30 “Dates”–The Rest I Got Around To

11. Blueberry picking in summer–June 2018 I’ve been wanting to do this for years but would either forget about it until blueberry season was nearly over, or not really find people interested in going. I made it happen this year. We drove to the middle of nowhere Mississippi, really middle of nowhere to the point…

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Whitney Plantation

I’m trying to resist writing too much about my experience at Whitney, but it’s difficult because it was such a great tour. If I compare Whitney to the narrative I was presented at Melrose Plantation earlier this summer, it’s like night and day in terms of content and critical race analysis. Basically the Melrose tour…

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30 “Dates”: 6 – 10

Date 6: Second Line Sunday, Treme Sidewalk Steppers–Feb 18, 2018 I lament how few Sundays I make it out to see the second-lines during the spring. Every social aid and pleasure club has a week where they take a route in the city to second-line. It is an event not to miss as folks come…

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FBF: Halloween 2017

*Cue the White Tears™ #youmad? I alway lament not having creative Halloween costumes from year to year, as well as not having a stash of lazy-man costumes (i.e., mass produced costumes that I can just throw on when needed). But last year, some time during late summer, I had a genius idea. Or at least…

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30 “Dates”: 1-5

Part of my Journey to 30 was to go on 30 “dates,” with date loosely defined as going somewhere new or participating in something I haven’t done yet in the region. Date 1: Luna Fête–December 2017 The Arts Council of New Orleans describes Luna Fête as and event that “transforms New Orleans’ historic architecture into…

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Melrose Plantation

The idea of plantation tours don’t sit well with me: I’ve heard enough horror stories about tour guides who weave tales of happy slaves in the antebellum south, who focus on narrating the dramatic lives of the white families who owned them. Handing over my money to help fatten the pockets of the white folks…

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