Category archives for: Editorial Columns

Successful marriage involves give and take

The Way I See It by DON WEST Happy anniversary, Bobbye. It has been nine years already, and life continues to be quite a trip. Anyone who knows me, realizes that I can be a bit disagreeable at times – maybe much of the time. However, Bobbye finds ways to pierce that armor, to seek […]

Aren’t you retired?

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY “I thought you were retired?” I must hear that at least once a week every week. I am – officially, yes. I tried, I really did. Retiring, I mean. The first year I wrote for this paper, even did a column. At the same time, I started working for a […]

King Arthur doesn’t vote in JDP

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH Campaign season is here! This means you and I only have to suffer through automated phone calls and mudslinging until Nov. 4, which is just nine and a half weeks away. Yes, I counted.  I had the vision-blurring task of following candidate qualifying throughout a three-day period recently, and […]

Idle gossip and minding your own business

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD I’ve heard it said that “If someone will talk to you about others, that they will talk to others about you.” I think about this every time I hear other parties become overly chatty about their colleagues, neighbors, relatives, or friends. Weather the conversation is directed to […]

Drama queens and kings

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Approximately 22 years ago, I was privileged to be an educational advisor for a group that was wanting to revive community theatre in our parish. We hoped to use The Strand as our venue. I was seriously ecstatic about the idea, something I had wanted for so long (as if […]

Enjoy the silence

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH I finally had to disconnect. After weeks of feeling like I was on 24-hour call, I logged onto my various social media sites and made a wonderful decision – to log out. Like most people today, I have chained myself to technology. Unfortunately, I threw away the key and […]

Left foot, right foot

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD Do you ever doubt your instinctive ability to get from point A to point B without stumbling in between? I do. I do all of the time. Because, you see, I’m a natural born klutz. I literally stare at my feet as I’m taking each step to […]

Consider the source

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY People will often disappoint us, sometimes even those closest to us. People will speak ill of us and hurt our feelings. We are usually surprised at these incidents. It happens: sometimes unintentionally and sometimes they seem to think it is “for our own good.”  I always love that one: “I […]

Getting old ain’t for sissies

by SARAH MORRISON STEPHENS A couple of years ago I sat around my dining room table at my beloved lake house on Lake Bistineau in Louisiana with two of my friends I have known since grade school. I had come in for the weekend to visit and the next morning found us sitting watching the […]

The new kid in town

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD It isn’t easy being the new kid in town. Sometimes it’s exciting. Sometimes it’s scary. It’s always interesting, but it’s most definitely not easy. It’s not easy for the faint of heart and it’s a huge asset to have a strong, outgoing personality.  Most people are born, […]

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