Author: Claire Salinas

Around Louisiana: Central Louisiana

PROFILEThe Parker House ghostThirty-one years ago, when she was only 5, Brandy Parker moved with her family into a Depression-era house in the community of Tioga. The property, the previous home of her aunt and uncle, sprawled for 3 acres…

Around Louisiana: Cajun Country

QUIRKY PLACESWindow watcherWith its history of hurricanes, American Indians, pirates, the Civil War and Reconstruction –– not to mention the chronicle of sheer human drama –– Acadiana seems filled with unseen voices forever whispering their stories into your ears.  Possessed…

Around Louisiana: Baton Rouge/Plantation Country

QUIRKY PLACESHaunted “house”Its arched windows and crenelated towers watch the Mississippi River from a green bluff, looking like a medieval castle. Louisiana’s Old State Capitol Building is a beautifully Gothic 150-year-old structure that was the hot seat of Louisiana government after the…

Around Louisiana: Greater New Orleans

PROFILEGrave transgressionsI can’t imagine the mindset of a person who would rob a grave –– skulking into areas blackened by night to break not only hallowed ground but also the Seventh (if you’re Catholic or Lutheran) Commandment and stealing after poking around the…

Cajun Country

WORTH WATCHINGOrphan train(see related story, pg. 12)Between the years 1854 and 1929, as a means to eliminate overcrowding at the Catholic-run New York Foundling Hospital, more than 150,000 orphans were sent via train across the United States. Accompanied by nuns and…

Baton Rouge/Plantation Country

PROFILEThrill boxWatching the Louisiana State University Tigers play baseball during spring in the openness of Alex Box Stadium reminds me of Mardi Gras. There are plenty of revelers; the purple and gold of the Tiger uniforms dot the green field…

Greater New Orleans

LOUISIANA-GROWNDaisiesOne humid spring night when I was pushing 3 or 4, I aimed my finger skyward and asked, agape, “What’s that?” My mother then introduced me to the fat platinum moon that beamed over New Orleans in an indigo sky.…

Central Louisiana

PROFILETributeIn my family it was a standing joke each hurricane season that whatever location my mother wished to evacuate to for a storm always indicated its actual landfall in Louisiana. She wanted to go to Lafayette for Carmen and Baton…

Northern Louisiana

CAUSE TO CELEBRATEMighty mitesAccording to Monica Crowe, a reporter for the Ruston Daily Leader, a group of preschoolers mounted on tricycles recently burned serious rubber in the parking lot of Emmanuel Baptist Church. The Trike-A-Thon, an annual fundraiser wherein the…