Janet D. Davis, of Leesburg, Fla., pens these post-election reflections:

“Election is over —

“Aren’t we glad!

“Gone hateful phone calls,

“TV poison ads.

“Our country was splintered

“Into blue and red;

“Each part trying

“To get ahead.

“Let’s put it together,

“With red, white and blue;

“Call your congressman,

“He works for you.

“Tell him to get busy,

“Do not rest;

“Until our country,

“Once more, is best.”

Tears for soldiers

Big Ernie Hernandez says on Veterans Day he visited his brother Ron at Whealdon Estates and saw a painting “that brought tears to my eyes.”

It showed soldiers and an American flag, and had this message:

“All gave some, some gave all.”

No wimps allowed

Lisa Hazleton Comeaux, of Denham Springs, says, “Your story about the Pecan Island duck camp cook reminded me of a recipe of my dad’s (the late Tommy Hazleton, well-known for his camp cooking skills).

“His recipe for Green Potato Salad is featured in the ‘How Men Cook’ section of a cookbook published by my church in 1991.

“The salad includes almost as many onions, green onions and bell peppers as it does potatoes and it is not for the faint of heart (or those prone to heartburn).

“In Pop’s words, the recipe ‘feeds 40 full-growed men or 80 wimps.’

“There’s a pretty funny story about how he used to mix it all up in a Hefty bag, but my mother would likely cut me out of the will if I shared that one with the masses …”

Man’s work

Doug Johnson, of Watson, says our stories about how men cook down here reminds him:

“I overheard a discussion between a couple of workers at a plant here.

“One was complaining about how his wife damaged an aluminum pot.

“‘Huh!’ exclaimed the second man, ‘I don’t never let my wife touch my Magnalite!’

“Only in Louisiana, I thought.”

Solid citizen

Cathy Guilbeau says her father-in-law, Joe Guilbeau, a valued contributor to this column, made the family proud when he was named Plaquemine’s Citizen of the Year at the Kiwanis Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast:

“He is also known as our city’s Good Will Ambassador. We have always known how special he is, and it makes us so happy to know that others feel the same way!”

My kind of game

Dr. Joe Ricapito says my mention of Baton Rouge’s bocce ball enthusiasts resulted in two new players joining Saturday morning at Independence Park:

“We were in a quandary about rules, especially points. Anthony Musso, who bought a set from Wal-Mart, got out the rules from the box and it said, ‘There are no rules for points. You make it up yourselves.’”

Craving coffee

Darrell White says son Gordon, an Air Force Academy graduate serving in Afghanistan, contacted him with one request: A supply of Community Coffee. (You can take the boy out of Louisiana, but…)

His mailing address is:

Gordon White


APO, AE 09352

Worthy causes

  • On Dec. 15 at 11 a.m., wreaths will be placed on military graves across the country, including the Baton Rouge National Cemetery on North 19th and Port Hudson National Cemetery in the Wreaths Across American program.

Fresh wreaths can be purchased from Phil Collins by Thursday at pcollins811@bellsouth.net or (225) 751-4787.

  • Gordon Barney says the Lakeshore Lions Club is taking orders for poinsettias to help the Lions Handicapped Children’s camp, Lions Eye Foundation and other causes.

The potted plants come in several different sizes, and range in price from $6.50 to $30. They will be available from Nov. 29 through Dec. 15, and can be picked up at 720 Castle Kirk Drive or delivered.

Call (225) 766-4480 or (225) 229-3638 or go to cgordonbarney@yahoo.com.

  • Laura A. Laub says tickets are on sale for the Gingerbread Tea of the Baton Rouge General Auxiliary at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the LSU Union Cotillion Ballroom. Buy tickets online at http://www.brgeneral.org/gingerbread. Proceeds go to the hospital’s neonatal unit toward the purchase of a Giraffe OmniBed for premature babies.

Thought for the Day

From Dan Burkhalter, the Carencro Curmudgeon: “It’s not hard to meet expenses — they’re everywhere.”

Sack time

Ron of St. Francisville weighs in on our seminar on tow sacks, tote sacks, gunny sacks, etc.:

“Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, we called burlap sacks ‘croker sacks.’

“I never wondered why, so I didn’t ask. However, when we went frog gigging, they ended up in our croker sack.”

(Which would then make it a croaker sack, right?)

Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.