Today is October 12, it is 7am, the wind is out of the North and East in my potager, and it is 57 degrees outside my patio door. Autumn has arrived in SE Louisiana !!!!!

Widely acknowledged in “my neck of the woods” as the best three months of the year, the autumn months on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. are a time of refreshment after the sweltering summer of heat and humidity. This past September was particularly brutal with record heat and high humidity and a worn out populace wearily looking and hoping for that first cold front.


Our thoughts and dreams and plans for the la bonne vie of college football, holiday cooking, turning off the air conditioners, and just plain being outside on purpose may now come to fruition.

Not only is today our first REAL day of Fall, but also election day in Louisiana, the actual Columbus Day holiday, and for this humble writer, only 8 more workdays until retirement from my day-job.

Samhain (sow-in) = Hallowe’en, All Saints, All Souls Day is imminent, the rest of the traditional holidays begin and last through the Easter season and Beltane. It is indeed a day of celebration and good feelings all around.

The followers of this blog can also look forward to updates on the publication process of Madame Langlois’ Legacy, editing, presentations on the publishing process (self and otherwise), our new living room, our new patio, and of course cooking for the holidays and our culinary history.

Readers everywhere, – Enjoy your autumn months – THE BEST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR !!!!!!!!!

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About Jerry Laiche

Jon (Jerry) Laiche, B.A., M.A. is a  working historian, writer, and co-author of “1718: The Petticoat Rebellion Cookbook.”  He is a twenty-year veteran teacher and scholar, having taught courses in Louisiana, American, and World History, and is a member of the Historic New Orleans Collection. In addition to his background as an historian, he has taught Religion in the High Schools of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and was adjunct professor of Computer Ethics and Internet Technology at Tulane University.  In addition to his academic duties, Jerry has served his schools as a technology coordinator, network administrator, librarian, and Internet guru.  During his teaching tenure, Jerry also was the recipient of two grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.  The grants enabled his school to establish the first High School Women’s Studies program in New Orleans.  He was the founding Director of the Archdiocesan Teacher Learning Center (Computers in the Classroom).  For three years, he owned and operated “The Philosopher’s Stone” a bookstore on the Northshore specializing in rare and antiquarian volumes.  With his smart and beautiful wife, Beth, he currently coordinates the “1718 Project” to commemorate the 2018 New Orleans Tri-Centennial.  He and his life partner currently live at Beltane Grove, one acre and a cottage, 30 miles north of New Orleans’ Lake Pontchartrain. (Rev. Samhain: Oct. 31, 2018) jlaiche@earthlink.net http://1718neworleans.com https://1718neworleans2018.wordpress.com/ Home Office: (985) 795-2372 Primum est Edare, diendi Philosophari