Author: Claire Salinas

Regional Reports from across Louisiana

NORTHERN WORTH WATCHING ROCK OF AGES IN CARMEL Looking like a miniature Gothic cathedral atop a wooded hill, the tiny and beautiful Rock Chapel graces DeSoto Parish in a town once called Bayou Pierre. The town was re-christened Carmel (garden of…

Regional Reports from across Louisiana

NORTHERN WORTH WATCHING ROCK OF AGES IN CARMEL Looking like a miniature Gothic cathedral atop a wooded hill, the tiny and beautiful Rock Chapel graces DeSoto Parish in a town once called Bayou Pierre. The town was re-christened Carmel (garden of…

Regional Reports from across the state

Northern Worth Recalling The Battles of Madison Parish Perched high in the northeast corner of the Bayou State, Madison Parish sports a fascinating past. Located there are the Fitzhugh Mounds and the Raffman Site, ancient networks of American Indian sites.…

Around Louisiana: Northern

Cause to Celebrate Exploring the Louisiana State Museum Rising almost temple-like in juxtaposition to the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Shreveport, the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, or LSEM, has been a jewel treasured by denizens of the Ark-La-Tex region ever since…

Around Louisiana: Central

CAUSE TO CELEBRATE A SPIN THROUGH THE TRACE One cozy Saturday afternoon last summer, I read, en boudoir, a collection of short stories by Eudora Welty from her book The Wide Net and Other Stories. These stories are all primarily…

Around Louisiana: Cajun

PROFILE DR. BOUDIN Reading the narrative voice with which Robert Carriker tells the story of “Louisiana’s legendary link,” boudin, in his new book, Boudin: A Guide to Louisiana’s Extraordinary Link, you can immediately recognize that you are in the hands…

Around Louisiana: Baton Rouge/Plantation Country

PROFILE BATON ROUGE’S BOXING HEYDAY The sport of boxing dates back to ancient Greece; it became an event in the Olympic Games in 688 B.C. It prevailed all through the time of the Roman Empire in popularity; Roman-style dust-ups, of…

Around Louisiana: Greater New Orleans

CAUSE TO CELEBRATE STAR DATES Tulane University has long been a leader in studies of Central American archaeology. Marcello Canuto, director of the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane University, was among the first to discover that the Mayan writings…

Around Louisiana: Northern

Fork in the Road Sage Dining in Monroe Visit Restaurant Sage during the holiday season, and you’re likely to be treated to the glow of a roaring heath – a sagacious prelude to the repast that awaits you. The upscale…

Around Louisiana: Central

Cause to Celebrate Christmas On Bayou Rouge My first recollections of Christmas began when my family lived in a shotgun cottage in Uptown New Orleans, and our next-door neighbors were the Austins who hailed from Cottonport in Avoyelles Parish. Mrs.…

Around Louisiana: Cajun

Cause to Celebrate Christmas at the Zoo The Zoo of Acadiana is a free-range sort of place, filled with a sampler of God’s creations, including kookaburras, tigers, alligators and giraffes. Although the expression “this place is a zoo” has frequently…

Around Louisiana: Greater New Orleans

Fork in the Road Kitchen Witchery in New Orleans There was a rather charming fad during the 1970s when shops sold “kitchen witches,” oddly appealing crones with floral babushkas and full skirts sitting on a broom stick. It was said…

Around Louisiana: Baton Rouge/Plantation Country

Profile Dash’s Beloved She was the sweet young daughter of Jed Clampett on the uproariously funny series The Beverly Hillbillies, whose plaintive blonde beauty and sweet ways with critters stole the heart of Hollywood leading man and movie star Dash…

Around Louisiana: Northern

NEWS BRIEF STRIKING AT HEAT STROKES Shreveport health care workers were recently given a training session at the LSU Health Shreveport Emergency Room that will greatly improve the chances of patients surviving life-threatening heat strokes. In the merciless, humid summer…

Around Louisiana: Central

LOUISIANA-GROWN CUCUMBERS I have to admit to a personal objection to the use of the term “cuke” when referring to that delicious addition to any salad (or a perfect stand-alone side-dish sliced with oil, vinegar and a sprinkling of dill)…