a good story. That’s my highest compliment: “It was a good story.” My rating hierarchy also includes “It was OK,” “I finished it,” “Life’s too short” and “Meh.”…