I was never one of those kids who wanted to run off and join the circus, but I was always rather fascinated with that gypsy, nomadic kind of lifestyle and the various dynamic elements at play in the carnival life. Who wouldn't love to travel around the country, meet new people, develop a sort of … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Miraculum Review
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT — Piggy-backing on Pete’s post in reference to Stacy McCain’s post, I feel obliged to chime in on that conversation for a moment. Both Pete and Stacy referenced Tucker Carlson and his discussion of the deteriorating social fabric and I’m all in agreement on that. No discord here on what either … Continue reading On Muses and Journalism
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – This is the day that you’ll find a large number of reflective posts on blogs and “best of” articles in newspapers as we say goodbye to 2018. I think there is some benefit in that and we certainly all need time to reflect. For my last post of 2018 on … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: New Year’s Eve Strange and Unusual
By Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- It’s Christmas in Louisiana! Well, it’s Christmas everywhere, but my spot on this blog is usually from a Louisiana perspective, so I wanted to bring a little Louisiana flavor to your Christmas Eve. We don’t usually have snow for Christmas; I can’t recall ever seeing a White Christmas here, actually. … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Merry Christmas
By: Pat Austin The end of our first semester is upon us and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my classroom reading project that I began this year and to provide an update since so many of you donated money or sent books to my classroom. Over the summer I read Donalyn … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: My Students Learned to Love to Read
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana governor’s race is beginning to take shape and from where I’m sitting, it looks like a piece of cake for the incumbent, John Bel Edwards. The Advocate has a good run-down of who is in and who is out at this point, and when you look at who … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The State of the Governor’s Race
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – In Louisiana this week it is both Fall and Christmas: the first weekend of December brought mild temperatures and sunny days as residents emerged from their houses to decorate with lights and position giant inflatable snow globes and penguins on their front lawns. It’s Christmas in the South, y’all. The … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: On Christmas Shopping
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It is less than a year until Louisiana’s next gubernatorial election and current governor, John Bel Edwards, is getting his ducks in a row. When election day comes in October 2019, Edwards will be able to tell voters that he has added 500,000 new government dependents to the Medicaid rolls, … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: John Bel Edwards is Prepping for Re-Election
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The fifteenth annual Louisiana Book Festival was held last weekend and your humble correspondent was honored to be a part of it as one of the presenters for my book Cane River Bohemia. You know you have reached the surreal when you are signing books fifteen feet away from Donna … Continue reading Report from the Louisiana Book Festival 2018
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Are you ready to vote Tuesday? Done your research? In Louisiana we have several races of interest, most of them local issues, and I guess at the top of that for me is the Shreveport mayoral race. It’s no secret that Shreveport is in an economic decline and ranks low … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Ready for Election Day?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – We have some pretty important elections coming up in Louisiana but all anyone is really talking about is LSU v Alabama coming up this weekend. We love our college football down here. It’s been nearly seven years since LSU beat Alabama in a 9-6 defensive struggle between the two powerhouse … Continue reading Report From Louisiana: It’s Game Day, Y’all!
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – There is an incredible amount of buzz about Susan Orlean’s new release, The Library Book. I’m going to have to put this on my reading list. The New York Times posted a nifty piece this past weekend in which twelve authors reminisce about their library love; it includes thoughts from … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: A Love Letter to Libraries
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It’s been a very surreal week for me, and while I don’t like to write about myself (except when I’m begging for books for my classroom library), how often does one publish a book, anyway? Well, unless you’re Stephen King, and trust me, I’m not. But, I was lucky enough … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Shameless Book Plug
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – So much negative news this morning in the headlines…tension, anxiety, anger, and sadness (that limo crash in New York – awful!). All this anger is one of the reasons I quit full-time political blogging a few years ago: I was mad all the time. Frustrated because I couldn’t really change … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: A Little Good News?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It’s a rainy, fall day here in Louisiana and we are one week away from fall break at school, and less than two weeks away from publishing day for my book, so my attention span is all over the map right now. I have only some loose, disconnected thoughts for … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts on a Rainy Day