Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Darlene And The Bear

My cousin Darlene, made the news with a bear in her yard. While her yard is about 25 miles south of the Cypress Island Swamp where I do my Louisiana swamp tours at Lake Martin, the bear most likely came through the area on it's annual migration from north Louisiana to the Gulf coast last month.

The Louisiana Black Bear is a protected species that has now expanded in population to the point where discussion of an open hunting season is on the table.

The annual fall migration follows the Mississippi River south to the Three Rivers area, and then heads into the Atchafalaya swamp, and finally the last leg is an ancient stream bed of the Mississippi which is now a chain of lakes such as Spanish Lake near New Iberia, and Lake Martin where I do my world famous swamp tours.

Friday, October 7, 2011


We are just passing through, and all we take from this world is what is in our heart.

"Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn't have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. Without a prison, there can be no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves.

When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property. We didn't know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth.

We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another.

We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don't know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society."

— Lame Deer (1903-1976) Sioux Lakota