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January 22, 2020

A Trip to Alexandria, La.

It was treat renewing old friendships at the Alexandria Rotary Club this week. Central Louisiana was my home for many years. I not only swapped many stories, but also sold a good number of copies of “My Louisiana Odyssey.” I’m pictured here with Professor Robert Wright from LSU in Alexandria (left) and old friend Ed Caplan, who for many years has had a clothing store in Alexandria.

January 19, 2020

Speaking in North Louisiana!

A pleasant visit to Visalia (just across the Mississippi River from Natchez, Mississippi) to speak to the Concordia Parish Library Association about my new book, “My Louisiana Odyssey.” A number of students pictured here from the Vidalia High School were in attendance to learn a little Louisiana history. This week’s speaking schedule is listed below:

January 21st-Alexandria Rotary Club-noon

January 22nd-Hammond Rotary Club-noon

January 23rd-Northshore Kiwanis Club-noon-Covington

January 28th-Gonzales Rotary Club-noon


January 17, 2020

Great Crowd at Concordia Library!

January 16, 2020

A Visit to former home-Ferriday, La.

Speaking this past Thursday to the Ferriday Rotary Club up in my old hometown. Attorney Joey Booth is incoming Rotary Club president.  His dad, Judge Leo Boothe is a longtime friend.  Leo Young on my right helped me get started in Ferriday some 50 years ago.  It was a treat to see old friends and talk about my new book, “My Louisiana Odyssey.”


January 15, 2020


January 7th-Natchitoches Rotary Club-noon
January 9th-East Baton Rouge Lions Club-noon
January 14th-LaPlace Rotary Club-noon
January 16th- Ferriday Rotary Club-noon
January 16th- Vidalia Library Association-6:00 pm
January 21st-Alexandria Rotary Club-noon
January 22nd-Hammond Rotary Club-noon
January 23rd-Northshore Kiwanis Club-noon-Covington
January 28th-Gonzales Rotary Club-noon


January 12, 2020

More Book Signing Events!

A nice visit this past week with the Baton Rouge Lions Club to discuss my new book, “My Louisiana Odyssey.”  Club members had many Bayou State stories to share with me themselves. Maybe for a new book.  I’m pictured with club members John Fontenot and David Young.

January 9, 2020

Speaker at Natchitoches Rotary Club!

It was good to be in Natchitoches this past week visiting old friends and speaking about my book to the Natchitoches Rotary Club.  Former State Senator Don Kelly and I had a long visit, reminiscing about starting off in the legislature together back in the 1970s. I’m pictured below with Rotary members including long time friend attorney John Luster (right).

January 3, 2020

North Carolina Book Signings!

The new book, “My Louisiana Odyssey,” is being distributed all over the south. I’m pictured here in Boone, North Carolina at The Foggy Pine bookstore with owner Mary Ruthless, where my book is being distributed. Glad to see the interest in Louisiana by folks up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. More information about the book by going to

January 1, 2020

Thoughts on the New Year!

Hopefully, we all are kicking off the New Year on a positive note. LSU is on the verge of winning a national championship, the Saints are in the playoffs, and initially, there’s real spirit of optimism. I sure hope it lasts. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I always do.  Take a look at my New Year’s column and my thoughts about 2020. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or By Clicking Here.

December 31, 2019

Getting Ready for 2020!

Happy New Year to All. 2020 will be a good year for you to write a book.

December 23, 2019

The Holiday Season!

Looking forward to the Holidays with old friend Father Cleo Milano, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.  I’ll be slowing down a bit over the holidays but Father Cleo will have his work cut out with a full scale of Christmas and New Year’s services and other events.  Happy Holidays to all my friends.

December 20, 2019

Happy Holidays!

Most of us have been swept up in the momentum of the holiday season. We have passed Thanksgiving, reached the Christmas milestone and are approaching New Year’s Day, the third in the trilogy of holidays. Sure, there is a lot of our attention on holiday shopping, football (especially here in the Bayou State), and social events. But it is also a time to reflect of what the three holidays can mean to all of us.  A second chance, and maybe even a new beginning.  Check out my annual Holiday column by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by  Clicking Here.

