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09
Mar

Being crafty for a good cause

If you’re a frequenter of multiple Pinterest boards, just a crafty kind of person in general or enthused with an interesting story then I think you’ll be fascinated with the following story this writer discovered online recently. It not only involves types of specific crafts that have been going on for centuries and centuries but also penguins, koalas and kangaroos.

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Mon
02
Mar

Heart check may have saved my life

Do you recognize the title of this column? It is the title of my column, which appeared in the March 11, 2009 issue of the paper. Next Tuesday, March 10th, will be the sixth anniversary of my open-heart surgery.
 
Mon
02
Mar

Interesting Eats Across the Nation

Some of the top eating hot spots in the country were the subject of this writer’s editorial last week and there was obviously no way to cover all 50 states in it. So, I thought I’d introduce some more of the  fascinating must-stop places to try out a bit of our nation’s best cuisine from the article, “Are These the Most Iconic Restaurants in Every State?” To make this list, each stop mentioned had to have been in operation for at least 30 years and still be a crowd favorite. 
 
Tue
24
Feb

Best laid plans subject to de-railment

Even though we plan and plan for something, our best laid plans are subject to be de-railed. That was the case last week when the Franklin Clan’s long awaited winter ski trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee went awry.
 
Tue
24
Feb

Eating Well Across the Nation

In the United States, our culture – like many others – revolves around food, well more like our area’s historic and seasonal cuisine. And with the diversity of all our states, we have quite a smorgasbord, which I’m sure some
of us have sampled on our U.S. travels.   
 
Mon
16
Feb

Why do we continue to fund our enemies?

Mike Polka is a freelance writer from small town New London, Iowa. His primary focus is world events as they occur, and the subsequent impact here in America while factoring in appropriate political, religious and social strife
results.
 
Mon
16
Feb

Why we can’t really go home again?

“How was your trip?” is never an adequate question for someone who has done mission work – particularly overseas – whether for weeks, months or a year. It’s something those of us who come back from these life-altering
experiences hear from dozens of others who mean well but it’s hard for us to manage an answer to their question.
 
Tue
10
Feb

D.A.R.E. program well received by students

Inside this edition of your parish newspaper you will find the special D.A.R.E. section, devoted to the recent graduating classes of the D.A.R.E. program in parish schools. Since the program was initiated three years ago, it has
become a huge success and you are encouraged to read the winning essays penned by D.A.R.E. students, printed in this section.
 
Tue
10
Feb

Neighborly across The Pond

Maybe it’s time for Americans to give back a bit to where we started from – across the Pond in what is now the United Kingdom. This year marks 240 years since the American Revolution began. And now some pieces of our nation’s history are set to head across the Atlantic to London in the near future via the Smithsonian
 
Tue
27
Jan

Let us use wisely the time God gives us

Have you ever given serious thought to how long you will live? Rev. Wilmer Todd is a guest columnist for The Times in Houma, and his column a couple of weeks ago got me to thinking about life – and how well we live with the
time we have 
 

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