Summer Stories – Allergy Accidents in Nola

Po-boys. Fried catfish. Bread pudding. Beignets. I love New Orleans food. I dream of New Orleans food. I also can’t eat most New Orleans food any more. A series of (day job) work meetings had me in New Orleans for several days in a row recently. I adore every visit to New Orleans, no matter [...]

When music gets social – 225 Magazine

One epically slow Friday afternoon at my day job, I sat typing a horrendously long report—the kind that requires its own table of contents. Fridays are quiet around my office building. Rather than fall asleep at my desk, I broke through the silence with a song from Ingrid Michaelson. Then another and another. I listened [...]

Wedding Cakes + EoE = A Very Sad Girl

Last week I posted about my recent diagnosis with of a disorder called Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE), which means I have an allergy to some kind of food. Although I’m still not entirely sure which foods make me sick, I have discovered that cutting out gluten makes me feel immensely better. But cutting out gluten isn’t [...]

For Rebecca: Relationships that Make Us

****NOTE**** I wrote this post in September, but waited to publish it. Since today is Rebecca’s birthday, I thought it would be appropriate. _________________ People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, But people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou Recently, I’ve been spending a lot [...]

Allergic to Food?

Food makes me sick — a lot. I never really knew why, though. I’ve been poked and prodded with scopes. I’ve been biopsied and even found myself in the emergency room once with abdominal pain so intense that I couldn’t stand. Through all of this, I never really had a primary care physician. Who has [...]

The Sad Side of College Sports

This afternoon a Facebook friend posted a link to a graphic of dogs with buck teeth and wigs dressed up as Alabama cheerleaders. The person who posted the graphic made a comment that maybe we should remember that the people involved in SEC sports are 18 to 21 years of age — a good argument [...]

An Open Letter to Continental/United

Below is an open letter to Continental/United that I submitted through their online form. My experience with their reservations system, their customer service telephone line, website and representatives were pretty horrendous. Worse still was the inability of Continental to fix admit their own mistake, apologize and make it right. I did eventually make it home [...]

A big week for Louisiana seafood …

This week, New Orleans will play host to the first-ever Dine Out America event. The event’s organizers are working diligently to draw attention to Louisiana seafood — it’s safe, it delicious and it’s available! This week, Secretary Robert Barham from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and I will be attending the Dine Out [...]

Getting Animated …

It’s happening again and I’m so excited! It’s the Red Stick International Animation Festival, a non-stop, completely engaging, completely out-of-the-box-for-Baton Rouge event. There are animated films — not just the kind for kids. There are films like Howl, which you can check out here: http://howlthemovie.com/. And there are Incredible people from around the globe. If [...]

The Act of Remembering

The question became: I am a writer for a sake of the title and the paycheck, or am I writer because it is a part of my life, like the blood pumping through my veins, keeping my limbs in motion? When I’m cut through the flesh, do I bleed narrative?