Guest Blogger Theo Eliezer of Momma Tried Magazine on Issue 1, the Importance of Body Diversity, and How to Order Issue 2!


Local Honey by Xavier Juarez with Georges by Jeff Nelson

Long time readers of Nola Femmes may remember my last guest blog post from 2013 when my partner and I were gearing up to print the first issue of our indie publication, Momma Tried magazine. Looking back on that piece now it seems like I wrote it a lifetime ago. So much has happened since then: we were super fortunate to raise the money for our printing costs thanks to hundreds of people via Kickstarter, our first printer dropped us because they said our content was “clearly intended to cause arousal” (but we found a new more progressive printer in Iceland!), we had the most wonderful launch party at Parse gallery, and to top it all off, one of our most exciting developments has been getting the magazine stocked internationally in Paris, London, and Amsterdam! International distribution was one of our most ambitious goals when we first started working on self publishing the magazine, so it’s incredible and surreal that our New Orleans nudie mag is now at the Tate Modern!

 Creating the second issue of Momma Tried has been amazing and challenging, and we’re so proud of the finished result. As with Issue 1, I conceived of and art directed three nude photo editorials and recruited friends to join us in making them come to life, including the very talented photographers Daniel Ford, Josh Smith, and Sarrah Danziger. All of our our nude editorials feature people that are members of our New Orleans community: artists, teachers, bartenders, musicians, indie filmmakers, drag queens, activists, and contributors whose work appears elsewhere in the magazine, all collaborating in the creation of images that celebrate the body, gender expressions, and sexuality in a range of diverse forms. As part of our ethic of embracing the nuances of everyone’s varying identities, none of our model’s bodies have been digitally retouched in the photos that you’ll see in the magazine. It just seems so much more healthy, interesting, and artistically valuable to show how beautiful and charismatic people are without photoshop changing the way their bodies look. In addition to our amazing models, a number of our contributors are also New Orleans-based artists, such as photographer Xavier Juarez, whose candid approach to photography (seen in the layout sample above) is so dreamy and intimate that I feel like I was right beside him as he captured each photo.

 We’ve come so far in the past year between sending Issue 1 off into the world and working so hard on bringing together a new group of over 60 artists and writers, and now we’re incredibly close to printing our second issue! The very last step of the process is underway: we’re raising money for our printing costs with a presale campaign (via Kickstarter) that allows our readers to purchase the issue at the normal retail price, and through everyone’s backing, we hope to have the funds needed to send the issue to our printer by mid-October! If you’d like to learn more about Momma Tried, are curious to see more samples of content for Issue 2, or want to preorder your copy, please check out our campaign, and share it with friends who might be interested in reading our next issue of Momma Tried! We hope you love it!!


 The Momma Tried Issue 2 presale campaign will run from Tuesday Sept 8th – Wednesday Oct 9th

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Wednesday Wonders From Around the Web

Strange-beautiful-cool things I’ve found on the internet.

Photos of girls and women, known as Ama, harvesting seaweed, oysters and abalone in 1950’s coastal Japan. They dove for up to 4 minutes on a single deep breath three times a day, warming themselves at beach fires in between dives. This 2000 year old tradition ceased in the 1960’s. Photos were taken by Iwase Yoshiyki.  Read more here

yoshiyuki-iwase- two_ama_girls_diving


P6 Ama with SeaweedPortland photographer LANAKILA MACNAUGHTON is the creator of The Women’s Motorcycle Exhibition.  “The Women’s Motorcycle Exhibition documents the new wave of modern female motorcyclists. The goal is to reveal the brave, courageous and beautiful women that live to ride.” I chose a few of the photos that I particularly liked – the ones that looked like real women really riding instead of just posing – but you can see more here.




We all know many magazine covers and ads photoshop the models. I mean, c’mon, no one is that perfect. I came across this video time lapse of a model’s photo being photoshopped. She starts out looking like a normal woman and ends up an adolescent boy’s someone’s  idea of a fantasy Barbie.  She looks like If she moved, she’d crack.

Southeast Louisiana Winters

I’m from Massachusetts, so I’m familiar with the long, wet, cold winters. The driving during this time of year used to be horrific. We lived on a hill and not a winter would pass where we were out on the street during a snowstorm trying to help push cars up the hill in the stormy and icy conditions.

