Leonard Earl Johnson writes a monthly column and web site at LEJ's LOUISIANA / YOURS TRULY IN A SWAMP. His pity comments deal with life in New Orleans and America in its ~ and his ~ declining years.LEJ taught creative writing at the Acadiana Centre for the Arts in Lafayette,Louisiana, the first year following Hurricane Katrina. Some years before Katrina he taught photography at Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) in a group project funded by the New Orleans Percent For Art Project. With other New Orleans writers and visual artist this group, under the direction of conceptual artist Dawn DeDeaux created the PRISON ART BOOK, a limited edition iron-cell-door covered over-sized book published by the Arts Council of New Orleans. It may be viewed at the New Orleans Main Library; New Orleans Museum of Art; the N. O. Arts Council, and OPP. * * * After the storms of 2005 LEJ decamped to Lafayette, but maintained "Squalor Heights, " his Faubourg Marigny garret with hopes for "Traction on the slippery road home." He divides his time between New Orleans and Lafayette where he lives in a converted railroad hotel where Elvis Presley once stayed. He regularly rides and writes about Amtrak’s Sunset Limited, Browse Profiles

2018-02-01
LEJ's Mardi Gras Glossary / February 2018
LEJ's Louisiana, Yours Truly in a Swamp by Leonard Earl Johnson of Lafayette and New Orleans, Louisiana Subscribe@LEJ.org Archives: ww w.LEJ.org ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ February 2018 LEJ's Mardi Gras Glossary BY Leonard Earl Johnson www.LEJ.org © 2018, Leonard Earl Johnson, All Rights Reserved The Saints suffer a stunning Hail Mary...

2018-01-10
DRAFT / LEJ's Mardi Gras Glossary / Feb 2018 DRAFT
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2018-01-01
Ray Nagin, Where He Is Now / January 2018
Yours Truly in a Swamp , Monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Copyrigh t, 2018, Leonard Earl Johnson All Rights Reserved Ray Nagin, Where He Is Now by Leonard Earl Johnson www.LEJ.org Subscribe@LEJ.org Ray Nagin was the controversial mayor of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina...

2017-12-01
La Porte, TX to the Promised Land / December 2017
Yours Truly in a Swamp , Monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org www.LEJ.org by Leonard Earl Johnson "Here We Ho Ho Ho Again," ~ Papa Noel L. E. J. Papa Noel ~ L. E. J. Photo credit: Dave Therrien Yours Truly in a Swamp...

2017-10-01
The Sunset Limited Also Rises / OCTOBER 2017
Yours Truly in a Swamp by Leonard Earl Johnson October 2017 * * * The Sunset Limited also Rises by Leonard Earl Johnson www.LEJ.org Subscribe@LEJ.org Sunset Limited at Sunrise Courtesy of Amtrak "Hi, ho. Hi, ho, i t's off the cliff we go No brains, no thoughts, just the guns...

2017-09-01
Ten-year Post-K Review, Update / September 2017
Yours Truly in a Swamp August 2017 by Leonard Earl Johnson, Subscribe@LEJ.org ~ You may have to write this address in your e-mail ~ www.LEJ.org * * * The Ten~year Post~K Review, 2017 Update by Leonard Earl Johnson www.LEJ.org Courtesy of Patricia Brennan T he train pulled in to New...

2017-08-01
House of the Rising Sun / August 2017
Yours Truly in a Swamp August 2017 House of the Rising Sun ~ Of Scholars, Brothels, and Drink ~ by Leonard Earl Johnson www.LEJ.org * * * L. A. Norma crushed her cigarette on the old dormer window's wooden ledge. Then dribbled coffee grounds from her cup over the scar....

2017-07-30
DRAFT House of the Rising Sun! / August 2017
Draft Yours Truly in a Swamp August 2017 The House of the Rising Sun ~ Of Scholars, Brothels, and Drink ~ by Leonard Earl Johnson www.LEJ.org * * * L. A. Norma crushed her cigarette on the old dormer window's wooden ledge. Then dribbled coffee grounds from her cup over...

