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Wed
13
Feb
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Patchwork

Ricky Racoon is back and I’m not happy about it!! Last year, I heard a commotion on the back porch and I quickly ran to the back door. Gibbs, my cat, had chased a racoon up a post on the back porch. Gibbs was on the porch glaring up at a huge racoon, who was holding on for dear life. I quicky got my brave cat in the house and that old racoon backed down the post and lumbered off. Now this wasn’t just any racoon. He was huge!! And he didn’t look too friendly. In fact, I was scared! We saw him a few other times down in the pasture, but he never ventured close to the house again. Until a few nights ago. I walked to the back door to take out the garbage and there he sat on the brick walkway. Gibbs had been at the door and a deep growl was coming from his throat. I didn’t think anything about it…..because Gibbs loves to chase anything that moves and I figured he had spotted a squirrel or two running on the deck.

Wed
06
Feb
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Patchwork

I love Valentines! It must be an inherited trait in the Smith family. Recently I thumbed through some old scrapbooks kept by my Grandmother Smith. I didn’t have the opportunity to know her, since she passed away shortly after I was born. She was on the East Coast and I was on the West Coast. She was a large woman, who was very strict. But after looking through the scrapbooks, I could tell you, she was also very sentimental. She kept letters and cards, newspaper clippings, pictures, telegrams and more, in scrapbooks. Little did she know how much pleasure they would one day give to her only granddaughter! I really enjoyed seeing the “old” valentines with sweet sentiments. It showed me how much Valentines had changed over the years. When I was giving Valentines to my friends in the 50s and 60, they were decorated with cartoon characters and cute or funny sayings. I can remember coming home with my list of classmates and spreading all my Valentines on the table.

Wed
30
Jan
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Random Ramblings

If you’ve noticed while reading through the paper over the past few weeks, we’ve had several articles related to Ft. Jesup and the upcoming bicentennial of our “No Man’s Land” area of Louisiana.

Ft. Jesup park as a whole has been endangered for some time and is a piece of our past, much like the nearby Los Adaes, that should not be left to rot.

I commend those like Scott DeBose and the Friends of Ft. Jesup State Park, the Daughters and Children of the American Revolution, the AmeriCorps, and other such entities that are going to make these next few years something special for the parish and state as a whole.

 

 

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Wed
23
Jan
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Patchwork

He was known by many names—Chief, E-Rod, Snake, Husband, Daddy and Grandpa. He was a unique and well-liked man. He endeared himself to hundreds, possibly thousands, over a lifetime. He could be spotted easily—wearing a United States Marine Corps ballcap because he one of “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.” A yellow feather sprouted from his ballcap….a salute to his two brothers who died on foreign soil serving their country. We (and I say we because he was loved and respected by all) lost him on January 8, 2019 at the age of 81.

A large crowd bid him farewell at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in a beautiful ceremony led by Father Frances Kamau and Brother Wayne Chance on January 11, 2019. Words spoken brought tears and sometimes laughter to those in attendance. American flags flapped in a chilly breeze as members of the Patriot Guard assisted in the gravesite rites.

Wed
16
Jan
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Patchwork

Here it is the sixth day of January 2019 and I am still enjoying the Christmas tree and watching Christmas movies on television! The rainy week we experienced last week, made me sleepy and lazy. I don’t think I accomplished one thing!! All I wanted to do was read, stay in my pajamas, watch TV and enjoy my new iPad. If this is retirement, I’m all for it! We did enjoy having both Davy and Paul home for a short time, before and after Christmas. Unfortunately, it wasn’t at the same time, so that meant two celebrations, with a third dinner in between. In fact, we had three Christmas celebrations. Needless to say, I was tired of cooking; doing dishes and having to say good-byes to my sons and their families. I enjoy my lit tree every night…..and am seriously thinking about leaving it up. It may turn into a Mardi Gras Tree …but I doubt it. Hubby-dear may be getting tired of Santas, snowmen and Christmas trees. Brother shared Mom’s big ceramic Christmas tree with me.

Wed
02
Jan
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

BEWARE OF THE

SITUATION

Wed
02
Jan
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Social Security Matters

Dear Rusty: I am 58 years old. My spouse passed away last year, and I am entitled to survivor benefits. I am trying to plan for when I can retire from working, but don’t know if I should take my widow’s benefit or my own Social Security. I called Social Security twice and have received two different answers. If I claim Social Security at 62, will I receive 70 or 80% of the full amount? This makes a huge difference in deciding when I should retire. Signed: Widowed Worker

Dear Widowed Worker: There are two different types of Social Security benefits that you need to be concerned with – your benefit as a survivor; and your own SS retirement benefit which you have earned from working all your life. The thing to keep in mind is that any time any Social Security benefit is taken earlier than one’s full retirement age, it is reduced (born in 1960 your normal full retirement age (FRA) is age 67).

Wed
26
Dec
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Patchwork

Way back in 1977 Randy Newman sang a song called “Short People”. He sang that “Short people had no reason to live”!! I feel obligated to stand up for all of us short people. How short is short, anyway?? The lyrics of the song are lyrically constructed as a prejudiced attack on all of us shorties. If it were produced in this day and time, someone would be “offended.” (I’m not!) Newman sings about short-tempered little people with stubby little fingers and nasty little feet. Nobody loves this song like Dean Lambert and nobody loves to sing it like Mike Morris!! I know because they always point me and every other short person at Bayou Crawfish when Mikey starts to sing the song. I really don’t mind… .I’ve been short my entire life. Mother used to say, “If you are short, you can dance with the short boys and the tall boys!” Worked for me and I danced away with them all!! I am proud to be a short person. I graduated fourth in my high school class of 129.

Wed
19
Dec
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Patchwork

20th anniversary celebrated

by Sabine’s “A Christmas Carol”

The Sabine Parish Players, along with the talented Mary Bozeman, director and her husband, Bill Osborn, producer, presented Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” at the Many Community Center again this holiday season. It was their 20th year.

The story of Ebeneezer Scrooge came to life once again and the audience went through his transformation from a lonely old man into a gracious and giving man, following visits from three ghosts. It’s the age-old story of redemption.

Through the years, many talented local thespians have appeared in the production. Who can forget Jim Quayhagen as Scrooge? Or what about Dean Crittenden as Scrooge’s old friend, long deceased, Marley. And remember the tears that were shed when little Denver McLendon limped onstage as Tiny Tim?

Wed
12
Dec
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

WHOOPS!

It was announced this week that United States John Kennedy was not going to run for governor. This certainly changes the lay of the land in regard to that race this coming year. Gov. John Bel Edwards is circulating around doing the Democrat thing, which is to offer school teacher raises, hustle up the labor unions and alert all trial lawyers to get their support lined up. His stock has improved since his tax and spend bills were passed.

New candidates are stepping up including Congressman Ralph Abraham, who represents Northwest Louisiana. He is a doctor, farmer, volunteer and helps out in many ways to be of service to his community. In addition, Baton Rouge business and education advocate Eddie Rispone has thrown his name in the ring. He pledges to put up $4 million of personal wealth into his campaign. So, things are shaping up.

 

 

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