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Love stories to inspire

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Today is this writer’s third wedding anniversary. I cannot imagine these past three years without my husband in my life – and we are so excited about our upcoming adventure with our son being born in early 2018. I’m so thankful to God for the gift of my marriage and our first child – and it seems like I’m not the only one with these exact two things that they are thankful for after I recently spotted an article centered around American Idol alum Jordin Sparks’ inspirational love story. Here’s the scoop.

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20
Nov
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Editor’s annual Thanksgiving message

By Sammy J. Franklin

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good.” - Ps. 118-1

Thanksgiving is the most personal of all the holidays. Poor indeed is the soul that does not have cause to give thanks.

Several years ago I ran a column based on a devotion I led at my church on the night before Thanksgiving in 1983. I have revised that column for this week’s Thanksgiving edition.

I would like to share with you a few of the blessings I enjoy. I have listed them in no particular order. May they serve to call attention to some blessings you have but may have forgotten.

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13
Nov
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Protecting Our Children

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

This writer will give birth to a son in a few months, so any article that involves raising boys naturally catches my eye including one that definitely had me freaking out along with a very concerned Mom of a nine-year-old boy. The subject she writes about is a very relevant one and something I take seriously because I want my son to grow up respecting everyone especially women. Her vulnerability in the post is appreciated and it does make you think whether you agree with her conclusions or not. Here’s the article.

“A few days ago, I got an email from my son’s school: He was in the principal’s office again. The note came at 8:30 p.m., which is an odd time for the principal to be emailing. This time, it was serious. He was accused of inappropriately touching a girl.

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13
Nov
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To the NFL and its stand on flag

By Sammy J. Franklin

I certainly don’t take credit for writing the following message to the NFL and its players, but I am proud to re-print it as my column this week. It is making its round on the Internet and one of my faithful readers shared it with me.

“If I have brain cancer, I don’t ask my dentist what I should do. If my car has a problem, I don’t seek help from a plumber! Why do you think the public cares what a football player thinks about politics? If we want to know about football, then depending on the information we seek, we might consult with you, but even a quarterback doesn’t seek advice on playing his position from a defensive tackle!

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06
Nov
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A time to pause and salute our veterans

By Sammy J. Franklin

This coming Saturday, November 11th, is Veterans Day – a time to pause and honor our veterans, both those who have gone on before and those still with us.

Five public programs are being planned in the parish to honor our veterans. I encourage everyone to attend at least one, and more if possible, to express your appreciation to our veterans.

Several events have been planned to honor veterans of LaSalle Parish in recognition of Veterans Day.

 

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06
Nov
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Why pick up and go?

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Travel experiences this writer has had in my life are something that I consider invaluable – and have definitely helped the person I am today. I’m not alone in this type of thinking either. A recent article regarding reasons we should travel definitely hit home for me.

“We often don’t take the time to think about exactly how much travel benefits us both individually and as a community. Need more reasons to justify your next adventure? It’s educational - School is great, but the best education is through travel. Travelling teaches about different cultures, world history, customs, new languages, architecture, arts and music, fashion, transport, technology and so much more. It’s like an encyclopedia on steroids, and the reading is replaced by amazing first-hand experiences.

 

Mon
30
Oct
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Large Concern Continues in America

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Something this writer has definitely noticed while traveling around the world is the vast difference between the general overall eating habits of Americans vs. everyone else. I must say I don’t prefer our typical American leanings of supersized fries and sodas and burgers, and I’m glad. I try to eat a balanced diet and only splurge on fries and burgers occasionally. So, when I spotted an article addressing obesity I took notice.

“America’s weight problem isn’t getting any better, according to new government research. Overall, obesity figures stayed about the same: About 40 percent of adults are obese and 18.5 percent of children. Those numbers are a slight increase from the last report but the difference is so small that it could have occurred by chance.

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30
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Impressed with Court proceedings during trial

By Sammy J. Franklin

Over the years as a reporter, I have sat through numerous criminal trials in 28th Judicial District Court. But it has been a long time since I had the opportunity to sit through a trial, but made time last week for a double murder trial.

Randy Eugene Waits, 40, was on trial for the murder of Patsy Irmalene Cotten, 73, and Kylie King Duncan, 19, all of Urania. The body of Cotten was found around noon on April 22, 2015, at her home at Urania, and the body of Duncan was discovered the next day near Tullos.

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Mon
23
Oct
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A true lesson in patience

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

“Patience is a virtue” is not a saying to be taken lightly nor is patience easy to come by for us especially with one of the most important parts of our lives – our children. Online this week, I came across one of the best examples of a parent’s patience with their child when they had an accident in a public place. I wasn’t the only person impressed by the action, but a woman witnessed it and wrote about it on Facebook, praising how the father handled the situation.

As a parent, I really want to be as mindful of my child’s mistakes and my own reactions/emotions to show my child this much grace when he or she makes a mistake. This is a great reminder of the lessons we can teach our children when we remain calm and use the moment to help and teach rather than hurt with our words and actions.

Mon
23
Oct
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Ten rights Americans do not have

By Sammy J. Franklin

The following has been attributed to Lewis Napper, a Jackson, Mississippi, computer programmer. He didn’t expect his essay, a 10-point list of “rights” Americans do not have, to become a legend.

“We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great- grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of Non-Rights.”

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