Sarah Stravinska, of Chestnut, got a shock, and a lesson about 21st century worship, while attending her Episcopal church:

“I noticed several men with their cellphones out, texting.

“I was working up a good head of outrage when I noticed that Father Rick, our retired priest, was also texting. Surely not!

“After church I asked one of the men what was the deal.

“He showed me that his iPhone has the Book of Common Prayer on it.

“The ‘texting’ was them poking in the page numbers when the service moves them from, say, the Communion service to Prayers of the People and then back again.

“I dunno. I still like the feel of my leather book with the tissue-thin paper.”

Cajun cream?

Another entry in our series on unfortunate out-of-state dining experiences:

John L. Hamm says, “I was in Cincinnati a couple of years ago, and stopped in a chain restaurant, the name of which escapes me now.

“I noted a dish which said it had a ‘jambalaya cream sauce.’

“Now, being a transplanted Yankee from Shreveport, I admit that I am not an expert on Cajun cooking.

“But I have never heard of jambalaya and cream used in the same description of anything edible.

“Needless to say, I didn’t try it.”

Taste of home

After a series on bad dining experiences outside Louisiana, I heard from a reader who visited Montana’s Rib & Chop House in Livingston, Mont., when it was run by Burke Moran, son of Baton Rouge restaurateur T.J. Moran:

Earl Guidry, of Lafayette, says, “Imagine our surprise when we walked into a restaurant in Livingston, Mont., (population 6,800) in 2002 and found the place overflowing with LSU memorabilia.

“The place served the same outstanding food as T.J. Ribs.

“The only things missing from the decor were Billy Cannon’s Heisman Trophy and Shaq’s shoes.”

New Beetle owner

Sue Conran says, “When I read Riley Landry’s note about the bumper sticker on the pickup (“Yes, this is my pickup truck. No, I will not help you move.”), I really chuckled.

“In the late ’70s our dear friend Herman Leopard owned a pickup and he, my husband Richard and the rest of their ‘posse’ were enlisted to move Richard’s mother and sister, as well as two of our lady friends.

“After they finished, worn out, they stopped at their favorite watering hole, Robin Hood’s, for root beer, where Herman announced he was going to sell his truck and buy a Volkswagen Beetle.”

Another sighting

Continuing our discussion of the rose-breasted grosbeak and its visits here:

Wendell Walker, of Denham Springs, says, “Around April about five or six years ago I had male and female rose-breasted grosbeaks show up at my bird feeder and stay about a week, feeding on sunflower seeds.

“They returned to my feeders for about a week every spring until about two years ago, when only the female showed up.

“Only the female made it back again this spring. As in most bird species the female has a dull, drab appearance and looks nothing like the male.”

Worthy causes

The Children’s Advocacy Center benefits from a “Celebrity Waiter” event Monday at 7 p.m. at Walk-Ons near LSU.

LSU and Southern coaches and local celebrities will compete for tips. There will be live and silent auctions. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door.

Contact or call (225) 343-1984.

Special People Dept.

Anita Thibodeaux, of Brusly, celebrated her 90th birthday Wednesday.

E.B. and Nova Smelley Jr. celebrate their 67th anniversary Thursday.

Wesley J. and Nora Cline Neal, of Morganza, celebrated 67 years of marriage Wednesday.

Vic and Ruth Berthelot, of Livingston (formerly of Bay St. Louis, Miss., until Hurricane Katrina literally blew their home away), celebrate their 60th anniversary Thursday.

Stay on the line

Gerald Hubenak says, “In the early days we didn’t need Facebook — the clothesline was all we needed to see to know what was going on with our neighbors.”

Déjà vu all over again

Ernie Gammon says, “I’m already tired of hearing criticism of the jurors who served in the Casey Anthony trial.

“Don’t people realize the trial was in FLORIDA, and that the jurors VOTED to acquit?”