Friday, May 26, 2017
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"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
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Parents discover early on that their children have a knack for speaking honestly — sometimes more honestly that Mom and Dad would like. Here are a couple of kid stories that made me smile:

Sunday, May 14, 2017
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Rick Marshall says, "A lady who was obviously from out of town, standing next to my mom in the grocery store, asked her what was the difference between the California strawberries and the Louisiana strawberries, both on display.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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My comment on the economic benefit to The Advocate of a two-page ad opposing Confederate statue removal in New Orleans brought this response from colleague Leila Pitchford-English:

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

If you've flown on a commercial airline recently, you might have noticed the grim looks on the faces of passengers (the ones who aren't drunk, I mean).

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

"It's hard to imagine a pleasant airplane trip these days," says Mary Pramuk, of Baton Rouge, "but I had an unusual one a number of years ago, when Southwest Airlines had very limited routes.

Monday, May 01, 2017

My nostalgia item about the soda fountain at Dayton Drug Store in north Baton Rouge brought back to Cleona Dunlap Parisi "a memory of my father's drug store on Scenic Highway, Dunlap's Drug Store.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
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Steve Workman, of Hammond, says "the recent discovery of two somewhat crumpled and faded Pat O'Brien's napkins with autographs on them" reminded him of this story from 1963:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Sarah Harrison, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and "my best friend Kevin Kirk, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada," recently spent a week in New Orleans.

Monday, April 17, 2017
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Dear Smiley: Your occasional references to working at Swift & Co. in your youth got me thinking about what kids did in the '40s and '50s to earn spending money or pay their own way to college.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
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As income tax time (aka "The Horror") nears, we've called upon Ernie Gremillion, this column's unpaid income tax humorist, to provide a bit of levity during this somber time:

Sunday, April 09, 2017
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Dear Smiley: With all the news about this subject, I am reminded about the tale that comedian Jerry Clower told about the meal his mother prepared for the preacher and his family, inviting them for Sunday night supper.

Thursday, April 06, 2017
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I know New Orleans residents who dismiss Pat O'Brien's as a "tourist place," but I've found the venerable French Quarter bar's patio a pleasant oasis on hot days when a mint julep is calling my name.

Monday, April 03, 2017
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Duane Smith, of Port Allen, says, "The story about the young boy proclaiming to know his numbers — and stating that the jack came after 10 — triggered this memory.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dear Smiley: My wife's family has a cabin on Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, a nice one-day trip to Lake Itasca, designated by the governor of Minnesota as the origin of the Mississippi River.