Ducks on the pond at the Lafayette, Louisiana Visitors Center. I slept there for a few days.
By Charlie Johnston
It has been amazing driving the route I walked four years ago through Southern Louisiana. Obviously, it goes a lot faster, but it boggles me how far I actually walked. What a joyful period that time was! When I tell you that even in the midst of great hardship and uncertainty, sublime joy rises, I speak from experience.
Along my way, visceral memories arose of who I met, a phone call with my son, a lady who saw me and gave me two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when I was hungry. You see things differently when you are walking versus when you are driving. I remembered what a welcome sight it always was to see a water tower peeking up in the distance – for that meant food and something sweet to drink.
Now the video of the joint meeting in Mandeville, Louisiana with Mark Mallet and Kitty Cleveland is ready. I link to it here and have added it to the Visit Videos Page. It was taped professionally by Focus TV, an independent producer of religious content for independent religious and diocesan stations through the world. Focus relies on donations and subscriptions, so I will add them to the permanent links in a new class of media links.
Most of this post will be pictures from my pilgrimage in Louisiana four years ago.
My next presentation will be on Tuesday, October 6, at 7 p.m. at the Mason Creek Community Center, 20201 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77450. It is just outside Houston.
Bob Scheich (left), the friend who lets me use the downstairs of his home as home base, flew down to Louisiana to visit his Dad, Don (center) and attend the presentation with Mark Mallett and Kitty Cleveland. We visited at St. John’s Coffee Shop in Covington.
By the Old Louisian Capitol in Baton Rouge during my pilgrimage.
Rayne, Louisiana – the “Frog Capitol of the World.” Every building has a frog-themed mural on it – and I think there are more frog statues in town than there are actual frogs.
Librarian Trudy Ronkartz at the Rayne Library. I stopped in and she is still there – and so is the lion in the picture. She was kind to me four years ago – and we were delighted to see each other again.
The staff at the Acadia Parish Library in Crowley, Louisiana. These ladies were wonderful to me when I walked through – giving me fresh fruit, protecting the table I worked at, setting up a radio interview. Alas, when I re-visited a few days ago, only Sandra – at the center front, was there. We had a nice visit, though.
My friend Allen Reed from Jennings, Louisiana. I helped him clear and seed a five-acre field four years ago and stayed for a few days at his place on the Mermenteau River. We got together and visited near the old field. In Louisiana they call a cabin on a river or lake a “camp,” which is where this picture was taken.