Great Bull Run

In 2013, The Great Bull Run went to ten cities in the United States. They planned to bring the experience of the Running of the Bulls from Palmplona, Spain, to a horsetrack near you. People dressed in red and psyched themselves up to get in a loop with bulls. Comparatively, …

A Swarm of Santas

Throughout the years, Santa and Mrs. Claus’ gather with different conventions around the country to talk about how to be a better mall Santa, magic tricks, and more. Like all groups, Santas often have a difference of opinion on who is naughty and nice. While I’m not sure exactly what …

Daylight in the French Quarter

The French Quarter contains multitudes. While some love the wild nights on Bourbon, my favorite time in the old square is morning/early afternoon. Supplies are getting brought in as some roads are blocked at night. Cooks and bartenders and store keepers are enjoying the slower time of day, leaning in …

The Myrtles and the Haunted Mirror

Slightly up the road from Baton Rouge is the town of St. Francisville. It is a little tourist town with historic homes and the Myrtles Plantation – “The Home of Mystery and Intrigue”. Plantations are trying to find their place in the tourism landscape. Some are having trouble updating. I …

Greenback Castle / Fortress of Faith

Unlike most shrines, this one was not built after a grand vision. Floyd “Junior” Banks started building his castle around 1993 to impress the ladies. In the maze-like structure, you’ll find collections of small stuffed animals dug into the dirt, a chapel room, a pet cemetery, 10,000 marbles, and a …

Adam’s Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum

Adam Morales saw animals in driftwood. He collected pieces on the water, basically at his front door. Rather than whittle, he used the pieces as God sent them and used a few screws and a bit of paint and glue to make his creations. Adam died in 2019. His bigger …

Fields of the Woods

Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson marked the spot where he received a prophecy to start the Church of God of Prophecy with the world’s largest ten commandments. On the hill that now has 5’x4′ letters writing out the commandments, in 1903, AJ Tomlinson climbed the mountain to meet God. He climbed down …

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it

Easter is my favorite day in New Orleans. There is not one, but three, parades to celebrate the occasion. All the chill is gone from the air. Everyone who partied too hard for Mardi Gras has given up a vice for lent and can now partake again. The first is …

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 …

Cat Fanciers of the South

Throughout the world, people worship felines. Some breed and show their cats. In the South, there are many cat associations like the Dixieland Silver & Golden Fanciers and the Southern Traditions Cat Club. Having grown up with cats plucked from my grandparent’s barn, I quite enjoyed learning about the variety …