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Wed
25
Oct
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

I never really learned to appreciate country music until I was an adult. Actually I was too busy listening to rock ‘n roll and screaming over the Beatles.

I guess you could say country music came into my life about the same time I began working at The Sabine Index.

My boss loved country music and it was not unusual to have one or two country singers wander into the Index, or leave messages for him with those of us who worked there.

I attended a few Rebel Park events and learned to appreciate country music. It didn’t hurt at all to see Stoney and Wilma Cooper come through the office door or meet the widow of the late, great Hank Williams. I can recall Mr. G traveling to Texas for Tex Ritter’s funeral……and I was thrilled that I got to hear Slim Williams and Claude King sing Wolverton Mountain sing at the park.

I even bought a record or two—one by the “Silver Fox” Charlie Rich, just because I liked one of his songs.

Wed
18
Oct
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Why is it that the older you get, the more time it takes to bounce back from vacation?? For heaven’s sake…vacations should be a time of relaxation, enjoying the finer things in life, taking some time for yourself, and entering a state of going where life takes you. It seems like I arrived home after eight wonderful days in a state of exhaustion. It has been fun, but certainly not relaxing.

Don’t get me wrong, Hubby-dear and I, along with Big Al and Vic, had a great time in the camper. It was eight days and seven states later and after arriving home, that we all breathed a sigh of relief. We were tired!!

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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Social Security Matters

by AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor,Association of Mature American Citizens

Ask Rusty - Railroad Retirement Benefits vs Social Security

Dear Rusty: My neighbor was a long time employee of the railroad and has told me that he doesn’t receive Social Security like I do, but rather gets Railroad Retirement Benefits which are, according to him, better than Social Security. This irks me a little bit because I’ve worked my whole life paying those FICA taxes, so why should my neighbor have a better retirement benefit than me? And just what exactly is this Railroad thing he’s covered by? Signed: Annoyed

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

CREATING JOBS

Creating jobs by any means necessary has long been a goal and a hot topic in Louisiana politics. 

They state this many times to pass laws. A Louisiana budget project released recently shows Louisiana has 1.98 million jobs, which is 53,800 more than in December of 2007.

The “new jobs numbers” should be more than 100,000 to keep up with the population growth. Job growth remains slow, wages are depressed, and many workers are stuck in low-quality jobs, stated the survey.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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By donna smith ammons

Three years ago plus six months, I said good-bye to a very dear friend and partner in crime, Melanie.

She battled cancer valiantly, took medication, underwent surgery and never gave up hope that she would beat this horrible disease. She had the prayers of hundreds, including her former Many High students, her Stanley High students, her First Baptist Church family, her Sunday School “sisters” plus one, and many more. People who didn’t even know her, said prayers on her behalf.

We didn’t want to give her up, but we were forced to let her go live with Jesus. In the end, she was at peace and was able to spend precious moments with her husband, Al; her much-loved son,

Alan and his wife, Christina; her sisters and friends. Two of us moved in for the last week of her life, helping to take care of her. Others filled the house during the day, taking care of the caregivers, seeing that everyone was fed and comforting each other.

Wed
04
Oct
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

ELVIS

This past month, August of 1977, marked the death of Elvis Presley. He is thought to be the most commercially successful solo musician artist of all times.

He has been rated the fourth conquering death celebrity in America, trailing only Michael Jackson who coincidently was married to Elvis’s daughter for a brief time. When he was discovered in an upstairs bathroom his body was racked by opioids and his death was mourned throughout the nation.

He remained revered. It was actually how we were able to look at music by his method of singing.

Wed
04
Oct
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

Three little grandchildren make my heart sing. First, there’s Riley Kate, 11; followed by Braeden, 6; and then two-year-old Darby—all are lined up by the lake where we camped at Gator RV Park in Bunkie recently.

This Grammie’s heart nearly burst watching them and listening to their conversation. “Braeden, don’t throw big pieces of bread; make them smaller,” big sister directed.

“They like them big,” the little brother shot back. “They have big mouths!” “Yesh, big mouths,” Darby added. And so it goes, standing by the lake feeding the ducks. With a quack-quack here and a quack-quack there…

 

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Wed
27
Sep
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By donna smith ammons

I thought I had loaded the camper very well in the two times we’ve used it. I knew where everything was and I was quite efficient in the tiny kitchen.

On out first trip to South Toledo Bend State Park, I only forgot one item: the ketchup!!

I did much better on our second trip to Bunkie’s Gator Park. We had plenty to eat, including snacks for PaPaw and the kids. I felt pretty good about myself until my red-headed daughter-in-law decided I needed to get organized.

 

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Wed
20
Sep
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POLITICS EVERYWHERE

by Pete Abington 

It seems everywhere you turn these days they are trying to politicalize everything that’s happening. Very frequently we see this in our sporting events: football, basketball, whatever. What makes these people attack America the way they do and interrupt a pleasure which we all enjoy, generally, with their political philosophy. This was particularly true last year when Colin Kaepernick pulled his stunt and took a knee during the National Anthem. He hasn’t found a job yet and now other have gotten involved. Just recently ten to eleven professional athletes for the Cleveland Browns prepared a video to express their distaste for America and even asked the owner to join them and, I understand, he and his wife did. Fortunately, it didn’t make the airways much.

Wed
20
Sep
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Patchwork

by Donna Smith Ammons 

Saturday morning dawned a bit early for Grammie. We had a peaceful night at Gator RV and Water Park in Bunkie and our big day of fun had arrived. Darby began whimpering and tossing in bed about 6 a.m. I sneaked up to the front of the camper and she peeked at me. She shook her head “No” and hid her face in the pillow. I stood there and watched as she drifted back to sleep. (Hooray!! Another extra hour of sleep for everyone!!)The sun was shining and we all ate a wonderful breakfast prepared by PaPaw. Soon we were in our swimsuits and headed out to the water park. My main focus was the Lazy River. No water slides for this gal! Soon, we were all floating on inner tubes around and around the river. We were “just relaxing”, listened to 7os music and trying to avoid the waterfall and other attacks of cold water.

 

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