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Adventures In Dog Sitting

What I’m thankful for: The levees didn’t break. I don’t have to paint my toenails again until hot weather. Same thing with shaving my legs. There is still a month to buy Christmas presents. My mother-in-law says she’ll cook Thanksgiving dinner,…

Purses are a Girl’s Best Friend

The song says diamonds are a girls’ best friend. But once you’re older and more mature, you realize how ridiculous that idea is. Your best friend is your purse. It provides all of life’s necessities: your phone, your aspirin, your…

Raising Eyebrows

My daughter Gladiola is sitting and staring at nothing. Poor heart. Her senior year just started and I know she has plenty on her mind: Will she do good on her tests? How will we pay for college? What will…

Enhancing the Derrière

In August, everybody should wear just muumuus – and that’s it. Well, maybe underpants, in case a stiff wind whips up or we step on a sidewalk grate like Marilyn Monroe. But nothing else; it’s too hot. My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda,…

Moms in the Kitchen

There are plenty of things I’m not any good at. Volleyball. Singing. Financial planning. One thing I am excellent at, though, is finding silly things to worry about. And so it was that I woke up at about 3 a.m.…

Read & Spin

TRAVEL A self-proclaimed “compulsive reader,” author Terri Peterson Smith provides lots of travel advice for fellow book fans in Off The Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs and Girls on Getaways. Smith shares some tips for…

Coastal Carnival – Why It Ain’t Right

Some things should stay where God put them. They just don’t do so good transplanted. Like polar bears. And banana trees. And Mardi Gras. I am not talking about the Mardi Gras like in Rio, because that’s a whole other thing. From…

Austin Rivers

My first game to see New Orleans Hornets rookie point guard Austin Rivers play was ironically against the Utah Jazz, the team that was once known as the New Orleans Jazz. The Jazz logo, as my friend pointed out, looks…

Steakside

We love a well-cooked steak. We love places where we can celebrate our carnivorous nature, and we love a restaurant that pays attention to what makes a steak great. Not all of the restaurants on this list are, strictly speaking,…

Death and The Times-Picayune

All her life, my mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, woke up to the thump of The Times-Picayune on her front porch. Not no more. Now she will only hear it on certain days of the week. “I got to pick out which…