When my mother moved to Baton Rouge in 1974 from Gainesville, Florida, she felt like she had gone back in time twenty years. She went from a town of longhaired, liberal hippies to one of conservative crew cuts and good ole boys. When last year I decided to move back here, she worried that I was regressing, that there was no way for me to move forward by returning. I disagreed. For almost a year now, I’ve been patting myself on the back for making a great life in this city. It’s the happiest I’ve ever been and it encourages me to resist its notorious brain drain, but right now it appears that part of what I love most about this city could be purposefully destroyed before I’ve even gotten a chance to switch my car’s license plate back to promoting our “Sportsman’s Paradise.” (more…)
Sweet Tooth – Issue #06
Sweet Tooth #6 is out and about! You can also download it as a pdf if you like.
This spring, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber hosted a canvas trip Richmond, Virginia in another attempt to find out how we can do a better job of nurturing the creative class and “maximize the potential of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan area”. Meanwhile, Baton Rouge artists were conducting a jazz funeral in response to Governor Jindal’s proposed 83% state budget cut to the arts. Even as the trip’s organizers spoke of the importance of art and education to our region’s future, it was getting gutted in the budget. Despite common civic sense we’re at a loss for what to do. We’ve gone from the new deal to a done deal. Now may be the time to stop looking for the next big thing to make us great or the politicians who say they can save us and consider all the little things we already have done to save ourselves. (more…)
Where to get the plants:
The best way to acquire plants, of course, is for free, from friends who have gardens that have grown to the point that they need to thin them. My garden gurus have recently bestowed upon me Banana Trees, Elephant Ear, Monkey Grass, Canna Lillies, Salvia and Coneflowers. It seems that, especially in Louisiana where the humidity often does your gardening for you, many plants do not suffer terribly when moved. Don’t be surprised if a plant is droopy at first, but expect that it will perk up wherever it is, once it establishes roots. Of course, the drawback is that your transplant might not look picture-perfect for a while, and you may have to wait for it to grow a bit. If you want a perfect and full-looking plant to start with, of course you can shop at one of the nearby nurseries. (more…)
gonna think about things and know these thoughts are not that thoughtful.
gonna think about fixing the car, depleting natural resources, and buying more stuff to throw away in a few years.
gonna think about returning some wrenches.
gonna think about finding a house. (more…)