Barbara Munson


Summer reading programs are a kidís best friend, says Barbara

By the time this column hits the paper local school kids will have already started their summer vacation.
May 23, 2007 at 12:06 pm

R - U - CAR-azy?

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 isnít exactly common anymore, is it? Read More...
May 16, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Barbaraís got a bone to pick with her finicky family's EATIN' HABITS

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. Read More...
May 02, 2007 at 2:18 pm

25 years of wedded bliss and at least that many more to go ...

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.
April 25, 2007 at 10:58 am

Barbís Zephyrs are the team to MEET in 2007

Itís 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?Read More...
April 18, 2007 at 1:31 pm

SCP emergency center dangerously outdated

Construction of a spacious new five-story emergency operations center thatís been proposed for St. Charles Parish wonít come a minute too soon for emergency operations chief Tab Troxler.Read More...
April 11, 2007 at 1:10 pm

1,000 really cool places to see before you die - starting right here in St. Charles Parish

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 Iíve come to realize that thereís a lot about this area that I either donít know or havenít experienced.Read More...
April 11, 2007 at 1:08 pm

ĎAngelí with cancer needs your help

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.Read More...
March 28, 2007 at 4:05 pm

16 years in community ed and Barbara STILL canít paint a lick!

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 More...
March 21, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Read how fate made a writer of St. Roseís Farrah Rochon

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.Read More...
March 14, 2007 at 5:03 pm

Twinkies for Lent? Sure, if you eat the fried catfish first

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.Read More...
March 07, 2007 at 2:50 pm

Oh no! Barbís gone ga-ga over a futuristic travel game you need a satellite to play ...

On our recent trip to Colorado, I found myself with a few unscheduled hours, and I was most pleased. Geocaching time!Read More...
February 28, 2007 at 2:57 pm

ĎThe first nine months are the easiestí

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"? Read More...
February 21, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Who dat needs a Super Bowl when Ďwe datí got them Saints?

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.Read More...
January 31, 2007 at 1:17 pm

Open letter to every parent - from every child

Note to readers: This week's ďopen letterĒ 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. - BarbaraRead More...
January 24, 2007 at 1:39 pm

Saints win again - even with Barbara on 'injured reserve'

Editorís note: In a December issue, Barbara Munson declared herself ďa jinxĒ to the New Orleans Saints after realizing they lose when she watches them on TV, and win when she doesnít. 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.Read More...
January 17, 2007 at 12:13 pm

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Ochsner, St. Charles hospital estimate $11.6M in upgrades
Ochsner, St. Charles hospital estimate $11.6M in upgrades
Investing in its "every patient every time" strategy, St. Charles Hospital CEO Austin Reeder estimated more than $11.5 million for a five-year capital plan to grow services at the hospital.