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Wed
26
Aug

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

I was saddened to hear of Ronnie Hammock’s death recently. He was a good friend and one of the most talented people I’ve ever known. He was a talented artist, sculpturer, dancer, taxidermist and painter. Everybody just called him “Hammock” but he really liked his nickname “Snake Man” which was well deserved. He had a collection of live snakes in cages around his house most being of the poisonous category AND he ended up being bitten by them several times ... yes, I said several times. Once at a swimming and BBQ-ing party down on Toledo Bend he and I spotted a large green water snake strung out on a limb about head high. I asked him if it was what we used to call a “Water Rattler” and he laughed and agreed. We then thought it would be fun to catch it and chase the girls - and boys - around the marina a few times. When Hammock reached up to snag the long snake he misjudged and ended up grabbing him about a foot down from the head.

Wed
26
Aug

Along the Way

Along the Way

D e a r Readers, I will be taking some time off from writing “Along the Way.”

I want to thank all of you who have read my column over the past few years. My prayer is that, through some of these writings, God spoke to your heart.

My goal for “Along the Way” has always been to provide various themes, subjects and writing styles — some profound and some humorous, some on current events and some on Christianity, some fun feature writing and some matter-of-fact material.

After some time away, if God is willing, I will return to writing this weekly column.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Aug

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

The first paragraph of this article is research on Alexander Graham Bell concerning the telephone. The remainder is personal knowledge which may all be facts or not! Bell’s passion in life was to help deaf people speak. On March 10, 1876 while tinkering with some electrical wires he spilled acid from a battery onto the wires and his clothes. He called out to Thomas Watson, his helper, to “Come here, I want you.” These words were picked up on the wires and thus the telephone was invented.

Now, the telephone story as I remember over almost the past century. My good friend, Jerry Gamble who is now deceased, was telling me about the first telephone system west of Grand Cane, La. It was similar to the ones that I was familiar with as a very young child. We talked and laughed about those long ago times and he suggested I write a “Did You Know” article about that. Jerry, this article is dedicated to you and all the Historical Buffs in the Parish.

 

 

 

Wed
19
Aug

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Crockpot Funeral Potatoes

As I promised last week a fun and good sounding recipe by Robin Bashinsky on the “My Recipes” website. I really like scalloped potatoes and have often wondered why the covered dish casseroles at church dinners or other gettogethers always taste so much better than the packaged or frozen dishes you can make at home. AND I’ve tried a few scratch-made but they were too much like gravy making for me to be very successful with any ot them. When I read Robin’s I quickly realized that all I had to do was dump all the ingredients into a medium sized crockpot and “walk away for a few hours” as she puts it .... so with that said, there’s not much chance of me screwing this up.

Wed
19
Aug

Along the Way

Along the Way

(Editor’s Note: This is an oldie but goodie column written by Mrs. Carpenter for the August 24, 2017 Enterprise. Please enjoy this rerun.)

I saw a picture of a dorm room online recently that looked like it had received the personal touch of Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper than the touch of two 18-year-old kids.

It was nothing like my old dorm room at Louisiana Tech.

I spent my first year at Tech in the “freshman dorm” called Mitchell Hall. To help you imagine the condition of that dorm, we all referred to it as “Mitch-Hell.”

I had gone “potluck” on my first roommate at Tech, landing me with the one and only Melanie McCall. And our dorm room wasn’t anything like the Pinterest photos of today; no, it was just ancient twin beds with matching mint-and-Pepto-Bismol-colored comforters, typical of mid-nineties decor.

 

 

Wed
19
Aug

Did You Know?

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Did You Know?

While serving as First Vice-President of the North Louisiana Historical Society on April 4, 1964 this writer submitted the following article on the Ole Log Courthouse Bell. This article slightly condenses and updates that original. Hardly had DeSoto Parish been

Hardly had DeSoto Parish been organized when the Police Jury saw the need for a bell to summon people into court. In 1843 a bell was ordered from Philadelphia to be placed in front of the newly constructed log courthouse at the corner of Washington Ave. and Franklin St. The courthouse square was left vacant because a larger Courthouse would be needed in the near future. The Bell did service for many years and if it could speak it would reveal the history of DeSoto Parish. It would tell of the trials, debates and elections that became history here.

Wed
12
Aug

Paula Shuford Callender of Pleasant Hill Named Recipient of Presidential Excellence Award

Paula Shuford Callender of Pleasant Hill Named Recipient of Presidential Excellence Award

On August 3, 2020, President Donald J. Trump announced the recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Paula Shuford Callender of Pleasant Hill High School was one of the two recipients named from Louisiana.

 

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Wed
05
Aug

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Aubergine ou Ecraser Parmesan Partie Trois

The French conversion to English reads Eggplant or Squash Part Three ... but I thought the French translation was cooler sounding. Besides If I just said Part Three you probably wouldn’t start reading my column this week - but, here we are. In last week’s column I told you about the comedy of errors that Susan and I experienced while trying to make a recipe tragically titled “Baked Eggplant Parmesan” and by trying to duplicate it we had many mutant varieties with none turning out good. I mentioned that while looking through other Baked Eggplant recipes on the Internet and in my own cookbooks I found several promising sounding variations. I decided to try these and am glad to report success.

Wed
05
Aug

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Few DeSoto Parish residents realize the rich culture and heritage of our area. For seven years it has been my pleasure, at the suggestion of Enterprise owner and Editor John Blanchard, to write this weekly article on history - primarily DeSoto Parish History. None of the topics are more iconic than the Rock Chapel. Research on the Rock Chapel constantly renders new and interesting facts.

In the year 1850, the Bayou Pierre Community, located in the piney woods of DeSoto Parish in Northwest Louisiana, was a small congregation of Catholics and they decided to establish a Catholic Church there. A church was built in 1856 by Father Pierre, the first pastor. Father Pierre, whose name was coincidently the same as the community, came once a month from Natchitoches on horseback or boat. Legend has it that while Father Pierre was reading a prayer book accidentally drowned when the riverbank where he was standing suddenly crumbled into the Red River.

Wed
29
Jul

Hey, Let’s Talk!

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Eggplant Errors

As I promised last week let me give you an update of our Parmesan Problems ... a blow-by-blow if you will, a Cooking Comedy of Confusion - well, you get the picture I’m sure.

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