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Working at a library and being friends with lots of moms has taught me that there are more than enough parenting books in the world. It seems like every few months there’s a new method or technique to try out, or another country we should be imitating so our kids will grow up to be geniuses.… Read more

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Often the first question I get when meeting someone new  — whether at a Parish Council meeting or while enjoying a beer  — is “where are you from?”  Read more

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Distylium is a native of China and a member of the witch hazel family. It has gorgeous blue-green foliage on wide-spreading, horizontally arching branches that grow in layers, giving it a swirling appearance. It’s unlike any growth seen in an evergreen shrub. It made its debut in the late 19… Read more

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In Summer many of us try to confine our outside chores at home to early morning and late afternoon to avoid the worst of the heat. It is in those twilight hours that you will see bats flying around catching insects to eat. Read more

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Last week on “Family Feud,” the clue was “We asked 100 people ‘Name something you shouldn’t be ashamed of.’ ” One of the contestant’s answers was “Gettin’ old.” I don’t know who was more taken aback, me or Steve Harvey. Read more

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When I was 10 years old, I had what some might call an epiphany. My fifth-grade class was missing something revolutionary, and I was going to do something about it. Read more

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving urges the House to pass legislation that would close loop-holes in current law allowing first-time drunk driving offenders to avoid ignition interlock devices. Read more

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Karen McManus’s One of Us is Lying is a young adult mystery that adult readers will enjoy. The story is narrated by four people: all murder suspects. McManus mentioned that one of her influences for this book was The Breakfast Club, and the influence is obvious from the initial set-up. A joc… Read more

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I noticed the other day that many people refer to the Cajun dish of smothered corn as “corn maque choux.” I know I’m being picky, but since this dish is always made with corn as the main ingredient, why include the word “corn” in the name? It’s redundant, like “hot water heater” and “hose pi… Read more

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They have many different common names and cover several different species, but one thing they all have in common is they are a nuisance to people and livestock. Read more

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Nearly 75 percent of Americans perceive global climate change to be a critically serious issue and are attempting to make sustainable lifestyle changes to combat it, according to a report compiled by the Pew Research Center. While there are many ways in which you can become more eco-friendly… Read more

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One way to add to the beauty of the landscape and increase the value of your property is to create landscape beds. Traditionally, most beds are created surrounding the house, particularly jutting out from the front and back foundations and creating a framework to accent the home. When planti… Read more

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Do you find yourself constantly distracted by technology? Do you mindlessly pick up your phone over and over throughout the day without having a reason? Maybe this isn’t you, maybe you’re the person who isn’t on a phone, looking around at all the other distracted people. Whether you’re addic… Read more

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As a middle-schooler with naturally curly hair during a time when pin-straight tresses were all the rage, I spent hours in the mirror with my 400-degree flat-iron every morning. My grandmother often scoffed at my futile attempts to tame my mane, and annoyingly reminded me, “You don’t need to… Read more

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Sometime in the 1940s my great-grandfather, who fought for the Confederacy and spoke only French, told my aunts and uncles that their kids would go to school with black children. Naturally, everyone thought he had either had too much bourbon or was just plain balmy. Jim Crowe and the Dixiecr… Read more

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When I was a kid we lived in the country far from city lights. One night my cousin Clifford showed me the major constellations and pointed out the planets that were visible in the sky that evening. I’ve been a star-gazing fool ever since. Read more

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Marie Kondo is a Japanese consultant and author whose new Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” shows people how to declutter their homes and ultimately challenge the perils of American consumerism. In the series, Kondo and her interpreter Marie Iida venture to Los Angeles homes in hope… Read more

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With the new year, many people resolve to make healthier food choices. Some may think it is more expensive to buy healthy foods, but with a little know-how and some planning, buying fruits and vegetables can be cost effective for the whole family. Here are a few tips to shop smarter: Read more

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A few months ago, a library patron came in and asked if I’d like to read his mother’s book. We walked over to our Louisiana Collection, and he found it for me. I was excited to read it. I love local histories and personal stories. His mother’s book is about life in the early 1920s through th… Read more

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 As the current partial government shutdown – now the longest in our nation’s history - continues to remain in effect, a feeling of precariousness seemingly shrouds our collective national consciousness.  Read more

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The Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) wants Louisianans to know that they can be instrumental in sexual violence policy revisions proposed by the U.S. Department of Education. In November 2018, under the leadership of Secretary Betsy DeVos, changes to Title IX regarding sc… Read more

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The United States' ability to produce, export, and meet consumer needs is at an all-time high. Earlier this month, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported the US became a net exporter of crude oil for the first time in nearly 75 years and that liquified natural gas (LNG) export … Read more

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Each month is a different “awareness” month, if not two or three. November is no different and while I’m sure there are several others, Pet Cancer Awareness Month caught my attention.  Read more

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About 30 years or so ago an art collector and close friend, Jeanette, asked me and some other folks to help her put together a spook house for Halloween. Many of the people in our gang were in the arts – painters, singers, actors. You know: weirdos. It became a yearly event.  Read more

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Every once in a while, a lucky reader comes across a book that checks all of her boxes. For me, that’s funny, thought-provoking, and intriguing. Throw in a few science fiction elements and I’m sold. Hank Green’s debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing was that magic combination for me, o… Read more

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On October 9, 2018, Judge Robert Tiffany dismissed the case against three environmental activists who were charged with damaging an Enbridge Energy pipeline in northern Minnesota in 2016. After trespassing onto the property, activists cut the chains and locks bound to the pipeline valve, shu… Read more

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Editor's note: I asked Barry Hugghins to write an editorial regarding the Thermaldyne variance after hearing him speak at the public hearing and parish council meeting. Hugghins is a West Baton Rouge Parish Councilman in his second term representing District 8. He has a wife, four daughters … Read more

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There has been a delay in the delivery of our newspapers this week due to a printing issue. Our press is working hard to ensure newspapers are out tomorrow for subscribers who did not receive their paper today. Read more

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Thermaldyne proposes to process both oil bearing hazardous secondary refinery sludge and liquid materials in Port Allen. Our company, TD*X Associates, has processed over 370,000 tons of the same exact petroleum refinery waste, using the same thermal desorption technology, since 1989. Read more

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Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea claimed that southern women were like whiskey in a teacup: “We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside…but on the inside we’re strong and fiery.” Taking these words to heart, Witherspoon spends the pages of Whiskey in a Teacup exploring the vari… Read more