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Come see me at Chamber ‘Expo’ this week

Come see me at Chamber ‘Expo’ this week

Editor April 29, 2017 Comments Off on Come see me at Chamber ‘Expo’ this week

Hope you will stop by the Northshore Harbor Center on Thursday, April 27—today for most of you who grab The Slidell Independent the day it hits the racks—since the annual East St. Tammany Business

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Buc-ee’s: The real highlight of our trip

Buc-ee’s: The real highlight of our trip

Editor April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Buc-ee’s: The real highlight of our trip

A new, little boy. That’s what my wife and I got to see this past Easter weekend as we made a sudden decision to jump in the car and zip up to Oklahoma City.

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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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Bergeron hired as new STAA director

Bergeron hired as new STAA director

Editor April 14, 2017 Comments Off on Bergeron hired as new STAA director

A longtime friend is moving the focus of her work in St. Tammany to the west side of the parish and I couldn’t be happier for her. Kim Bergeron, whom many of you know

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Never another like Pat Miramon

Never another like Pat Miramon

Editor April 9, 2017 Comments Off on Never another like Pat Miramon

My heart went out to Gloria Miramon on Monday at St. Luke Catholic Church as I joined hundreds of others at the funeral for her husband, Pat Miramon, who died last Friday at his

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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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Chrissy Smith moving on to her new career

Chrissy Smith moving on to her new career

Editor March 31, 2017 Comments Off on Chrissy Smith moving on to her new career

Life is certainly all about change, even though many of us don’t like too much of it. That is happening here with our family newspapers—The Slidell Independent and Tammany West—as one of my daughters

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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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Arts Evening is place to be on Friday

Arts Evening is place to be on Friday

Editor March 19, 2017 Comments Off on Arts Evening is place to be on Friday

Hope to see you this Saturday night in Olde Towne for the annual Arts Evening party. Yes, I like to call it a party because everyone I see there is having a lot of

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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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Let’s get behind ‘Tyler’s Drive for Life’

Let’s get behind ‘Tyler’s Drive for Life’

Editor March 10, 2017 Comments Off on Let’s get behind ‘Tyler’s Drive for Life’

There is no real answer in this world about why tragedies befall some people and others seem to go unscathed through life. The only thing one can do when it happens is to control

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My girls have some ideas of their own

My girls have some ideas of their own

Editor March 2, 2017 Comments Off on My girls have some ideas of their own

I got a pretty nice compliment the other day from my daughter Jenny. She said, “you know dad, I think all of your kids got one particular quality from you and that is to

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Little Henry is our latest wonderful blessing

Little Henry is our latest wonderful blessing

Editor February 23, 2017 Comments Off on Little Henry is our latest wonderful blessing

Number seven, and most likey still counting. That would be the growing number of grandchildren for the wife and I. Our only son, Michael, became a father on Feb. 16, 2017 at 5:03 p.m.

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Not always easy to appreciate our loved ones

Not always easy to appreciate our loved ones

Editor February 18, 2017 Comments Off on Not always easy to appreciate our loved ones

I spent this past weekend thinking more than usual about the closest people to me, trying to appreciate them for who they are. It’s not always easy to do is it? Ask anyone if

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Back to the action in local little league

Back to the action in local little league

Editor February 14, 2017 Comments Off on Back to the action in local little league

I’m a little league dad—again. Well, maybe not really a dad, but a granddad. Or in my case, “Papa.” No, it’s not “PawPaw.” I’ve said before that I don’t love that name, for me

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Xavier Paul hoping for another chance

Xavier Paul hoping for another chance

Editor February 4, 2017 Comments Off on Xavier Paul hoping for another chance

I ran into an old friend on Sunday when I covered a couple of events at the new Bayou Haven Bed & Breakfast, which also is becoming a popular events center with its spacious

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Thanks for sticking with the local paper

Thanks for sticking with the local paper

Editor January 26, 2017 Comments Off on Thanks for sticking with the local paper

January always brings a special reminder to me now because I always remember it as the month I took the chance of my life to leave a big, national company and try starting my

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True vision lacking in vote on Pinewood

True vision lacking in vote on Pinewood

Editor January 22, 2017 Comments Off on True vision lacking in vote on Pinewood

When it comes to money there are many different kinds of people. And the same principle can be seen in the public officials who deal with public money. Some people are the risk takers

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