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Wed
08
Aug
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

Braeden and PaPaw feeding the giraffe!

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!!

While visiting our oldest son, Davy and wife, Kt and our three wonderful grandchildren, Riley, Braeden and Darby, we were able to visit and spend the morning at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Zoo. The four-mile, 400 acre zoo, located in Gentry, Arkansas, was really neat. Needless to say the kids had a great time!

We traveled from their new home in Cave Springs, northwest of Bentonville, through country roads to Gentry. Upon entering Gentry, which was one of my destination spots, I jumped out of the van and had my picture taken with the Gentry sign. Guess who I sent it to? (My boss of 39 years!)

Wed
08
Aug
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

UPSETTING THE WORKS

It was revealed this past week that Jim Bernhard might be buying into the race for governor in 2019. With his enormous business skills and wealth this would upset the applecart if he ran in the Democrat or Republican party. He mentioned running before several times but declined to do so. The last thing Governor Edward’s force wants is a Fortune 500 darling jumping into the race with his own money and splitting up the Democrat vote. It has been said he could toss in $20 million. He is presently a Democrat and is not very likely to change parties.

In 1987 he and two other investors founded the Shaw Group, a corporation providing construction and maintenance services to energy companies. By the time he sold the Shaw Group in 2013 it was worth $3 billion and was on the Fortune 500 list.

 

Wed
01
Aug
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

Do people even iron anymore??

I can remember watching mother iron when I was a little girl. She would set up the ironing board and fill a green 7-Up bottle with water, and plug in a stopped with tiny holes, so she could sprinkle water on the item she was ironing. I was mesmerized about how she patiently pushed the iron back and forth to get a neatly pressed short.

I expressed so much interest in ironing that one day, she put me to work!! I sat on a high stool and she placed a stack of handkerchiefs in front of me. I ironed them and was ready for more. Next, she gave me a stack of cloth napkins. I was having so much fun that I think I would have ironed tea towels, sheets and more!!

 

Wed
01
Aug
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THE COWBOYS

By Pete Abington

Cowboy owner Jerry Jones was right up front last Wednesday when he stated that the Cowboys will stand for the National Anthem. He declared he wouldn’t support anyone who chose to stay in the locker room. Last week the NFL and the players union agreed to suspend the rule approved by owners this Spring that gave the players the option to stay in the locker room while allowing teams to distance players who took a knee or sat out during the Anthem. This was suspended when the Miami Dolphins reported that players who protested during the Anthem would be suspended for up to four games under team policy. Jerry Jones, last season, and then emphatically this season, said the player will be required to stand for the flag.

Wed
25
Jul
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

What happened to the “good old days” of childhood? Remember shopping for school supplies and picking out just the right color of rulers, or the perfect tin lunchbox or what size your new box of crayons would be?

I can remember anticipating going school supply shopping for a few items, but paper, paste and other items were furnished back then.

What happened to long summer vacations? We didn’t travel to far off places, but we were out of school for three months. Nowadays, the summers go so fast with baseball, soccer, traveling to Gramma’s and trying to get in a few fun family times. Back then our travels were in a loaded down station wagon going from one coast to another, since we were a military family.

 

Wed
25
Jul
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FOOD STAMPS - BIG BUSINESS

By Pete Abington

The Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) is big business in Louisiana. One in five Louisiana residents it helps to feed. Marketa Waters, Secretary of the State Dept of Children and Family Services, stated that SNAP provides food aid to 400,000 Louisiana families. She said that is 860,000 of its most vulnerable residents - nearly 2/3rds of them elderly, disabled or children. She stated that many individual families cannot afford the cost of basic survival and “at $4.00 per day per person, SNAP can hardly cover the difference.” This comes to 20.2% of our population who live in poverty. The state spends $67.4 million to draw down $1.4 billion in 100% SNAP benefits to Louisiana families.

Wed
18
Jul
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

Recently, we had a power point presentation at church where church members recalled things their father said as they were growing up. It was kind of a words of wisdom program, that the congregation enjoyed. (Thanks to Laurie Gentry!)

I started thinking about things my parents said to me as they guided me through my younger and teen years. Seems like Mom was more vocal than Daddy, but it sure was fun walking down memory lane, remembering how they reminded me of important things!

--“Sit up straight!” (If I was slouching (heaven forbid), Mom would hit me in the back with her fist to straighten me up!) To this day, I sit up straight, even when driving!

 

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Wed
18
Jul
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

SUPREME COURT

The name of the new nominee for a seat on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, was hardly spoken when Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with many others, started blasting with negative comments about this individual. The negativity is not expressed too politely in these United States today. It seems that the largest concern for the Democrats is that Roe vs. Wade could be revisited down the road and with Brett Kavanaugh on the Court, the vote could be tilted against this law. This seems to be a primary concern of the Democrats. Roe vs. Wade was decided some forty years ago. There are many more cases have been heard by the Supreme Court but the cases of Roe vs. Wade seems to really highlight the Democrats interest. They don’t want to flat out say abortion, but they want to say that they are in favor of women controlling their own bodies.

 

Tue
03
Jul
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

“I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy; Yankee Doodle do or die!”

I am a patriotic gal, who dearly loves the red, white and blue.

At an early age, my father taught me to always respect the flag by placing my hand over my heart when it passed by. Patriotism was part of growing up in a U.S. Marine Corps family.

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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Patchwork

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. I am getting so darned forgetful lately that I end up laughing at myself.

I was in a long conversation with my eldest son, Davy, as he drove home from his job in northwest Arkansas. We chatted about this and that and suddenly I couldn’t remember where I’d laid down my cell-phone. I walked all around the house, looking on end tables, the coffee table, the dining room table, the island in the kitchen…..the list goes on. I even looked in the laundry room, since I had been in there putting laundered towels into the dryer earlier.

 

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