Robert Cabes tells of a unique way to pick a Super Bowl winner:

"Since the identity of the teams coming to the Super Bowl was first known, we have been inundated with those who claim to be able to tell us who would walk away the victor.

"On Sunday morning I was in the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and heard a reading from the prophet Isaiah (40:21-31).

"Near the end of this reading, we learned who Isaiah had bet on:

"…those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,

they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,

they shall walk and not faint."

Robert adds, "Take that, ESPN!"

College material

Glenn Mitchell, of Gretna, says, "When my daughter, Clare, was in kindergarten she attended St. Anthony the Apostle School in Algiers, and after school was enrolled in childcare at the now defunct Carol's Cottage in Terrytown.

"When asked where she attended school and childcare, she proudly responded by saying 'St. Anthony the Impossible' and 'Carol's College.'"

Missing milkmen

Ward Oliver, of Baton Rouge, says, "I am reading 'Condominium' by John D. MacDonald.

"A character, a retired man, is creeping along in traffic and recalls that in his youth, the milkman delivered a quart of milk every day to 150 people. Now, 150 people drive to the convenience store every day for a quart of milk."

Special delivery

Mary Demarest, of Metairie, says, "Your tonsil memories prompted this: In the short time I worked at Hotel Dieu hospital in New Orleans, my beloved 'Big Al' gifted me with two framed originals of bills that my mother had saved over the years, one from my birth and one from that named throat surgery.

"The latter totaled a whopping $5.10 for a one-day stay and surgical supplies (!), and the other, from her nine-day stay following my birth, must have staggered my folks at $38.05…including a $2 ambulance ride!

"Proof positive that I'm older than dirt!"

"Loozing" proposition

Russ Wise, of LaPlace, offers this sobering assessment of the state of our state:

"You mentioned two ways to pronounce 'Louisiana' in a haiku, and it pointed something out to me.

"The proper way to say it must be 'LOOZ-i-a-na."

"The state 'loozes' billions in special tax exemptions, meaning its schools and colleges 'looze' millions in education funds. That means we 'looze' the chance at thousands of top-level jobs, and that means we 'looze' thousands of our best and brightest to other states.

"Welcome to Looziana."

Champions all

Gerald Wray, of Pride, tells of youthful generosity:

"The Central High School softball team was headed for a scrimmage game, but on the way the game was cancelled. So the team stopped off at a Chick-Fil-A.

"While there one of the girls saw a man who looked like he could use a helping hand.

"She asked him if she could buy him something to eat with the $5 she had left from her purchase. The man said that would be great, since he was homeless at the time.

"After she bought him some food, the other girls noticed this, and proceed to collect the change they had left.

"In the end they collected $50 to give to this man.

"I would like to recognize these young ladies of Central High and their coach Michelle Efferson — they are making us proud on and off the field. (By the way, they won the 2017 Class 5A state championship!)


Divine pies  

Patrick Howard, of Zachary, discusses a column topic and a Lecompte institution:

"I only eat dessert after breakfast at one place. Whenever I am in the vicinity, I stop at Lea's for breakfast, which consists of your usual breakfast food.

"However, I figure, 'Since I'm here, why not have a slice of heaven?'

"After that first bite of pie, you can just throw the dirt over me and put up my headstone, cause I've just died and gone to heaven.

"Their pies are heavenly. Their meringue just melts in your mouth; the filling follows close behind."

Louisiana Haiku

Trying raw oysters

Neophyte stops after one

Good deal, more for us

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