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Tue
03
Dec
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Remembering When. . .

By Lola Russell.
As I was pursuing my favorite pastime the other morning, one clue was “1959 hit recording by The Coasters.” It was a 9-letter word. I had the first letter, which was a P, and the last letter was a Y. After a lot of thought, I came up with a song that I barely remember called “Poison Ivy.” I guess they just coasted right on off the charts, as did a lot of other bands. This worked with the rest of the words, so I asked Dianne to look it up on her “smart phone” so I could remember the lyrics and she did. The first verse went, “She comes on like a rose, but everybody knows, she’ll get you in Dutch, you can look, but you better not touch. Poison ivy (repeated over and over).”
Tue
26
Nov
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From the Cheap Seats

 Every year around this time, my youngest son, Aaron, always asks me to attend his school’s special “Thanksgiving Luncheon.” And as every daddy should, I always accept. I don’t have too many opportunities to share moments like this with my children, so I take these every chance I can. But this year, it was even more special as my wife, Kathy, was able to join in and go. 

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Tue
26
Nov
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons
 
Watching every Saints game is a must in our household. Whether it is on Sunday afternoon or night, Monday night or even a Thursday, we are always ready for kick-off. Now getting ready is a major feat. We each have No. 9 Brees Saints’ jerseys…and lounging pants. Wearing team colors is an absolute must!! Friends come over....and they too are in their Saints’ gear. 
Snacks are set out. Everyone gets comfortable and then it’s time for kick-off. 
 
Tue
19
Nov
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OLD TERMS & MEMORIES

by Pete Abington
 
Jog your memory and think back through the years at some of the old terms we used to use. First, let’s talk about automobiles. What about the term “fender skirts” and what about “suicide knob” or “neckers knob”, which was the ball on the steering wheel. They also came out with “continental kits” which were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make our car look as cool as a Lincoln Continental. There was a term “emergency brakes” but latter on they were called “parking brakes”. Many today do not even know what a clutch is or that the dimmer switch used to be on the floor. Some of you may even remember the starter being on the floor, too. What about the time we had “running boards” and we could jump on the side of a car and ride it up Front Street.
Tue
19
Nov
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons
 
There’s nothing like sitting on a balcony…especially if that balcony is connected to your room on a ship. When booking our early autumn cruise on Carnival’s Conquest, hubby-dear decided that it was time to get a room with a real view. He booked a balcony room and then told me.

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Tue
12
Nov
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VIOLENT CRIME RATES

by Pete Abington
 
Violent crime rates have declined across the nation in the past decade but Louisiana still ranks as one of the top ten states for violence. The report shows Louisiana with 497 violent crimes per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 386 per 100,000 people. This was attributed primarily to the state’s elevated poverty numbers and the low educational attainment levels for citizens here as compared to other states.
 
Tue
12
Nov
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

I had a problem trying to pack for a recent cruise that we went on. I knew that I wanted capris and short sleeve tops, but I knew there would be days when I stayed on the ship and I would wear jeans and a tee-shirt. Selecting just the right tee-shirt to take was hard.
 
Tue
05
Nov
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FAVORITISM

We all complain many times that many of our politicians’ decisions are selfserving. Two illustrations are out there right now that affect both our congress and our legislature in Louisiana. Louisiana U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R., has been unsuccessful in getting a special exemption lifted for lawmakers in regards to Obama Care. They don’t have to play under the same program or rules as ordinary taxpayers and voted it down in Congress. He plans to keep fighting to bring it up again. Louisiana’s other senator, Mary Landrieu, and Harry Reid want to keep this exemption for lawmakers and voted against it.
 
Tue
05
Nov
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons
 
One of the best things about our recent Carnival cruise aboard the Conquest was meeting people. Hubby-dear and I are both “people persons” and he says that I would talk to anything that moves, including my cat. Not only do I talk to my cat, but he talks back!! There were plenty of opportunities to meet new people. The best though was in anytime-dining each evening. We enjoyed one dinner with a wrecker driver from Abbeville, and another with a couple who own the only bait/ gift/grocery on an Arkansas lake.
 
Tue
29
Oct
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

The 5th Congressional District primary results showed why former Congressman Rodney Alexander changed from the Democratic Party to the Republican several years back. He could not have been re-elected otherwise. 68% of the primary vote went to the Republican candidates. The run-off will feature Sen. Neil Riser of Columbia and newcomer Vance McAllister of Swartz. They will be pointing up their conservative positions and tell how they differ on taxes, abortions, gay rights and gun rights. It will be popular for them to state who is most opposed to the Affordable Care Act and how they claim to be outsiders who would challenge the Washington establishment.

 

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