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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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Wed
20
Jun
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Father’s Day was just celebrated. The special day reminded me of how fortunate I was to have two fathers.

Unfortunately, they are both gone, but I hope they know how very special they were to me.

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Wed
13
Jun
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by donna smith ammons

Daddy was a navigator in World War II, but he certainly didn’t raise me to read a map. Just ask Hubby-dear, he’ll tell you.

We just arrived home from a 26-day vacation in our Class C camper. I have never been so happy to see 305 Cobb Drive in my life!!

 

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Wed
06
Jun
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by donna smith ammons

In the past six weeks, I have dipped my toes in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic Ocean. Several years ago, I dipped them in the Pacific Ocean. I love the ocean and yet, it scares me.

I am not a strong swimmer and I have a great respect for large and small bodies of water. I’m fine in a swimming pool or wherever I can see and touch the bottom.

 

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Wed
30
May
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Recently, Gibbs (the cat) and I had an unusual morning.

For weeks, I had been putting up with the chirping of a small tree frog. I knew where the noise was coming from, but darned if I could locate the frog.

Hubby-dear had moved a beautiful Peace Plant that we had been nursing for quite a while. It was special to me and I wanted to enjoy it in my home. One morning it had nine beautiful blooms on it. It was glorious.

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Wed
23
May
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by donna smith ammons

Hubby-dear “let” me drive the riding mower last week (be-fore the rainstorm). He’s been retired for a full week now and I think he is enjoying all of this togetherness. When we were both working, we would meet each other coming and going….now he’s here all the time and so am I. Some friends have ad-vised that is going to be an adjustment. Oh really?

Weekend work prior to retirement saw us working together on major renovations. He painted and I swept up sawdust. He painted some more and I scraped windows. Well, last week he decided that I could paint the “kill coat” on all of the kitchen drawers. He fixed them on saw horses in the house and I paint-ed away. Looking back, I think I got just as much paint on me than on the drawers.

Wed
16
May
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SHOW DOWN

By Pete Abington

 

Who will blink first? Will it be the legislators or the governor? Governor John Bel Edwards saw fit to notify some 37,000 elderly and disabled people that the state’s budget uncertainty would force an eviction notice from the nursing homes and other related care. The House and Senate Republican delegation is labeling this as scare tactics and premature. Critics of the governor’s plan allege that we do have the money to balance our budget if the governor just would issue those wasteful cuts.

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