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Wed
20
Mar
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Ole Dan Jenkins – His Ownself

We lost a very good and very funny sports writer and novelist last weekend when Dan Jenkins died at 89 (or 90 – he would have loved that ambiguity!) in his “favorite” hometown of Fort Worth, Tx. He kinda invented the one-liner back-handed sports reporting we know now.

Wed
13
Mar
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The Farm Wife

Tip 6 – Financial Balance

Get into the habit of paying the bills on time. Those late fees will stretch your budget until it looks like a squiggly river with no end, and can easily make you feel like you are drowning in debt. I work hard to pay each one as it comes in the mail, but there are days when I have no choice but to pay them on payday.

One thing I have learned is to be careful with the ‘pay by phone’ convenience. Our electric company charges $1.85 each time I pay by phone, which equals $44.88 a year, with two electric bills. Instead, I mail it, and apply that money towards another bill, or on something I really need. Also take this into consideration – just because you have a coupon, doesn’t mean you have saved any money. Do the math. There may still be another brand cheaper.

 

Wed
13
Mar
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Switchblade Oatmeal!

This really really ISN’T your Mama’s oatmeal but is my ‘funny’ way to get your attention so that I can trick you into reading my column. Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck both thought that the title of a book was one of the most important pieces that make a masterpiece (think “For Whom the Bell Tolls” or “Grapes of Wrath” or Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” – all great titles!) and if they are right you are already consumed with curiosity about just what ‘Switchblade Oatmeal’ is – soooo read on.

If you haven’t moved on to Mr. Powell’s column or Allison Davidson Carpenter’s excellent column by now then I can tell you that I’m actually talking about Steelcut Oatmeal. Now you’re saying, “Dang it, I knew it’d be something dumb!” But wait there’s more! I’ve actually tried it awhile back and didn’t like the ultra-chewy texture and haven’t thought about messing with it again at all until I saw a couple of interesting sounding recipes for “Steelies”.

 

 

Wed
13
Mar
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Did You Know?

Since my arrival in Mansfield on Jan. 1, 1948 it has been my pleasure to meet many interesting people, and good people, who need to be remembered. The history of our parish and town has been made by many of these people and their relatives and acquaintances. The person in this article is Hall Peyton – a person I admired and respected.

He was born in Keatchie in the 1800’s and as a young man came here to work in the First National Bank. In one of our early religious revivals here he felt the call to the Baptist Ministry. He served for many years and after retiring from the Pastor ship at Lake Arthur Baptist Church in southwest Louisiana he and Mrs. Peyton returned to Mansfield in the early 1960’s. His wife soon thereafter died and several years later he married Mrs. Lightfoot who was a wonderful Christian lady.

 

 

Wed
06
Mar
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The Farm Wife

By: Julie Murphree

One of the biggest issues we have with Life is that it costs too much to live. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather spend my money on things I need and want that will last. I don’t want to waste my money on material things that won’t last, need an upgrade every six months, or won’t stay together after the first few uses.

To cut your expenses, ask yourself if it is truly necessary. If you are truly honest with yourself, 85% of the things you buy are not necessities. They are wants. It can be difficult to tell the difference. Learn to distinguish the difference. A ‘need’ is defined as ‘absolutely necessary for life’. Water, food, shelter, clean air and clothing all fall into that category. A new MP3 player, cell phone, X-Box and Louboutin shoes do not.

Wed
06
Mar
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Did You Know?

By Raymond Powell

Many of us local history buffs have had questions about the strip of land east of the Sabine River to the Gulf of Mexico known as the Neutral Strip or Ground or Territory but most famously known as “No Man’s Land”. Just how did this area become disputed land and how it was finally settled? After a great deal of research the following should settle the questions.

Back in 1740 Spain and France were in dispute concerning their exact boundaries. The French moved their Natchitoches post from the east side of Red River to the west side. The Red River was still flowing through Natchitoches at that time and has since changed course to the east. That remnant is now known as Cane River. The Spanish Governor of Texas was reprimanded for this move. It was determined that Arroyo Hondo (small creek west of Natchitoches near present day Rob Pine was the boundary). In 1864 the point became moot when France ceded the Louisiana Colony to Spain.

Wed
27
Feb
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Your Mama’s Oatmeal

By Van Reech

As a Baby Boomer growing up in the Fifties I was subject to all those Saturday morning ads on TV for sugar packed cereals. Back then we only had three channels 3, 6, and 12. That meant you were kinda trapped into what you watched. Back then and even today I like those Looney Tunes cartoons like The Roadrunner, Sylvester the Cat, Bugs Bunny and others – I know you remember the Saturday morning lineup. AND they all advertised Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Krispies (or Count Chockula!), Fruit Loops, Sugar Smacks, Captain Crunch and other sugar laden cereals. I even remember sprinkling more sugar on top of Frosted Flakes! The best part of a bowl of cereal was the sugar sludge mixed with a little milk and debris at the bottom of the bowl. – It makes my heart rate race now to even think about it.

Wed
27
Feb
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Did You Know?

By Raymond Powell

As this writer has stated many times in the past – History can take many forms. Today’s article primarily concerns a man that few in DeSoto Parish know or remember, Travis Spears. He and his wife were born here in the early 1900’s and he went to work in the oil fields in the 1930’s for the Standard Oil Co. After working in the drilling or production end for 15 years he was sent to Standard Oil’s South American Division in Venezuela. There he worked his way up to management in production. He and Mrs. Spears moved back to Mansfield with their 5th grade son, Travis, Jr. and they built a nice home on Hwy. 84 West near where Jeff and Jill Heard presently live. Travis, Jr. later became an M.D.

Wed
20
Feb
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The Farm Wife

How to Have a Conversation

Are you ready to have a real conversation with your loved ones? Try a few of these tips:

1. Did you know that a child engaged in an activity will open up and talk more? Try taking him or her for a walk. Go fishing, or participate in a quiet activity. You might be surprised how much you learn.

2. Before you speak, learn to listen. Look a person in the eye. Hear the words they are saying. Do NOT allow your mind to try and answer before you hear everything. Before you respond, briefly rephrase what they have just said, so they know you heard them.

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Wed
20
Feb
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Did You Know?

Probably most individuals that read this column weekly consider themselves a s Americans who love our constitution and the freedoms which it insures. Let’s review or consider some of the facts of our constitution and freedoms.

1. What does our constitution do? It sets up the government, defines the government, and protects the basic rights of Americans.

2. What did the Declaration of Independence do? Announced our independence from Great Britain.

3. What are the Rights in our Constitution? Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness.

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