Sunday, July 16, 2017

Missy Guilliot, of Lafayette, says, "My daughter and her family moved from Chicago to California. The moving van moved the most, but the family drove a rental van. The trip took three days with their 5-year-old son, Wilder.

Friday, July 14, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Annie Fugler tells of a discovery that reinforces my often-expressed, and sometimes disputed, contention that there is indeed a reason for the existence of my column in The Advocate:    

Monday, July 10, 2017
Sunday, July 09, 2017
Friday, July 07, 2017

Dear Smiley: My lovely wife, Grace Valenciano, retiring this year after 20 years of teaching kindergarten at Our Lady of Mercy School in Baton Rouge, overheard one of her students tell another that Ms. Grace is being “recycled.”

Thursday, July 06, 2017
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Monday, July 03, 2017

Linda Whitman, of Denham Springs, tells of an "only in south Louisiana" moment involving water — a much happier tale than she would have told almost a year ago:

Sunday, July 02, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

On Tuesday, while watching for news about Tropical Storm Cindy on the national TV weather channels, I invented a new drinking game.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017

Fay Weilbaecher, of Covington, says, "I lost my son a few months ago. June 15 was his birthday, so in his honor I am sending a story about him when he was a little boy.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The news about Baton Rouge police launching an attack on the city's latest crime wave — people walking down Third Street with drinks in plastic cups — reminds me of an event years ago that illustrates how prevalent the practice is in other Louisia…

Friday, June 16, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Eva Kleinpeter, of Baton Rouge, says the kids at Southside YMCA Camp, working to improve writing skills, wrote cards to give to loved ones — fathers, moms and grandparents:    

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

When I asked for suggestions about how to deal with an inept legislature and a state in crisis, I expected, and got, a lot of tongue-in-cheek ideas — moving to Mars, becoming a principality, etc.

Monday, June 12, 2017

After I expressed frustration in the Monday column over Louisiana's do-less-than-nothing Legislature, several readers offered suggestions about how to deal with this sad situation.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

With the regular session of the Louisiana Legislature ending with a resounding thud, many pundits have recalled the statement by the late legislative observer John Maginnis, who said of another session that they "could have done less, but they ran…

Friday, June 09, 2017
Thursday, June 08, 2017

"I grew up in Ponchatoula in the '60s," says George Douglass. "When I was about 10 my sister told my mother that there was an alligator in the backyard.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Monday, June 05, 2017
Sunday, June 04, 2017

I'm winding down our seminar on air travel, which as you may recall was in reaction to an incident involving a passenger being rather rudely removed from a flight for which he had purchased a ticket, to make room for airline personnel.

Friday, June 02, 2017
Thursday, June 01, 2017

I'll never forget that June day in 1979 when I, as a starry-eyed youngster, stood nervously in front of the grizzled old Morning Advocate editor and told him I wanted a job as a columnist.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"This couldn't happen in today's skies," says George McLean, of Metairie, about his flight in the 1960s from New York to New Orleans on a Delta Convair 880.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mariano Hinojosa says, "Many years ago, after church one Sunday morning, my 6-year-old son announced that he learned in Sunday School about a young man who asked for and received his inheritance. My boy then boldly asked for his inheritance.

Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017