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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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Leaving my son at camp for second year is bitter-sweet

Leaving my son at camp for second year is bitter-sweet

Editor July 5, 2014 Comments Off

I dropped off my 8-year-old son Scott at camp Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a “campership” from Easter Seals Louisiana, he is once again attending Camp ASCCA (Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults). Last

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Everyone likes a pat on the back now and then

Everyone likes a pat on the back now and then

Editor July 2, 2014 Comments Off

I attended the Louisiana Press Association’s annual awards conference this past weekend in Biloxi, where the newspaper people of our world take a day to highlight the top stories, photos and ads from the

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Ready for my family’s little vacation get-a-way

Ready for my family’s little vacation get-a-way

Editor June 30, 2014 Comments Off

I?am going to the beach on Friday. Acutally, I will be there for three days. The husband and I are taking our sons to Pensacola, Fla. for a little summer getaway The boys, who

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My expert advice on how to quit nail-biting

My expert advice on how to quit nail-biting

Editor June 30, 2014 Comments Off

We all have things we are good at, skills we have honed with practice and time. Today I am going to share with you, dear readers, my area of mastery: how to quit biting

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Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way I do

Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way I do

Editor June 20, 2014 Comments Off

If you want to know my biggest fear as the mother of a child with special needs, it is this: what is going to happen to my son when I am gone? Mostly, I

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Camp Salmen has maritime heritage, even in Slidell

Camp Salmen has maritime heritage, even in Slidell

Editor June 16, 2014 Comments Off

Camp Salmen may not be one of the world’s great seaports, but it has a fairly substantial maritime heritage. Its location up from Lake Pontchartrain on Bayou Liberty made it part of a once

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We all need motivation from time-to-time

We all need motivation from time-to-time

Editor June 16, 2014 Comments Off

Why do you do what you do? I get asked this question several times a week when one of my spin instructors, Kimberly Stephens, is motivating us in class. She says (or yells), “Why

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Father’s Day brings about a difficult task for this daughter

Father’s Day brings about a difficult task for this daughter

Editor June 15, 2014 Comments Off

Father’s Day is around the corner. What are you getting your dad? Shopping for dad is great, because dads are easy to shop for! Says the Internet. The Internet tells me my dad might

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Wishing Slidell High alumni a happy reunion

Wishing Slidell High alumni a happy reunion

Editor June 13, 2014 Comments Off

Welcome to town to the Class of ’74 from Slidell High! They will be celebrating their 40th reunion this weekend, and the reason I am very aware of that is because my brother and

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Birds are smarter than they look, flocking Camp Salmen

Birds are smarter than they look, flocking Camp Salmen

Editor June 6, 2014 Comments Off

“Bird brain” is a slur humans have used against avian species for centuries. Their thinking must be something like: “How can any creature that flits and jerks around, eats bugs and seeds and mindlessly

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