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Wed
19
Jul
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

I have learned a lot about bees in recent weeks, whether I wanted to or not. I have been subjected to mini-videos on beekeeping and why and how bees survive, make honey, etc.

I have tried reading while hubby-dear listens to all of this on the television, but I find myself listening and losing track of the story and secretly watching all about bees.

 

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Wed
12
Jul
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

I am sitting here in Kenneth’s hospital room at Willis-Knighton Pierremont. Betsy is across Shreveport with John, who is in ICU. I look out the window of hubby’s room on the seventh floor and can see Kohl’s, Penney’s and other stores. I can’t leave….this is really tempting, but I am trapped in a hospital room with an agitated husband.

He is feeling better, after a scary heart issue. I am so thankful for dear friends, Vicki and Allen, who were arriving home from an overnight retreat, when they found out Kenneth was in Sabine Medical Center. They came immediately….didn’t even go home. Sister-in-law Suzanne was in the ER with me, as was Dianne, who dropped everything and rushed to the hospital to be with us.

 

Wed
12
Jul
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AFTER THE SESSION

By Pete Abington

The governor gets the last say on any bill that is passed through the legislature with his power of veto. It is reported the governor has started shooting down bills from legislators who disagree or annoy him from the two sessions. Some of the bills include a bill by Tony Bacala and Rick Edmonds, who through repeated efforts have tried to strip vacant positions in order to reduce the size of state government. Gov. Edwards wants to grow government. He also vetoed a bill by Nancy Landry, who as leader of the House Education Committee has helped to thwart his attempts to roll back education reform. He also vetoed a bill by Lance Harris, who is very influential, and had rallied the majority party to defeat Edwards’ tax-raising agenda that would increase overall spending.

 

Tue
04
Jul
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Ban Fracking? Bad Economics, Bad Ecology

By Robert Bradley Jr.

Warning: low-cost, clean energy may be hazardous to your health.

Or so say environmental activists who will trot out any line of attack in their crusade against fossil fuels.

For years, the green movement has spread falsehoods about hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking -- the practice of unlocking hydrocarbons by injecting high-pressure liquid deep into the earth. Lately, the leave-it-inthe- ground lobby has doubled down on its mission to thwart the latest oil and gas extraction techniques.

But research consistently shows that fracking is a secure -- and economically savvy -- form of energy production. Banning it hurts economies and the environment.

 

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Tue
04
Jul
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

Have you ever wondered why Hollywood continues to “remake” our favorite movies? Have people really run out of ideas?

Several weeks ago, I saw where they are making another “Dirty Dancing.” Really? How can you get better than Patrick Swayzee?? They’ve also remade “Annie” and several more.

There’s nothing better than watching an old Superman in black and white; or The Lone Ranger…and I don’t mean Johnny Depp.

I knew the movie industry was busy with remakes, but I hadn’t really kept up what was happening in the printing world. Where was Nancy Drew?

Since I am a reader, I am always interested in what books are suitable for the kids. Riley and Braeden visited this past week for Vacation Bible School.

Our first trip to Walmart was to pick up a ferw necessary items- --like Braeden’s favorite ice cream—Chocolate Chip Mint! Fruit— peaches, a pineapple, watermelon and of course, bananas.

 

Wed
28
Jun
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

I haven’t decided if it my age, just plain for forgetfulness or that I am in too big of a hurry. I guess it really doesn’t matter, but I felt very foolish two different times this week…..and it was all my fault! 

I had a laundry list of things to accomplish before I made my dai-ly trip to Sabine Retirement to spend time with Mom.

 

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Wed
21
Jun
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

When I was a little girl, I was enchanted with the story of Cinder-ella.

Mother took me to the doctor one time and the doctor entered the room, took one look at my golden locks and said, “Hi, there Goldi-locks.

”I quickly responded, “My mother calls me Cinderella.

”And so it goes. Seems like I always had an answer for everything.

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Wed
14
Jun
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Patchwork

by Donna Smith Ammons 

My prayer shawl is one of my most prized possessions.

The muted pink and white shawl came as a total surprise when my dear friend, Diann, presented it to me at the end of a Bible study in the spring.

My life was in turmoil. Mother had become a resident at Sabine Retirement and Rehabilitation after staying home with my brother since PaPaw’s death in 2013. Her health deteriorated slowly and it became evident that she needed round-the-clock care. My brother needed a break, too. He employed a sitter for almost a year and mother became quite attached to sweet Ida. After almost a year, she, too, moved on and we were faced with the decision of moving her to SRRC. Mom agreed and we moved her to the “retirement home” with pictures of kittens and family decorating her room. My brother purchased a nice big recliner for her and a love seat for visitors.

 

Wed
14
Jun
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Social Security Matters

by AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor 

Ask Rusty - Spousal Benefits Lost Dear Rusty: I took my Social Security at 62 since I had to stop working to care for my mom when I was 57. I was widowed at the time but remarried when I was 58 1/2 years old. I collected on my own work record, which was low. Why didn’t I get half of my present husband’s benefit when he started benefits at his full retirement age? I am 70 now. Will I get his full Social Security if he dies before me? Signed: Missing Benefits

 

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Wed
07
Jun
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Summertime is upon us. The kids are out of school; the senior trips are complete and everyone is looking forward to a long, lazy summer. Everyone, that is, except the parents or babysitters.

These days, it seems that children need to be entertained 24/7. Parents rush around taking them here and there, so they won’t get bored.

 

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