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Category: Art
Graduating to a system that works

As the Christmas season gets into full swing, and we are reminded of the holiday clichés expounding the virtues of peace on earth and goodwill to men, it seems that some in our state haven’t gotten the message. Inequity and violence are as ubiquitous in New Orleans, and to a lesser degree in Baton Rouge, as the Mississippi River. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New Orleans has the second widest income gap between the rich and the poor; Baton ...

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Category: Design
Reclaiming the Great, GREEN Outdoors

Anna Papp has, figuratively speaking, been involved in the green industry for just over two decades now. In 1988 while working for a plumbing supplies store, Papp jumped at the opportunity to assist her boss in launching a seasonal retail venue on the Northshore. During the summer season they carried items typically reserved for warmer weather activities such as patio furniture and outdoor umbrellas, while in winter they stocked up on fireplace accessories. ...

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Category: Gardens
La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life with Figs

Growing up, I can remember going to my great-grandmother’s house each summer to harvest figs. My great-grandparents, being Sicilian immigrants, proudly kept their landscape much the way they would have in the old country—an orchard of fig trees mixed with lemon trees, orange trees, and banana shrubs, while on nearby arbors and trellises muscadine vines and bougainvilleas wildly climbed for attention. Their vegetable garden, overgrown with some ...

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Category: Art
Art Deco Decadence in Miami’s SoBe

Devotees of architecture will drop their jaws in awe at the astounding array of Art Deco homes and hotels in Miami’s South Beach (SoBe). This quintessential beach community boasts the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world. In what seems like a stage set, glamorous and glitzy beauties parade day and night past the pastel-painted buildings of South Beach’s Art Deco District. Scantly clad and statuesque, this cosmopolitan crowd ...

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