Chere Dastugue Coen


Cheré Dastugue Coen is an award-winning journalist, instructor of writing, playwright, novelist and ghost hunter. In addition to Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana, her latest books are Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets with Jude Bradley and Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Tour of Acadiana. A native of New Orleans, Cheré now makes her home in Lafayette. Visit her blogs and


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Desserts and down-home dining in Carencro more

Mar 24, 2015 12:00 AM Restaurants


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Uncommon attractions in northwest Louisiana more

Jan 23, 2015 12:00 AM Getaways


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Traditional music shared from the moment of birth in Lafayette and Baton Rouge more

Dec 23, 2014 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts


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From a reimagined bank to fig brownies, enjoy a weekend walkabout in Lake Arthur and environs more

Oct 27, 2014 12:00 AM Getaways


Courtesy of Alexandria/Pineville Area CVB

How a few nurseries bloomed into a few hundred in Forest Hill more

Feb 24, 2014 12:00 AM House & Home


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Jackie Miller makes Tee Mamou-regulation courir costumes more

Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM People & Places


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“Arnaudville pulls creative, metaphysical, and spiritual energy to this area." more

Sep 20, 2013 12:00 AM People & Places

Artist Brian Carlisle of Shreveport prefers the word “repurposing,” utilizing objects that have seen better days and turning them into useful, artistic creations.  more

Nov 20, 2012 12:00 AM People & Places


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Melanie Harrington loved her job teaching social studies, but the bureaucracy of teaching was getting the best of her. Only a few blocks from her home, ideas began percolating. more

Oct 29, 2012 12:00 AM Restaurants

Sun’s not going down on this quaint little town. more

Feb 25, 2011 12:00 AM Getaways


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The intersection of art and the spirit world. more

Oct 27, 2010 12:00 AM People & Places