Deal with the +1 Dilemma

Without a doubt, one of the hardest obstacles to face as an older single woman is the perceived stigma that is still attached to being alone and this is never more apparent than when you attend an event solo. The good news is that no one is paying as much attention to your “singleness” as …

Blue Angels 75th Anniversary Homecoming

More images available in my air show Gallery on my Jlouphotography website. A month ago I had the privilege of spending time with two of my precious grandsons that I seldom get to see. Their mom invited me to join them for a weekend stay at Navarre Beach to catch the Blue Angels 75th Anniversary …

Capt. Newberry surveys the storm surge Hurricane Ida is bringing from the bridge of his supply vessel in Grand Isle, LA on Sunday August 29, 2021

August 29, 2021 Watching Hurricane Ida as My Son Rides the Storm in Grand Isle

Déjà vu As I am watching weather updates about Hurricane Ida, I am reflecting on Hurricane Katrina that hit the coast 16 years ago today. Katrina pushed a nearly 20 ft. wall of water onto our shores here on the Alabama Gulf Coast. My house on Bayou Jonas was just one of many thousands that …

Master the Art of Dining Alone

As much as I enjoy cooking and family dinners, nothing beats an occasional meal in a nice restaurant. Also, cooking for one can become a boring chore after a while. There are days when I just want to get out of the house and enjoy a nice dinner without the hassle of cooking and cleaning. …

Sisters by Heart

Conquer Loneliness

The words alone and lonely do not have the same meaning. The first is a state of being and the second is a state of mind. Many people find their loneliest moments come when they are with others. The worst loneliness of all is being with someone but feeling that you are invisible. Loneliness is …

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Mobile APPS for Nature Lovers

If you are an outdoor enthusiast or nature lover, the chances are you have seen amazing things on your adventures. You’ve probably even taken pictures of them and shared them on social media. If you’ve ever been curious about plants, animals or phenomenon that you would like to know more about, there’s probably an app …

Hurricane Lilies

Hurricane Lilies

Hurricane lilies, a flower belonging to the genus Lycoris in the family Amaryllidaceae, are not native to North America, but they have become well established here and grow wild all along the gulf coast.  They derive their common name from the time of year they make their appearance which is at the height of the …

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Things You May Not Know about Alabama

The official beverage of Alabama is Conecuh Ridge Whiskey. Yep, it’s alcohol, and Alabama is the only state with an official alcoholic beverage. That could explain why there are places in Alabama with names like Smuteye, Chigger Hill and Scratch Ankle. After all, what sober person would come up with names like that? (More interesting Alabama place names.) Alabama …

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Things You May not Know About Louisiana

There is no fear of gators becoming extinct in Louisiana since their numbers are equivalent to half the human population of the state. Thank goodness the folks in LA (that’s Louisiana, ya’ll,) had the good sense to build a bridge causeway through the swamp and over Lake Pontchartrain to keep travelers well out of the …

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Things You May not Know about Texas

You could say that Texas is the original “Law and Order” state since it is home to the oldest law enforcement agency in the U.S., the Texas Rangers. And according to the state law books it  is still a hanging offense in Texas to steal cattle or to put graffiti on someone else’s cow. Texans are serious about …