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Wed
22
Jan
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Patchwork

It hardly seems possible that 50 years ago John, Paul, George and Ringo first stepped on American soil and set off an
explosion of British music with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The four moptops sang, shook their heads and mesmerized
an entire general of teenaged girls, who expressed their love of the Fab Four with screams, fainting and love letters…and by
purchasing everything from magazines, to photo cards in bubble gum to shirts, records and even dolls!!
 
Wed
22
Jan
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EDUCATION: A PROBLEM

In a recent report, Louisiana public school students ranked 49th in the nation in academic achievement. The grade is D minus, which is up from an F for the three previous years, Education Week magazine said in its annual “Quality Counts” report on the state of education nationwide.
 
Tue
17
Dec
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Dear Santa,
I really don’t want much this Christmas…just a few things that will make my life better. First of all, I’d like a new telephone  system for the house. Ours has become full of static and last week it began just hanging up in the middle of conversations. Besides that, I am always losing the phone because I forget to put it back in the charger. Having a new phone is a real necessity now, since I pulled it out of the washing machine after it had been washed, rinsed and spinned dry…don’t ask me how it got in there!!!
Tue
03
Dec
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons.
A new game has been circling through Facebook over the past week or two. If you like someone’s list of “Things You Didn’t Know About Me”, they could assign you a number and then you had to participate. Needless to say, I have enjoyed reading and learning new things about my friends. But nobody has given me a number!!
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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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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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.
 

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