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Time for all to back new district attorney

Time for all to back new district attorney

Editor December 14, 2014 Comments Off

Congratulations to our new district attorney—Warren Montgomery. I was at the campaign party for Montgomery on Saturday night and saw the jubilation erupt when the final totals were announced on a large screen at

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Battling wasps with a little help

Battling wasps with a little help

Editor December 8, 2014 Comments Off

A recent surprise find at Camp Salmen Nature Park was an underground nest of Southern Yellow Jackets (Vespula squamosa), a type of wasp also commonly called a ground hornet. They are known to deal

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Decorating a tree with small children is like a small nightmare

Decorating a tree with small children is like a small nightmare

Editor December 8, 2014 Comments Off

We put up the Christmas tree last weekend. The children “helped.” (There are four of them–ages 8, 7, 4 and almost-2. If you have kids, or if you have ever seen a kid, you

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Beware the Air Potato

Beware the Air Potato

Editor November 27, 2014 Comments Off

Species relocation and displacement has gotten more and more serious over the last few centuries, since the invention of intercontinental sailing ships and airplanes. Environmental problems like water and air pollution are within our

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I want to feel as thankful as I should every day of every year

I want to feel as thankful as I should every day of every year

Editor November 24, 2014 Comments Off

This week is Thanksgiving, and I have a confession to make. I am not always so good at giving thanks. In fact, at times in my life, I’ve been pretty ungrateful. It can be

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Helping others makes time of year speical

Helping others makes time of year speical

Editor November 24, 2014 Comments Off

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends, and if you know of an elderly person or veteran who may not have family around on Thanksgiving, make sure to

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Exploring Camp Salmen’s rich foundation … dirt

Exploring Camp Salmen’s rich foundation … dirt

Editor November 23, 2014 Comments Off

You may have read about the plants and animals at Camp Salmen Nature Park, so what about the ground upon which all their activities take place? This fundamental aspect of the park contains just

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Slidell ladies meeting the Beatles is pretty neat

Slidell ladies meeting the Beatles is pretty neat

Editor November 21, 2014 Comments Off

After interviewing two of the three women who were fortunate enough to meet Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney recently, I must admit it raises the interest to attend the Northshore Harbor Center this Friday

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Just like paint splotches, life’s problems eventually fade away

Just like paint splotches, life’s problems eventually fade away

Editor November 20, 2014 Comments Off

Faithful followers of this column (hi, Daddy!) may recall that I recently considered some home improvement projects, DIY-style. Specifically, my husband and I planned to paint our kitchen and breakfast room. I obsessed over

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Camp Salmen is one big, happy family

Camp Salmen is one big, happy family

Editor November 16, 2014 Comments Off

In a short period of time Slidell expanded from the quaint old brick downtown that originated down by the railroad tracks, into a pretty good-sized metropolis; ranked twelfth in Louisiana’s roster of cities. However,

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Some things will never be just ‘things’ now that I am older

Some things will never be just ‘things’ now that I am older

Editor November 15, 2014 Comments Off

It was about six months ago when I looked around my house and wondered, where in the world did all this STUFF come from? Everywhere, in every cabinet, drawer, shelf, STUFF. My husband and

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Birthday bash sure made this guy feel special

Birthday bash sure made this guy feel special

Editor November 14, 2014 Comments Off

Guess what, it’s not that bad! I gave a little preview a few weeks ago to an upcoming day—my 60th birthday. Last week the big day came and passed, followed by the biggest party

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Francois Sidone Pichon was quite the neighbor

Francois Sidone Pichon was quite the neighbor

Editor November 10, 2014 Comments Off

When Joseph Laurent built his sturdy little trading post on the banks of Bayou Liberty in the early 1800s, it became something of a general store serving the community of Bonfouca until the end

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Losing a big football game feels like I am losing in life

Losing a big football game feels like I am losing in life

Editor November 5, 2014 Comments Off

In keeping with my recent trend of writing about college football, I am once again going to write about–wait for it–college football. One might think I’m actually a frustrated sports writer, but I’m pretty

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Reminded of priviledge to vote every time I do so

Reminded of priviledge to vote every time I do so

Editor November 5, 2014 Comments Off

By the time you read this, we will all know what happened in the elections from two days ago. My wife and I went to the polls and it was clear that a brisk

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Perspective on what is good not always simple for this Rebel

Perspective on what is good not always simple for this Rebel

Editor November 1, 2014 Comments Off

Did y’all know this is a sports column now? OK, not really, but I’ve been talking about sports an awful lot lately (twice? that’s a lot) because I’m kind of obsessed with college football

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A creature that’s hard to warm up to is the centipede

A creature that’s hard to warm up to is the centipede

Editor November 1, 2014 Comments Off

One creature at Camp Salmen I just can’t seem to warm up to is the centipede (Latin for hundred foot ). They live in the grungiest environments; amongst rot and decay, in filthy cracks

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Health care in St. Tammany second to none

Health care in St. Tammany second to none

Editor October 31, 2014 Comments Off

My wife is going to be very proud of me. Now that we are both getting a bit older (notice how carefully I said that), she has “encouraged” me each year to get a

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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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