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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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Talking to my kids about race is the only way it will get better

Talking to my kids about race is the only way it will get better

Editor January 21, 2015 Comments Off

We were eating Sunday lunch when my 7-year-old daughter reminded me, “We don’t have school tomorrow.” “Right,” I said. “Martin Luther King Day.” Later in the meal I asked her if they talked about

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An experiment with the Longleaf Pine

An experiment with the Longleaf Pine

Editor January 18, 2015 Comments Off

Just inside Camp Salmen’s entrance on the right is the Pine Savannah Boardwalk (also known as the Pitcher Plant Boardwalk). It circles around the beginnings of a two-acre experiment to approximate the forest type

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Not ready for my middle child to go to kindergarten

Not ready for my middle child to go to kindergarten

Editor January 18, 2015 Comments Off

It’s preschool registration time, and I’m stressing my 4-year-old. To register for another year of PreK, or head toward kindergarten in the fall? It’s Mark, my third-born, the middlest of my middles. He’s an

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Brad Stuart was a special young man at SHS

Brad Stuart was a special young man at SHS

Editor January 16, 2015 Comments Off

I received an e-mail last week that really made my day. During my early years in the newspaper business back in the 70s I was the sports editor for the Slidell Sentry-News. A young

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Time for my annual New Year’s purge, which is so necessary

Time for my annual New Year’s purge, which is so necessary

Editor January 10, 2015 Comments Off

There’s something about the New Year that makes me want to get rid of everything I own. Immediately on the heels of Christmas, New Year’s Day generally finds me knee-deep in holiday decor, toys

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There is more park to enjoy at Camp Salmen

There is more park to enjoy at Camp Salmen

Editor January 10, 2015 Comments Off

When the weather is right, one of the most satisfying tasks at Camp Salmen Nature Park is to literally create more park for people to enjoy. This is done by clearing brush along some

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Ronnie Kole is quite a special man

Ronnie Kole is quite a special man

Editor January 8, 2015 Comments Off

I’ve written my share of stories about Ronnie Kole, the famed New Orleans pianist, who has lived in St. Tammany Parish now for many years, and is mentioned in the same sentence with people

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I really thought there would be hover boards by this age

I really thought there would be hover boards by this age

Editor December 30, 2014 Comments Off

You know how you go through life, and you’re the Young Person–maybe the youngest of your friends or coworkers or whatever. And you say obnoxious things like, “Wow, I was in second grade when

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Do not mess with the Thistle

Do not mess with the Thistle

Editor December 30, 2014 Comments Off

The worst part of winter is yet to come. The herbaceous plants (those without woody stems) are busy withering away, yet a brand new, plump, juicy Spiny Thistle (Cirisium horridulum) has popped up out

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Taking a look back and moving toward the future

Taking a look back and moving toward the future

Editor December 30, 2014 Comments Off

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2015? I think we say that every year, don’t we? “Oh, my gosh, it’s already 2010…2011…2012?” And on and on, but there is something about time

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Last minute Christmas, New Year recipes help busy holidays

Last minute Christmas, New Year recipes help busy holidays

Editor December 28, 2014 Comments Off

The holidays are great fun when one has small children, but it never fails–I always end up pressuring myself into a frenzy of foolishness this time of year. We’re creating traditions, beautiful memories, and

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Tell us the love story of how you met

Tell us the love story of how you met

Editor December 24, 2014 Comments Off

Merry Christmas to all. Hope you get everything you want under the tree although I’m sure most of you would agree that the best thing about Christmas is the extra time we get to

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There are many different uses for Mistletoe

There are many different uses for Mistletoe

Editor December 19, 2014 Comments Off

There is a whimsical old Christmas holiday tradition of hanging a bough of Mistletoe (genus Phoradendron) in a doorway and using it as a lure or an excuse to peck the lips of a

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This Christmas is all about ‘keeping it real,’ despite my haste

This Christmas is all about ‘keeping it real,’ despite my haste

Editor December 18, 2014 Comments Off

Christmas is right around the corner, and I’ve promised myself this year I WILL NOT STRESS. Every year I say this, I tell myself I’m going to plan ahead and get All The Things

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Who knows where we might see Kevin Davis next

Who knows where we might see Kevin Davis next

Editor December 18, 2014 Comments Off

There was a familiar face at a recent news event I was covering. And then earlier this week at another news event the same name came up again. I’m talking about Kevin Davis, or

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A look at Camp Salmen’s Nine-banded Armadillo

A look at Camp Salmen’s Nine-banded Armadillo

Editor December 14, 2014 Comments Off

The Spanish Conquistadores, who apparently loved wearing armor in the tropical heat, affectionately named the unusual critter they found in Mexico little armored one — or Armadillo. However, the local Aztecs, who had been

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Like all of us, my kids are learning some things the hard way

Like all of us, my kids are learning some things the hard way

Editor December 14, 2014 Comments Off

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: don’t slam the door. “Stop slamming the door!” “DON’T SLAM THE DOOR!” “If I hear that door slam one more time…!” (Then…what? I

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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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