April 15, 2020

Thanks to My Grandniece!

On our front door is a drawing by 9 year old grandniece Yvie Hunt, thanking all the service workers and responders who are helping us daily get through this difficult time. Yvie is saying in her drawing that even we have to be isolated, we are not alone.

April 8, 2020

We Lost singer John Prine!

I’ve been a John Prine fan for many years. Always wanted to see him in person. He died yesterday, but just take a listen to his ode to going to heaven. My kind of wish and my kind of dude.

April 1, 2020

April Cruel!

Each year on April 1st, I make it a habit of posting a funny April fool’s joke. Not this year. Sad to say it’s not April fool but April Cruel. Let’s all pray we get through this month safe and healthy.

March 27, 2020

This Self Quarantining Sucks!

Do I look bored at home or what? I asked wife Gladys what will be the highlight of our day. She said “Let’s change the sheets.”

March 19, 2020

Book Events Update!

My book tour, like so many other events, has come to a temporary end. We’ve canceled all the book signings that were set for March April and early May.  Here’s hoping but this terrible virus will be contained, and we will get back to our normal way of life in the not too distant future. We are scheduling a number of fall events for my book My Louisiana Odyssey, as well as book signings and presentations by other authors whose books will be published by The Lisburn Press.

My last book presentation was to the Bunkie Rotary club, arranged by my longtime friend Claudia Norman. Claudia and I are pictured below at a great seafood restaurant in Bunkie.   Keep checking this site, for continuing updates.  Good luck to us all in fighting a war against this terrible virus outbreak.

March 14, 2020

Continuing Book Club Tour!

An enjoyable evening speaking recently to the Country Classics Book Club in Zachery, Louisiana. Lots of interest in “My Louisiana Odyssey.” From left, pictured are Ginger Hughes, Ginger Parker, yours truly, Beryl Beier-hostess, & Donna Kline, president of Country Classics book club.

March 5, 2020

A Book Club Presentation!

The Portfolio Club of Zachary met on March 4, 2020 for an authentic French luncheon at Maison Lacour in Baton Rouge. The guest speaker was  Jim Brown who spoke about his publishing company, Lisburn Press,  and his latest book, “My Louisiana Odyssey: A Memoir.” In the book, the author shares his journey of initially “discovering” Louisiana, and then taking the reader on an excursion into country living, politics, music, art, acting, family, religion, and a host of other themes that reflect a full life well lived.

February 28, 2020

Taking a Book Tour Break!

The Brown book tour took a break over the past 10 days to celebrate Mardi Gras, then head back east. As you can see, heavy snow falling in the Blue Ridge mountains, up in Linville, North Carolina. I’ll be returning and back on the tour next week (March 3rd) and will speak and sign My Louisiana Odyssey at the weekly meeting of the Zachery Rotary Club.

February 19, 2020

A Book Tour Stop for Crawfish!

It’s crawfish season here in the Bayou State, and a regular stop for me as a travel throughout South Louisiana is Crawfish Town USA in Henderson, La. Even has-been politicians like me still have their name on a chair. I was there this week to sit in my own chair and eat lots of boiled mudbugs.  Quite a treat.

February 16, 2020

Busy Week of Book Presentations!

Book presentations continue all this week with the following stops:
February 18th-Rotary Club of East Ascension-7:00 am
February 18th-Opelousas Rotary Club-noon
February 19th-Bunkie Rotary Club-noon
February 20th-Kiwanis Club of Acadiana-noon
Then we will take a break for Mardi Gras. Below are photos of stops at the Denham Springs Rotary, and a private bookclub presentation in New Orleans sponsored with good friend Christopher Tidmore.

February 12, 2020

A Book Signing Trip to Ville Platte, La.

It was a fun-filled day in Ville Platte, La. recently when I spoke to the Rotary Club there and re-newed a number of old friendships. Evangeline Parish always gave me a good vote in my six statewide races for public office. Below I’m pictured signing books with my longtime friend Judge John Saunders sitting by. And I was also welcomed by Rotary Club President Nicole Winger (right), and Judge Sanders’ wife Susan.

February 9, 2020

A Round of Book Signings!

The book signings continue all over Louisiana. This coming week, I’ll be speaking to the Ville Platte Rotary Club, The Luling Rotary Club and the Roundtable Club in New Orleans.

Guest at  the Hammond Rotary Club recently.

A good turn out at the Northshore Kiwanis Club in Mandeville.

With Rotary President Rebecca Jacob a the Denham Springs Club.

A visit and book signing last week to the Ponchatoula Rotary Club.

January 30, 2020

Recent Power Lunch with Friends!

Three long time friends getting together to visit at Mike Anderson’s restaurant in Gonzales this week. That’s former state senate president Mike O’Keefe on the left and Governor Edwin Edwards. We old guys are all hangin’ in there The Governor is 92 and Mike is 88. I’m the kid in the group.

January 28, 2020

Statewide Book Tour Continues!

January 31st-Rotary Club of Liviingston-noon
February 4th-Lafayette Kiwanis Club-noon
February 6th-Ponchatula Rotary Club-noon
February 11th-Ville Platte Rotary Club-noon
February 12th-Luling Rotary Club-noon
February 13th-New Orleans Roundtable Club-7:00 pm
February 15th-La. Political Hall of Fame-7:00 pm
February 18th-Opelousas Rotary Club-noon
February 19th-Bunkie Rotary Club-noon
February 20th-Kiwanis Club of Acadiana-noon

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 Vidalia (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.

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