"It matters not how long a star shines. What is remembered is the brightness of the light."

You can shed tears that they are gone,
or you can smile because they have lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that they'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all they have left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see them,
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember them and only that they're gone,
or you can cherish their memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back,
or you can do what they'd want:

Smile, Open Your Eyes, Love and Go On.
~ Author Unknown

~ Remembering Mama ~

~ Remembering Daddy ~

We take some things very seriously in this family!

Mama's Parents
Olivia Olivier & Theogene E. Broussard

Scroll down for some Cajun and Louisiana links and a book list.

Description of the Acadian Flag

The Three Silver colored Fleurs de Lis, on a Blue Field, represents the French origin of the Acadians with a portion of the arms dedicated to their Mother Country.

In paying homage to Spain, the nation that controlled Louisiana during the Acadian migration to Louisiana, it is represented by the Old Arms of Castille - a Gold Tower on a Red Field...The Acadian's adopted nation under whom they prospered after years of exile.

The gold star is the official symbol of the Virgin Mary, under the title of "Our Lady of the Assumption". This symbol has special religious significance for the Acadians, since they left France for the New World during a time of great devotion to Mary. It was at this time that the King of France, Louis XIII, declared Mary the "Patroness of the Kingdom." On August 15, 1638, France and her colonies were consecrated to Mary under the title "Our Lady of the Assumption."

Then in 1938, Pope Pius XI solemnly proclaimed "Our Lady of the Assumption" as the Patroness of all Acadians - those in Canada as well as the ones residing in Louisiana and elsewhere.

Cajun Links

Famille Beausoleil Broussard
Confederation Of Associations of Families Acadian
The Cajuns
Ode To The Cajuns
Acadian Memorial - St. Martinville, LA

Lache pas la patate (Losh pa la pa tot):

Don't let go of the potato or don't give up
(a testament to the enduring spirit of the Cajun people).
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Williams, Jean
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Discover Louisiana

Louisiana History
Louisiana Dept. of Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Louisiana Lagniappe
Louisiana Life Magazine
Louisiana Geography
World Atlas - Louisiana

