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Columns

02/20/2015
A few weeks ago I wrote a column that included several books that were to make it to the big screen. The two movies Slade, my husband, and I have seen this year were both adaptations of two very different books. While both books have their place in...
02/19/2015
Happy birthday, Mom. Today, as my present to you, I wanted to write about how much I love you and show my appreciation of you to everyone. My mom is my hero and I thought I should let you know why. A mother is there to nurture and care for you, my...
02/18/2015
When I was a kid, burning leaves in the backyard was one of my favorite pasttimes. Taking deep breaths of the wood smoke was just about as close to country in the city as one could get. The low-hanging, hazy cloud rising from the burn pile drifted...
02/16/2015
It appears, at least for now, that we’re going to dodge Mother Nature’s bullet. For days now those of us who pay attention to the weather have been watching predictions of snow and ice for our area tonight and Tuesday. At one point late last week on...
02/16/2015
When teenagers on the National Youth Advisory Board, comprised of teens from all over the country, were asked to finish the sentence, “Love Is…” the answers were sweet and sentimental. “Love Is … the closest thing we have to magic.” “Love Is … a...
02/14/2015
In a cliché, “I remember when,” sort of fashion, I can clearly remember exactly when I first opened my Facebook page. Being in college at the time that Mark Zuckerberg’s invention began to take off — when it started you had to be in college to get a...
02/13/2015
There is no denying that in life there is a double standard for men and women. With an older brother, I can vividly remember telling my mom how unfair it was that he was allowed to do certain things on the weekends when I was not. I remember telling...
02/12/2015
On the corner of El Dorado Street and Houma Boulevard, in Metairie, my hometown, was always the sweet spot to catch the “Metairie parades,” which is what citizens of south Louisiana call them. It was the perfect place to catch the parades because it...
02/11/2015
How do you forget that the helicopter in which you were riding was not shot down by Iraqi ground fire? If that sentence sounds a bit convoluted, so is the thought. But that’s exactly what NBC News anchor Brian Williams would have us believe. That...
02/10/2015
On the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my pastor, James Skinner, stood up at the end of our church service. “I want to make an announcement that I am ashamed to admit I have never made before, during all my years of ministry,” he said. “I...
02/09/2015
Let me tell you about a high school couple I once knew. She was a cheerleader, he was an athlete. She was cute, funny and well-liked. He was handsome, outgoing and popular. He was also extremely charming. When they began to date and he was invited...
02/09/2015
Higher Education administrators in Louisiana are breathing a little easier, at least for now. Gov. Bobby Jindal released a list of proposed cuts and one-time fixes last week to try and close a more than $103 million midyear deficit while also adding...
02/07/2015
Not all books can gain the popularity of the Harry Potter series or “The Hunger Games,” but that doesn’t mean literary lovers shouldn’t give them a try. If you’re anything like me, perhaps sometimes you get stuck in a rut — seemingly reading...
02/06/2015
Heroes are defined not by what they do for you personally, but instead what they do for the greater good of all. I recently had the pleasure of talking with someone with more wisdom and years behind them than I could possibly hope to gain and live...
02/05/2015
This feeling only happens on a few occasions. Some may feel it more than others, and some may go a whole lifetime unable to feel its sensation. It can only be described as one that sucks the life out of you, yet gives you more life than you’ve ever...
02/04/2015
Thank you, Gov. Jindal. First, you dismantled Louisiana’s charity health care system; next, you messed up elementary and secondary education with Common Core; then you lopped the legs of higher education with yet more budget cuts. You’ve labeled...
02/03/2015
Driskill Mountain, named after James Christopher Driskill, is the highest natural summit in Louisiana. I learned that in my seventh grade Louisiana History class. That’s also where I learned that my home state had been shopped around a little before...
02/02/2015
February — still in the grasp of winter’s hand, but with an added sense of freshness and a feeling of impending birth, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil might say. It’s a wonderful time of the year, and fitting to start the annual March of Dimes...
02/01/2015
I figured Ernie Banks would never die. Not “Mr. Cub.” Not the unofficial ambassador of baseball or the eternal optimist. Not the always smiling, always upbeat native of Dallas who became one of the game’s greatest players as a shortstop for the...
01/31/2015
Tom Pearson and Larry Reynolds have something in common. Pearson is meteorologist for KNOE TV in Monroe; Reynolds is waterfowl study leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Both are charged with making predictions. When...