Barbara Munson




Sweet potatoes from man who grew them
December 13, 2006 at 1:51 pm
I love Saturday mornings at the local farmers' market. I like finding cabbages that are bigger than human heads, and buying sweet potatoes and peppers from the man who grew them. I can't pass up the local wine or the goat milk soap, and I love browsing through the fresh cheeses, sausages, and pastries.

Yes, Virginia, there IS a St. Nicholas
December 06, 2006 at 2:40 pm
The true story of Santa Claus begins with a very real person - Nicholas - who was born during the third century in the village of Patara.

At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young.

The St. Rose library is so good they ought to open it more often
December 06, 2006 at 2:35 pm
I've been an avid reader, a book collector, and a big fan of libraries for as long as I can remember. I enrolled in the summer reading program every year as a kid, I enrolled my daughter when she was a toddler, and I continue to use the local libraries for various reasons. When my computer crashed, the library's computers allowed me to check my e-mail. When I needed to do research, I used the library's subscription to the expensive genealogy website. I continually borrow books, I belong to one of the book discussion groups, and I've even been known to use a meeting room from time to time.

How children were taught to love God in 1855
December 06, 2006 at 2:31 pm
CHAPTER IX. ABOUT SALVATION.
MY DEAR CHILD - Have you thought about the sad truths of which I told you in the last chapters?

Session should stick to recovery, insurance needs
December 06, 2006 at 2:07 pm
Many believe Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s call for a special legislative session beginning Friday to be premature and an opportunity to give away Christmas gifts from the state government. Hopefully that will not be the case.

Children’s letters to God
December 01, 2006 at 11:51 am
Here’s a touching and at times humorous sampling of letters from youngsters all over America that have been collected by psychologist and Presbyterian Sunday School teacher Marsha Grekato, who’s putting the finishing touches on her book, Why Children Write Letters to God - and What They Want from Him.

How children were taught to love God 150 years ago
December 01, 2006 at 11:37 am
Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission. Easy lessons for the Little Ones at Home, circa 1855, digitized by Michigan State University.

Voices of St. Charles Parish
December 01, 2006 at 10:43 am
They say you learn something new every day. The other day I learned that most people don't have brains that ricochet off the walls of their heads like a superball. Who knew?

Bigger share of oil and gas tax revenues up for grabs - but will LA get them?
December 01, 2006 at 10:40 am
Put aside the folly of calling an "Extraordinary Session" of the lege in the midst of the Christmas Holidays. Put aside the folly of calling the session to extend over two weekends during which the lege is loathed to work. Put aside Governor Blanco's refusal to call an emergency session of the lege following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Put aside the lack of a specific plan of action going into a Special Session.

How children were taught to love God 150 years ago
November 29, 2006 at 12:55 pm
Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission. Easy lessons for the Little Ones at Home, circa 1855, digitized by Michigan State University.

A question of faith
November 29, 2006 at 12:53 pm
This week’s question: My doctor has just told me I have incurable cancer and just three months to live. I've never been a church-goer and never thought all that much about God. But I sure am now. What should I do to make sure I go to Heaven when I die? Do you have a special prayer that would help me?

Pope’s healing miracles more numerous than once thought
November 29, 2006 at 12:50 pm
A RIVETING new book presents evidence of what appears to have been dramatic and in some cases stunning healings linked to the late John Paul II - miracles far more extensive than previously reported and in many instances occurring while the pontiff was still alive.

Another BIG BIZ bites the dust
November 29, 2006 at 12:44 pm
Nobody seems to care about the fact that one of the two Fortune 500 companies headquartered in LA is leaving the state. We’ve learned that Freeport Copper and Gold is leaving for Phoenix.

Voices of St. Charles Parish
November 29, 2006 at 12:42 pm
I MISS my sleepy little community of St. Rose, which I moved to because it was close enough to the city to get to everything but far enough away to escape the crowds.

A question of faith
November 16, 2006 at 4:12 pm
This week’s question: As a Christian, am I supposed to be a missionary for Christ or should I leave preaching to the preachers? I count among my friends a Hindu and also several Jews and even an atheist, none of whom accept Jesus as the Messiah. Sometimes we talk about religion, but I prefer not to because I don't know what to say. What should I do?

How children were taught to love God 150 years ago - in 1855
November 16, 2006 at 4:09 pm
Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission. Easy lessons for the Little Ones at Home, circa 1855, digitized by Michigan State University.

What married women want
November 16, 2006 at 4:07 pm
Sociologists Steven Nock and W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia have presented a new study on what makes women happy based on the findings of the National Survey of Families and Households.

Every state in the U.S. is corrupt, it's just that in LA, we don't worry about it
November 16, 2006 at 3:55 pm
LSU’s student newspaper has published a well-done article about Louisiana’s well-deserved reputation for corruption. Despite what many think, I do not believe LA is the most corrupt state in the U.S.

Raised median planned for Paradis, councilman says
Raised median planned for Paradis, councilman says
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The state wants to make changes to Highway 90 through Paradis similar to those recently proposed—and subsequently cancelled—for Boutte.