Suck The Heads, Pinch The Tails!

We call them Crawfish, Ditchbugs, Crawdads, Mudbugs, or Louisiana lobsters – but for the love of a spicy tail – never call them crayfish! That’s just wrong! Sinfully wrong and usually spills out of the mouth from individuals who hail from north of the Mason-Dixon line where they likely pronounce pecan: pee-can! If there is one food synonymous to Louisiana, …

Throw Me Something Mister!

The Mardi Gras, or Carnival season, begins on the Twelfth night following Christmas and ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras originated from the pagan practices in ancient Rome. Christian religious leaders arriving in Rome felt it would be easier to adopt some of the local traditions instead of eliminating them all-together: more bees with honey than vinegar, …

Southern Sayings

I thought I would explain, and possibly de-mystify, some misconceptions about Southern sayings. Yes, I say y’all, and I say it often. In the South, y’all can be singular or referring to a small group of people. All y’all is plural and typically refers to a group larger than five. I also say I reckon, as in: I reckon so, …

Geaux Tigers! A Look At L.S.U. Football Fans

The people of South Louisiana and most of its neighboring states, are infamous for their love of college football, specifically the Southeastern Conference teams. Naturally, being a “I bleed purple and gold” LSU fan, I, too, enjoy some mean-spirited banter with friends who are fans of rival teams. The nastiest insults usually occur between LSU and Alabama fans. This notorious …

Meet Regan O’Leary

I’m Regan O’Leary, author of the Bane Shaw series. I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, growing up in the rural southeast part of East Baton Rouge parish. I attended public school, which, although was unequaled to a private school education, was certainly a better educational system than today’s children have. I was very fortunate to attend and …