Articles by Elise

Mandeville, We Have a Flag Problem {One Mom’s Opinion}

Dear Mandeville,We need to talk. But not about COVID or masks or social distancing or football or school or teenagers recklessly driving golf carts in Beau Chene or the presidential election (which I suspect would not be much of a conversation here anyway). We need to talk about our city’s…


The Kids Will Be All Right

The amount of sleep, mental energy, and anxiety I have given up to worrying about my kids’ education since the schools closed on March 16 could easily fill a dumpster. My thoughts have constantly slalomed between “everyone else is in the same boat” to “OMG they are not going to…




Giving Thanks… Literally

My parents recently took my 8-year old on a trip to Washington, D.C. and heroically marched him through as many museums and sites as they could cram in for three days.  Given that his energy level is in the stratosphere and his attention span is about a nanosecond, they had…


Those Amazing Acro-Cats Really Are Amazing

December in New Orleans is full of events vying for your attention and money so it is completely understandable if you are having difficulty choosing what events to go to. Allow me to help you cut through all of the holiday music and get right to the chase: you should…



Welcome To Your First Kindergarten Rodeo

Let’s face it. The transition from pre-K to public school kindergarten can be frightening, overwhelming, and scary. And the kids may have some jitters, too. Getting your child from the familiar and quiet routines of pre-K–whether they stayed home, went to a private pre-K, or attended mom’s day out a…



R.I.P. Dylan McKay, the Only Adult at West Beverly High

I started high school in 1990, the same year Brandon and Brenda Walsh transferred from Minneapolis, Minnesota to West Beverly High School in Beverly Hills 90210. Then, two episodes in Brenda, and the rest of us, met Dylan McKay, the brooding James Dean-esq “bad boy” of the campus who really…