Interesting Books

Louisiana:Off The Beaten Path - A Guide To Unique Places- Gay Martin -Devoted to travelers with a taste for the unique, this guide will help you discover the hidden places in Louisiana that most tourists miss.
Swapping Stories - Folktakes From Louisiana- Carl Lindahl (Editor), Maida Owens (Editor), C. Renee Harvison (Editor)- Here are more than two hundred oral tales from some of Louisiana's finest storytellers. Transcribed from on-the-spot presentations, this collection of narratives includes many genres (ghost stories, tall tales, political anecdotes, animal tales, myths, magic tales, buried treasure tales, and reminiscences of small-town life). It also represents diverse voices (Cajuns, Creoles, Native Americans, African Americans, and Louisianans of Hungarian, Italian, and Vietnamese descent) and all regions of this storytelling state.
Louisiana Dayride - 52 Short Trips From New Orleans- Shelley N.C. Holl -Holl describes far-ranging activities such as touring historic mansions, shrimping, and watching a rodeo at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Interspersed are historical facts, places to eat, and bits of conversation with the locals. Sidebars give additional information about each site, including how to go, the best time to go, addresses and phone numbers, hours of operation, and admission fees. A tantalizing and informative book; highly recommended.
Louisana, Yesterday and Today: A Historical Guide to the State- John Wilds, Walter G. Cowan, Charles L. Dufour - A richly detailed guided tour of Louisiana's history evoking the special romantic place that the state seems to occupy in the American imagination. Written by three Louisiana journalists who leave no stone unturned as they investigate the stories behind Louisiana's natives, the Louisiana Purchase, the Battle of New Orleans, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the rise of Huey P. Long--not to mention pirate Jean Lafitte and voodoo queen Marie Laveau. The legendary Cajun and Creole heritage of the 64 parishes is vividly portrayed as well as more common topics of population, economy, culture, and noteworthy tourist attractions.
Only in Louisiana: A Guide for the Adventurous Traveler- Keith Odom - An unseen side of the Bayou State that will amaze and delight. Whatever your inclination, you'll find something here to intrigue you -- bizarre attractions, craftspeople, wildlife, events, museums, remote sites, collectors, plantations, chapels, and more. These people, places, and attractions are a sample of the exciting diversity of Louisiana, and they're waiting for anyone who likes the thrill of adventure and discovery.
Cajun Country Guide- Macon Fry, Julie Posner - There's just nowhere else but South Louisiana to find real knee-slapping, crowd-hooting Zydeco music. Even the big-city chefs can't cook up a Cajun meal the way they do at the roadside restaurants deep in the bayous of Acadiana. Likewise, no other guide matches the amount of in-depth information presented in "Cajun Country Guide". It's a study of Cajuns that tells visitors how to find the sights, sounds, and flavors of one of America's most culturally unique regions.
Along the River Road : Past and Present on Louisiana's Historic Byway- Mary Ann Sternberg - With the river as the centerpiece, the River Road area--actually one narrow, winding road on each side of the river-- was home to Native Americans, French, Spanish, African slaves, Creoles, Cajuns, Italians, and many others who contributed to the development of a colorful and unique culture. The River Road is much more than the nine plantation houses open to the public. There are interesting, small museums, historic churches and cemeteries with tombstones in French, the vast river and man's efforts to control and use it, a 200-year old sugar cane industry, a history of boats from pirogues to towboats, 18th century creole architecture, spanish moss and armadillos, tales of ghosts, bandits, and lovers, and much more. "Along the River Road" is the only book that puts this area in a context, offering both visitors and natives an overview of how it developed, and then guides you on a ride up the east bank and down the west bank pointing out the mostly unmarked treasures.
The Truth About the Cajuns- Trent Angers - A book that describes the French-Acadian, or Cajun, people with the accuracy and dignity to which they are entitled -- contrary to the shallow, stereotyping manner in which they have been depicted by many of the news media. This controversial book sets the record straight about the Cajun people and their culture. Illustrated with maps and photos.
Gumbo YA-YA: A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales - Lyle Saxon, Edward Dreyer, and Robert Tallant - The sights and sounds of Louisiana come alive in Gumbo Ya-Ya ("everybody talking at once"). Long considered the finest collection of Louisiana folk tales and customs, this new edition chronicles the stories and legends that have emerged from across the Bayou State.
Old New Orleans:Walking Tour of the French Quarters- Stanley Clisby Arthur, Susan C. Dore (Editor)- Written for those who want to wander along the narrow streets of New Orleans' Vieux Carre' and view its historic antiquated buildings, look upon beflowered patios and flagged courtyards, or inspect the ancient wrought-and cast-iron railings which line the balconies of century-old Creole homes. It is for those who want to know authentic histories of these priceless relics of a city's romantic past.
Cajun Country- Barry Jean Ancelet, Glen Pitre, Jay Edwards, Lynwood Montell (Editor) - A comprehensive survey of the history, social institutions, material culture, and recreational activities of this unique ethnic group. It is further distinguished by the sound scholarship of folklorists and historians whose writings have been gracefully assembled under one cover.
Weekend Getaways in Louisiana- Mary Fonseca Mary Fonseen - presents a myriad of choices for excursions that are designed for a two- to three-day stay in author Mary Fonseca's native state. Covering cities large and small for Houma to Ruston, from Natchitoches to Lake Charles and in between, it includes Cajun music festivals, historic state capitals, antebellum plantations, swamp tours, outdoor adventures, and much more.
Strange True Stories of Louisiana- George Washington Cable - A compilation of seven unusual and often factual accounts of Louisiana life and history, including tales of two French sisters who made the dangerous trek to unsettled North Louisiana at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Focusing on New Orleans, Cable adds the story of "The 'Haunted House' in Royal Street", which continues to inspire ghost hunters to this day.
Tears, Love and Laughter : The Story of the Cajuns and Their Music- Pierre V. Daigle - Now in its fourth edition, this book has been called, "the best introduction to the best of the Cajun heart and soul". It tells the history of the Cajuns from the time they left France to their resettlement in Southwest Louisiana.
Evangeline and the Acadians- Robert Tallant, Corinne Boyd Dillon (Illustrator)- Although the tragic expulsion of the Acadian people from what is now Nova Scotia was common knowledge as far back as 1770, many people are not aware of the circumstances that led up to this forced exodus. This is a detailed account of the history, culture, and legacy of the Acadians.

Born in Jennings, Louisiana in 1948, I am a Cajun in head and heart, bone and blood. Both of my parents were born and raised in Lake Arthur, Louisiana and they are both Broussards. My Dad was from the country and became a Barber, and my Mother was from the city and is a homemaker and sang and played the organ for the Catholic Church for many years, in Sulphur, Louisiana, were I was raised. I live in New Orleans, and I'm one of 8 children. Three live in Texas and the other five of us live in Louisiana.

I have always been proud to be a Cajun - but my appreciation of my culture has been renewed as a result of a "non cajun" friend going to Lafayette to participate in a institute called Louisiana Voices. She came back very excited about the warm, rich and diverse cajun culture. Her experience of the storytelling, music, the joyful celebration of Cajun life and her enthusiam, got me all fired up and now I'm on a quest to discover more information about my own family, and my rich cultural heritage.

I'm hoping to gather some of the wonderful stories and tales from my Mother and her sisters who grew up in Lake Arthur. Their father, who was the only pharmacist in town; was the "doctor" and the "papa" for most of the families in Lake Arthur, for a very long time. As I gather my families stories, I will put them here.

I also plan to include some family recipes and some creations of my own. Please visit here often to see what's new.

C'est tout (Say too):

That's all.

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