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Twas the night before Easter

Twas the night before Easter

Editor April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Twas the night before Easter

Twas the night before Easter, and all through the town, Everyone was shopping for candy, but there was none to be found. The aisles of the big box store were jammed full of shoppers,

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Smart or not so smart, what’s the difference?

Smart or not so smart, what’s the difference?

Editor April 9, 2017 Comments Off on Smart or not so smart, what’s the difference?

There’s this thing I see parents do when they have a child with a disability, especially if that disability can be linked to intellectual impairment. They talk about how “smart” their kid is. I

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Mean Mom Voice is the way to get things done

Mean Mom Voice is the way to get things done

Editor April 3, 2017 Comments Off on Mean Mom Voice is the way to get things done

I’ve decided I’m going to start yelling at everyone, all the time, in the meanest voice possible. This, I’ve discovered, is how to get things done. When dropping off a deposit at the bank?

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My kids want a dog, but I think we need a nanny

My kids want a dog, but I think we need a nanny

Editor March 26, 2017 Comments Off on My kids want a dog, but I think we need a nanny

The children have been asking for a dog. I get it. I always wanted a dog as a kid, but we never had one. Instead, we had a large affectionless cat—Sweetie. Sweetie was not

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My 4-year-old son got an invisible rock stuck in his ear

My 4-year-old son got an invisible rock stuck in his ear

Editor March 19, 2017 Comments Off on My 4-year-old son got an invisible rock stuck in his ear

We were at my 6-year-old’s violin lesson when I noticed my 4-year-old tugging on his ear. “What’s wrong with your ear?” I whispered. “WHAT?” came the loud response. “My EE-YUH.” “Yes, you’re ear,” I

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‘Second dinner’ is something I dread every night

‘Second dinner’ is something I dread every night

Editor March 12, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Second dinner’ is something I dread every night

His hair is still damp from the shower. I can smell the faint scent of watermelon shampoo. He is wearing his favorite “jammies,” the Pokemon ones. They’re the black jammies with the yellow wrists,

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I’m trying my best to be super mom with my four kids

I’m trying my best to be super mom with my four kids

Editor October 18, 2016 Comments Off on I’m trying my best to be super mom with my four kids

When one has small children, one finds the brain often works…slowly. Every week I am reminded of this as I try to come up with fresh and interesting things to write about for this

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It’s good to be back after my very stressful move

It’s good to be back after my very stressful move

Editor September 24, 2016 Comments Off on It’s good to be back after my very stressful move

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” Had Jesus walked the earth today, he might have added, “or

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Community news July 7, 2016

Community news July 7, 2016

Editor July 8, 2016 Comments Off on Community news July 7, 2016

“The Roaring 20’s” is the theme set for the Slidell Elks Auxiliary major fundraiser dance that will be set on Saturday, August 27. Live music will be provided by the band “LA2.” The dance

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I’m feeling homesick in my new home

I’m feeling homesick in my new home

Editor June 26, 2016 Comments Off on I’m feeling homesick in my new home

So last week we moved. I’ve always found it odd—and kind of whiny—when people make a big deal about moving. Especially if they’re into a larger/better/“dream” home. Well, here I am, just moved into

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We’ve made lasting memories in our first home

We’ve made lasting memories in our first home

Editor June 9, 2016 Comments Off on We’ve made lasting memories in our first home

We moved into our house 12 years ago this month. Next week, we will hand over the keys to somebody else and leave it behind. Our first house—we were practically newlyweds when we moved

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It’s difficult to believe my granddaddy is really gone

It’s difficult to believe my granddaddy is really gone

Editor May 29, 2016 Comments Off on It’s difficult to believe my granddaddy is really gone

My grandfather died last weekend. He was 86 years old. When your grandfather is 86 years old, it might sound strange to say he died unexpectedly. But he did. We didn’t expect it. One

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How to stage your house so it will sell in ‘one day’

How to stage your house so it will sell in ‘one day’

Editor May 8, 2016 Comments Off on How to stage your house so it will sell in ‘one day’

I’ve been talking lately about very little outside of selling my house, which I have to tell y’all WE DID. IN ONE DAY. Leading up to this event were weeks (months?) of prep-work. I

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I’m going to miss my dear friend from across the street, Mrs. Betty

I’m going to miss my dear friend from across the street, Mrs. Betty

Editor January 10, 2016 Comments Off on I’m going to miss my dear friend from across the street, Mrs. Betty

Betty Calahan—gifted phone talker, lover of Hallmark movies, premier shopper, semi-professional advice giver—died at her home on New Year’s Day with her devoted husband Joe by her side. She was 68 years old. Betty

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Even I have to remember that Facebook isn’t ‘real’

Even I have to remember that Facebook isn’t ‘real’

Editor October 9, 2015 Comments Off on Even I have to remember that Facebook isn’t ‘real’

Remember junior high? Ugh. So fraught with awkwardness. So plagued with insecurity. Throw in bad hair (hello, rooster bangs of the late 80s/early 90s) and a lack of fashion sense, and you have serious

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Slidell church launching new Christian school

Slidell church launching new Christian school

Editor July 25, 2015 Comments Off on Slidell church launching new Christian school

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – A public interest meeting will be hosted by a Slidell church group on Thursday, July 16 that aims at starting a non-denominational Christian school here in

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High school reunion was eye-opening for this gal

High school reunion was eye-opening for this gal

Editor June 26, 2015 Comments Off on High school reunion was eye-opening for this gal

Faithful readers–or anyone who has spoken to me in the past few weeks–know my 20-year high school reunion was this past weekend. People go, or don’t go, to their high school reunions for a

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Can’t believe it is already time for my 20-year reunion

Can’t believe it is already time for my 20-year reunion

Editor June 21, 2015 Comments Off on Can’t believe it is already time for my 20-year reunion

My 20-year high school reunion is this weekend. Wait, WHAT? I know. I KNOW. I don’t get how this happened because I’m pretty sure the ’90s were just 10 years ago. Weren’t they? Come

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As summer approaches, it’s tough to deal with change

As summer approaches, it’s tough to deal with change

Editor May 29, 2015 Comments Off on As summer approaches, it’s tough to deal with change

When you have a child with special needs, especially if that child is non-verbal, life is all about trust. Not because you’re a trusting person, not because you necessarily choose to trust, but because

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Finding out I look like a mom brings new emotions

Finding out I look like a mom brings new emotions

Editor May 21, 2015 Comments Off on Finding out I look like a mom brings new emotions

I was out shopping, minding my own business, when a woman asked me, “What do you think of this dress?” A junior high-aged girl stood nearby–her daughter, I assumed. I don’t like questions like

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