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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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Not sure yet what I am going to do with this new cat

Not sure yet what I am going to do with this new cat

Editor August 29, 2014 Comments Off

We have a new cat living at our house. Could be permanent, could be temporary, I don’t know. One might say she’s auditioning for the role of our new house pet. We do have

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Bluegrass part of Camp Salmen

Bluegrass part of Camp Salmen

Editor August 24, 2014 Comments Off

Melodic Bluegrass mountain music with guitars, fiddles and plaintive, high lonesome voices — white soul music, if you will — does not necessarily come to mind when driving down Camp Salmen’s Parish Parkway. What

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Time for this ‘sports gal’ to change newspaper fields

Time for this ‘sports gal’ to change newspaper fields

Editor August 24, 2014 Comments Off

I remember when I first started working for the Slidell Independent five years ago. My youngest son was about two months old, and my oldest was 20 months. My husband was in nursing school,

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Sports volunteers deserve a pat on the back

Sports volunteers deserve a pat on the back

Editor August 15, 2014 Comments Off

I have been spending a bit of time at the little league football practice field lately since one of my grandsons, Zachary Weisheit Jr., is playing “pee wee football” for his first time ever,

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‘50 shades’ of paint is happening in my kitchen every day

‘50 shades’ of paint is happening in my kitchen every day

Editor August 15, 2014 Comments Off

So that “50 Shades of Grey” movie is coming out soon. I know this because I am on Facebook where everyone learns everything. Everyone and their grandmother (yes, some grandmothers) are posting the trailer

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Mimosa trees show specialties in Slidell at Camp Salmen

Mimosa trees show specialties in Slidell at Camp Salmen

Editor August 11, 2014 Comments Off

There are generally three types of Mimosas found in the Greater Slidell Metropolitan Area: The Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin), is a lovely, exotic-looking Asian tree of medium size with dainty, fern-like leaves, pink flowers

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Back to school only means so much for this mom of four

Back to school only means so much for this mom of four

Editor August 8, 2014 Comments Off

So you know that phrase, “The days are long, but the years are short”? An adage that has always made me a little misty-eyed, as it relates to my children. But HOLY GEEZ, was

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Being a city official is a tough job

Being a city official is a tough job

Editor August 8, 2014 Comments Off

There are a lot of familiar faces at the Slidell City Council meetings these days, but there are also a few new ones. Warren Crockett, Val Vanney and Glynn Pichon are the three newcomers,

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This year’s birthday reminds me that I am actually aging

This year’s birthday reminds me that I am actually aging

Editor August 1, 2014 Comments Off

Today I am 37 years old. This happens every single year, my birthday. And it never fails to surprise me. In my head, I haven’t aged much. I mean, I have changed, in good

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Great cancer benefit coming up this Friday

Great cancer benefit coming up this Friday

Editor July 30, 2014 Comments Off

I recently did an interview with Dr. Gus Suarez, now the chairman of the board for the Thomas-McMahon Foundation, an organization on the North Shore that is dedicated to helping cancer patients with a

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A special place for a special friend of mine

A special place for a special friend of mine

Editor July 30, 2014 Comments Off

There was a special ceremony at the Southeast Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery on Monday. No, it wasn’t a burial for a well-known local official, and big-time businessman, it was the final interment for a regular

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When traveling with four little children, have back-up

When traveling with four little children, have back-up

Editor July 25, 2014 Comments Off

Are you about to embark upon a road trip with small children? Please, allow me to advise. I just returned from a 337-hour drive from here to Alaska with my four children, so I

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Pitch pine rare find at Camp Salmen

Pitch pine rare find at Camp Salmen

Editor July 25, 2014 Comments Off

A friend of mine, who once surveyed East Coast trees for her college degree, came by Camp Salmen last spring. As she walked past the little bridge on the Bayou Liberty trail she suddenly

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Had a nice trip to Florida to see my parents

Had a nice trip to Florida to see my parents

Editor July 23, 2014 Comments Off

Finally made a quick trip to Florida this past weekend to visit my parents, who live in Orlando and Englewood, nearly three hours apart going from the central part of the state to the

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Public agencies have their share of problems

Public agencies have their share of problems

Editor July 23, 2014 Comments Off

When it comes to government, there’s plenty of problems to go around. I get a regular report sent to me by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office, which details problems uncovered at many agencies throughout

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This birthday party won’t get rained out!

This birthday party won’t get rained out!

Editor July 11, 2014 Comments Off

I have terrible luck planning children’s birthday parties, but I am telling you people. IT ENDS NOW. Two years in a row I planned a birthday party for my daughter at the Abita Springs

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There are plenty of governmental problems to go around

There are plenty of governmental problems to go around

Editor July 11, 2014 Comments Off

When it comes to government, there’s plenty of problems to go around. I get a regular report sent to me by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office, which details problems uncovered at many agencies throughout

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Bull sharks not an issue at Camp Salmen

Bull sharks not an issue at Camp Salmen

Editor July 7, 2014 Comments Off

Are there sharks at Camp Salmen? Well, maybe. Lake Pontchartrain is only four miles away and it is a well-established fact that it is a temporary kindergarten for juvenile (3-5 feet) Bull Sharks (Carcharhinus

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Looking forward to family coming this weekend

Looking forward to family coming this weekend

Editor July 7, 2014 Comments Off

It’s going to be a fun July 4 weekend for my family since our son Michael, and his new wife Lauren, are driving down from Oklahoma City to visit with us. If you are

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