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Met quite an interesting woman recently

Met quite an interesting woman recently

Editor March 21, 2014 Comments Off

My wife and I had a very interesting meeting with a woman this past weekend in Biloxi. It was one of those situations that you don’t realize how interesting it really will turn out

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Time flies: My youngest is already one year old

Time flies: My youngest is already one year old

Editor March 15, 2014 Comments Off

My baby turned a year old Monday. The youngest of four, he will be my baby forever and ever and ever. Studies confirm this, that mothers view their youngest children as smaller than they

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Camp Salmen playground great place for kids

Camp Salmen playground great place for kids

Editor March 14, 2014 Comments Off

The Kids Unlimited, handicap-accessible playground installed on the edge of our park’s parade ground was a wonder to watch come about. It was an extraordinary commitment by many volunteer citizens who conceived it, partnered

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This man may be the friendliest public official

This man may be the friendliest public official

Editor March 10, 2014 Comments Off

I am in a position to become friends with any number of political leaders in St. Tammany Parish and thankfully, I think I can say I’m friends with the vast majority. But I don’t

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The woods at Camp Salmen set place apart from any other

The woods at Camp Salmen set place apart from any other

Editor March 5, 2014 Comments Off

There are a jillion different kinds of vines in the Camp Salmen woods. The smaller annual varieties, the ones that usually settle for smothering small bushes, are killed by winter and must start all

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Memories are best spent with family, friends

Memories are best spent with family, friends

Editor March 5, 2014 Comments Off

I got my pretty car back on Monday. Six weeks ago I was in a car accident that resulted in almost $8,000 of damage to my Dodge vehicle. My Durango was so pretty until

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Time with my young daughter is flying by too fast

Time with my young daughter is flying by too fast

Editor March 5, 2014 Comments Off

The group of girls outside the bookstore appeared to be junior high-aged. There were four of them at the table, each girl with a latte in her hand, very grown up and sophisticated. They

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Trying to declutter my house is thankless task with kids

Trying to declutter my house is thankless task with kids

Editor March 5, 2014 Comments Off

I’ve been on a decluttering binge lately. The new year, it always gives me the organization bug. I find myself buying baskets and bins, a bookshelf, cubbies–all in the hopes that this time I

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Job hunting can certainly cause a lot of stress

Job hunting can certainly cause a lot of stress

Editor March 5, 2014 Comments Off

What a difference a good job makes, doesn’t it? Job hunting—that can be one of the most frustrating, difficult, challenging, aggravating and also rewarding things ever in this world. But for those who are

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Community Christian column brings reaction

Community Christian column brings reaction

Editor February 21, 2014 Comments Off

I was not surprised to get some reaction to an editorial in the pages of The Slidell Independent last week calling the area churches to task for not supporting the Community Christian Concern (CCC)

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Freezing plants big issue at Camp Salmen in winter

Freezing plants big issue at Camp Salmen in winter

Editor February 21, 2014 Comments Off

I hope it doesn’t freeze again for the rest of 2014 — I’ve had enough. If you’ve lost a beloved plant, knowing it died a horrible, agonizing death and turned into brown goo, you

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Camp Salmen’s Maritime Heritage leaves rich history

Camp Salmen’s Maritime Heritage leaves rich history

Editor February 21, 2014 Comments Off

Recent north winds dropped the level of Bayou Liberty about as low as it goes in winter. This exposed part of the shoreline that is normally underwater showing something I never noticed before —

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‘Signing Day’ brings back fond memories

‘Signing Day’ brings back fond memories

Editor February 21, 2014 Comments Off

Last Wednesday was National Signing Day, which is a very fun day for high school seniors who are going to be taking their athletic abilities to the college level. National Signing Day, always on

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The day my life almost changed forever leaves me thankful

The day my life almost changed forever leaves me thankful

Editor February 21, 2014 Comments Off

It started like most any other Sunday here at my house. The baby woke up laughing, like he always does, at the crack of dawn. In a fog of fatigue, I brewed a pot

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NBA All-Star was big-time highlight for local writer

NBA All-Star was big-time highlight for local writer

Editor February 21, 2014 Comments Off

There are a lot of things I imagine doing in my lifetime. Learning how to cook my mother-in-law’s gumbo is one of those things along with running a marathon. I’m kidding. I never plan

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Prayer breakfast shows where others stand

Prayer breakfast shows where others stand

Editor February 14, 2014 Comments Off

It’s been a little busy for The Slidell Independent in recent weeks. As the new year has kicked into gear, so do the business and public events. Trust me, there is no lack of

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The Slidell Independent happily celebrates 5 years

The Slidell Independent happily celebrates 5 years

Editor February 14, 2014 Comments Off

Amidst our amazing winter storm to hit St. Tammany Parish the last couple of days, we who are publishing The Slidell Independent and Tammany West had something to celebrate. No, it wasn’t the fact

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Kaufmann chosen because he was best for job

Kaufmann chosen because he was best for job

Editor February 14, 2014 Comments Off

Congratulations to Chris Kaufmann for being named the new fire chief for District #1, the fire department that covers much of the eastern St. Tammany area. Those who know Chris—and he is quite well

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We need to support teams that are ‘too good’

We need to support teams that are ‘too good’

Editor February 10, 2014 Comments Off

Is it possible that as sports fans, we have become spoiled? Sure, we are spoiled in the aspect that we’ve got 24/7 coverage of all our favorite national teams like the Saints and Pelicans.

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My procrastination is going to get the best of me

My procrastination is going to get the best of me

Editor February 8, 2014 Comments Off

I am a terrible procrastinator. Always have been. Here’s the thing, though. I write for a newspaper. Deadlines! For me, and procrastinators like me, deadlines are both a blessing and a curse. A blessing,

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