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Transforming into Clairee

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY In 1996 and in 2004, I played the character, M’Lynn Eatenton, in A Block Off Broadway’s productions of the modern classic, Steel Magnolias. It was a raw and emotional role. I still know all of M’lynn’s lines. Funny how that is. Now, 10 years later, it is not so easy […]

Take a day to feel guilty

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH I’m not sure we’re supposed to celebrate holidays at all. They always seem to have a dark side.  When you think “holiday,” you think of family, traveling, cookouts, shopping, time off – happy things, really, but there is always that other side of the coin: • Positive – “Happy […]

The blink of an eye

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD Our lives can be completely changed in the blink of an eye. One minute you might be just be-boppin’ along through the humdrum daily grind of life, when BAM! Your life is turned upside down and everything you knew can be completely upheaved. Tomorrow is never guaranteed.  […]

Exercising for a cause

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Exercise has always been important to me, and since I can remember I have loved music and dancing. Inevitably then, it makes sense that I would have combined the two, which I have done over the past few years.  In my late 40’s, I took up belly dancing. Yes, yes, […]

Cold water, wet blankets

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD Anyone who is a part of any social media website knows what it’s like to be bombarded with videos, images, and the ever present critical protests and complaints. One of the most recent fads circulating lately is the “cold water challenge” or “ice bucket challenge”. In case […]

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 […]

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