Driving in icy conditions looks like this:

Southeast Louisiana winters are gentle, but they are not without their hazards. I spent 30 years driving to and from work in New Orleans East in near zero visibility due to the fog. This time of year is the worst for the fog.

Since I retired in October I haven’t even ventured out of bed before 7. But Saturday I got up early and noticed how thick the fog was around our house. So I grabbed the camera and went outside to play.


My dog thought he was hiding.

Taken in Slidell, La on January 26, 2013

Taken in Slidell, La on January 26, 2013





We made the trek to Foley, Alabama for the second year in a row to attend the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival. Now in it’s 8th year, the festival attracts balloon teams from Ohio, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana and Alabama.

While the real action takes place at 6 A.M. both days of the Festival and at sunset, the grounds offer vendors from photography, jewelers, artists, clothing and home made soap the Disc Connected K9’s and carny food.

To pass the time during the day when there wasn’t much going on we paid a visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo (the little zoo that could). It was fantastic and will be the subject of another post.

The following pictures were taken on the second day of the festival. This year there were 45 balloons competing. Right around sunset, the crews inflate their balloons and take off. Well, only half took off; the second half inflated their balloons and participated in the “glow and twinkle” part of the festival. Glowing is where the pilots light up the balloons using the same propane that helps them ascend into the sky. It is absolutely awesome to watch. Twinkling is short glows.

There is nothing more awe-inspiring than watching the balloons inflate.

Notice the size of these balloons!

First balloon to fly is “Hope Floats” from Alabama

One balloon rises above the others

The Constitution balloon, “Freedom Flyer” from Florida.

The “Smiley” from Ohio balloon was a big hit.

I kicked myself for not bringing my wide-angle lens!

The black balloon is “Wind Spirit” from Alabama.

Here’s “Wisdom Racer” from Baton Rouge rising into the sky

There’s “Cheaper than a Wife” from Missouri.

Flying over the tree line…..

Left to right “Touchstone Energy” from Texas, “Smiley” from Ohio, “Let’s Get High” from Alabama and “Big Red” from North Carolina.

Here’s “Dean’s Dream” from Mississippi

I liked the way the setting sun was reflected on these balloons.

One of our favorites: “Synchronicity” from Nevada.

Floating away…..

“Smokey the Bear” from New Mexico.

The “Budweiser” balloon’s from Mississippi.

After the first half of the balloons took off, the “Glow & Twinkle” started.

It’s fun to watch and try to get the pictures as they glow.

“Sunrise Fellowship” from Arkansas is dwarfed by “Oggy the Friendly Dragon” from Indiana.

Here’s another shot of the glow.

It was a great weekend and we learned to eat before we went to the festival because carny food is not so good. So if you’re ever looking for something unique to do for Fathers’ Day weekend, keep this festival in mind. It’s worth the trip. Plus Foley and the Orange Beach area have quite a few attractions.

Portals I’ve loved

I love to walk around with my camera and take pictures of things of interest to me, mostly photos of sites I find attractive.  Here is a slideshow of doors and windows (mostly in the French Quarter) that have caught my eye.  Enjoy


Here’s a sampling of over 30 pictures that are in my slideshow:




Fremins Restaurant

For some reason, WordPress won’t allow me to link to the slideshow I created on Photobucket, so please click here to look at it

Happy New Year!!

Saturday outing

This weekend was the perfect time for outdoor activities.   The sun was shining, the skies were blue and there was a steady breeze.  With so much going on around us, we decided to stay close to home.  We had breakfast at Sunrise on Second Street and then wandered over to Slidell’s Antique District to check out their biannual street fair.

We like this fair for people watching, finding unique Christmas gifts and eating good food.  There are many one-of-a-kind items for sale and you can’t beat the prices. Here are some of the things that caught my eye.

I didn’t buy anything above, but I DID manage to grab some neat stuff. Next weekend we’re off to the Picayune Street Fair

A Change in Plans

This week’s post was supposed to cover the Crescent City Blues and BBQ festival which we were excited about attending.

Unfortunately, the little criminal below decided to derail my husband from descending the stairs on Friday night, forcing us to spend Saturday morning in the ER instead of heading to Lafayette Square in New Orleans.

Lucky for Beignet, the use of those blue eyes and cat charm has kept her from being evicted from our home.

