St. John’s Eve

St. John’s Eve is a celebration of the summer solstice. In the 1830’s Marie Laveau did a headwashing ceremony in Lake Pontchartrain. Today, a group led by Sallie Ann Glassman, do the ceremony along the bayou in Midcity, either on the Magnolia Bridge or recently on the bank nearby. While …

Fort Proctor

Fort Proctor can be seen in the distance from Shell Beach. It is accessible only by boat and still guarded by a wall of shells. When it was built and even in fairly recent time, the castle-like structure was on land. With climate change, Lake Borne has slowly pushed the …

Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel

In 1979, Chuck and Lou Ann Best jokingly said they were going to teach a squirrel to waterski. The joke became reality and Twiggy became a star going on Good Morning America and Real People. In 1997, Chuck died in an accident on the water. Lou Ann retired for awhile, …

Lincoln Beach

We often drive a back way to New Orleans East to visit our family there. Across from the levee there have always been two old signs peaking out from massive overgrowth in a large fenced in lot. The arrows on the sign point into the abyss of foliage. They are …