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Being my son’s voice is tougher than it should be at times

Being my son’s voice is tougher than it should be at times

Editor October 27, 2014 Comments Off

The thing about having a child with limited verbal skills is you often find yourself being his voice. “Hello!” says a well-meaning cashier at the grocery. “And what is your name?” Long pause. “This

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Camp Salmen has many notable oaks

Camp Salmen has many notable oaks

Editor October 27, 2014 Comments Off

Camp Salmen Nature Park has many large, fine, old, Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) scattered within its 130-acre boundaries. Their greatest concentration is on the high ground by Bayou Liberty. Well before the Boy Scouts

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Come see the Gum Swamp Boardwalk

Come see the Gum Swamp Boardwalk

Editor October 17, 2014 Comments Off

If you take the crosswalk on Parish Parkway across from Mary’s Grotto, go through the field to the entrance of the Main Trail, and take the first path on the right, you’ll find Camp

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For this Ole Miss fan, life sure is good even with ‘State’ hubby

For this Ole Miss fan, life sure is good even with ‘State’ hubby

Editor October 17, 2014 Comments Off

Faithful followers of this column, may recall that I am in a mixed marriage. Some of you may relate. It’s tough at times, not gonna lie, and especially now that there are kids involved.

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The tale of my living room rug brings forth too many emotions

The tale of my living room rug brings forth too many emotions

Editor October 12, 2014 Comments Off

I’m about to share with you an epic tale of loss and redemption, of triumph and defeat, of rage and annoyance and really irritating behavior. At the center of this tale: my living room

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Come hear the serenade of the Cicadas

Come hear the serenade of the Cicadas

Editor October 12, 2014 Comments Off

During the last of the heat of summer the air around Camp Salmen is filled with the thunderous serenade of the Cicadas (order Hemiptera). If you listen carefully you’ll hear the different summertime songs

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Patton’s maintains historical Salmen-Fritchie house

Patton’s maintains historical Salmen-Fritchie house

Editor October 10, 2014 Comments Off

I attended a social event last week at Patton’s reception hall on Front Street in Slidell. For some of you who may be new to the area and are scratching your head about where

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Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

Editor October 2, 2014 Comments Off

“They told us he would never walk, but we never gave up on him. Now he’s running.” “The doctors all said she would probably never speak, but we just wouldn’t accept that. We never

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French Mulberry putting on bizarre display at Camp Salmen

French Mulberry putting on bizarre display at Camp Salmen

Editor October 2, 2014 Comments Off

A plant now putting on a bizarre fall display at Camp Salmen is the French Mulberry (Callicarpa Americana), also known as the American Beautyberry. It grows several round clumps of purple-lavender colored berries stacked

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St. Tammany has a rich history with pine trees

St. Tammany has a rich history with pine trees

Editor September 27, 2014 Comments Off

St. Tammany Parish’s number one renewable natural resource has always been pine trees. Since the early 1700s, cutting them down and processing them into useful products have been major local industries. The Longleaf Pine

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Our city workers do more than we realize

Our city workers do more than we realize

Editor September 26, 2014 Comments Off

It’s so easy to be look at someone else doing a job and be critical of what is going on. That criticism is certainly most prevalent when we look at government. I will admit

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Butterflies are still plentiful at Camp Salmen

Butterflies are still plentiful at Camp Salmen

Editor September 21, 2014 Comments Off

Earlier this summer I watched a pair of Black Swallowtail Butterflies (Papilio polyxenes) flutter madly around each other. This species seems to be Camp Salmen’s most numerous and arguably, its prettiest butterfly. They fly

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Surely I am not the only one who struggles with mornings

Surely I am not the only one who struggles with mornings

Editor September 21, 2014 Comments Off

A sweet friend of mine, mother to two adorable children, recently posted to Facebook something along the lines of, “Why is there so much yelling when getting my kids ready for school in the

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D.A. candidates recognizes marketing works

D.A. candidates recognizes marketing works

Editor September 17, 2014 Comments Off

The race for the new district attorney in the 22nd Judicial District is heating up for sure. There are campaign parties, fundraisers and “Meet and Greets” popping up all over the place and I

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Our kids listen to even our most negative words

Our kids listen to even our most negative words

Editor September 12, 2014 Comments Off

They are listening to me all the time, more than I realize, more than I care to acknowledge. My children. So often I say to my husband in frustration, “Nobody listens to me around

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Great new local ‘mom and pop’ drugstore opens

Great new local ‘mom and pop’ drugstore opens

Editor September 10, 2014 Comments Off

I hope to see many of you this Friday, Sept. 12 when some new friends of mine are holding their official grand opening for Slidell’s newest family pharmacy. John Finnan took the entrepreneurial dive,

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Football season brings back old memories

Football season brings back old memories

Editor September 10, 2014 Comments Off

There is something extra special about September. Even though we know the thermometer still reads well over 90 degrees on most days here in south Louisiana, it is actually the start of fall. Well,

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My 4-year-old soccer-playing son believes crying is involved in the game

My 4-year-old soccer-playing son believes crying is involved in the game

Editor September 8, 2014 Comments Off

This is how things go with 4-year-olds. All last week, my 4-year-old Mark talked about soccer. “Did you know I’m going to be on a soccer team?” “Did you know I have a real

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Local woman publishes book on Slidell

Local woman publishes book on Slidell

Editor September 3, 2014 Comments Off

If you know Bonnie Vanney, you know a Slidell woman who is all Louisiana. From her upbringing in New Orleans, Bonnie moved to Slidell in 1970 and has made herself known in the business

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No ice bucket challenge for me, I’ll donate instead

No ice bucket challenge for me, I’ll donate instead

Editor September 3, 2014 Comments Off

The Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s the newest gimmick to raise money and without a doubt, it is getting noticed. For those of you who aren’t aware of the Ice Bucket Challenge, it is a

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