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 -- One of the unintended consequences of Common Core (or whatever your state’s iteration of Common Core is) has been an attack on the classroom library and independent reading. In the move to implement a “Tier 1 curriculum,” the first thing to go is anything that does not align with that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: ELA Teachers told to Remove Novels from Classrooms
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Last night as I was watching LSU’s trouncing of the Miami Hurricanes on television, I received a text message from a friend which included a screenshot of the new tropical storm in the Gulf, Gordon, with the question “Am I the only one who can feel a faster heartbeat and … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Waiting for Gordon
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – My post here last week was one of random thoughts and musings and that’s what I have for you again this week, if you’ll indulge me. On Blogging: It’s been a few years now that Pete asked me to join his crew and contribute to this space and in all … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: More Loose Thoughts
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’m headed back to my second week of school this week and let me tell you, it has taken me all weekend to recover from week one! Not that anything went wrong, but it does take all of one’s energy to lay down a good foundation for the semester in … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts
By John Ruberry Stormy Daniels was in Chicago last week, taking her clothes off and dancing for 15 minutes. Yep, a quarter of an hour, that was, at least on Thursday, the duration of her show. Although I was off work on Thursday and the Admiral, an old vaudeville house that has been a strip … Continue reading Stormy Daniels weather in Chicago
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It has been about ten days since I launched my Classroom Library Project in an effort to build a new classroom library for the purpose of encouraging my high school students to fall in love with reading again, and in those ten days I have now received over 60 books … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Books in the Mail!
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I was traveling last week and because of that (and in honor of Pete’s 30-year anniversary!) I didn’t post. Where was I? We went to New Iberia, Louisiana to attend the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival. We were there with people from at least twelve other states in the … Continue reading Report from the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – In a rare partnership and an attempt to revitalize “local journalism,” the New York Times and NOLA/The Times Picayune have partnered to produce a series of excellent articles on the vanishing Louisiana coastline. This is a subject near and dear to my heart; here in Louisiana we have been talking … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Our Vanishing Coast
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- As Zilla noted, the Boss is at CPAC and is covering all things politics, so I’m going to veer away from politics today. Living in Louisiana with a special legislative session underway, there is no shortage of political topics here, but while our legislators wreck our budget and cut funding … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Books Along the Teche Literary Festival
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Louisiana is expecting snow this week. Say what? I know people in the north must laugh at us. The inevitable “bread and milk” memes showing empty grocery store shelves come to mind. I went to the grocery store yesterday out of necessity rather than any snow-minded panic, and the cashier … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: SNOW!
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- Well, that didn’t take long. Tyrone White, a convicted car burglar who was released early under Louisiana’s new free-the-criminals criminal justice overall, has been re-arrested. White was out of jail only five days before he picked up a gun and robbed a construction worker in Kenner, Louisiana. He is now … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Early Prison Release #fail
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The feud between Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge Representative Garrett Graves over the slow response of Louisiana in flood recovery efforts escalated last week when the Edwards camp accused Rep. Graves of spreading false information about the release of federal money given to the state. Friday, Rep. … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Edwards/Graves Feud Heats Up
By: Pat Austin Added: Thank you The Dead Pelican for the link! SHREVEPORT – Bear with me, readers, for this week I’m bringing you a local problem but it is one that needs national attention in order for it to be rectified. Your help is needed. Our local animal shelter is deplorable. The city of … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Call to Action Against High Kill Animal Shelter
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Loose thoughts this week from Northwest Louisiana: Apollo 1 Memorial: It’s been fifty years since Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee and Ed White died in a flash fire that engulfed their capsule during a routine training mission and as she has each year, Grissom’s widow, Betty, was in Florida at the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- As Donald Trump begins his first full weeks as President of the United States, I'm going to step back and just watch; I want to see what he does. I'm not the least bit interested in speculation or criticizing him for things he hasn't done yet. The Women's March that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: What Were They Protesting About?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- South Louisiana is flooding. You may have heard about it on the news. It’s really bad. In a press conference Sunday morning, Governor John Bel Edwards said it is “plenty bad.” Many homes that have never taken on water before have flooded with this storm and many of those people … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: “It Started to Rain…”
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As Louisiana struggles to keep the lights on in the state and as legislators continue to make cuts and raise taxes as they try to balance the budget, what most Louisiana residents were upset about last week was the luxury chicken coop Governor John Bel Edwards has had built (with … Continue reading Maybe he likes Omelettes
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Amazon is ending its Associates Program in Louisiana effective April 1. I received this email last week: Greetings from the Amazon Associates Program: We're writing to inform you that the Louisiana state legislature has passed, and Governor John Bel Edwards has signed, a bill to establish tax nexus and impose … Continue reading Amazon Associates Program Terminated in Louisiana Effective April 1: No Joke
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Tuesday afternoon of last week, I was anxiously watching the ominous sky as I closed up my classroom for the day. My student teacher had some last minute things that needed to be copied and run off for class the next day and as a result I didn’t get away … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Surviving the Flood