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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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The frogs of winter

The frogs of winter

Editor February 24, 2015 Comments Off

Except for a little recent brush clearing in one corner, the old, shallow clay pit between Camp Salmen’s main parking lot and the park’s office building is hidden behind a wall of vegetation. The

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The beautiful gift of life – Baby Jordan

The beautiful gift of life – Baby Jordan

Editor February 22, 2015 Comments Off

A new life. Is there anything more captivating? Amazing? So beautiful? As an acknowledged low-key guy emotionally, I felt all those things and more when grandchild number six entered this world last week. Yes,

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Enjoying the sweet sounds of the Redwing Blackbird

Enjoying the sweet sounds of the Redwing Blackbird

Editor February 17, 2015 Comments Off

One of the loveliest sounds you hear out in the empty, expansive marshes down Bayou Liberty is the sweet, trilling song of the Redwing Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). While the invisible wind rustles the tall

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Valentine’s Day has taken quite a turn since my younger days

Valentine’s Day has taken quite a turn since my younger days

Editor February 15, 2015 Comments Off

Saturday is Valentine’s Day. Yay, romance! Or maybe–boo, romance? I’ve been in both categories at varying points in my life, and during this particular season–the season in which I have four small children at

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Christmasberry is here to stay

Christmasberry is here to stay

Editor February 5, 2015 Comments Off

Among the plants at Camp Salmen that are not part of the original forest but instead, showed up during the last century as an invasive species from the Orient, is the Christmasberry (Coral ardisia).

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Public prayer event will always be welcome

Public prayer event will always be welcome

Editor February 4, 2015 Comments Off

There was a very interesting gathering last Friday morning in Slidell that included almost every mayor from St. Tammany Parish, in addition to Parish President Pat Brister. It was Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan’s 3rd

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I’m realizing my child has friends even with his different situation

I’m realizing my child has friends even with his different situation

Editor January 28, 2015 Comments Off

This past weekend we threw a birthday party for my oldest at a local party place filled with all different kinds of bounce houses. Five minutes into the party, he deemed it, “the best

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Son celebrates one year wedding anniversary

Son celebrates one year wedding anniversary

Editor January 22, 2015 Comments Off

Another big anniversary was recently celebrated in my family. No, it wasn’t mine—although my wife and I have a BIG one coming up this summer when we celebrate 40 years together. This one was

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Cypress trees beware

Cypress trees beware

Editor January 22, 2015 Comments Off

You can tell there are Beaver (Castor canadensis) at Camp Salmen by the pointy stumps and sticks from the small trees they’ve gnawed. Humans almost always use saws. Beavers supposedly do this to gather

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