April is National Garden Month. You don’t need the long lines at local nurseries to know spring encourages planting, growing and investing time in a beautiful, healthy and productive environs.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
LAFAYETTE — A former football player, Ben Hickey's best play didn't come on the field.
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Fashion has a way of inducing caution in some and not enough in others. A demanding mistress, it’s hard to know how to please her, and the ever-changing whims don’t help. Men decided long ago to pretty much ignore her demands.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday, March 03, 2018
Mardi Gras is like a bad boy. We hate to see it come, but we hate to see it go. Society doesn’t exist with the same naughty intensity the rest of the year, and while no one would survive if it did, it’s wonderful while it lasts.
Thursday, March 01, 2018
Adam Lofton and Maren Rosen’s home is that rare sight: contemporary in a sea of south Louisiana Provençal. The only French you’ll find here are the couple’s three adorable bulldogs — Sammy, Otis and Maggie.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Conversation is fast going the way of the Great Auk. Nearly extinct, its skilled practitioners are vanishing like the samurai, replaced by shotgun information-sharing and smartphones.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
According to the Columbia School of Journalism, and they should know, first-person essays are out on the internet. Abandon hope, all ye bloggers who enter here, you’re so five minutes ago. The genre is passé.
Saturday, February 03, 2018
Friday, February 02, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Clearly Brexit hasn’t held some Brits back. Ever mad for class distinctions, the hot trend is canine couture, according to the Secret World of Posh Pets. With the same silk and Solstiss lace additions as the real deal and no, it’s not the queen’s …
Saturday, January 20, 2018
It came to my attention again recently that I use French terms readers don’t necessarily understand. Society is rife with such phrases, so it becomes my duty to give a little lesson from time to time.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
With 2017 in the rearview mirror, it’s time for a parting wave to the word of the year — truth — according to the Global Language Monitor. It seems many Americans bandied this about this past year, possibly because of the news and those accused of…
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Every New Year is a time for reckoning — out with the old, in with the new, and nowhere more so than in the fashion industry. Designers already have decided what will stay and what will go, and if you plan to be au courant, you’ll have to go full …
Saturday, December 30, 2017
New Year’s traditions abound. Champagne corks, midnight countdowns, raucous revelry as the old year fades from light and quiet resolutions for the new. My own is more Robert Burns — auld acquaintance and a scrapbook of yellowed newspaper clippings…
Thursday, December 28, 2017
LAFAYETTE — When novelist Thomas Wolfe wrote “You can’t go home again,” he hadn’t met Marcus and Hannah Mason.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
The Lafayette Garden Club convened at the UL Alumni House for Christmas cheer and those ladies inducted into the Circle of Roses. The favored few — Cathy Andrew, Maggie Chiasson, President Diana Nolan and Margo Racca — were recognized for their le…
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, please have your package wrapped, remember where you’re at. I happen to love the U.S. Postal Service, particularly since that cold Christmas Day when they brought the package from my far-away daughter.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
United Way of Acadiana treated its donors to a cocktail party in the lobby of the Iberiabank Tower downtown. An annual affair, “Spirit of Giving” is a thank-you to supporters for their monetary gifts during the year, and this year’s guest of honor…
Saturday, December 16, 2017
It’s that time of year again, and while Santa may still be making his list and checking it twice, I already know who’s been bad. Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s Naughty List. No names necessary, they know who they are.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The really naughty guys from last year must’ve gone hunting, for all was tame as Van Eaton & Romero hosted its annual office party and ugly sweater contest at Le Pavillion. Judged by none other than Fête and A.J. McGee, of Right Angle, the reg…
Saturday, December 09, 2017
It’s time for that holiday social institution, the office party. Long the bane of bosses and employees alike, alcohol doesn’t help the phenomenon. But while there’s little that can be done to duck one, there are things to avoid saying that will im…
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
The grande dame of women's Mardi Gras krewes in Lafayette will celebrate its 50th anniversary ball this coming season. Attakapas has already begun marking the milestone with an elaborate anniversary party at Acadian Village and custom T-shirts dep…
Saturday, December 02, 2017
Feng shui is the ancient art of placement to facilitate health and happiness. The words translate to wind and water. It’s the Chinese philosophy of laws that govern space, arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy. Its favorabl…
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Elegant indeed. The Krewe of Victoria formally announced their royalty, Queen Victoria Renee Borne and her consort, Prince Albert Johnny Plasencia, at a City Club soiree. Victoria is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and had the ice sculp…
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Every year I make it a point to remember some of those who've brought glad tidings my way. Whatever invisible force nudges you forward, I never fail to notice, and I'm always grateful.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Lafayette Bar Association honored Donovan “Donnie” Jay O’Pry II, of the O’Pry Law Firm, as he was installed as the group's 2017-18 president. The event was held at Iberia Bank Tower downtown and attended by both bench and bar. Conducting the s…
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Network news has given rise to a whole new vocabulary. Those of you in the media universe (see below) will need to master a few phrases to remain society-savvy in the conversational cosmos.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Despite the afternoon deluge, authors and book lovers alike flooded the Alumni House for the UL Press reception. The event showcased the university’s academic elite and some very scholarly titles, such as “Anthologie de la Littérature Louisianaise…
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Chorale Acadienne performed its “World Changers” fall concert in the new St. Pius X Church. The program included Bach’s "Magnificat in D Major," Bob Chilcott’s "Five Days that Changed the World" and Randall Thompson's "The Testament of Freedom," a…
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The University of Louisiana-Lafayette Hospitality Management students and the Louisiana Restaurant Association teamed up for their Food & Wine Soiree at the Alumni House. There wasn’t a parking place to be had as more than 20 restaurants and w…
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Krewe of Xanadu revved its Mardi Gras motor at “Amazing Race,” a fall social plus scavenger hunt, courtesy of Kacey Patrick, Lissa Adkins and Stefani Celio. There was dinner, dancing and DJ Jeramie Kinnerson to get the party started before teams c…
Saturday, October 14, 2017
This week, the Lauren-Reilly Eliot Company resurrected Tennessee Williams’ iconic tale of New Orleans dysfunction and love, "A Streetcar Named Desire." To herald the occasion, a Stella! Shouting Contest was held, a pirated version of the one stage…
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
What the world needs most, better men. And five good men answered the call to benefit Hearts of Hope and victims of sexual abuse at the second annual Studs in Stilettos. Hosted by The Grouse Room and presented by Dr. James and Susan Arterburn amon…
Saturday, October 07, 2017
I have always worked on site by writing in cursive in a reporter’s notebook. Recently a mother who watched me do this lamented the fact her child “would never learn cursive now.” She is likely correct.
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
With fall officially here, New Zealand’s Rodd & Gunn is offering the Jack Reacher Jacket for men. A modern update of the bomber, it’s a casual Harrington jacket made of imported Italian cotton, and it's PU-coated, understated and versatile. It…