Lourdes Grotto at St. Augustine’s Seminary

Just past the little tourist strip on Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis, sits a quiet oasis with a beautiful grotto. St. Augustine Seminary came to Bay St. Louis in 1923 to flee from the Klu Klux Klan in another Mississippi city. It is notable as the first Roman Catholic …

Fleming Cemetery

Fleming Cemetery, also known as the Berthoud Cemetery, is built on a Native American mound. The mounds and middens were used to keep below ground burials above the water table. (Note that being buried above ground is not usually for water table reasons, but more cultural tradition.) Established in the …

Beyond the Flood Wall

St Bernard Parish is mostly water. With no restoration actions, the parish could loose 72% of the land over the next 50 years. Leaving the levee protection area, one is presented with an alien landscape. Dead twisted trees are spot the landscape. Wild hogs outnumber people. But the pop of …

Bonnie & Clyde Festival

The Bonnie & Clyde Festival takes place yearly on the weekend closest to their death in Gibsland, Louisiana. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were media sensations in the early 1930’s as their gang robbed banks and gas stations. Their six-state crime spree resulted in the death of a dozen people. …

Little Cajun Saint

Charlene Richard was born on January 13, 1947. She was just a normal little girl who loved horses and baseball. At 12, she began to see a vision of woman dressed in black and her teachers let her parents know that she wasn’t acting like herself. Her parents took her …

Charles the Pig & the Gatlinburg Fires

Rob called into the electric company to see the status of his power being out. A woman picked up during the recorded message and told him, “if you are at home, get out now!” He loaded the car with his family and neighbors and floored it while a fireball chased …

Morgan’s Wonderland

Morgan’s Wonderland, in San Antonio, TX, is 25 acres of thoughtfulness. The inclusive theme park is welcoming to all. All areas of the park are wheelchair accessible, even the carousel. The water is piped in at air temperature to not be overstimulating. Wristbands, through subtle design choices, give a heads …

Our Lady of Tickfaw

In 1987, Alfredo Raimondo visited Medjugorje, a tiny town in Bosnia, where many see apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Upon his return to the states, him and his wife moved from Chalmette, LA, to the tiny town of Tickfaw. In 1989, the Blessed Mother visited Alfredo and asked him …

Grand American Coon Hunt

Published on VICE. January 2014. “Roff, roff, roff, roff” and “aroooroororoororroorooroororoooroooroooro” filled the air for two straight days in Orangeburg, South Carolina, for the 49th Annual Grand American Coon Hunt. Black and Tans, Blue Ticks, Plott Hounds, and a few random terriers populated the fair grounds. It was a triumph …

Pet Blessings

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of …