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Thu
22
Oct

Did You Know?

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Most “Historical Buffs”, and there are many of us here in DeSoto Parish, like to read material they can say “I Knew that” but at the close of this article likely you can say “I never heard of that!” That’s kind of a teaser but please don’t read the last before reading this entire article.

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Wed
14
Oct

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

The holidays are rapidly approaching. Plans are being made for a delicious Thanksgiving meal, and gifts we would love to give. We smile at memories of lost loved ones, and reminisce about past traditions.

But there is one tradition that has been forgotten. It’s called ‘The Thank You Note’.

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Wed
14
Oct

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

Despite a fall that has so far been riddled with political tension, hurricanes, and COVID-19, let’s not lose sight of the good stuff that the autumn season offers.

Just the other morning, I brewed my usual pot of McCafe Breakfast Blend and stepped outside. The crisp, 54-degree morning air was refreshing and reminded me of how fall is both a goodbye and a hello.

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Wed
07
Oct

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

In light of everything that has been taking place in 2020, many of us have either considered making a lifestyle shift to one that is more self-sufficient. We want these changes to be lasting, but still fit within a budget. We also prefer to make as few mistakes as possible so we don’t get bogged down in frustration.

My advice is to take it slow and do diligent research. One way to do that is a new book on the market - The Beginners Guide to Backyard Homesteading. Lisa Lombardo is a fellow blogger at The Self Sufficient Homeacre (https://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com). Her website offers a wealth of knowledge on homesteading, but her book takes it to a whole new level.

The book begins with valid questions that require you to think about why you want to homestead. These are also important questions you need to answer in order to better understand the extent of your ability to homestead.

 

Wed
07
Oct

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

With all of the negativity in the world today, it’s good to come across something positive. A pick-me-up.

Something light to read among mountains of heavy information.

That’s why I’ve decided to return to writing a weekly column. Only now, instead of my former column called “Along the Way,” I bring you something new: “On the Bright Side.”

A glass-half-full spin.

A positive perspective.

 

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Wed
30
Sep

Hey, Let’s Talk!

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Kicking A** Pancakes!

I had a half a loaf of Brookshires’ good (for NW La.) French Bread and noticed that it was getting a little stale. I thought that I might could do a good bunch of French Toast with this stiff toast so I cut them into one-inch slices and let them sit out all day. That evening I planned on cooking some bacon and scrambled eggs to go with them and was eagerly awaiting the assembly. Then I got too fancy with the preparations...

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Wed
30
Sep

Did You Know?

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The early settlers of this area were a very hardy group - primarily those from the Carolinas and Georgia with exceptions of the St. Denis group along the Bayou Pierre composed of Spanish and French. Today’s article is going to discuss the Anglo-Saxon Group, which settled the northern half of the parish.

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Thu
24
Sep

OPINION: Universal Mail-in Voting Invites Mass Election Fraud

Election fraud is always a concern – but especially in 2020. Why? Democrats are pushing “universal mail-in ballots,” saying COVID-19 discourages in-person voting. Truth is universal mail-in voting is a greater threat to election integrity.

Let us start with basics. Absentee ballots are available on request – so anyone who feels they need one can get one. Meantime, Democrats are selling more panic, knowing mail-in irregularities will either benefit their candidates or cast doubt on a Trump win.

Empirically, mail-in ballots present a host of problems – problems not found when voters cast their ballots in person. While marginal in most elections, taken to a national level, they would promptly undermine public trust, integrity in the process and legitimacy of outcomes. That is why universal mailin voting is a non-starter.

 

 

 

Thu
24
Sep

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Some “Chili-Cheese Kraut Dogs” sounded real good the other day and that prompted me to dig out a packet of that great pot of chili I cooked one rainy cold Sunday last winter and understand that it was the last. I also noticed that I was out of any stew packets, too AND it’s just too early to start cooking those big heavy meals so I’ll have to be a little bit more patient.

Thu
24
Sep

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

A number of historical buffs have wondered how the early settling of the parish was done and how the settlers were organized. Generally speaking the northern part of the Parish was settled by slightly more affluent families and earlier than the southern portion. For this article let’s trace the southern portion south of present day U.S. Hwy 84 from Mansfield to Stanley, La. This road, one of the five major east/west roads of Louisiana known as the “Lone Star Road” or “Three Slash Road” because it was marked by 3 slashes on the trees lining the trail to mark this road.

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