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Happy birthday to me

Happy birthday to me

chrissycsmith July 31, 2014 Comments Off on Happy birthday to me

Today I am 37 years old. This happens every single year, my birthday. And it never fails to surprise me. In my head, I haven’t aged much. I mean, I have changed, in good

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Community papers can have great influence

Community papers can have great influence

chrissycsmith July 31, 2014 Comments Off on Community papers can have great influence

If you don’t think small, community papers have some level of influence and dare I say, power, then you only need to hear the story I was directed to by Ireland native Dr. Ruary

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Some sound advice for  taking a road trip with kids

Some sound advice for taking a road trip with kids

chrissycsmith July 28, 2014 Comments Off on Some sound advice for taking a road trip with kids

Are you about to embark upon a road trip with small children? Please, allow me to advise. I just returned from a 337-hour drive from here to Alaska with my four children, so I

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A special ceremony at the veterans cemetery

A special ceremony at the veterans cemetery

chrissycsmith July 28, 2014 Comments Off on A special ceremony at the veterans cemetery

There was a special ceremony at the Southeast Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery on Monday. No, it wasn’t a burial for a well-known local official, and big-time businessman, it was the final interment for a regular

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This birthday party won’t get rained out!

This birthday party won’t get rained out!

chrissycsmith July 11, 2014 Comments Off on This birthday party won’t get rained out!

I have terrible luck planning children’s birthday parties, but I am telling you people. IT ENDS NOW. Two years in a row I planned a birthday party for my daughter at the Abita Springs

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There are plenty of governmental problems to go around

There are plenty of governmental problems to go around

chrissycsmith July 11, 2014 Comments Off on There are plenty of governmental problems to go around

When it comes to government, there’s plenty of problems to go around. I get a regular report sent to me by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office, which details problems uncovered at many agencies throughout

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Camp ASCCA is great for children with a disability

Camp ASCCA is great for children with a disability

chrissycsmith July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Camp ASCCA is great for children with a disability

I dropped off my 8-year-old son Scott at camp Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a “campership” from Easter Seals Louisiana, he is once again attending Camp ASCCA (Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults). Last

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Looking forward to the Fourth of July weekend

Looking forward to the Fourth of July weekend

chrissycsmith July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Looking forward to the Fourth of July weekend

It’s going to be a fun July 4 weekend for my family since our son Michael, and his new wife Lauren, are driving down from Oklahoma City to visit with us. If you are

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Everyone enjoys a pat on the back sometimes

Everyone enjoys a pat on the back sometimes

chrissycsmith June 26, 2014 Comments Off on Everyone enjoys a pat on the back sometimes

I attended the Louisiana Press Association’s annual awards conference this past weekend in Biloxi, where the newspaper people of our world take a day to highlight the top stories, photos and ads from the

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Help us get into a television commercial

Help us get into a television commercial

chrissycsmith June 22, 2014 Comments Off on Help us get into a television commercial

Yes, I’m asking for some “Facebook Contest Help” today! I am sure you love hearing that. I know everyone loves the new marketing idea that businesses on Facebook have begun to utilize so more

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Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way?I do

Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way?I do

chrissycsmith June 20, 2014 Comments Off on Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way?I do

If you want to know my biggest fear as the mother of a child with special needs, it is this: what is going to happen to my son when I am gone? Mostly, I

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Don’t trust the Internet for Father’s Day gift

Don’t trust the Internet for Father’s Day gift

chrissycsmith June 18, 2014 Comments Off on Don’t trust the Internet for Father’s Day gift

Father’s Day is around the corner. What are you getting your dad? Shopping for dad is great, because dads are easy to shop for! Says the internet. The Internet tells me my dad might

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Don’t fret over attending high school reunion

Don’t fret over attending high school reunion

chrissycsmith June 18, 2014 Comments Off on Don’t fret over attending high school reunion

To go or not to go? That is the question when it comes to class reunions. I am thinking about that since my brother is coming into town for his 40th class reunion at

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Hopefully, my kids will remember the things I got right

Hopefully, my kids will remember the things I got right

chrissycsmith June 8, 2014 Comments Off on Hopefully, my kids will remember the things I got right

As summer began, my four young children were battling random infectious illnesses, and we had not left the house in days. So, the question was: will Betsy lose her ever-loving mind? Answer: not yet.

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Ward can finally breathe a sigh of relief

Ward can finally breathe a sigh of relief

chrissycsmith June 8, 2014 Comments Off on Ward can finally breathe a sigh of relief

I’m guessing that finally this week Lisa Condrey Ward is sitting back in her sofa, or maybe relaxing on a backyard porch, and finally letting out a huge sigh of relief. She did it.

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Join me at the Community Prayer Breakfast on May 30

Join me at the Community Prayer Breakfast on May 30

chrissycsmith May 31, 2014 Comments Off on Join me at the Community Prayer Breakfast on May 30

Since I was fortunate enough six years ago to begin directing the news published in the local St. Tammany papers, I seemed drawn to individuals and organizations that are about doing good to help

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Moms never ‘really’ age

Moms never ‘really’ age

chrissycsmith May 25, 2014 Comments Off on Moms never ‘really’ age

My mom had a big birthday on Tuesday. I won’t say which birthday. Instead, I’ll just say she looks great. Moms don’t age, not really. When I close my eyes and see my mom,

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Most public officials serve in an honest way

Most public officials serve in an honest way

chrissycsmith May 25, 2014 Comments Off on Most public officials serve in an honest way

I saw something very interesting on Monday evening. There was a large gathering of people at the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office—an unusual event in itself since this office has never been the subject

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Five months later and I’m still mourning the death of my cat

Five months later and I’m still mourning the death of my cat

chrissycsmith May 11, 2014 Comments Off on Five months later and I’m still mourning the death of my cat

It’s been five months since my cat died. At 15, I suppose he was old, my Tad Smith. It shouldn’t have taken me by surprise. But it did. For so long, he was here,

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Congratulations to parish’s coroner-elect

Congratulations to parish’s coroner-elect

chrissycsmith May 11, 2014 Comments Off on Congratulations to parish’s coroner-elect

Congratulations to Dr. Charles Preston for being elected the new coroner in St. Tammany Parish, taking a runoff victory against Dr. Leeanne Truehart this past Saturday. For the residents of this parish, I believe

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