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Western Colorado Writers Podcast
Hosts Avery Brooks and Christie Matherne interview local, regional, national, and international writers, with the goal of empowering listeners to find power and truth in writing. New episodes drop the second Tuesday of each month.
Just Get in the Car
A long recounting of the times I've used roadside assistance on road trips, and why road trips are still worth doing.
Extreme Sitting: The surprising benefits of sitting still for hours at a time on holiday
I report on a long morning of...sitting...with Robby Silk, inventor of competitive extreme sitting.
For The London Telegraph, UK.
Sailing for Everyone
An exploration into barriers to sailing, and two organizations seeking to remove those barriers in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras, on Foot
A series of vignettes by different walking Mardi Gras revelers. Mine is last on the page.
South of Rider-Waite: Four Southern Tarot Decks that Tackle Representation in Imagery, Theme, and Language
Profiles of four southern tarot decks that push the boundaries of representation.
Notes from a Gumbo Road Trip
Don’t ask a mixed group of Louisianans what constitutes the best gumbo, unless you want to start a war. They might all be from the same state, but they most certainly all come from different pots of gumbo. You could say every Louisiana family has their own version of gumbo, but it would be more accurate to say every person who makes it has their own.
The word gumbo either comes from kingombo, an Angolan word for okra, or kombo, the native Choctaw word for filé powder, but neither has much tru...
Star Light, Star Bright
What's lost in a well-lit night sky? A lot. This article explores light pollution in Baton Rouge and how (and why) some folks are trying to turn on the night.
Lessons in oyster shucking from professional (and award-winning) oyster shuckers in South Louisiana.
Sustenance in Grief
Meet the people who volunteer to make bereavement meals for grieving families.
Tricky Tradition: The ins and outs of the Cajun card game, Bourré
In parts of South Louisiana, people gather their wits and their coins (or dollars, or Rolls-Royces) to play the cutthroat, trash-talking card game, bourré.
A drive through time in Port Vincent, Louisiana; complete with cracklins.
On the Water: A 4-day journey down the Amite River via kayak
My friend Ross and I traverse the Amite with a little less than everything we need.