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Wed
21
Jul

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!
Hey, Let’s Talk!

Diamonds!

Returning from a weekend trip to Hot Springs, Ark., actually Hot Springs Village, I had plenty to time to remember other family vacations I’d been on. Several were of summer vacations to the Alabama beaches south of Mobil, Ala., one to Six Flags Over Texas when it first opened, and others to Texas and Arkansas. I’m sure you, too, could rattle off a few of your favorites. In fact, take a minute right now to close your eyes and let that warm pleasant memory just wash all the negativity right out of you. Aaaaah!

This trip was centered around Susan’s Step-Daughters’, Shannon & Sommer, birthday – 40 years old times two. With the start of Shark Week on cable and a menacing looking shark piñata and lots of BBQ planned we were all excited. Who knows the boys may catch enough fish for a big fish fry before we left! Well, that didn’t happen but we all had fun with the fish we did catch.

Wed
14
Jul

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Those of you who have followed this column over the past several years know my true historical love is local history with an occasional deviation. Up front this writer does not claim a great deal of knowledge in today’s subject – only love and interest. “A Brief History of the Holy Bible in English”. Being a Mason some 70 years we are exposed to the subject with the Knight Templars as the principal information source. J. Luther Jordan, of Mansfield and world leader of masons back in the mid-1900’s, could have done a much better jobs with this subject.

Wed
14
Jul

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Or, more accurately, a tasty combination of three very good Eggplant recipes from my three favorite Recipe Books that I’ve had for years. Just out of curiosity I looked up Eggplant on Wikipedia and found out that it is generally believed to have originated in India but has be cultivated in southern and eastern Asia since prehistoric time.

We know it here in Louisiana as an excellent ingredient in a lot of Cajun recipes like Eggplant Seafood Casserole, Eggplant Dressing or as a meat substitute in Italian recipes like Eggplant Parmesan. Susan has had some White Eggplant vines growing in her back yard and they have all started coming in. I brought several home planning on doing a little research online on a good way to cook them. However, the cable crew was replacing lines in my neighborhood and my Internet was down. I remembered how much fun I’d had in the past researching recipes so I started breaking out my old recipe books.

 

Wed
07
Jul

Hey, Let’s Talk!

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Snake-Zilla

Last week t h e evening news reported on and showed footage of a giant black snake weaving through the limbs of a tree in Fenton, La. The landowner reported seeing it near one of his crawfish ponds and claimed it was over 12’ long! When asked for an I.D. of this giant the La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries were of the tentative opinion that it was a “… very mature Black Rat Snake.” The largest on record in Louisiana being over 7’ long.

Wed
07
Jul

On The Bright Side

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We welcomed a new family member in mid-June, a beautiful chocolate and tan miniature schnauzer puppy girl.

Our little Bailey (“Bailey Hanna Chocolate Bliss”) came into our lives at just the right time. We lost our precious two-year-old schnauzer girl, Charli, in early April to a sudden tragedy. Our family and our boy schnauzer, Kaiser, had been grieving.

We originally had no idea that we would be getting another puppy so soon after losing Charli, but a series of events that I recognize as God’s grace came upon us.

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Tue
06
Jul

Did You Know?

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As Americans make plans to celebrate one of our most important National Holidays there are a few things that should be kept in mind other than Bar-B-Queuing. First of all what is the Fourth of July? On July 4, 1776 delegates of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence from England. It was the act of declaring not necessarily obtaining our independence from England. July 4, 1776 marked the formal beginning of the American Revolution and we celebrate it as our Nation’s Birthday.

Wed
30
Jun

Kim’s Korner: News from Mansfield Nursing Center

Kim’s Korner: News from Mansfield Nursing Center

Well hello everybody! I’m back and ready to roll! Vacation was fun but it’s always good to get back to my routine here at MNC. When you love what you do it sure makes it easy to come to work everyday.

Didn’t Mike McDonald, our new Activity Director do a good job in my absence? Thank you Mike, for all your help, I know he enjoyed helping me out.

We’ve been busy, busy all week! Its CNA week and boy did our staff do a good job showing them appreciation. Y’all,, they work hard! Being a CNA is a very rewarding but challenging job. Thank you to all the CNA’s out there. We love and appreciate you!

This past week we stayed inside most everyday. It’s hot out there! But that’s ok because Mike had a variety of fun everyday of the week. We play Bingo Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:00 p.m. sharp! There’s always a lively, and sometimes rowdy, crowd in the dinning room for our Bingo! Mike is even thinking about hiring a Referee! Anybody need a job out there?

 

Wed
30
Jun

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side
On The Bright Side

U.S. Catholic bishops recently attempted to prevent President Biden from receiving Communion at Mass. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted “overwhelmingly” to write a formal document on the significance of the Eucharist after a controversial debate on whether Biden and other politicians who support abortion policies are worthy of receiving Communion.

One thing I notice is that great emphasis is so often put solely whether these politicians take legalistic religious actions such as “receiving Communion” or “taking the Eucharist.” Little, if anything, is ever mentioned about whether they have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, which has nothing to do with works or legalistic formalities.

I often listen to a YouTube channel called Eternal Call where the speaker often talks about the dangers of religious legalism. Here’s an excerpt from one of his posts:

Wed
30
Jun

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Have you e v e r given thought to what a Sunday afternoon date would have been like during the “Depression years”? Well, just imagine how two young boys and girls reacted during the 1930’s when no one had money or cars or other modern day things.

Bill and Ray, good friends, had been flirting with Maria and Ann Davis, sisters about one year apart in age. Bill, almost one year older and taller than Ray, had chosen Maria and Ray picked Ann. The two boys rode their bicycles to the Davis home at 2 o’clock after some strict rules of not putting their feet in the river and being back at 4 o’clock the girls were instructed by their mother to go to the outhouse before leaving.

Wed
23
Jun

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

Look around. The world is trying desperately to skew God’s symbolism of the rainbow.

Even most children’s clothing lines are now pushing another meaning of the rainbow by providing rainbow-colored “pride wear” for innocent children and babies.

Even pet stores have entire sections of rainbow pet items.

Old Navy now offers a “Gender Neutral” line of clothing which features kids wearing “pride” rainbow clothes and other apparel. The gender of many of the children featured in the Old Navy ads is not discernible.

 

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