Daughter of a butcher and a restaurant maven, granddaughter of a one-armed Cajun barbecue chef and a German gravedigger, I hail originally from the now famous Ninth Ward of New Orleans, just downriver from the French Quarter and the Faubourg Tremé. Growing up among the graveyards of my Irish, German and African-American neighbors, I played hide-and-seek in the cities of the dead, learned to decipher the voodoo markings adorning the above-ground ovens and honed my skills in palm reading, bar-hopping and fire baton twirling. During my adult summers I travel, write, edit and lead talented teens in travel writing and photography workshops as part of NOLA Travel Writers. When not traveling, teaching, and scribbling, I continue to wander the neighborhoods of New Orleans with the same curiosity that I brought to my childhood games of graveyard hide-and-seek. Who knows what I may unearth next?
Welcome to the Esplanade Ridge, home to the Faubourg St. John, romantically referred to as the Creole Garden District. Beginning at the upper boundary of the musical Faubourg Tremé, the Faubourg St. John harbors a history and lore just as lush and... More»
Two hundred years before the HBO television series made Tremé an emblem of the cultural richness of New Orleans, the residents of this faubourg drummed, danced, and second lined their way into history. Tremé, touted as the oldest African American... More»