Mardi Gras 2022

Some days it’s hard to face the world. It’s a mess out there. Then Mardi Gras comes around, and the parades are rolling and bands are playing and people are gathering, unlike last year. And I remember what makes New Orleans special: not so much “The City that Care Forgot” but the courage and resilience…Continue reading Mardi Gras 2022

Winter in New Orleans

Happy New Year! We’re finally having a spate of chilly weather, not cold enough to snow, but enough for thick sweaters, hot chocolate, and woolly socks. I’ve written before about the pleasures of hygge and how much I look forward to New Orleans’ cozy season. Having grown up in Wisconsin, I miss reading by a…Continue reading Winter in New Orleans

October musings

For several years now, I’ve considered October to be my creative new year, the time when I assess where I’ve been, where I’m at, and where I hope to go. The past few months have definitely brought this kind of thought process to the fore. In July, I turned 50. I’m proud of the many…Continue reading October musings

Cozy Gras

Mardi Gras 2021 was unlike any other. Because of the coronavirus, parades and parties were canceled, bars shuttered, and popular streets were blocked off to prevent gatherings. Even Mother Nature conspired to keep us home, giving us the coldest Mardi Gras since 1899. I couldn’t help but feel a little blue during Carnival season, especially…Continue reading Cozy Gras

Odd comforts

After being hit hard with coronavirus, New Orleans is slowly reopening. I am not. I’m still in hunker-down mode, which includes comforting my family and myself through a myriad of feelings and situations that exacerbate those feelings. We’re doing fine, and I’m cautiously optimistic about the future, but I function best when I take things…Continue reading Odd comforts