2017-07-01
Today's Train is not Running Today / July 2017
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2017-06-25
DRAFT Today's Train is not Running Today / JULY 2017
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2017-06-01
Ole Number One / June 2017
On a collision course: Crescent City Classic Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 8 AM New Orleans and Amtrak's Train Number One, The Sunset Limited ~ West Departing New Orleans, Saturday, April 15 at 9 AM LEJ's Louisiana, Yours Truly in a Swamp Subscribe@LEJ.org (free) Archives: ww w.LEJ.org * * *...

2017-05-01
Easter on The River of Bourbon Street / May 2017
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2017-04-30
Easter on The River of Bourbon Street / May 2017
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2017-04-01
More than an Obit for Sister Marcy / April 2017
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2017-03-01
Dayafter Mardi Gras without Jule Lang / March 2017
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2017-01-31
LEJ's Mardi Gras Glossary / February 2017
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2017-01-01
FILM, FIRE, AND TRAINS / January 2017
LEJ's Louisiana Yours Truly in a Swamp Monthly e-column @ www.LEJ.org and at Les Amis de Marigny, publication of the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association, New Orleans by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org Archives: ww w.LEJ.org January 2017 * * * FILM, FIRE, AND TRAINS BY Leonard...

2016-12-01
The First Christmas after Katrina / December 2016
LEJ's Louisiana Yours Truly in a Swamp Monthly e-column @ www.LEJ.org and on paper at Les Amis de Marigny, New Orleans publication of the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org Archives: ww w.LEJ.org * * * LEJ.org 2005 / Frank Parsley The...

2016-11-01
Remembering Eric Hoffer / November 2016
LEJ's Louisiana Yours Truly in a Swamp Monthly e-column @ www.LEJ.org and on paper at Les Amis de Marigny, publication of the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association, New Orleans by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org Archives: ww w.LEJ.org * * * Remembering Eric Hoffer by Leonard Earl...

2016-10-01
Roberts Cove German Fest / October 2016
LEJ's Louisiana Yours Truly in a Swamp Monthly e-column @ www.LEJ.org and on paper at ~ Les Amis de Marigny ~ publication of New Orleans Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org Archives: ww w.LEJ.org * * * German Flags on Unity Day...

2016-09-01
Rio Sweet Rio / September 2016
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2016-08-01
Melanie Plesh and the Great Escape / August 2016
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2016-06-30
Another Turn Round the Dancefloor / July 2016
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2016-06-01
The Train to New Orleans / June 2016
LEJ's Louisiana Yours Truly in a Swamp Monthly e-column @ www.LEJ.org on paper at ~ Les Amis de Marigny ~ publication of New Orleans Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org Archives: ww w.LEJ.org June 2016 * * * The Train to New...

2016-05-01
Pete Seeger in New Orleans and Lafayette / May 2016
May's column is dedicated to the heroic efforts of Bernie Sanders, a democratic-socialist w ho changed America's political dialog to w hat America can do for Americans. * * * LEJ's Louisiana Yours Truly in a Swamp, Monthly e-column on paper at ~ Les Amis de Marigny ~ publication of...

2016-04-01
Easter on the River of Bourbon St / April 2016
LEJ's Louisiana, Yours Truly in a Swamp April 2016 www.LEJ.org Monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org Archive: www.LEJ.org * * * April's column is Dedicated to David Egan... Courtesy Acadiana Center for the Arts AND Jim Harrison, poet, novelist, essayist, and old tomcat NYTIMES...

2016-03-01
From Lent to Easter / March 2016
LEJ / Janis Turk "A n American has never seen the United States until he has experienced Mardi Gras in New Orl eans." ~ Mark Twain LEJ's Louisiana / Yours Truly in a Swamp, a monthly e-column ~ March 2016 ~ * * * © 2016, Leonard Earl Johnson, All...

