Author: Caroline Malouse

Roar of the Crowd on Bayou Lafourche

Curtain time is not always an easy moment when you operate a theater on the edge of a bayou. At the Bayou Playhouse in Lockport, about a half hour away from Thibodaux, guests wait for the theater doors to open…

The Battles of the Mooringsport Bridge

Anything that is 100 years old usually has at least two histories; one about its origin and another about its survival. Take, for example, the Caddo Lake “Vertical Lift” Drawbrige in Mooringsport, a dozen miles south of Shreveport. In 1914…

Pelicans Make a Leap

Have you heard about the Pelicans from Louisiana who got into a scramble with a bunch of Hawks? They also rumbled with Raptors. Pelicans, our state bird, have taken on a new status lately. For most of the state’s existence,…

What Chivalry Built

Mark Twain did not think much of the building in Baton Rouge that we refer to as the Old State Capitol. Twain called it one of the ugliest buildings on the Mississippi. The building, he said, was representative of Southern…

A Louisiana Christmas in 2005

Our tree for Christmas 2005 was purchased at the Walmart in Alexandria. It was a fine-looking fixture, all four feet of it and pre-strung with lights. According to the writing on the box from China the tree was a Douglas Fir model. It maintained…

Louisiana Hauntings

Once when I was visiting a Louisiana plantation, someone in our group asked the owner/tour guide if the place had any ghosts. “No ghosts,” the owner answered. “We have history, and where there’s history you don’t need ghosts.” His answer…

Stirring it Up in New Roads

I have driven along Hospital Road in the Pointe Coupee Parish town of New Roads many times. To me, the street is a switch-over from one highway to another on the way to and from Central Louisiana. Most often my…

Lunch With Aunt Doris

When I last had lunch with Aunt Doris, she was apologetic about what she had to offer. “This is all I have,” she said shyly. Then she placed on the table three pie pans: one filled with boudin, the other…

Aboard the Cameron Ferry

We did not know that there was a ferry ahead, but since the alternative was to take a 150-mile detour to catch I-10, the ferry was welcomed; besides, ferries are more scenic than an interstate. For all the endangered species…

Saving New Orleans' Culture

There was plenty to worry about in the days after Hurricane Katrina’s wrath, survival being first on the list. Not too many notches down, however, especially in New Orleans, was saving the culture. New Orleans is a town that oozes…

From the Editor: And Now Another Season

For many Louisiana football fans, last season could have hardly brought more in high hopes and hurtful endings. LSU, going into the national championship game against Alabama, was being talked about as one of the greatest teams ever. “Greatest ever”…

From the Editor: Crowning a Seafood King

Huey Long’s anthem was “Every Man a King.” That notion made great politics for the former governor but not such good logic. In a land where every man is a king (or, as Huey was quick to add, “Every Woman…

From the Editor: Secrets From the Green Parrot

Lunch this day was at the Green Parrot Bar & Grill located on the cruise ship dock at George Town, Grand Caymen. There was still about an hour before Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Sea would sail away for a…

From the Editor - 1812: Hail to the Chief

With this issue we celebrate the bicentennial of Louisiana statehood. Louisiana, the expansive territory, had long existed, but in 1812 the current state took shape. In many ways we are honoring the true birth of Louisiana. Every Louisiana governor has…

From the Editor: Holly Beach

There were neither porpoises nor egrets that could be spotted from this intersection. Nor, for that matter, was there an avenue or much of a street. Someone could have exceeded 15 miles per hour, and no one would have noticed.…

From the Editor: Rah-Rah Ruffin

Every four years two of Louisiana’s passions, state politics and football, come together in the fall. This was one of those years. And while the election year was a yawner, the juxtaposition of the two spectator sports reminds me of…

A State of Reality

Edwin Edwards, we are told, might become the subject of a new reality TV show. Makes sense: What could be more real than the saga of a former four-term governor serving eight years in the pen and then, after being…

Filé Jumbo

When your great uncle was known as “Blind Willie” and when the tools of his trade, which are still in use, are 107 years old, you have to figure there is a story there. And there is.Baton Rouge resident Lionel…

The Case for a New State Flower

It was John James Audubon who first declared the vibrant flowers he spotted in the woods to be the “Louisiana iris.” Audubon would never know the full wisdom behind his selection: Centuries later that flower would commonly bloom in hues…

State of the Union

There’s only one reception hall that comes complete with Bobby Jindal watching over the wedding cake.Of all the votes ever taken in the building now known as the Old State Capitol, back in the days when it was just “the…

Masquerade

As our carriage approached the building that houses the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, a group of masked revelers was waiting in the parking lot. When the mule stopped, the revelers approached us and began tossing…