December 18, 2019

Brisk Book Sales in Baton Rouge Area!

My Louisiana Odyssey is now available at local bookstores in the Baton Rouge area.  In Denham Springs, John Cavalier reports brisk sales at the Cavalier Book Store located in the Antique Village on Range Road.  Up in St. Francisville, Missy Couhig has a delightful bookshop on the main street of town called Conundrum Books where My Louisiana Odyssey is on display.  And in Baton Rouge, the city’s oldest bookshop, Cottonwood Books, has a good supply of our new book.  I’m pictured below with Cottonwood Book owner Danny Plaisance who handles sales.  We are lucky to have such quality locally owned bookstores throughout the Baton Rouge are.



December 10, 2019

Baker Rotary Club!

An enjoyable lunch with the Baker Rotary Club Most of the members bought my new book, “My Louisiana Odyssey.” Picture below with several of the club’s regular members.

November 30, 2019

Jim Brown Interview with BayouBuzz.

He has worn plenty of hats. He’s a former Louisiana State Senator, Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner,. He ran for Louisiana governor and he is an attorney, columnist, publisher, husband, father and grandfather. He’s also a story-teller. Jim Brown has a quite a few of those remembrances which he shares with all of us. At 79 years old, he wants his grandchildren to know who he is, what he has experienced, what he has accomplished and why he believes Louisiana is so special. His memory of past political institutions and those who have led them is as vivid as if he was living them today. 

Today, the Bayoubuzz columnist and fellow video blogger, Brown and I discussed his personal travails and life travels which he has put into his new book, My Louisiana Odyssey.  To read the interview, Click Here.

November 28, 2019

Kentwood Rotary Club Interview!

Speaking to Monroe Rotary Club!

It was a pleasant trip to Northeast Louisiana a few weeks ago when I travelled to Monroe to speak to the Monroe Rotary club. My old friend Dr. Russ Greer was the host and gave me quite the introduction, more than I deserve.  I’ve spoken to this club on numerous occasions in the past, and it was good to renew old friendships. Thanks to the many club members that bought my new book.  I’m pictured below with Dr. Greer (left) and state representative Bubba Chaney.

November 14, 2019

Louisiana Book Tour!

Spoke this week to the Port Allen Rotary Club and the Kentwood Rotary Club about my new book “My Louisiana Odyssey.” And you have a choice of two covers. How about that.  You can order the book on the right side of this site.




November 2, 2019

Louisiana Book Festival!

I’ll be talking about my new book, “My Louisiana Odyssey,” as a speaker at the Louisiana Book Festival this weekend at the state capitol in Baton Rouge. Pictured below with Lt. Governor Billy Nunguesser, state librarian Rebecca Hamilton, and author Rannah Gray. Below also is the coming week’s book tour schedule.

Thursday, October 31st– Guest on the Jim Engster Radio show. (9:00 am)

Saturday, November 2nd. Featured speaker at the Louisiana Book Festival (Louisiana State Capitol. 11:45 am.)

Tuesday, November 5th -Speak to St. Francisville Rotary Club. 7:30 am.

Thursday, September 7th. Speaker to Monroe Rotary Club. Noon

Thursday, November 14th. Kentwood Rotary Club. Noon


October 30, 2019


Louisiana is facing an election runoff for the state’s next governor. Incumbent John Bel Edwards is in the fight of his political life, and not by just taking on the Republican challenger. He is also under assault by Pres. Donald Trump. He’s a Democrat in a Red State, and the question is can he survive? On the other hand, he won election four years ago under the same circumstances. How is the race shaping up? I take a look in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Also, please note that this is my last column for a while. I’ve been writing a weekly column for the past 16 years and have never missed a week. Hey gang, I need a break. I have family obligations, grandchildren to visit, some traveling to do. Oh, I’ll be back on the scene. And I’ll from time to time give you updates on this website, so stay tuned. I’ve enjoyed writing my column, and i hope to start up again. Talk to you soon.


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