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BORN ON the BAYOU

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about the book

In the tradition of the modern classics The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer and The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr, Blaine Lourd’s Born on the Bayou is a powerful gothic memoir set in the bayous and oil towns of 1970s Louisiana. Coonass: [koon-as] (noun, slang, from the French conasse) A term of endearment and an expression of cultural and ethnic pride. So echoes this all-important definition throughout this good-humored memoir of growing up in the South. A rollercoaster rags-to-riches story…

Heraclitus — 'No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.' ... See MoreSee Less

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At Santa Anita park today with Gordon Bowcott and thinking of my dad.. ... See MoreSee Less

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I can't believe it, but I start my 22nd season (fall and spring) as head football coach for the five man flag league in our neighborhood. Boone, our third son, will likely be playing his last season this spring., "The problem is...we think we have time.." Buddah ... See MoreSee Less

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When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. Wendell Berry
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Louisiana is very near and dear to my heart and the devastation from this weekend's floods is incomprehensible. If you’re able, please text LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation through the American Red Cross. - Blaine Lourd #LouisianaFlood ... See MoreSee Less

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