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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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Happy to put the Galvan disaster behind us

Happy to put the Galvan disaster behind us

Editor May 9, 2014 Comments Off

Congratulations to Dr. Charles Preston for being elected the new coroner in St. Tammany Parish, taking a runoff victory against Dr. Leeanne Truehart this past Saturday. For the residents of this parish, I believe

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Wild strawberries growing rampant at Camp Salmen

Wild strawberries growing rampant at Camp Salmen

Editor May 4, 2014 Comments Off

In the earliest days of the French in St. Tammany Parish a ship’s carpenter named Andre Penicaut stayed with the Colapissa on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain at Bayou Castine. He wrote a memoire

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Happy to see my daughter’s dream come true

Happy to see my daughter’s dream come true

Editor May 2, 2014 Comments Off

It was an amazing day this past Sunday for one of my daughters, and her husband, when they met a former president of the United States. When I wrote that it almost didn’t sound

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Pretty neat to see movie stars in Slidell

Pretty neat to see movie stars in Slidell

Editor April 30, 2014 Comments Off

OK, so it’s kind of old news now, but I’m thinking that not everyone in Slidell goes on Facebook and may not have known our little city had some excitement last week. Apparently, Hollywood

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Remembering the courage of others, gives us strength

Remembering the courage of others, gives us strength

Editor April 29, 2014 Comments Off

Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary last week with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the

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Pine Savannah Boardwalk special tree

Pine Savannah Boardwalk special tree

Editor April 19, 2014 Comments Off

Just inside Camp Salmen’s entrance on the right is the Pine Savannah Boardwalk (also known as the Pitcher Plant Boardwalk). It circles around the beginnings of a two-acre experiment to approximate the forest type

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Living close to family enriches everyone’s life

Living close to family enriches everyone’s life

Editor April 19, 2014 Comments Off

Last weekend I spent some time at my in-laws’ house. I am very blessed to have in-laws and parents who love my kids so much that they take them to do fun things like

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Sending my oldest to special camp was one of best decisions

Sending my oldest to special camp was one of best decisions

Editor April 19, 2014 Comments Off

Faithful readers of this column (hi, Mom) may recall that last summer, we sent our oldest child to sleep away camp for the first time. Our son Scott, who was 7 at the time,

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