NolaVie Presents : Silver Threads

Silver Threads: Close encounter with a tattoo

The prevalence of women in the tattoo industry, along with larger numbers of women bearing tattoos, appears to be changing negative perceptions of tattoos.

Having been born a blue-eyed blonde with scanty eyebrows and light-colored lashes, I began using eye makeup as soon as I could pronounce the word “Maybelline.” Just kidding. My mother, similarly afflicted, taught me how to apply the ... Read More »

Silver Threads: Oysters and Octoberfest

Bettye Anding

My first Thanksgiving dinner in New Orleans was eaten at Kolb’s Restaurant on St. Charles Avenue, not many doors from Canal Street. Actually, the meal was a kind of belated Octoberfest, a memorable introduction to German food. Kolb’s ... Read More »

Silver Threads: Shot in the arm for seniors

Bettye Anding

  If you’re better organized than I am, you’ve already gotten your 2014 flu shot, and discovered that this year’s hurts a little more than in the past.Not enough to make you act like my children and grandsons ... Read More »

Silver Threads: Modern media and seniors

Crime drama series Longmire has been cancelled due to its predominantly senior audience demographic.

Whenever our number is called by a political pollster, the person on the other end of the line usually asks with what party affiliation I’m registered to vote, then whether I’m over 65 or 70, and signs off, ... Read More »

Silver Threads: If football ruled the world

Bettye Anding

  I began this column on Monday afternoon, and during my almost waking hours the next morning dreamed up a new lead: President Obama  had sent NFL advisors to trouble spots around the world to form into football teams the ... Read More »

Silver Threads: Theater hopping

The former Cine Royale Theatre on Canal Street, famous for its "nature" and "bad girl" films. Photo:, contributed by Don Lewis

Only a couple of weeks after I came here to work for The New Orleans States-Item, the city editor handed me a plum assignment: to review two blockbuster movies opening on Canal Street. I’d see one of the ... Read More »

Silver Threads: Louisiana World Exposition nostalgia


Meet me at the river … river/ meet me at the fair./ Don’t tell me the lights are shining/ anywhere but there ... That’s pretty much the song I was singing through the summer of 1984 -- in ... Read More »

Silver Threads: Let them eat bacon

Bettye Anding

When I was a teenager, our family lived in a house with a big front porch that my parents and grandmother used like a second living room. When it rained, Daddy sat out there anyway, on the metal ... Read More »

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