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To stand atop the white sand beaches of the Chandeleur Islands as they rise from crystal blue Gulf waters that surround them is to mark a pivotal point in the history of PoV country. The Chandeleurs are remnants of the expansive St. Bernard Delta of the Mississippi River before it was abando…

Pristinely tucked away from the bustle of Hwy. 311, resting amongst the grand oaks, sits Ardoyne Plantation. Designed by W. C. Williams and Brothers Architects in New Orleans, the Victorian Gothic style was chosen by Ardoyne Plantation owner, Senator John Dalton Shaffer. Construction on the …

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Thursday, August 01, 2019

This is what I remember.  I was born.  I was in the air upside-down.  Someone slapped me on the backside.  I felt the sting on my skin.  My eyes opened.  Through a slant of light between curtains, I could see images beyond a window.  The ground outside was covered with white shells.  I relax…

Monday, July 01, 2019

It’s a hot and muggy Sunday dusk. A man from PoV country has just knocked-off from a seven-and-seven hitch offshore. Heavy from the duffle bag slung over his shoulder, he slowly stoops down from his driveway to pick up the newspaper that the delivery person–probably the local high school qua…

Monday, June 03, 2019

A few weeks ago, I found myself driving to Memphis for a meeting. The distance between Raceland and Memphis along I-310 North and then I-10 West and then I-55 North totals only five-and-a-half degrees of latitude on the map, but it takes a good five-and-a half hours to get there. That makes …

Friday, May 03, 2019

There’s a four-letter word we use frequently around our house during the summer. As I write this article, we are just a few weeks away from the end of school, and the word is already floating around our house, hanging in the air, making its way into our summer vocabulary. 

“You not gonna get nothing else till you eat what’s in front of you.” How I hated those words as a kid. Even worse, the continual reruns of Popeye the Sailor cartoons broadcast on WWL gave Mom the animated idea that spinach would actually be appealing to a young boy who should want forearms …

Monday, April 01, 2019

How fortunate we are. We’re in the middle of crawfish season which is in the middle of Lent. For us mudbug-loving Cajuns of PoV country and all our out-of-town converts, it’s admittedly not much of a sacrifice to abstain from meat on Fridays and Holy Days when you have crawfish available and…

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Talk a walk with me for a moment… You are 18 years old and have decided to dedicate yourself to a life of service to your country by joining the Armed Forces. You enlist and head off to basic training just two weeks after high school graduation. You become an adult overnight, as you learn ho…

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