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STIMULUS MONEY FOR THE ARTS? OF COURSE!

Why support the arts in this time of trouble? Seems frivolous to some. Not to me and not to anyone who cares to study the question. And speaking of studies, a new one co-authored by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis documents that the arts contribute more to the economy than agriculture or transportation or warehousing - $763.6 billion. And the arts are a net plus of $20 billion for the US when it comes to its international trade balance.

But...

We are told to keep social distance, which means that venues from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington to Godfrey Daniels Coffee House in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are shuttered or will be shuttered soon. Without audiences, no ticket sales. The venues struggle. Without audiences, no place for artists - basically small business people - to earn a living. In all, more than 5,000,000 workers are employed in the arts and culture industry, many of whom depend on open doors encouraging engaged audiences. And those 5,000,000 are…
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QUICK TAKE ON ICONIC NEW ORLEANS FOOD FAVORITES: CENTRAL GROCERY, CAFÉ DU MONDE, AND PARKWAY BAKERY

Choosing places to eat in New Orleans that will satisfy everyone in your party who are familiar with that great foodie city's diverse restaurants is more than a difficult task. It's impossible. After spending several days with family, celebrating the 95th birthday of NOLA native Aunt Yvonne, the list of places that we didn't visit but wanted to visit far outstripped the few that we could fit in. We didn't have time for Casamento's or Mandina's or Mosca's, much less Arnaud's or Commander's Palace. Even so, we managed to have a thoroughly enjoyable time.

Here are three New Orleans destinations that we visited that deserve mention. They ain't exactly upscale. And a couple of them are in the middle of the tourist crunch. But they are each New Orleans landmarks for the true foodie.

CENTRAL GROCERY
Just a few steps from the epicenter of tourism that is Jackson Square and across the street and down the block from the French Market and Café du Monde, Cent…

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BARBECUE IS A NOUN, DAMMIT!

Words matter.

I'm in Texas now, for the first time in many years. I am reminded that meat cooked over a fire is grilled and that meat that is smoked is barbecue. Not barbecueD. Barbecue. It's that simple. You don't barbecue meat. You smoke it or you grill it. If you smoke it, and if you are really good at it, here is the result...with special thanks to nephew Peter.





FREE LUNCH FOR FRENCH OLD FOLKS

TANSTAAFL

There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

I first learned that acronym through my reading of the sci-fi novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein. But the phrase probably originated in the 1800s in American bars that offered 'free' lunches. The lunch was, of course, not really free. You had to buy a drink, and the drink cost more than necessary in order to underwrite the lunch. The lunch itself, often composed of salty foods, enticed further drinking.

TANSTAAFL

What has this to do with old folks in France? Well, I've just attended my second free lunch for folks born before a certain year who reside in our village. This year, that year was 1951. So everyone in the room was 69 or older. And there were about 170 of us in the room. No kids. Just lots and lots of grey hair, white hair, bald pates, and red hair. (I don't know why bright red hair is a thing with older French women. But it is.) The occasion? An annual day to show appreciation for the …