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MSY: An Airport Named After a Crash?

Louis Armstrong International is the current, official name of New Orleans’ airport. However, anyone passing through said airport gets a hint as to the airport’s original name, or more accurately the story behind it, by way of the three-letter code … Continue reading

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San Malo’s Maroons and Manilamen in Louisiana: Part Two

Details are fuzzy on exactly when the site of Saint Malo became inhabited again after the breaking up of its maroon community, but the area’s next residents were just as remarkable, and nearly as surprising, as its first. Referred to … Continue reading

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San Malo’s Maroons and Manilamen in Louisiana: Part One

Years ago, I came across a bit of information that made Louisiana seem bigger and more mysterious for it: far out in the low marsh of Southeastern Louisiana the first Asian community in what is now the United States could … Continue reading

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Café des Exilés #2: Benito Juárez

St. Edwards University in Austin, where I did my Bachelor’s in History, was kind of funny in that it didn’t have a dedicated American History department. The study of U.S. History I did there was often through the lens of … Continue reading

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In The Works…

Big news for the author of Lagniappe and Other Essentials: after six years in Portland, Oregon, my wife and I are in the midst of relocating to New Orleans. While we’ll miss the great group of friends we’ve been lucky enough … Continue reading

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The Pride and Sorrow of Chess

The problem with getting more practice at chess is that many find the game so intimidating, the only ones who will agree to play with you are usually already quite good at it. It was during one such attempt of … Continue reading

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Milneburg: Camps, Jazz, and a Landlocked Lighthouse

We’re keeping things lakeside for the time being here at Lagniappe and Other Essentials. Maybe it’s the winter weather up in my neck of the woods, but I’ve found myself daydreaming lately about watching a spectacular Lake Pontchartrain sunset on … Continue reading

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