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If you’re asking yourself, “Why don’t the locals do this,” there’s probably a good reason. 

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I have always loved to write, but have never been sure what I want to do with it. I didn’t fall into it like my grandparents and parents, I was born into it.

Covid’s the topic of every hour. People are dying, businesses are failing, lives are wracked daily in ways we are far from used to.

It’s hard to separate a dying place from the memories that haunt it; whenever I make the long drive out to the charred grasses, frothing ponds, and old family farm in Converse, Louisiana, I am reminded of a thriving community that I was never able to fully participate in.

One of my best friends, Julian, and I walked down Atlantic Avenue in the foggy summer heat, blinded by a red sunset and slowed by tourists who…