|Summer reading programs are a kid’s best friend, says Barbara
May 23, 2007 at 12:06 pm
By the time this column hits the paper local school kids will have already started their summer vacation.
|R - U - CAR-azy?
May 16, 2007 at 1:42 pm
A recent news story reported that Washington is the first state to ban text messaging while driving. Text messaging while driving?! You would think that common sense would have that one covered, but then common sense isn’t exactly common anymore, is it?
|Barbara’s got a bone to pick with her finicky family's EATIN' HABITS
May 02, 2007 at 2:18 pm
Dinnertime in our household was always something of a pain, partly because I was seldom in the mood to cook after working all day and partly because we had finicky kids to feed.
|25 years of wedded bliss and at least that many more to go ...
April 25, 2007 at 10:58 am
Back in 1982 I embarked on the journey of a lifetime. I was 22 years old, knew virtually nothing about real life, and I had no way of knowing what lay in store for me. When I signed my name on the dotted line, I was certain of only two things: I was deeply in love with Ronnie, and I wanted to spend my life with him.
|Barb’s Zephyrs are the team to MEET in 2007
April 18, 2007 at 1:31 pm
It’s that time of year again, a time for hot dogs, peanuts, and baseball. Friday night was the home opener for the New Orleans Zephyrs, and this month is the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Shrine on Airline. With such glorious weather, how could I not attend?
|SCP emergency center dangerously outdated
April 11, 2007 at 1:10 pm
Construction of a spacious new five-story emergency operations center that’s been proposed for St. Charles Parish won’t come a minute too soon for emergency operations chief Tab Troxler.
|1,000 really cool places to see before you die - starting right here in St. Charles Parish
April 11, 2007 at 1:08 pm
I was born in New Orleans, grew up in old Metairie and Kenner, and have lived in St. Rose for the past 23 years, but I’ve come to realize that there’s a lot about this area that I either don’t know or haven’t experienced.
|‘Angel’ with cancer needs your help
March 28, 2007 at 4:05 pm
I was first "introduced" to Angel Gordon when I saw her flyer on the door of a local convenience store. A photo of Angel with a shy little smile was next to the text, "Blood Drive on Behalf of Student/Cancer Patient". My heart broke. I signed up to be a donor and solicited family members to do the same.
|16 years in community ed and Barbara STILL can’t paint a lick!
March 21, 2007 at 3:38 pm
The school board sends out a schedule of community ed classes twice a year, and twice a year I feel like a kid planning her Christmas wish list out of the big Sears catalog.
|Read how fate made a writer of St. Rose’s Farrah Rochon
March 14, 2007 at 5:03 pm
Farrah Rochon grew up in Edgard and credits her aunt for instilling in her a love of reading. The daughter of an English teacher, Farrah received her Masters in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University and was pursuing her Ph.D. with the intent to become a teacher herself. Somewhere along the way, fate stepped in.
|Twinkies for Lent? Sure, if you eat the fried catfish first
March 07, 2007 at 2:50 pm
The Lenten season is upon us. This may not mean much to you if you're not a Christian, but there's no mistaking that Lent is here - just lift your nose and sniff. When you live in a predominantly Catholic area, you just can't help but associate Lent with the smell of frying fish.
|Oh no! Barb’s gone ga-ga over a futuristic travel game you need a satellite to play ...
February 28, 2007 at 2:57 pm
On our recent trip to Colorado, I found myself with a few unscheduled hours, and I was most pleased. Geocaching time!
|‘The first nine months are the easiest’
February 21, 2007 at 1:14 pm
A friend of mine, a professional woman in her 30s, sent an e-mail to me and several other friends asking for advice. She was feeling the urge to become a mother, but was wondering how she would "know" when the time is right. Does anyone ever "know"?
|Who dat needs a Super Bowl when ‘we dat’ got them Saints?
January 31, 2007 at 1:17 pm
There was once a city named New Orleans. This was a fun city, a historic city, a place where the nation came to party. The city had its share of problems, as all big cities do.
|Open letter to every parent - from every child
January 24, 2007 at 1:39 pm
Note to readers: This week's “open letter” column is something that's been weighing on my mind since I attended my daughter's high school open house and heard, yet again, how only the parents of the "good kids" seem to show up. - Barbara
|Saints win again - even with Barbara on 'injured reserve'
January 17, 2007 at 12:13 pm
Editor’s note: In a December issue, Barbara Munson declared herself “a jinx” to the New Orleans Saints after realizing they lose when she watches them on TV, and win when she doesn’t. This week, she tells what it was like to see their playoff game with the Philadelphia Eagles after the fact - on videotape.
The Morning After
Sunday, January 14, 7:30 a.m.
I sit here bleary-eyed, achy, and exhausted. No, I don't have the flu, I have Saints fever.
|Put down the phone and drive!
January 10, 2007 at 2:21 pm
I've often said that I'd like a Sherman tank and two hours with no state troopers in sight to clean up the streets of the city. I don't really have road rage, but seeing what passes for driving these days makes me kind of understand it.
|Walk down Memory Lane gives Barb her New Year’s resolution
January 04, 2007 at 11:01 am
The other day I was talking with my daughter, and in the course of the conversation I mentioned that microwave ovens weren't around when we were growing up, that I didn't get my first microwave until after I was married. I used to work for a wholesaler, and microwaves cost about $1000 each.
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