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Chiri-Brumit wed

Chiri-Brumit wed

Editor January 24, 2014 Comments Off

Kevin Michael Chiri Jr. and Lauren Elizabeth Brumit were married on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla., with a small ceremony involving family and close friends, held in front of the lighthouse

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Parents with preferences are completely normal

Parents with preferences are completely normal

Editor January 10, 2014 Comments Off

I have this friend; she’s the mother of three boys. From the very first time she found out she was expecting, she has longed for a daughter. Annoying disclaimer: she is devoted to, and

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Other family messes make mine feel better

Other family messes make mine feel better

Editor January 10, 2014 Comments Off

I’m sitting in my house on a rainy morning, cup of coffee in my hand, and a pile of laundry, Everest in size, beckoning me. It’s huge. Mammoth in proportion. I’m not sure I’ve

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One Christmas tradition will last a lifetime for my family

One Christmas tradition will last a lifetime for my family

Editor December 19, 2013 Comments Off

The holidays are great fun when one has small children, but there’s a lot of pressure, I’m finding. I’m creating traditions for these little people, things they will look back on fondly when they

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Being thankful all year is no easy task

Being thankful all year is no easy task

Editor November 27, 2013 Comments Off

Today is Thanksgiving, and I have a confession to make. I am not always so good at giving thanks. In fact, at times in my life, I’ve been pretty ungrateful. It can be easy

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Still not sure how to handle every situation with special son

Still not sure how to handle every situation with special son

Editor November 15, 2013 Comments Off

I was nearly five months pregnant when we found out our first child would be born with a rare chromosome disorder that would lead to developmental disability. I was terrified. And heartbroken. I knew

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30, End of Story

30, End of Story

Editor October 9, 2013 Comments Off

By Pat Chiri The time has come to say 30, which is the journalism term, for end of story. And so after 40-plus years as a news reporter, photographer and animal advocate/activist, I am

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Vaccinations keep your pets healthy

Vaccinations keep your pets healthy

Editor August 12, 2013 Comments Off

Any responsible animal owner knows how important it is to keep your pets current on these important shots. Many such shots are given annually, but recent research has indicated that such a vaccination regime

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Pet sitters are important part of having an animal

Pet sitters are important part of having an animal

Editor August 12, 2013 Comments Off

Although, “Back to School” signs are going up, there’s still plenty of vacation time left for that trip. But if you have pets and cannot take them along on vacation, a professional and certified

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Time for perfect back-to-school breakfast recipes

Time for perfect back-to-school breakfast recipes

Editor August 12, 2013 Comments Off

The first day of school is upon us, and I can hardly believe it. Where did the summer go? One second I was convinced I’d never make it through the dog days of summer

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Grateful my special-needs child had a great time at camp

Grateful my special-needs child had a great time at camp

Editor August 12, 2013 Comments Off

Faithful readers of this column (hi, Mom!) will recall that I dropped my oldest child off at camp last week. I was pretty anxious about it. He’s only 7, and it was his first

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Would you do this for your pet in an emergency?

Would you do this for your pet in an emergency?

Editor July 27, 2013 Comments Off

Pet owners everywhere feel they are dedicated to their pets and their welfare. There are untold stories everyday of disabled animals rescued and helped. There are many disabled, and healthy, who are left to

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Nervous about my special son going to camp for a week

Nervous about my special son going to camp for a week

Editor July 27, 2013 Comments Off

I am writing this column from Birmingham, Ala., where I am staying briefly on my way to take my son to camp. Camp! For a week! In north Alabama! Scott is 7, the oldest

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Can your dog really swim? Key facts to know

Can your dog really swim? Key facts to know

Editor July 21, 2013 Comments Off

Does your pooch love to swim? Whether he jumps into the pool or lake with glee or goes nervously into the surf, not all dogs are good swimmers. Here are a few tips to

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Ready for summer break to be over and kids to go back to school

Ready for summer break to be over and kids to go back to school

Editor July 21, 2013 Comments Off

I ran into a friend while at the park with my kids the other day. We were doing that thing moms do at the park, chit-chatting but occasionally interrupting the conversation with hollers of,

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A new van was merely purchased for my kids to ruin

A new van was merely purchased for my kids to ruin

Editor July 2, 2013 Comments Off

Recall about two months ago, I spoke of my husband’s and my search for a new minivan in which to cart around our four children, ages 7 and under. I said there was no

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Are you guilty of leaving pets in hot car?

Are you guilty of leaving pets in hot car?

Editor June 19, 2013 Comments Off

A news item in our local newspaper—”Man faces charges after leaving dogs in hot car.” This was in central Florida, but could just as well been Slidell. A dog owner now faces charges for

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Summer reading programs great fix for summer time

Summer reading programs great fix for summer time

Editor June 7, 2013 Comments Off

  School’s out for the summer, which means it’s time for kids to register for the summer reading program at their local branch of the St. Tammany Parish library. The library has summer programming

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Special education teachers deserve extra credit

Special education teachers deserve extra credit

Editor May 31, 2013 Comments Off

School is out! It’s hard to believe another school year has gone by, and now my kids are home for the summer. At every school year’s end, I stress about teacher gifts, and this

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Feeling included is such a good emotion to experience

Feeling included is such a good emotion to experience

Editor April 17, 2013 Comments Off

Opposites attract. Except, not really. Not when it comes to people. We want to find people who are like us, don’t we? We want to connect with others to whom we can relate. I

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