Image December 06

Book Launch Tomorrow

New Orleans favorites now in a book! Days and Nights in the Dreamy City: Launch Party Music by Necessary Gentlemen Please join Mary and Virginia for a glass of wine! Saturday, December 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm Preservation Resource Center 923 Tchoupitoulas St., NOLA 70130 Authors Mary Fitzpatrick and Virginia McCollam will be signing at the […]

Image 1 December 04

The Fly

When I visit The Fly, I never fail to see a massive, moving cargo ship up close. Among the few people strolling by I often stand transfixed. A huge ship moves slowly but efficiently upriver.  It’s captivating that something so large can actually move. It strikes me as timeless— the reason for New Orleans’ existence. Nothing has changed about […]

Image 1 November 23

Mimosas at the Columns

I have lovely memories of sitting on the huge front porch of The Columns Hotel, sipping mimosas with friends. The Columns is a masterpiece, built in the late 1800s and beautifully restored. Its location on the St. Charles streetcar line makes it the perfect place to reflect on how much I love New Orleans. Kim Bookless, writer and […]

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French Quarter Afternoon

I like to walk to the Verti Mart in the Quarter for a shrimp po-boy with Wow sauce, a bag of Zapp’s Crawtators and a cold Barq’s root beer. I take it to the levee and sit on the ground, watching the river. After that, I love to costume shop on Decatur Street at Le Garage. Bryan Block, […]

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Living on the Lake

I always wanted to live on the water. Good fortune has brought me to a boathouse on Breakwater Drive, on Lake Pontchartrain. We look out towards Mandeville on the North Shore, no buildings in sight. The Lake could be the Pacific Ocean. Green parrots snack on palm trees in front of our deck. We spy on them through the […]

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Tea & Tombs

Sitting at the back of Sacred Grinds, overlooking the St. Patrick Cemetery in Mid-City, is a great way to while away an afternoon, contemplating life. Sip a latte or go all the way with an “Undead Elvis,” a peanut butter and banana smoothie with chocolate and bacon. MacKensie Cornelius, archaeologist Photo by MacKensie Cornelius View site on GoogleMaps […]

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I used to mask with the Wild Tchoupitoulas Indians when I was a kid, and I lived by Bayou St. John so when the Indians came to Mid-City on Super Sunday it was the biggest day of the year. John Dawson, musician and New Orleans native Photo by Joe Sherman View site on GoogleMaps What is your […]

Image 1 September 30

Saints Go Marching

Every other Sunday, the city yields Poydras as it becomes the parade ground for the victorious.  Emblazoned with gold and fleur de lis, the throng, eighty thousand strong, spills forth from the Superdome. Spirits, both liquid and holy, float amongst the crowd.  For a time, amidst the crisp fall air, there exists in this impermanent company […]

Image September 29

Audubon Zoo Plaza

The fountain pool in the Cooper Plaza which is the centerpiece of the zoo makes me smile every time I see it. The bronze mama elephant resting on her haunches and spouting water with her calves around her and the yawning hippos in the fountain —it’s a happy place no matter your age. Margo Phelps, Citizens for […]


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