Holiday Blogs

Halloween Costume Ideas from my Twitter Feed

It’s that time of year again, when I anxiously realize I have no Halloween costume. My costume will probably result from a frantic last-minute trip to Big Lots, as it usually does, but until that happens I’m consulting my Twitter feed for a 2012 zeitgeist of pop culture-riffed and fashion-oriented...

Things to Do in Salem Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts has a Halloween-based economy: buttressed by Wicca-tourism and eye of newt sales. Though the city’s slogan is “Still Making History,” Salem is really just hell-bent on conjuring up its spotty past of persecution for prosperity’s sake. In Salem, the charming clanging of New England church bells is obscured...

Our High-Tech Pesach went Straight to Video

Doron Kipper, filmmaker, had to be in New Orleans during Passover. We met him through a mutual friend and he asked us how the wi-fi was at our place. “Mine’s a little spotty,” said Doron, “and I need a solid connection to Skype home for Passover,” a Jewish holiday that’s...

Fun Ideas for a 30th Birthday

I had to turn the big “3-0″ on the road — isolated from friends and family. To make things special, Rachel challenged me to a buffet of 30 objectives to complete. From “Get Wet” to “Visit the Playground,” and “Have a ‘Kony 2012′¬† public meltdown,” we ran all over God’s...

The Mardi Gras Indians

From the moment I heard about the “Mardi Gras Indians,” I knew I had to see’em. And I’m glad I did, because photos can’t capture it. Mardi Gras Indians are dressed in meticulously handmade costumes, covered from head to toe in feathers and beads. The Mardi Gras Indians only march...

Mardi Gras Costume Roundup

So, going to Mardi Gras without a costume is like forgetting to bring your bucking bronco to the rodeo. Rachel and I dressed up and perused the Quarter looking for other like-minded lunatics. We would have had less luck finding¬† a needle in a stack of needles. Rachel’s “King Cake”...

Mardi Gras Do’s and Deauxnt’s

Mix the best of St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween into one holiday, and you’ll get a New Orleans Mardi Gras. It has a bad reputation for being a low-brow, over-sexed Bacchanalian “boobs, beads and beer” free for all, but really that’s just one fifth of it. If you”re new...