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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

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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Termite clouds at Camp Salmen

Termite clouds at Camp Salmen

Editor May 21, 2015 Comments Off

The first sighting was beautiful. Earlier this spring a scattering of gossamer-winged termites fluttered through Camp Salmen, their wings brightly backlit and shimmering in the late afternoon sun. The show only lasted a short

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The beauty of the Rattlebox

The beauty of the Rattlebox

Editor May 18, 2015 Comments Off

Every spring a couple of South American plants with bright orange blossoms show off on the banks of Bayou Liberty next to Camp Salmen’s amphitheater. One is a Cockspur Coral Tree (Erythrina crista-galli). Ours

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Getting more sleep is tough with all my sick children

Getting more sleep is tough with all my sick children

Editor May 18, 2015 Comments Off

Faithful readers may recall my recent pledge to start getting more sleep. Well. It started out OK. I managed three nights in a row, getting in bed before midnight. Sadly, this is an accomplishment

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My essay on day at the Legislature

My essay on day at the Legislature

Editor May 12, 2015 Comments Off

This is my essay on my day at the Legislature. When I decided to write about what really was my “day at the Legislature” I actually did feel like I was a kid in

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Thankful for chance to recognize Vietnam Veterans

Thankful for chance to recognize Vietnam Veterans

Editor May 12, 2015 Comments Off

I have been associated with so many special sections at the newspaper over the many years I have worked in this profession that I could hardly remember all the ones I have published. But

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The slime puff planet

The slime puff planet

Editor May 12, 2015 Comments Off

During the recent prolonged rains at Camp Salmen repulsive, dark green slime puffs sprouted on parts of the wet ground. One might have thought they were some kind of algae but it turns out

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Rain brings fire ant rafts at Camp Salmen

Rain brings fire ant rafts at Camp Salmen

Editor April 24, 2015 Comments Off

During the recent heavy rains several fire ant rafts were found floating in flooded areas at Camp Salmen. These were apparently the result of too many mindlessly obedient Red ants (Solenopsis invica) suffering from

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The Bayou Liberty whirlpool

The Bayou Liberty whirlpool

Editor April 17, 2015 Comments Off

Shortly after the Louisiana Purchase, when Joseph Laurent built his trading post up on the high bank of Bayou Liberty —the building now known as the Salmen Lodge—he probably first consulted with the locals

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Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic: vaccines

Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic: vaccines

Editor April 16, 2015 Comments Off

So for today let’s talk about something we can all agree on–vaccines. Hahaha. I’m just kidding. Nobody agrees on vaccines, but let’s talk about it anyway. And by “let’s,” I mean “I.” I’ll go

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Loved ‘talking journalism’ with Nancy

Loved ‘talking journalism’ with Nancy

Editor April 16, 2015 Comments Off

When I first started working in the newspaper business back in the 1970s, I made so many friends that I can hardly count them all. Now, over 40 years later, I still run into

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‘Mr. Volunteer’ is now saving lives

‘Mr. Volunteer’ is now saving lives

Editor April 16, 2015 Comments Off

Way to go Rene. I’m talking about Slidell’s good friend, Rene Arcemont. I say that because anyone who is active in the business or social or non-profit or civic group community in Slidell knows

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Rooftop Rendezvous begins great coming events

Rooftop Rendezvous begins great coming events

Editor April 16, 2015 Comments Off

Get ready for a run of great, outdoor events in the next two months as the warm weather is upon us, and many non-profit groups take advantage of that time to hold fundraisers. Two

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Clovers start to billow at Camp Salmen

Clovers start to billow at Camp Salmen

Editor March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Among the first things to billow out of the ground at the beginning of Camp Salmen’s spring are large, luxuriant clouds of emerald green clover. Anyone who remembers how cool and bountiful it feels

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My 4-year-old hits and I’m trying to figure out how to deal

My 4-year-old hits and I’m trying to figure out how to deal

Editor March 28, 2015 Comments Off

It turns out I am raising That Kid. The one who decks his friends at school. Your kid comes home talking about That Kid, and you think to yourself, “That Kid’s mother needs to

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Crane Flies are misunderstood

Crane Flies are misunderstood

Editor March 17, 2015 Comments Off

Misunderstood by some, and pretty much considered useless by just about everyone else (except for the birds and bats who eat them) are the gangly, bumbling Crane Flies (from the fly family Tipulidae). They

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St. Tammany is filled with giving people

St. Tammany is filled with giving people

Editor March 12, 2015 Comments Off

It was an incredible site to walk into the Castine Center on Sunday night, ready to take in the fundraiser for the planned Children’s Museum of St. Tammany. The 8th annual “Celebration” benefit event

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Spring colors creeping in at Camp Salmen

Spring colors creeping in at Camp Salmen

Editor March 7, 2015 Comments Off

After a long, gnawing, winter made much of the vegetation at Camp Salmen dead and brown, spring is creeping in with a scattering of new color that vividly contrasts against the dull background. Red

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What is that smell in my van full of four children?

What is that smell in my van full of four children?

Editor February 28, 2015 Comments Off

“WHAT is that SMELL?” That is the question. For the past few days, every time we’ve gotten into the minivan, this is what I want to know. The kids want to know. The answer:

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Come see the Rodney Dangerfield of plants

Come see the Rodney Dangerfield of plants

Editor February 28, 2015 Comments Off

Gallberry (Ilex glabra) is the Rodney Dangerfield of Camp Salmen’s plants. It’s a fairly nondescript, knee-high, shrub that occurs everywhere in Camp Salmen’s forest — especially along trails we’ve cut through the woods. Because

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