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Joan Baez "Fare Thee Well Tour" Boch Wang Center September 15, 2018 I was in an alternate universe the moment she walked on to the stage. Let’s start out with how is it possible that a voice that began electrifying... Continue reading
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This post may be updated within 48 hours Friday August 26, 2016 Bald Eagle Drive, Lafayette, LA 9:00 AM A pastor opens meeting with a prayer asking the Almighty help us to find those in need and give us energy... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at pt at large
THURSDAY August 25, 2016 An act of God sometimes brings out the god in everyone in its wake... 8:30 AM Head out the door from my wonderful Lafayette friend's house with google maps pointing the way to 1201 East Broussard... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at pt at large
"Louisiana Trail Riders" by Jeremiah Ariaz Loads of people, especially out of town visitors like me, know about the courir du Mardi Gras of rural French Louisiana, sometimes referred to as the Cajun Mardi Gras. Few know about the African... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at pt at large
There wouldn’t be as much joy in the Joie de Vivre Café without the bigger-than-life paintings that give the place a special sense of identity…you can thank Darryl Demourelle for that. Joie de Vivre Café August 18, 2018 The first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at pt at large
Yvette Landry and The Jukes' CD release party at The Whirlybird August 18, 2018 Louisiana Lovin’ Yvette Landry had a coming out party last night. The Yvette that’s been on slow boil for about eight years, creating her singing voice,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at pt at large
August 17, 2018 I’m ready to leave after my visiting my friend Doug, who is recovering from a hospital stay. The sky has opened, it looks like Niagara Falls outside with occasional thunder rumbles to boot. “I’ll make you a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at pt at large
Friday night at the Joie de Vivre Café August 17, 2018 A fiddle and an accordion are all you need for a night of entertainment around here. The people in the audience will partner with the musicians to fill the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at pt at large
Group Therapy at the Joie de Vivre Café Joie de Vivre Café 107 N Main Street Breaux Bridge, LA 70517 August 4, 2018 Happens every Saturday morning at the Joie de Vivre Café in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. No need to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at pt at large
November 11, 2017 The Wall Street Journal declared Lafayette to be the country’s Happiest City in 2014. Take a stroll down Jefferson Street on a Saturday evening ArtWalk and you get an idea why. The city feels lit up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at pt at large
July 30, 2018 I only knew that the film was about Elvis Presley, had read no reviews. it turned out to an ambitious, churning, probing, deep dive into Americana that gathers steam then rolls you over in the final minutes.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at pt at large
November 11, 2017 Lafayette, LA The Feast of Saint Martin My generous host, Bernard Ussher, a Dublin lad now ensconced with his wife in Lafayette, Louisiana, is Irish to the core. Storyteller, merrymaker, prankster, bon vivant, chef sans portfolio, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at pt at large
February 25, 2018
 Quisqueya Stadium Juan Marichal Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Baseball in the Dominican Republic isn’t a national sport. It’s a national obsession. Combine sport, soap opera, zealous conviction, tribal membership, and you begin to understand how embedded the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at pt at large
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La Samaná Peninsula, Dominican Republic June 15-17, 2018 La Samaná is not on the A list of tourist wish lists. The first location sun-starved tourists think about when considering the Dominican Republic is Punta Cana. Most tourists gobble up the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at pt at large
June 2, 2018 Dear Gail and Fred, This started out as a short thank you note for inviting me to such a warmly celebrated birthday party, a so called decade birthday for a man who celebrates them as if they’re... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at pt at large
May 15, 2018 A visit to Rome… 8 days….octo dierum in Latin. Might rhyme with tourist delirium in English Google Rome. Over 300 entries and 27 pages before I stop scrolling. The phrase drinking water from a fire hose comes... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at pt at large
What you see is what you get... Good News Network Stories. Usually uplifting and reaffirming the goodness of human (and occasionally animal) nature, sometimes a little treacly but in a moderate dose. Then there are stories like this that blew... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at pt at large
April 11, 2018 My Pittsfield accountant sent me the Berkshire Eagle “This Story In History” article (below) this morning. He forwarded it, with a big yellow highlight on my late father’s name, knowing I’d be interested. As happy as I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at pt at large
Shiraz Restaurant 72 Bigelow Avenue Watertown, MA 02472 April 1, 2018 There are some in high places who take a dim view of immigrants, especially from anywhere else but Norway. My adopted hometown of Watertown, MA is a quilt of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at pt at large
Femme: A Celebration of Women in Acadiana Music Acadiana Center for the Arts Lafayette, LA March 7, 2018 Women’s voices have always had a place in this part of the world. In the rural areas of southwest Louisiana, surviving was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at pt at large
A Y NOT Cajun Vittles 1217 Park Avenue Breaux Bridge, Louisiana 70517 February 13, 2018 Sometimes the answer to "Hey, Why Not?" is to create a quirky way-off-the-beaten-path destination that ought to have comfort food lovers beating a path to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at pt at large
Saturday, February 10, 2018 Lafayette, LA Pig Roast v1 Lafayette, LA, February, 10 2018 CAPTIONS, MORE BACK STORY TO FOLLOW! In New England, our BBQs are usually feature burgers, hot dogs and the occasional rack of lamb and steaks for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at pt at large
Stop The Clock Cowboy Jazz Band Feed ’n Seed Lafayette, LA February 11, 2018 Text, photos. captions to follow! Gary Newman, bass John Buckelew, fiddle Gary Granger, guitar Paul Anastasio, fiddle Charlene Howard, vocals Sabra Guzman, guitar, vocals Kurt Boudreaux,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at pt at large
Joie de Vivre Cafè, Breaux Bridge, LA February 9, 2018 For a dancer, having The Revelers contained in a tiny place like the Joie de Vivre Café is somewhere along the lines of The Second Coming. They just about dare... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at pt at large