That didn’t take long. Only days after Americans were exhorted to work from home, interior designers were already mapping out plans for home offices — none of which include your laptop and the sofa.
In the wake of lost jobs and lawsuits, it’s difficult to know what, if anything, to say to a woman these days. Depending on your method of masculine swagger, you could very well be the instrument of your own demise. And like the coronavirus, older…
Richard and Judy Kennedy's home in Lafayette doesn't just take you through rooms, it takes you back through time.
It’s become fashionable, if not de rigueur, to trace one’s ancestry à la “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates Jr. on PBS. Society, always a self-interested entity, can’t wait to find out if there’s an aristocrat in the background. George Wa…
It’s official — King Gabriel LXXXI, James Harvey Domengeaux and Queen Evangeline LXXXI, Catherine Grace Zehnder, will reign over Lafayette Mardi Gras 2020.
A 30-something reader recently wrote a syndicated advice columnist asking if wine and flowers were passe for a hostess. In other words, had this society rule gone the way of the great auk?
Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue. A true blue shade that doesn’t veer off course toward green or purple. It’s lighter than navy but darker than many.
As the old year wanes, it’s the time when one looks back over those gone by. Laughter, tears and memories are to be gone through like a well-worn scrapbook. After a decade and a half of covering society, here are a few from days of "Auld Lang Syne":
At no other time is the kitchen more important than at Christmas. Society has ruled it so, and the family fare prepared there is the sauce that binds, pun intended. It was so at my house.
Elders, this time the shoe is on the other foot. The older among us are entitled to their respect and to have age discrimination confronted wherever it’s found. What they’re not entitled to is carte blanche. Social media and the aged have not made…
For 150 years, everyone who is anyone has known you can’t show up willy-nilly to social gatherings with an uninvited plus-one, much less a plus-seven. There is no exception to this.
Welcome back to the television version of Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above average.
The Lafayette Boys & Girls Club will be the focus of a new youth anti-gun violence program, thanks to Terrance Morgan and his group, Kabuki Dancers.
A frequent topic among femmes d’un certain age is grandchildren, particularly as the holidays approach. Their births, their foibles, the babysitting and their adult daughters’ dismay. I’m often asked if I’m part of the club.
The ancient art of yoga has a new society wrinkle. The natural offshoot of goat yoga, where a goat on your back helps get the stress off your back by redirecting your attention, cat yoga purportedly lends joyfulness to the yoga experience.
Gentlemen, we hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Besides, someone must tell you you’re in for a spin. The ladies just have to worry about leopard and layers, while you — well, let’s just g…
In the never-ending rewrite that is millennial mothering, the outdoors must now be childproofed. Enter the new garden with all its menaces removed, replaced with a cocoon of safety for the little ones.
A column expression I use from time to time is “society swans.” Derived from the informal British verb “to swan,” it means to move about or go somewhere in a casual relaxed way, if not a bit showy and ornate. In the third person present tense, tha…
It’s so easy, a cave man could do it. Enter the paleo diet, one of many popular variants in a wide range of “food can set you free” philosophies luring us to give up our gluten and return to the wild.
As if America weren’t divided enough, now there are Dog People and Cat People. One must vote dog or cat, never across the aisle, and the two parties tout their social media propaganda better than any Washington lobbyist.
Society and fine art are forever entwined, but despite their ever-evolving natures and more female artists than ever, there has yet to be a #HeToo. What’s sauce for the goose still isn’t sauce for the gander. Artists, by and large, do not seek out…
I have fought in vain with a certain so-called French chain restaurant over the subject of café au lait. Apparently, it is possible to do business in south Louisiana and not know what this is, much less have it on the menu.
July brings the celebration of Bastille Day, otherwise known as le 14 juillet or La Fête Nationale in France. Much like our Fourth of July, it recalls the storming of the Bastille, the event that ignited the French Revolution.
It has come to society’s attention that certain business etiquette is old-fashioned if not obsolete. You can be certain no such thing has occurred; there are only those too lazy to police it.
There was a time when children were nowhere to be seen at adult events. Like habitat destruction due to caterpillars, the places where grown-ups once held dominion have dwindled.
June is the tail end of spring monarch migration season, the period when the butterflies are on the move. For the first time, I agreed to foster a pot full of milkweed, the plant instrumental to their survival, and after two weeks outside, I was f…
There’s a Hallmark movie where the male romantic lead, a civil engineer — an unswashbuckling profession if ever there was one — confesses that what he really wanted to be when he grew up was a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Another admits …
June is the month for brides, and what millennial brides are up to is online dress shopping. The latest industry innovation in wedding gowns — an institution that moves glacially slow — it remains to be seen how well laptops and lace fare.