Author: Errol Laborde

Pecan Pieces

Just for fun I began this column by looking up the official Louisiana state nut. It turns out there isn’t one. This in a state that makes the lesser known, but nevertheless worthy, mayhaw, its state jelly and gives rightful…

Episode 74: Make Way For The Courir De Mardi Gras

If you're in Cajun Country around Mardi Gras time be careful when you cross the road, there might be some masked riders pursing chickens for a gumbo. Chance Henry joins Louisiana Life Executive Editor Errol Laborde, along with podcast producer…

Episode 72: Pointe-Au-Chien – The People and The Place

There is a place in Terrebonne Parish near the Gulf of Mexico known for its beautiful scenery, bountiful seafood and a population of indigenous people. It is also known for its fragile existence so near the water, as tested by…

Episode 71: Storyville – A Neighborhood Of Its Own

  You may not have noticed it, but this year is the 125th anniversary of the legalization of the Storyville red-light district in New Orleans. Storyville was an effort to make prostitution more respectable by allowing it only in a…

Episode 70: Some of the State's Best

In trying to pick a Louisianian of the Year, there are 4.6 million people to choose from. Louisiana Life magazine makes the task a bit easier by talking to experts in various fields to whittle the size to five worthy…

Episode 68: Stories From The Census

Census figures do more than just set the numbers for political districts, they also tell us a lot about our lives and places of note in Louisiana. Jeff Adelson and Sam Karlyn, both journalists for The Advocate who have extensively…

Episode 67: Sweet Dreams – Somethings Special From the Oven

We think of Louisiana’s culinary excellence most often in terms of the seafoods, gumbo, etouffees and the variety of pork dishes, but there is a whole other category for sweet things. Lafayette-based author Dixie Poche joins Errol Laborde, executive editor…

Last Days Of Passenger Trains

From the Executive Editor's Desk When I was a kid my dad once took me by passenger train to visit relatives near Marksville. The train, called the Southern Belle, was operated by Kansas City Southern railroad. I have three main…

Episode 66: Christmas Eve Adventures Along The Levees

Some places are known for their snow at Christmas time; Louisiana’s river parishes are known for their fire on Christmas Eve. Chicago-based filmmaker Mark Niedelson joins Errol Laborde, executive editor of Louisiana Life, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot to…

Episode 65: Adventures in No Man's Land

There was once a part of present day Louisiana that neither France nor Spain could decide on who was the possessor, so it was declared a neutral ground known as “No Man’s Land.” Filmmakers Bill Rodman and Flo Ulmer-Rodman, along…

Episode 64: Notes on Votes - How Louisiana Politics is Changing

Louisiana politics is known for being colorful and controversial. It is also, like most politics, constantly changing. Two University of Louisiana Political Scientists, Pearson Cross and Christie Maloyed, have compiled a book, “The Party is Over: The New Louisiana Politics”…

Top Traiteurs

One of our features in this issue is Top Doctors. Maybe one day there should be a companion piece called “Top Traiteurs.” Many cultures throughout history have their brand of folk healers. In Louisiana, the Creole culture created the “traiteur,”…

Episode 57: Towns With Charm

Which Louisiana town has Dolly Parton as part of its history? Which town was settled as part of a German religious sect? These and other questions are answered as Louisiana Life magazine’s travel writer Cheré Coen joins Errol Laborde, executive…