Travel Tips and Essentials

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A quick look at the weather across the nation and it’s easy to see why right now is one of the most popular months for planning summer travel.  Who isn’t looking for an escape from negative degree weather and snow-drifts piled higher than rooftops? Even if you’re not suffering from cold-weather blues, it’s fun to think about escaping those mundane routines we plod through every week.

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Watcha waiting, watcha waiting for?

After a much needed hiatus, this blog is back in action.  Last semester was a fhpc0twhirlwind and things like blogging just needed to take a backseat while I tried to realign my life.  At this point, I’m happy to report that things are back in order and thus the chronicling of my life in the bayou shall continue *frenzied applause* *appreciative bow*

You may be surprised to learn (or not if your close to me and noticed my relentless camera snapping) that despite the stress of the past few months, I was pretty diligent about capturing special moments on film.  While I haven’t blogged about anything for awhile, I do, in fact, have a lot of stories on the back burner.  The question for today is…where to begin?   Continue reading

Down the Bayou: Talking Poetry with J. Bruce Fuller, Editor of YELLOW FLAG PRESS

One of the things I love most about being in Graduate school again is that sense of being surrounded by extremely talented people. The University of Louisiana has a pretty popular Creative Writing department, so I have found myself keeping company with quite few poets and fiction writers. I have to say, I feel very lucky to be here.

Recently, one of my friends in the department, J Bruce Fuller, who also happens to be quite the talented poet, was interviewed about his publishing company, Yellow Flag Press. My favorite line of the interview concerns Walt Whitman who may or may not be dressed in drag. Did I tell you already how much I love graduate school?

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Lion 7 copy Undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets in Cajun Country, Yellow Flag Press is the poetry world’s little engine that could. Steadily climbing the literary heights with such ringers as Darrel Bourque, the new (appointed by me) Emperor of Creole-dom and former Louisiana Poet Laureate and the very highly praised Amy Watkins, YFP is quickly becoming one the small press darlings to know.

I was lucky enough to obtain two of their titles recently (including the latest from Bourque) for a second Louisiana poetry roundup that will run later this month at Sabotage Reviews (UK).

Besides graciously providing these gorgeous, handmade gems, Editor J. Bruce Fuller also shared his thoughts on everything from current poetry trends to his literary heroes.

And in the the spirit of Halloween, I may J. Bruce Fullerhave asked,  “What Frankenstein-y mishmash of fictional, historical or pop culture characters best represents Yellow Flag?”   

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Curb Appeal: Front Porch Update

front porchThis week in Louisiana the temperatures have finally fallen below 90 degrees, which means, it is officially fall here in Acadiana!  Evening temps in the 50s and 60s with a high of 81?  I’ll take it!

Fall always makes me feel particularly crafty.  This year, it also marks the time in the semester when I finally feel caught up with my work.  After all of the weddings and wedding-related adventures over the summer, I’m finally back on track.  I’m caught up on laundry, vacuuming, reading lists, and paper writing, which means there is more time in my life for the fun things, like updating that wreath I made last year for the front door (The original post is here). Continue reading