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Mural Man: Jeremy Price

Mural Man: Jeremy Price

January 23, 2020, Comments Off on Mural Man: Jeremy Price

One Artist’s Quest For Beauty, Fulfillment And Opportunity Story By Kerri Cooke • Photos by Chris Brennan You might not know the name Jeremy Price, but I’d be willing to bet you have noticed his work.    Price is an artist and responsible for many murals and signs you see downtown. For example, the grapes »

Ben Herrera, 121 Artisan Bistro

Ben Herrera, 121 Artisan Bistro

January 9, 2020, Comments Off on Ben Herrera, 121 Artisan Bistro

Chef’s Spotlight By Karla Wall Before Ben Herrera, owner and executive chef of 121 Artisan Bistro, came to Lake Charles in 1998. A native of Boulder, Colo., he was working as a chef in Aspen when he “met a Southern girl” from Lake Charles. The couple soon decided to move to Lake Charles to »

An Abbreviated History Of Alcoholics Anonymous

An Abbreviated History Of Alcoholics Anonymous

December 19, 2019, Comments Off on An Abbreviated History Of Alcoholics Anonymous

Before Caesar, before Alexander the Great, before Ramses II, before mankind figured out axle and wheel, humans were fermenting grain and fruit and making hooch.  From day one, some people couldn’t stop drinking.  Billions of people, over thousands of years, some percent were predisposed for addiction… TV Drunks Were Cute When I Was A »

Why The Old People Don’t Cry At Funerals

Why The Old People Don’t Cry At Funerals

December 5, 2019, Comments Off on Why The Old People Don’t Cry At Funerals

When I was young, and 75% of the people at a funeral were older than me, I noticed that the older they were, the less likely they were to cry. I wondered why. My first answer was “generational.” The old people of my youth were tough, and they brought their toughness with them, even »

Food Trucks

Food Trucks

October 17, 2019, Comments Off on Food Trucks

Fantastic food is not limited to large fully stocked kitchens in buildings with permanent fixtures, decor and a swanky bar off to the side. Some of the best food you’ve never had might be set up in a parking lot around the corner from the office.   While food trucks aren’t new to the »

The Progress Of Jeanie, The Hero Dog

The Progress Of Jeanie, The Hero Dog

September 5, 2019, Comments Off on The Progress Of Jeanie, The Hero Dog

For a few years now, Lagniappe has been following the saga of “local canine hero” Jeanie The Three-Legged Dog. There’s a book about her. She frequently appears on various media venues around the country. And now she’s become one of seven finalists in the contest for the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards. If »

Something To Prove

Something To Prove

August 15, 2019, Comments Off on Something To Prove

It’s never too early to start talking football, in particular the Who Dat brand, despite it being 105 degrees outside. I was quick to hit overload on the U.S. women’s national soccer team. Nice World Cup victory, and yes, the ladies should be paid more, but enough already. An ESPN ESPY award for the »

Exhilaration

Exhilaration

August 5, 2019, Comments Off on Exhilaration

Eighty-one was (it feels odd to use past tense) as unique a store as Lake Charles has ever had.  During the closing phase, I felt, and wrote, that it was like being alive at your own funeral. People looked me in the eye, and there was something in The Look. Hugs were sincere, there »

Stay In A Potato For $200 A Night

Stay In A Potato For $200 A Night

June 20, 2019, Comments Off on Stay In A Potato For $200 A Night

  Idahoans embraced the Big Idaho Potato, a 28-foot-long steel-and-plaster potato constructed in 2012 to mark the Idaho Potato Commission’s 75th anniversary. It’s been traveling the country ever since, promoting Idaho’s biggest crop. The plan was for it to be retired this year, when Big Idaho Potato 2.0 arrives. But Kristie Wolfe had a »

The Proper Attitude Towards Invisibility

The Proper Attitude Towards Invisibility

June 6, 2019, Comments Off on The Proper Attitude Towards Invisibility

It came down to Good versus Better.  I own Eighty-one, a retail store, and I’m Good for what it asks of me, but I’m Better at writing.  For years I’ve had this inner whisper, that I was giving my Good the best hours of the day, and leaving my Better the scraps at day »