I'm on my way to Louisiana to attend the funeral for my aunt, who died this week at age 99, my family's last member of the generation that lived through the Depression and won World War II.
Once again, I'll go through Montgomery, Ala., with its fraught history, and on south close to Harper Lee's Monroeville. At Mobile, home of Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, I'll turn west and head across coastal Mississippi, skirting hurricane-haunted Gulfport and Biloxi. Then, the long final miles from Slidell to Baton Rouge.
In my hometown, I'll stay near the Mississippi River at the historic hotel that served as Huey Long's legislative headquarters. First Presbyterian, the church where I grew up and where we'll say farewell to Aunt Nell, is close by.
Back to Baton Rouge, where the past remains present in my mind.