One year ago I began blogging for Gambit as ‘Dolores Pepper,’ a pseudonym detailed here. Like many things in life, however, the blog took a different turn, occasionally written from Dolores’s perspective, but more often from mine, as I experience not only the city of New Orleans, but also the world outside.
Gambit has a category called “The New Orleanian Abroad” which describes most of my posts —- from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Lecompte, Louisiana. “Abroad,” to my amusement, is, according to Gambit, any place outside of my Marigny/French Quarter home base.
“But what did you think about the art?” asked a friend recently, regarding a post on Minimalism in Marfa, Texas. “I’m not a critic,” I told her. I hope to pique interests in the arts without ever crushing an artistic spirit or expression. “Besides,” I continued, “if I don’t like it, I don’t write about it.”
YOUR FAVORITES (According to comments, stats, and those of you who stopped me on the street)
1. “For New Orleans”: I remember the first time I laughed after the storm: My friend Geri described the $200,000 worth of rodent damage to her house as "squirrels gone wild."
2. “Swamp Women”: If you look at the guys, you'd never know we almost died.
3. “Rejecting the Metaphor: Discovering Modern Art in West Texas”: The author visits the remote small town of Marfa, Texas and finds big-time contemporary art (and a surprising New Orleans connection).
4. “Breakfast at Lea’s Pies”: "Not too many of these places left," said George Rodrigue. But none of us believed him.
5. “Iry LeJeune, Cajun Accordion Player”: The tragically short life of a blind accordion player changed Cajun music forever.
MY FAVORITES (Because I enjoyed sharing the nostalgia)
1. “Louisiana College Football”: As LSU faces Alabama, a bookworm, in spite of herself, embraces a sports tradition.
2. “Remembering Old Biloxi”: Most towns have a nearby escape, the place everyone travels on a beautiful weekend.
3. “Tranquility from Chaos: The Meteor and the Mandala”: A meteor’s crater, Tibetan sand painting and the impermanence of life.
4. “A Night at the Opera”: Sir James Galway and the LPO take their audience over the rainbow.
5. “At Home in the Marigny”: Artists in Residence and the Marigny Home Tour
Thank you, Gambit. Thank you, Readers. And Happy Holidays to all-
Wendy Rodrigue (a.k.a. Dolores Pepper)