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Wed
11
Mar

The Farm Wife:

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The Farm Wife:

If you are a living, breathing being, you must have water to survive. For the birds, usually a simple birdbath will work.

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Wed
11
Mar

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

During and after the Civil War Louisianans were faced with many unbearable problems? Our northwest Louisiana area faced the hardship and cruelty inflicted by the Carpet Baggers. (Northern troops and individuals sent after the war to enforce new privileges and laws.) But central and south Louisiana had tremendous problems with the Jayhawkers.

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Wed
04
Mar

The Business Doctor

The Business Doctor

I am going to try and unpack this monster of medical terminology and global business into two articles that we country folks can understand.

There is s phenomenon known as a “Chain Reaction or Chain Effect or Domino Effect,” which is the cumulative effect when one event sets off another, and so on. Sometimes the results are similar, and sometimes it ripples. This is known as a “Ripple Effect,” which is not cumulative (broken up with delays). For example, a ripple can be created when a same-sex marriage may have little impact on friends, but it can cause a ripple effect on family members. The same with a divorce of a husband and wife—little impact on friends but a big impact on the kids. Some viruses on the global economy cause Ripples and other Dominoes.

Wed
04
Mar

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

A continuation of “Old DeSoto and Mansfield” from last week’s article will be the theme this week. Many of our citizens never realized there was a gunpowder factory in Mansfield located on Franklin St. It was a successful factory that made powder for shotgun shells and dynamite. The DuPont Company bought up the smaller plants like the one in Mansfield to get a monopoly on the business.

During the depression years a program was developed under F.D.R. to put men to work. The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) was formed. The program built the old swimming pool in Mansfield and the old Mansfield High School brick Gymnasium. Several other schools in the parish got gyms; however, they were made of wood.

Wed
19
Feb

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Last weekend I decided to clean out my old recipe box. It’s a small metal index card box crammed full of 44 years of recipes and it badly needed sorting and/or culling. When my Daughter and Son were little they would take the little stickers off of fruit and vegetables that we bought at the grocery and stick them on my little box when we got home. AND It is now completely covered in them!

I was able to clean and organize it a little and curiously found several old comics and cartoons having to do with cooking stuff that I’d saved. I think I’m gonna put them all in a frame and to hang in the kitchen. Looking through old recipes I found an old one from the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate’s series by Emeril Lagasse called “Sautéed Chicken Breasts With Dijon Herb Sauce.” Doesn’t that sound good? The “Herb Sauce” calls for Tarragon which I hadn’t ever cooked with so that meant the project was a GO for Saturday.

 

Wed
19
Feb

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Most people that have studied history through the years have questioned certain points or thoughts that are generally accepted or projected as ideas. Abraham Lincoln has been presented as an agnostic or even atheist president in religion.

By chance I came into possession of a Mobile, Alabama newspaper article that was 100 years old and written by Thomas B. McGregor, Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky. Evidently Mr. McGregor had wondered about Lincoln’s religious affiliation or lack thereof. Also, evidently proven that Lincoln was reared in the Baptist Church. Most of the religious mystery of he and his parent religious life was found in the deerskin covered ledger of the Little Pigeon Church where Mr. McGregor found that Thomas Lincoln, Abe’s father, acted as Moderator and was a pillar of the Little Pigeon church near Lincoln City, in Spinder County, Indiana.

Wed
12
Feb

The Farm Wife:

The Farm Wife:
The Farm Wife:

Get the Birds Ready for Spring!

Although it is still cold outside, spring is right around the corner. Between now and late March is the time to start getting ready for the birds to return from their migration south for the winter.

1. Get out the scrub brush – birdbaths and feeders can get dirty, which in turn can harbor bacteria and diseases that can be harmful, if not fatal to birds. Use a mild detergent and a stiff-bristle scrub brush to clean your birdbaths. A sponge will work well on the feeders, or even a bottle brush for the tube feeder versions.

Wed
12
Feb

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Those of you that have read this column through the years know my first love in history is for DeSo to Parish but other things are also interesting. History can take many forms and today’s article relates to the January 1946 Roosevelt Dime. Before 1946 the dime carried the image of a female figure wearing a winged cap representing Lady Liberty and mistakenly called a Mercury Dime.

Wed
05
Feb

Did You Know?

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Mansfield of old would not be recognizable today. The transportation was by horseback, buggy or wagon and people did not travel to Shreveport or other distant places unless it was absolutely necessary.

Logansport, 22 miles in distance, was a twoday affair. Many of the people would get up and leave by wagon to pay their taxes in Mansfield, which was the Parish Seat, and ladies would shop for dress material, lace, etc. After shopping they would return to a campground just west of Atwood’s on the left side of U.S. 84. Reading one account of the family camping told of Dr. Stribling (built the Milton Baker house) stopping by for coffee. The campers would cook breakfast and be on the way back to Logansport by six o’clock.

 

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Wed
05
Feb

The Farm Wife:

Birds of Louisiana and Mississippi – by Stan Tekiela If you are new to birdwatching, one of the first things you need is some type of book to help you identify each species. I love the Audubon book series, but they tend to group the birds into more general areas. There isn’t a book out (yet) that is specifically geared towards birds in Louisiana, much less regional areas. But Birds of Louisiana and Mississippi, by Stan Tekiela at least narrows it down a bit.

 

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