So instead of wonderful pictures of Tab Benoit or Kenny Wayne Shepherd all I have are pix of our beloved Deuce (McAllister) still trying to figure out what ‘retrieve’ means.

I apologize ahead of time for the fact that I recently did a post on Deuce a few weeks ago. But I spent the day in a dang E.R. and didn’t have anything else to post about at this late date. Besides, the pictures are great and he’s a pretty dog. (just kidding in case you didn’t know).

We’re proud of Deuce and can’t get enough of him and he can’t get enough of our stuff. Heck, this morning he stole the medicated pain patches and aspercream I pulled out of the cabinet to help hubby and spread them all over the back yard after chewing them up.

So here are a few of the 500 pix I took of Deuce in his first class of retrieving yesterday (Oct 14th) in the Bogue Falaya River in Covington, Louisiana.

I love his concentration in this pic

Check out the water droplets at the end of his tail in this picture

Hopefully I will put together something for next week’s post that doesn’t involve our pets…..or not! Have a good week, y’all

Saturday in the Park

After a rain soaked Labor Day weekend , we were very happy to be given a picture perfect Saturday. We headed out to Lafayette Square in New Orleans to attend the 5th Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival.

We got there right when it opened so we could enjoy looking around without a large crowd. I think the park was a great location to have this small festival. It provided shade and lots of green space.

All of the food vendors were lined up on one side of the park in the shade.

Mr. B’s Gazpacheo was refreshing

Remoulade’s meat pie wasn’t really spicy but it was tasty.

We never did make it to the Luke booth. This picture was taken early and they weren’t ready to serve at that time.

Cafe Giovanni’s Shrimp and Grits where a huge disappointment. Instead of the expected rich, spicy flavor we found this dish to be too sweet (?)

The fried shrimp and bacon poboy was very, very good!

We sampled the bread pudding and it was delicious.

By this time we were extremely full and needed to move around. We decided to walk around the block from Magazine to Julia and back up St. Charles. There is so much to observe in this area of the city that we played tourist, stopping every few feet whenever something caught our eye.

I have a slew of other pictures and I plan to do a post on some of those, especially the variety of window styles, in the near future.

Back at Lafayette Square, the crowd at the Festival was growing

and it was almost time for Amanda Shaw to perform.

We first witnessed Amanda’s incredible talent 8 years ago when she was 11. At that time she was relatively unknown and her playing blew us away. She has matured since that performance and in my opinion she gets better and better. She sounded fantastic at the Seafood Festival and she got the crowd dancing.

You gotta love being in a place where a busload of tourists drive by a festival and wave at the festival goers!

After Amanda finished we followed our stomach’s advice and got in line at Drago’s char-broiled oyster booth.

They were worth the wait!!

Drago’s was going thru french bread to fast, they had more delivered by cab. LOL

Kermit Ruffins followed Amanda Shaw with his Barbecue Swingers. They played for more than 90 minutes and the crowd loved them.

Kermit’s 19 year old daughter Neshia performed and she has a very sweet voice.

You can tell who her Daddy is, can’t you?

We left about 4 and the people were still streaming into the park. It was a fantastically fun day, but it was good to get home, sunburned and full of good memories of a day in New Orleans. We are truely blessed to live here. See you next week!

A Celebration of Wildlife

For as long as I can remember I have been in love with wildlife. My fascination with anything – from crazy mockingbirds to turtles sunning themselves on a quiet summer day – attract my attention a thousand times more than who’s the next American Idol. Or anything on tv.

Lately I’ve been blessed with several opportunities to get away from the fast-paced life of NOLA festivals (which I LOOOOVE) to enjoy the simpler things in life, like a sunset, or the exploration of a local nature park. In fact last week we had the opportunity to visit the Gulf Shores State Park on the coast of Alabama. Being the cheapo that I am, I refused to pay $5 to walk on the beach, so we opted to check out the Nature Exhibit of the park and I’m so glad we did! The taxidermy done at this place is second to none.


Bear, who was quite huge

Not sure if this is a cougar or a bobcat. Help me here, please.

This is a Gannett. I remember hearing a lot about this bird last year during the BP oil spill. I didn’t realize they were this big.

Cute little owl

One of my favorite birds of all time, the Louisiana Pelican.

After checking out that fantastic Nature Center, Billy and I took a walk at the some of the nature trails found at the park. This proved to be a bad choice, as the sand felt like it was molten and the sun was vicious. This is the only sign that made us laugh

After we left the Nature Center and were checking out another boardwalk I spotted a group of pelicans heading to the Gulf and shot this.

