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Ruth Laney

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Ruth Laney’s work has appeared in national magazines including Family Circle, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and Travel & Leisure. She is a stringer for People magazine. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, she has covered major sports competitions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia (including several Olympics), for magazines, wire services, and newspapers. She wrote and coproduced the television documentary Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories, which won an award from the National Association for State and Local History and was shown at the New Orleans and Orinda (California) film festivals. She is at work on a book, Cherie Quarters: The Place and the People, about the community where Gaines grew up, which is the setting for his fiction. She writes the Country Roads column Antiquarians, about people who are in love with the past. She looks for subjects consumed by a passion for history and a desire to inhabit the mysterious realm of the long-ago. She lives in Baton Rouge, where she collects Louisiana books and art, textiles, watermelon tchotchkes, and cobalt-blue glass.

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Photos by Christina Leo.

A lifelong love affair with art. Read more

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Photo by Tom Whitehead, courtesy of NSU News Bureau.

A friendship founded on a love for words Read more

Literature

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Paul Fitch takes pride in his portraits, antiques, and meticulously restored home Read more

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Retired police captain, recipe developer, and raconteur Wirt Bellue dishes up inventive Cajun food in North Baton Rouge Read more

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In Pointe Coupee Parish, Pat and Jack Holden’s lovingly created tribute to life in colonial Louisiana is up for sale Read more

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Bibliophile James Wilson scores big with a rare New Orleans photo book Read more

People & Places

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Helen Peebles advocates using native Louisiana plants in the garden Read more

Gardening

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Artist and poet Malaika Favorite has returned to her roots in Louisiana Read more

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AgCenter agent Lee Rouse uses his own yard as a lab to test his horticulture skills Read more

House & Home

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A creator and collector, Kjell Flanagan surrounds herself with objects that speak to her. Read more

People & Places

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Lucie Monk Carter

The story of how FBI Agent Randy Deaton solved the Clementine Hunter forgery case. Read more

Visual & Performing Arts

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Lucie Monk Carter

Jeremy Simien's growing art collection focuses on rare depictions of Creoles of color Read more

Visual & Performing Arts

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Lucie Monk Carter

A West Feliciana home that subverts Southern stereotypes Read more

History

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Judith Braggs creates fabric art based on memories of her plantation childhood Read more

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At 89, John Dupaquier has a regular gig with the Florida Street Blowhards Read more

Visual & Performing Arts

At a 1970 auction near Natchitoches, a church won back the portrait of its founder Read more

History

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Lucie Monk Carter

A small group of volunteers makes a big impact for West Feliciana animals Read more

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Lucie Monk Carter

Mother and daughter create keepsake ledgers inspired by a family tradition Read more

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Donney Rose has never hesitated to use his voice Read more

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John Lawson creates collage portraits of iconic Baton Rouge bluesmen Read more

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