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Wed
16
Sep

Step Up and Be Counted in the Census and Election!

Step Up and Be Counted in the Census and Election!

There are two very important things we need to do at this time…participate in the census and in the upcoming election. We have businesses closing, many out of work and thousands state and nation-wide dead from COVID-19.

What can we do to turn our city around? James Baldwin once said, “You can not fix what you will not face.”

Let’s face it…times have been hard but together we will overcome adversities. Yes, strategy is better than strength any day.

 

 

 

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Wed
16
Sep

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!
Hey, Let’s Talk!

You may know that Great Battles are made up of different “Campaigns” or attempts to get a victory over the other side. WWII had D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, Vietnam had the Tet Offensive; even the Civil War had the Red River Campaign that was snuffed out by our own Confederate Troops in the Battle of Mansfield. Today I offer you the Birdfeeder Campaign following right on the heels of the Attic Campaign that are both victories by me in The Squirrel Wars of Laura Street. Before we break down the tactics by both sides let me give you an update on my improved version of the Baja Shrimp recipe I told you about last week.

Wed
16
Sep

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

September 17, 1787, brought a world changing event. Little did the 13 Colonies realize what effect the signing of the new Constitution of the United States would have upon the whole world in the future. The day dawned chilly after a very hot Philadelphia summer. Delegates had spent the summer writing and debating the Constitution of the young country. They heard an address from old Benjamin Franklin who urged all delegates to sign the document. Franklin was too frail to make his speech so another delegate read it for him.

Thirty-eight delegates filed forward to put their names on the bottom of the Constitution. The delegates signed in geographical order from north to south, starting with New Hampshire and ending with Georgia. Franklin stepped forward with assistance to sign and announced that he had wondered whether it was a rising sun engraved upon the back of George Washington’s chair or a setting sun? Thank God he now realized that it was a rising sun!

Thu
10
Sep

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

B a j a Shrimp vs Shrimp Scampi

I picked up a good looking seasoning packet for Baja Shrimp at the Grocery. Thinking of making these on Friday night I thawed out one of my quart baggies of 12/16 ct. gulf shrimp. I noticed that the box preparations called for a pound of 16 ct. but I figured I was close with the amount I had so I used the entire packet of the seasoning mix ... big mistake. Even Susan with her COVID numbed senses of taste and smell thought they were too strong - soooo I decided to do a little research to see if I could improve on this new dish.

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Thu
10
Sep

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Christmas is still a few months away but a good Mansfield friend that died several years ago, Calvin “Lefty” Hall, told me of an incident that occurred in December 1944, which should be told. Not only was Calvin a great citizen of Mansfield but he was a great war hero that very few would ever have known about.

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Thu
03
Sep

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Labor Day has evolved into backyard cookouts, long weekend getaways and saying goodbye to summer ... But what is the true meaning of Labor Day?

Back in Sept. 5, 1882 the first Labor Day Parade in New York City was a time for workers to call attention to 10-hour workdays, sweatshops where people were working for pennies an hour, children were working for excessive hours under poor conditions. Samuel Gompers, the first President of the American Federation of Labor, who insisted on better pay and better working conditions, insisted that a laborer was more than a mere producing machine. Gompers was a Jewish immigrant who simply wanted a better life for the American worker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Aug

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

We all need a vacation. But some years we just cannot afford that longed-for trip to the islands. But don’t let money stop you from taking a break. Instead, try a Stay-cation!

A Stay-cation is a vacation where you stay at home. It is amazing how much money you can save, but still have a fun time. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can stay home, or close to it, yet still feel like you have had a break.

Before you schedule those days off, do a little planning, so there are few, if any surprises. By tickets in advance. Research of things to do in your area. Look to see how far you need to travel. See what restaurants and other activities are in the same area.

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.

 

 

 

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