I love watching pelicans fly and dive. It’s a thing of beauty.

I googled things to do in Foley before our trip and learned about the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo . It was touted as a small zoo, so we decided to check it out. What a great experience it was. We spent 2 very happy hours there and would have spent more if it weren’t so hot.

One of the first sights we saw was in the lagoon right outside the visitor center

This sweet pelican with a broken wing found a home here. He was a tough little guy and didn’t let anything get in his way as far as moving around the lagoon.

Sharing the lagoon were several ducks.

A Blue Heron

Crazy monkeys (cannot remember their names)

Along the sidelines we caught the following



These two guys reminded us of our cats at home.

A good variety of goats

Can someone please tell me what this animal is? It was driving the white tiger on the other side of the fence insane!

This zoo has a huge population of parrots too. My only regret is that all of the birds were in cages, which makes photographing them difficult. Here’s what I got:

There was a neat little reptile house at the zoo. I went in and made a bee line for the door when I saw the huge snakes living in there. No pix.

These precious little monkeys stole my heart

We couldn’t get this guy to turn around for anything.

This is Chuckie. He weighs over 1,000 pounds. The sign below tells his story.

It was a fantastic visit even in the 95 plus degree weather along with the sun. I recommend this zoo to anyone who visits Orange Beach/Foley/Gulf Shores. Support these people!

One last group of pictures and a shout out to local animal rescue people here in St. Tammany Parish. We attended the Lacombe Crab Festival (I mark it a 4 on a 10 scale for the food and lack of ambiance) and came upon a family of wildlife rescuers from our area that I never knew existed. They call themselves MF Wildlife Control/Animal Trainers. and they rock! they help wildlife such as Skunk/Armadillo/Bats/Bobcats/Possums/Otter/Snakes/Beaver/Fox/Squirrel/Raccoons and Nutria.

Here is one of their babies, a fox

I applaud this young man and would never get this close to a snake. But you know what? In time I may learn to love them.

Thank you profusely MF Wildlife Control. Glad to have you around.


Going back over my blogging during the last two years or so, I see that I have had several posts with train references.

While not as obsessed with trains as I am with photography, I ~do~ love the idea of traveling long distances via the rails. My husband works for Amtrak and I hope that one day before he retires we can take a long train ride and enjoy the scenery without the hassles of driving.

I recently posted about our visit to the New Orleans Botanical Gardens where we discovered an incredible section devoted to a small model train town centered around the City of New Orleans. I’ve finally taken the time to look at the pictures (we stayed near home this weekend due to my aggrivating my bursitis) and pictures from that visit follows.

But first some other train-centric pictures I’ve discovered while traveling through my picture archives.

as always, click on the pictures to see full-sized versions

We attended our first Gretna Fest last year and loved it! While walking around the grounds of the festival (which is huge and spacious, unlike a lot of fests), we came across this beauty

A genuine steam engine.

We also encounter remnants of trains from an earlier time every time we bike the Tammany Trace in St. Tammany Parish.

This old pole is assumed by us to be used by the train employees to hang mailbags or change signals.

One Saturday a few years ago we discovered a model train display at the Covington Trailhead of the Tammany Trace. I must admit that as a lover of doll houses as a child I was blown away at the details of this display. Check it out.

Here are two pictures taken in 2004 of an abandoned train in Abita Springs:

I think the Train Garden within the Botanical Gardens at City Park is so intricate and beautiful. From their website:

The Train Garden, located inside the Botanical Garden, features buildings made entirely of botanical materials in a layout approximating the layout of the city itself. As visitors walk on a pathway representing the water surrounding New Orleans, they overlook over 1,300 feet of track carrying streetcars and trains like those that traveled the city in the late 1800s to early 1900s, at 1/22 of their actual size.

We took so many pictures of the Train Garden! I apologize for the number of pictures shown here, but they represent a fraction of what this beautiful showcase to the city offers.

Do take half a day to stroll through the Botanical Gardens and at least half an hour for the Train Garden.

Without further ado, here are my offerings.

First the signs dedicated to the different sections of New Orleans. Each sign gives a brief history of the particular neighborhood.

Now on to photos of the buildings and trains. I was amazed by details of the architecture of the buildings.

steam engine