Houmas House on St Pat's Day / April 2015
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on Saint Patrick's Day 2015
by Leonard Earl Johnson
|Riverboat, Mississippi River|
Houmas House, Louisiana
Cold ManWinter loosened its chilly grip on the bayous, rivers and swamps of Louisiana.
L. A. Norma and I headed out for parties, parades, and music festivals umpity thump-thumpin' from Laughingyette bayous to Big Swamp City bar rooms!
All over Grande Mère Marais (the Great Mother Swamp) azaleas are in bloom and trees bud promising green and reds. Spring chucks hope under Louisiana chins, from DC-dreaming Governor Bobby Jindal down to wee the people. Jindal is America's first Indian-American governor and he wants to take the brand national ~ at any cost.
"Jindal preens for his Washington handlers." Norma snorts, blowing smoke out the driver's side window of her little red rental.
We crossed The River at Baton Rouge singing Al Capps' ode to bad leadership:
Jindal may or may not flee our ruins for new victims in Washington, but his replacement -- widely expected to be fellow Republican U. S. Senator David Vitter -- will surely inherit a hard political rock announcing school and bridge closings.
"Already, entire departments at the University of New Orleans have closed," Norma says, "and drawbridges tremble in fear for their maintenance."
Governor-expect David Vitter is said to care little for the "Magic Maharaja," as Norma calls Jindal. "Would you, in Vitter's shoes?" She crushed her cigarette into a little tin box she carries for the purpose.
It is sometimes said by detractors that Louisiana is built along the Mississippi and organized around Mardi Gras. "O. K. by me," Norma says, "you'd prefer Senegal or Cincinnati?"
Lord of the manor is Kevin Kelly, a baronial Irishman (with dogs!) who also
|Kevin Kelly with beard, Kyle Edmiston, Doug Bourgeois and|
Nippon News delegation
|Jim Blanchard and Bonnie Warren|
Kelly attended his NOLa Mardi Gras party this year, costumed as the man who carried word to D. C. that the British had been turned back at New Orleans ~ the man lived at Houmas House Plantation.
"Damn those wet blankets who claim the War of 1812 was already over!" Norma snorts. It was by a few months. "As owner of Houmas Plantation, Burnside knew: Had the Brits got to the steps of Gallier Hall we might still be flying the British Jack!
|Lorinzo Bergen, New Orleans artist|
and Leonard Earl Johnson, elderly scribe
|Proper early fenced garden, Houmas House|
|Properly unfenced radio / tv stars: Bob and Jan Carr, WDSU - NOLa|
|Garden with small fountain|
| The Gardener:|
Craig Black, Artist at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
|The Chef, Jeremy Langlois|
|Some of the things you gave up for Lent.|
|The Master's table on Saint Patrick's Day,|
Paul Arrigo and Kevin Kelly
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All Photo Credits: Margarita Bergen, Janis Turk, Houmas House
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