Whited sepulchres and other reasons to visit Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

(Matthew 23:27 King James Version) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. During 9-11, I was working at the Center for Victims of Torture.  The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had been started … More Whited sepulchres and other reasons to visit Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Road trip to Medieval France: Following the trail of the Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade

Prologue: I am an avowed Francophile.  All told, I have spent about nine months in various regions: in 1965, 1993, 2005, 2006, and 2015.  French is the only second language I can speak conversationally.  We have hosted four French foreign exchange students and my daughter spent five weeks living with a family in Aix en … More Road trip to Medieval France: Following the trail of the Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade

Big Muddy Meander: Chapter 3-from the Delta Blues to the Chicago Blues

Well, we’re back home now. We made a mad dash two days early, April 2, to avoid snow and ice storms coming down from the north. After 3 and 1/2 weeks following the Mississippi to the bottom of Louisiana and back up, I know a lot more about this river that, if stretched out, would … More Big Muddy Meander: Chapter 3-from the Delta Blues to the Chicago Blues

Biking New Orleans

Before leaving Minneapolis a friend who had been there said she had taken a bike tour in New Orleans and it was fun. We brought our road bikes on this monthlong trip down the Mississippi River, along with our kayaks. We booked an AirB&B in the Lake View neighborhood, which is near Lake Ponchartrain and … More Biking New Orleans

One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor: Big Muddy Meander chapter 2

(Title thanks to Paul Simon) A week after starting our meander we arrived in Louisiana, camped on the northside of Lake Ponchartrain, kayaked the Tchefuncte River, spent three days biking ALL around New Orleans, and finally landed on the south end of Cajun Country in a gorgeous restored bank AirB&B in Patterson on Bayou Teche. … More One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor: Big Muddy Meander chapter 2