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Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way I do

Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way I do

Editor June 20, 2014 Comments Off

If you want to know my biggest fear as the mother of a child with special needs, it is this: what is going to happen to my son when I am gone? Mostly, I

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Camp Salmen has maritime heritage, even in Slidell

Camp Salmen has maritime heritage, even in Slidell

Editor June 16, 2014 Comments Off

Camp Salmen may not be one of the world’s great seaports, but it has a fairly substantial maritime heritage. Its location up from Lake Pontchartrain on Bayou Liberty made it part of a once

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We all need motivation from time-to-time

We all need motivation from time-to-time

Editor June 16, 2014 Comments Off

Why do you do what you do? I get asked this question several times a week when one of my spin instructors, Kimberly Stephens, is motivating us in class. She says (or yells), “Why

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Father’s Day brings about a difficult task for this daughter

Father’s Day brings about a difficult task for this daughter

Editor June 15, 2014 Comments Off

Father’s Day is around the corner. What are you getting your dad? Shopping for dad is great, because dads are easy to shop for! Says the Internet. The Internet tells me my dad might

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Wishing Slidell High alumni a happy reunion

Wishing Slidell High alumni a happy reunion

Editor June 13, 2014 Comments Off

Welcome to town to the Class of ’74 from Slidell High! They will be celebrating their 40th reunion this weekend, and the reason I am very aware of that is because my brother and

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Birds are smarter than they look, flocking Camp Salmen

Birds are smarter than they look, flocking Camp Salmen

Editor June 6, 2014 Comments Off

“Bird brain” is a slur humans have used against avian species for centuries. Their thinking must be something like: “How can any creature that flits and jerks around, eats bugs and seeds and mindlessly

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Imagining a different type of life only breeds guilty feelings

Imagining a different type of life only breeds guilty feelings

Editor June 6, 2014 Comments Off

Faithful readers will recall we left off last week with quite a cliff hanger. Summer had begun, my four young children were battling random infectious illnesses, and we had not left the house in

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Our paper is growing-we now have a puzzle page!

Our paper is growing-we now have a puzzle page!

Editor June 6, 2014 Comments Off

I get in trouble sometimes for calling our paper the “little” Slidell Independent, or other names that resemble “little.” For some reason I still see us as something not so big, maybe because it’s

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It is up to each person where they end up in life

It is up to each person where they end up in life

Editor May 31, 2014 Comments Off

I have found that many people in my generation have a sense of entitlement. We think if we make the team, we should be starting. We think if we get the job, we should

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Sick, grumpy kids make me feel sorry, sad for myself

Sick, grumpy kids make me feel sorry, sad for myself

Editor May 31, 2014 Comments Off

School’s out for the summer! To celebrate the beginning of summer vacation, the children have all decided to become sick. Stomach virus! Ear infection! UTI! Because of this, I can do little but stare

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If you need flowers, I know just the guy

If you need flowers, I know just the guy

Editor May 30, 2014 Comments Off

Had a great time recently spending a lunch with a longtime friend, Webb Hart, who was the mayor of Slidell quite a few years ago. Webb is about to turn 80 and is married

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Herons nice sight at Camp Salmen

Herons nice sight at Camp Salmen

Editor May 25, 2014 Comments Off

The steely, blue-grey Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) patiently stands as still as a statue while it hunts on the edge of Bayou Liberty. Suddenly, it quickly uncurls its long neck and jabs its

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Take part in great summer events here in Slidell

Take part in great summer events here in Slidell

Editor May 25, 2014 Comments Off

There are several events coming up this summer which are worth signing up for. First of all, the Greater Slidell Golf Championship will be held in June, and it is a fantastic golf tournament.

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Most public officials serve in an honest way

Most public officials serve in an honest way

Editor May 25, 2014 Comments Off

I saw something very interesting on Monday evening. There was a large gathering of people at the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office—an unusual event in itself since this office has never been the subject

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As my mom and I get older, she seems the same to me

As my mom and I get older, she seems the same to me

Editor May 23, 2014 Comments Off

My mom had a big birthday on Tuesday. I won’t say which birthday. Instead, I’ll just say she looks great. Moms don’t age, not really. When I close my eyes and see my mom,

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Camp Salmen = Clay Mine

Camp Salmen = Clay Mine

Editor May 16, 2014 Comments Off

Camp Salmen has a reputation for bricks, and so much so it could have been named Camp Brick. From the early 1700s, bricks were made from the clay found along Bayou Liberty. Joseph Laurent

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Locals who signed with NFL can make it big

Locals who signed with NFL can make it big

Editor May 16, 2014 Comments Off

I am so thrilled for the two local guys who signed free agent contracts with NFL?teams last weekend. Salmen grad Isame Faciane and Pearl River grad Jacob Maxwell were not drafted in any of

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Complaining makes me feel better, but not my husband

Complaining makes me feel better, but not my husband

Editor May 16, 2014 Comments Off

Have I been complaining a lot lately? I feel like I have been. My husband won’t say as much, but that’s because I think he might be afraid of me. (I am sleep-deprived and

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My day in the Louisiana Legislature

My day in the Louisiana Legislature

Editor May 16, 2014 Comments Off

It was quite an interesting, and educational trip to Baton Rouge last week. I was there in an unusual position. Normally I attend many different events because I am covering the news. In this

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I am not the only one who misses my sweet cat, Tad

I am not the only one who misses my sweet cat, Tad

Editor May 11, 2014 Comments Off

It’s been five months since my cat died. At 15, I suppose he was old, my Tad Smith. It shouldn’t have taken me by surprise. But it did. For so long, he was here,

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