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Wed
26
May

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

If you have dearly loved and lost a pet, I have great empathy for you.

As I wrote in a recent column, I lost my little fur-girl, my miniature schnauzer Charli, in early April. She was only two and a half years old, and it was sudden.

We adopted Charli when she was just six weeks old, and I raised her with tender love and care. The way I loved Charli reminded me of the man who raised the small ewe lamb in the Bible in 2 Samuel 12:3 — “He raised her, and she grew up with him and with his children … in his arms she would sleep. She was like a daughter to him.”

Charli was like a little daughter to me.

 

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Wed
26
May

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Memorial Day, the last Monday of May (many take the last Sunday of May) is the day we honor Americans who have given their lives in military service. Called Decoration Day when graves of soldiers killed in the Civil War were decorated with flowers. The earliest Memorial observances occurred in Waterloo, New York and Columbus, Mississippi.

The first widespread observance of Decoration Day to observe the dead was in 1868 when Gen. John Logan had all graves in Arlington National Cemetery decorated with flowers and flags. Pres. James Garfield gave a speech in which he said, “For love of Country they accepted death and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

 

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Wed
19
May

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side
On The Bright Side

Dear High School Graduate,

As you enter college or the workforce, you will encounter many people who try to persuade you to follow various religions other than Christianity.

You are being deceived.

Christianity is unique from all other religions, in that all other religions have man reaching up to God, trying to attain salvation through something they “do.”

 

 

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Wed
19
May

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife

Did you make a commitment to baking bread yet? One of the easiest yeast breads to make is French bread. But around here, I know better than to make just one loaf. Instead, I usually find myself making at least four baguettes.

The first one is all but consumed the moment they come out of the oven. The Country Boy just cannot resist homemade French bread – even if it does burn his fingers when he cuts the first slice!

The second loaf is usually served with meals throughout the week, with any leftovers made into French Toast. The third loaf is divided up. With part of it I make homemade croutons to serve with a salad. The remainder of the loaf is sliced, dried, and turned into bread crumbs.

 

 

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Wed
19
May

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

When French and Spanish explorers first arrived in this area they found a thriving culture established by the Caddo-Addai and the Caddo Nachitosh Indian Tribes. The two tribes were part of the larger Caddo Indian Group. They were a simi-nomadic people meaning they lived in an area for a few years and moved to better hunting and fishing when those were thinned out. During the several years of living in one place they built homes of poles and thatched grass wall and roofs similar the shape of a beehive.

The Caddo men were not particularly bad fighters except when attacked. The women were expert weavers of rugs and pottery makers. Both men and women tanned animal skins into clothes. However, the early French explorers said the women were better at tanning hides than the men.

Wed
12
May

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

The road from Natchitoches (Nak-a-Tish), La. to Nacogdoches (Nac-a-Doe-Chus), Tex. connects two of the oldest towns in the respective states. The road through Many and Fort Jessup is the El Camino Real de los Tejas or the Royal Highway or the King’s Highway. It sounds like it could be the name of an old Bob Hope & Bing Crosby movie but was the main highway of many old stories of the Spanish – French travelers of years gone by. This road traversed the middle of the notorious “No Man’s Land”.

Wed
12
May

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side
On The Bright Side

Thousands of high school seniors are finishing one of the strangest school years in history, of course due to COVID-19. Last year’s seniors missed March through May; however, this year’s seniors basically missed the whole shebang.

My son Reece is one of these seniors.

In a couple of weeks, he will graduate from C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport.

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Wed
05
May

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Louisiana Army Maneuvers in 1940 – 41 were a big deal for DeSoto Parish. There were some 40,000 troops in the area with most towns being influenced by the influx of troops. The western portion of Louisiana as far south as Leesville was involved. Of course, it looks a little like DeSoto does and was almost over-run by the Army.

Pelican and Mansfield were the major unloading places from the trains. In addition to troops there were hundreds of tanks, jeeps, horses and other types of military equipment. General George Patton and Col. Dwight Eisenhower were in DeSoto Parish. It must be remembered that an equal number of soldiers were in East Texas since that was the “enemy army” with the Sabine River dividing the two enemies. The White Army and the Blue Army were the two opposing forces. Several months were involved in positioning the troops. During this period was the time troops had such an important economic impact in DeSoto.

 

Wed
05
May

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

For years my dad, Robbo Davidson, had often mentioned writing a book about some of the cases he worked on during his 33- year career as a detective with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Department.

He would say, “I just think it would be interesting to compile several cases, using just the facts, real names, and tell these stories in detail, just the way it all happened.”

Dad’s book, The Evil I Have Seen: Memoirs from the Case Files of Lt. Detective Robert (Robbo) Davidson, Ret., was released on April 20. It is co-written by the very talented P.J. Jones, a decorated journalist (and also my mother-inlaw!).

 

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Wed
28
Apr

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!
Hey, Let’s Talk!

Pizza Epiphany!

Or should it be Serendipity? I’m not sure but Epiphany almost rhymes with all those “P’s” and sounds catchier. But what I’m referring to is the happy and surprising results I had while warming up a couple of pieces of leftover pizza.

I’d ordered a large pan pizza with pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms from Pizza Hut last week and ended up with about half of the pieces left over. I had zipped them up in a baggie and was thinking about warming some for supper a couple of days later. I remembered that I had some extra pepperoni slices from an Italian dish I’d cooked awhile back and I still had some grated Mozzarella in the fridge, too. The Italian recipe had suggested that broiled pepperoni slices were tastier but I didn’t want to dry out the pizza slices while broiling in the oven. Similarly, just microwaving the slices leaves them soggy – what a quandary.

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