Meeting Grandpa Elliott

My husband, Dave, and I were walking down Royal Street on a Sunday afternoon during my first-ever trip to New Orleans when I suddenly stopped in my tracks and grabbed Dave’s arm. He looked at me like I had lost my mind. “I think I know that guy,” I told him, gesturing toward a man […]

Beautiful New Orleans

New Orleans, if I ever get around to having a home again, I’m coming back for you and all your artsy goodness, your canvases lining the gates of Jackson Square and your galleries filled with local artists’ masterpieces. Art makes my world go round. Photography, writing, painting, pottery, music, dance – whether I’m doing it, […]

Practicing parenthood in Pensacola

When we were organizing our trip to Pensacola to visit my husband’s brother, our sister-in-law and our 6-month-old niece, there was no hesitation when it came to the question of daycare: take Audrey out of childcare that week, and Dave and I would babysit. We are going to miss a lot of important events in […]

B&B Review: A Painted Lady

When Dave and I arrived in Columbus, Miss., last weekend, we thought we would spend the weekend at our Aunt Jackie and Uncle Pete’s house just outside of the city. Instead, after eating po boys at Proffitt’s Porch and exploring the Tennessee Williams home and Rosenzweig Arts Center, we stopped in front of a gorgeous […]

Cultural discoveries on the road

There are basically two reasons Dave and I decided to undertake a cross-country road trip this summer: to see family and friends, and to experience the incredible, varied cultures of the U.S. that we often forget exist in the next county or state over. Everyone thinks about going to New York City or Chicago to […]

Civil War history lessons in Vicksburg

As a child, I always knew Vicksburg, Miss., was important to my family. My dad’s parents met there, and my paternal grandfather’s family has lived in Vicksburg for generations. My great uncle Joe Loviza served as mayor of the city in the early 90s, and Vicksburg is the one and only place I can go […]

Soaking in the Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace is a 444-mile synopsis of all that is great about small town America. There’s natural beauty, history, tourism, agriculture and art. There are clean restrooms and poor signage. Rural America at its finest. The scenic byway makes its way through some of the most beautiful landscapes of the South and provides a […]