Drunk by Germans in the dead of winter to stay warm, Jaegermeister’s popularity in the American market is something of a mystery. A syrupy herbal spirit whose chief identifiable ingredients are juniper berries and anise, it was invented in 1878 by…
Saturday, December 08, 2018
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Saturday, November 24, 2018
The Academie Francaise is the organization responsible for protecting the French language. It is a council of 40 tasked with fending off those who would sully French — mainly us — and has performed its duty since 1634.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
"Macbeth" is Shakespeare’s timeless treatise on subterfuge and vaulting ambition. It is his shortest tragedy and warns against seeking political power for its own sake.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Every year, it’s my pleasure to acknowledge those who step forward out of nowhere, perhaps by some unseen push from their better angels, to deliver a message. I am always and forever grateful.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
As is the custom, Americans honor their military who serve on Veterans Day. Established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to commemorate the end of WWI — formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 — it was original…
Saturday, November 10, 2018
LAFAYETTE — If you’re a veteran in the movies and you need legal help, you get Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men." In real life, you could get an attorney like Greg Saloom, who’s actually seen a courtroom.
Saturday, November 03, 2018
Recently, a list appeared in The Washington Post of eight films parents should watch with their adolescents. While it’s sad to think it’s fallen to Hollywood to teach life lessons to the young, it’s hard to find fault with "To Kill a Mockingbird" …
Saturday, October 27, 2018
When you put out those fake spiders for Halloween, give some thought to real ones. Scientists have recently suggested that climate change has compounded other human errors to produce a bug apocalypse. Coming on the heels of the United Nations' rep…
Saturday, October 20, 2018
As society delves deeper and deeper into the authenticity of its trappings, there is no end to what it must do to live responsibly. Chefs tout farm-to-table, many can name the chickens who laid the eggs for their omelets, and every fish must be su…
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Long considered the ultimate accessory, cars are integral to the American image. Vehicles quit being solely utilitarian ages ago, and anyone who doubts the automobile’s contribution to one’s personal style need only contemplate the difference betw…
Saturday, October 06, 2018
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Regardless of America’s fondness for football, lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the U.S., according to CBS News, and has tripled its popularity in the past decade. A favorite among the East Coast society set since the late 1800s, lacrosse …
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Gentlemen, an age of #MeToo has understandably left you in the lurch. The caveman approach no longer stands you in good stead but instead carries with it real consequences. Although Facebook has made it easier to meet women, it’s also lowered the …
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Recently the term “act like a lady” has reared its repressive Victorian head in the news. A Houston middle school was forced to take down its banner, “The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll treat you like a gentleman,” and a female crime rep…
Saturday, September 08, 2018
They cause accidents, addiction, neuroses and compulsive behavior. Perhaps even brain cancer. They have their own psych nomenclature — “problematic mobile phone use” — to cushion the diagnosis, and they’re strongly correlated with impaired self-es…
Saturday, September 01, 2018
I recently received video of a chef’s birthday party for his small daughter, a simple backyard masterpiece of cake and ice cream. "Happy Birthday" was sung by the parents and a few neighbor kids, after which there were sprinklers and a plastic wad…
Saturday, August 25, 2018
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As if people weren’t problem enough, society must increasingly contend with their dogs. Under the moniker "fur babies," many are indulged and allowed to be as infantile as they wish, with owners excusing the barking-mad animal straining at the lea…
Saturday, July 28, 2018
The bane and benefit of the English language is that it’s always in flux. New words evolve at an alarming rate, the product of a society constantly in search of self-expression. And while English has never been a creator of complicated compound no…
Saturday, July 21, 2018
There’s a line in the show "Sons of Anarchy" where gang member Jimmy Smits says, “I prefer more patina on my precious metal.” He’s coming on to biker matriarch Katey Sagal, an older woman on TV who upstages the men for mayhem and sex appeal.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
America’s current difficulty is not so much with China but with china. It seems millennials and Generation X'ers are refusing to come to the table and deal with grandmother’s plates and demitasse cups. Her Wedgewood doesn’t suit their sofa-with-ce…
Saturday, July 07, 2018
As the heat index soars into triple digits, designers are busy insulating you in enough fabric to weather the Artic. Fashion houses march to a different drummer as well as time zone; and as you swelter by the swimming pool, they are busy burying y…
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018
It was the season for horse racing and its own world series, the Triple Crown. Three-year-old Justify took his place among elite equines of all time, bets that he couldn't do it were put to rest, and comedian Jim Gaffigan's mean-spirited monologue…
Saturday, June 16, 2018
With Father's Day once more upon us, the opportunity arises for all to recognize men who fill the role. Fatherhood is not for the fainthearted and for those who stay the course, the day is well-deserved.
Saturday, June 09, 2018
Brunch is a social situation that’s supposedly a cross between breakfast and lunch. In America, it’s a ubiquitous event where some people disguise their daytime drinking with an aura of sophistication.
Saturday, June 02, 2018
Saturday, May 26, 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge has just given birth, and as society turns its calibrated eye on new mothers, some are resorting to stylists to camouflage their postpartum pounds. Like Scarlett O’Hara, who would never again see her 17-inch waist, corset …
Saturday, May 19, 2018
We knew it would get here eventually. The wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, with all the world’s eyes on the dress. Designers sketched out their speculations for months ahead of time, news outlets teased and what Markle wore will influenc…
Saturday, May 12, 2018
A local chef recently told me the old dishes are coming back, and when he meets women, he likes to steal their mothers’ recipes. Women have always handed their history down this way. Mother to daughter, dishes passed through the generations, carry…
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018
I once suggested to a fundraising director that she consider revitalizing her event with something besides a silent auction. Her reply was a quick and panicked, “How could we ever replace that?”
Saturday, April 21, 2018
For those still in the midst of spring cleaning, you should know that in addition to having a bedscape — an entire room that expresses how you are personally at the end of your day — you must have an end-of-the-bedscape as well, addressing what to…
Saturday, April 14, 2018
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.
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
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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.