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Leonard Earl Johnson (photo credit Frank Parsley) covered Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (2005), and the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for ConsumerAffairs.com. He is a contributor to Gambit Weekly, New Orleans Magazine, SCAT, Baton Rouge Advocate, Advocate Magazine, The Times-Picayune, Country Roads Magazine, Palm Springs Newswire and the anthologies: FRENCH QUARTER FICTION (Light of New Orleans Publishing), LOUISIANA IN WORDS (Pelican Publishing), LIFE IN THE WAKE (NOLAfuges.com), and more. Johnson is a former Merchant Seaman, and columnist at Les Amis de Marigny, New Orleans; and African-American Village. Attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship at Piney Point, Maryland. Winner of the Press Club of New Orleans Award for Excellence, 1991, and given the Key to The City and a Certificate of Appreciation from the New Orleans City Council for a Gambit Weekly story on murder in the French Quarter.

Sunday, October 01, 2023





Hildegard Bottlebrush

~ Fiction ~
Roman à clef, cher
by Leonard Earl Johnson 
of Lafayette and New Orleans, Louisiana

© 2023, Leonard Earl Johnson, All Rights Reserved 


Hildegard Bottlebrush
 attended the prestigious Sacred Heart Academy in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, but chose not to speak of it to these visitors now exiting The Rectory gate.  The group had, after all, come to see The Rector not his erudite housekeeper

"Catholic hierarchy runs mostly Gott-to-Cloth with merely passing nods towards housekeepers, gardeners and cooks."

Hildegard said this once to the now canonized spokesperson for the world's disregarded, Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of Charity.  

They met during the future saint's visit to Louisiana.  

Mother Teresa
Cathedral of Saint John The Evangelist, Lafayette
 traveled to the sportsman's paradise to bolster t
he faithful in the roiling wake of a Jason Berry 
exposé of Church complicity in the sexual abuse of children.  He published the story in book form, in movie form, and in the National Catholic Reporter.

Her stop in Lafayette led to the establishment of the order's Mission House, on la rue Saint John, across from Dillard and Sylvia's new quarters, and the Cathedral's magnificent Oak Tree. 

🎋🌳🎋The sunlight cast shadows across the cured and waxed alligator briefcase Hildegarde handed Dillard during her departure from The Rectory.  The reptilian scales on its tanned hide looked like waves crashing across a leather sea, and felt to the brush of the hand like some thousand year old armor pitted against any sins of any day.  

In Louisiana alligator skins cover treasured cedar chests, briefcases, wallets and ~ most prized of all ~ the feet inside a pair of alligator boots. 

"Oh, mon cher!" Sylvia exclaimed.

Dillard opened the briefcase when they got back to their apartment and explained to Sylvia how they were being asked by the Republican National Committee to join the Snowball Project and display the frozen snowball contained inside, 
"To dispel talk of Global Warming."

She waved two bumper stickers in the air, "Also these bumper stickers blaming it on Hillary Clinton and Hunter Biden." 

Sylvia nodded her agreement but harbored doubts, given the staggeringly high temperatures currently  outside their own door. 


Flaschenbürste was the Bottlebrush family name before assimilation from German to Cajun English.

Hildegard Bottlebrush is descended from a line of 1721 immigrants from German/French disputed Alsace/Lorraine; lured by the Compagnie du Mississippi, the bubble-destined "Mississippi Company" of
John Law.

Law was then the richest man in Europe, and employed as
Controller General of Finances of France under
the dukedom after whom the bejeweled Louisiana city and parish of Orleans is named.

Coat of Arms of the Duke of Orléans

Born a Scotsman, Law worked variously for English and French governments, and in the process helped invent paper money. Which is, after all, merely a bank issued promissory note payable usually in silver or gold, to any bearer thereof.

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On this high rolling flimflam, Law financed and promoted Louisiana's "German Coast," as a New World colony favoring German-speaking farmers; promising them riches in abundance derived from feeding the hungry flocks of Africans, French, Germans, Irish, Italians, and Spanish arriving daily aboard every ship in the booming nearby Port of New Orleans.

This coastal region where the Familie
Flaschenbürstes eagerly settled and prospered, took the French name, 'Bayou des Allemands,' meaning in English, 'Bayou of Germans.'

Bayou Des Allemands

It is a scenic spot on the Amtrak line, thirty-five miles west of New Orleans ...............🚅
Never incorporated it is known still today, and posted on signs and maps as "Des Allemands" (Of Germans).

One morning, aboard Amtrak's train #1, the Sunset Limited bound west out of New Orleans, passing over the scenic bridge at Bayou Des Allemands, The Bishop and The Rector saw three boys ~ two white and one black ~ turn their bare butts upward and moon the train and its holy passengers.

"Some things never change," The Bishop said. 

"Some do,The Rector smiled, "Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King would be amused."

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A famed motor boat chase in the 1973 James Bond spectacular, Live and Let Die, was filmed on Bayou Des Allemands.  Click the link below if you desire the thrill of film chair travel.

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Coming next month


Snowball at Rêve

by Leonard Earl Johnson

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