2016-02-01
Too Early Ash Wednesday / February 2016
LEJ's Louisiana, Yours Truly in a Swamp A monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson at www.LEJ.org February 2016 * * * Boeuf Gras, Rex Parade, New Orleans ~ LEJ's Louisiana, Yours Truly in a Swamp Subscribe@LEJ.org Archive: www.LEJ.org * * * The Day After Mardi Gras by Leonard Earl Johnson...

2016-01-01
Early Mardi Gras with Glossary / January 2016
Society of Ste Anne marching society, rue Royal at Kerlerec, New Orleans / by Janis Turk Yours Truly in a Swamp, A monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson at www.LEJ.org LEJ / Parc Sans Souci, Lafayette photo credit: Frank Parsley ~ LEJ's Louisiana, Yours Truly in a Swamp Subscribe@LEJ.org Archive:...

2015-12-01
First Christmas After Katrina / December 2015
Yours Truly in a Swamp ~ LEJ's Louisiana Subscribe@LEJ.org Archive: www.LEJ.org December 2015 In Remembrance of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita's Tenth Anniversary * * * LEJ / 2005 photo credit: Frank Parsley The First Christmas After Hurricane Katrina by Leonard Earl Johnson Originally published in 2005 in a slightly different...

2015-11-01
Lagniappe du Jour / April 2016
© 2016, Leonard Earl Johnson, All Rights Reserved. Return to Easter on the River of Bourbon St / April 2016 * * * Lagniappe du Jour * * * French Quarter Festival April 7-10, 201 6 New Orleans * Festival International de Louisiane April 20-24, 2016 Lafayette, Louisiana, USA *...

2015-11-01
Oil Spilled and Hearts Ached / November 2015
Yours Truly in a Swamp LEJ's Louisiana A monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org www.LEJ.org Oil Spilled and Hearts Ached by Leonard Earl Johnson November 2015 * * * Doctor Carvos, a happy man from the Island of Crete, looked me in the eye...

2015-10-01
Ruthie the Duck Lady / October 2015
Yours Truly in a Swamp, LEJ's Louisiana Monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org www.LEJ.org Ruthie, the Duck Lady of New Orleans by Leonard Earl Johnson October 2015 All photo credits: Frank Parsley * * * Ruthie, it seems like we barely knew you, though...

2015-09-01
Pete Seeger in NOLa and Lafayette / Sept 2015
Yours Truly in a Swamp, LEJ's Louisiana Monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org www.LEJ.org Pete Seeger in New Orleans and Laughingyette September 2015 Pete Seeger's photographs, 1983 by Leonard Earl Johnson Pete Seeger in New Orleans and Lafayette by Leonard E arl Johnson *...

2015-08-01
The Ten-Year Post-K. Review / August 2015
Yours Truly in a Swamp, LEJ's Louisiana Monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org www.LEJ.org August 2015 * * * The Ten-Year Post-K. Review by Leonard Earl Johnson www.LEJ.org This column is dedicated to community, family and friends of the Lafayette Grand theatre shooting as...

2015-07-01
The Train to New Orleans / July 2015
Yours Truly in a Swamp, LEJ's Louisiana Monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org www.LEJ.org July 2015 * * * The Train to New Orleans by Leonard Earl Johnson www.LEJ.org New Orleans is a town with trains, ships, music, food, even a style of literature...

2015-06-01
Crayfish Music Weddings, NOLa / June 2015
Crayfishing at New Orleans Wedding, Spring 2015 Photo credit: Carlos Detres Yours Truly in a Swamp, LEJ's Louisiana Monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org www.LEJ.org June 2015 This Column is Dedicated to: Edgar Lawrence "Dooky" Chase Recipient of the 2015 Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz...

2015-05-01
Butter's Obit / May 2015
Yours Truly in a Swamp , LEJ's Louisiana Monthly e-column by Leonard Earl Johnson, of Lafayette and New Orleans Subscribe@LEJ.org www.LEJ.org Music, Weddings, Funerals and Big Swamp City May 2015 by Leonard Earl Johnson * * * Indywood New Orleans: Trailer Music / Movie Festival Music, Weddings, Funerals and Big...