Author: Lynne Gibbons

A Louisiana Life: Basin Keeper

The year was 1984, and a young Dean Wilson had just arrived in Louisiana. His ultimate goal was to move to the Amazon, but Wilson — who grew up in the mountains of Spain — knew he would need help…

Designing Life

Today, Lisa McDaniel owns a successful construction company and home design service, but it all started at a charity run. The Baton Rouge native was working in Memphis as an accountant, when she met her now husband, Beau McDaniel, at…

A Louisiana Life: Musical Accompaniment

Though he’s now a professional musician and award-winning middle school band teacher, Mickey Smith, Jr. played so poorly as a child his mother asked him to practice outside.   His grandmother bought him his first sax, though no one in…

Dean’s List

“I’m excited to experience New Orleans and all it has to offer: Its history, its landscape, and of course, the great food.” Camellia Moses Okpodu, Ph.D., the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Xavier University of…

At the Root

Omari Ho-Sang is working to abolish crime and poverty in Shreveport and beyond

Beats on the Bayou

Steve and Cezanne Nails’ Dockside Studio in Maurice is a creative haven for recording artists

Animal House

Biology teacher Lacey Hoosier of Buckeye High School in Deville brings a love of wildlife to the classroom

Fired Up!

Rhonda Lee of St. James Parish stokes the flames during annual holiday celebration

Passion in Action

Director of Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana follows her calling to save the state’s coast and wetlands

Tribal Legacy

Marksville native works to keep Tunica-Biloxi tribe’s language and traditions alive

Systemic Success

New Orleans nonprofit incubator offers opportunities to underrepresented entrepreneurs

Soldiering On

Baton Rouge military-veteran-turned-doctor dedicates herself to saving people’s soles

Oh, Shucks!

Oyster shucker Becky Wasden cuts her own path in New Orleans

In The Bag

Ruston designer creates stylish camera, baby and travel bags

The Biedenharn Museum

In Monroe, visitors can check out the former home of the man who invented the Coke bottle.

Proof of Passion

Trey Litel of Bayou Rum makes a strong spirit and a stronger business.

All That Jazz

New Orleans singer Linnzi Zaorski’s “accidental” career

Wingate Jones

A New Orleans costume entrepreneur helps movie stars and Carnival royalty get suited up.

Jay Ducote

A Baton Rouge native’s love of food and cooking has landed him a popular blog, radio show and stints on the Food Network channel.

Cree McCree

A New Orleans artist makes fashionable accessories out of an invasive species.

Goliath Gipper

The world’s largest Ronald Reagan statue watches over Tammany Trace.

Brew To Do

Louisiana’s craft beer industry bubbles to life

Theo Von

A Covington native looks for laughs.

Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf

Most drivers on I-10 have little reason to exit the interstate in Henderson, the tiny outpost of just 1,500 residents at the edge of the long stretch of elevated roadway that slices through the cypress bayous of the Atchafalaya Basin.…

Beekeeping in Covington

Brothers Kevin and Stephen Mixon have been off of work for an hour, but their mobile phones buzz with text messages every few minutes. The two men are nurse practitioners, but the messages aren’t about medicine; they’re about bees. For…

The Story of New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport

First the victim of political backlash and later, a hurricane, the New Orleans Lakefront Airport is being restored to its original glory. reyfouth and Sierth (which also designed the State Capitol and Charity Hospital) created such a masterpiece that it…