Dear Smiley: My daughters, Ashley and Danielle, and I used to sing a lot. We sang in the kitchen, in the van, and of course at church.
As I've learned during a couple of decades with my current spouse, marriage sometimes involves a bit of friendly (more or less) competition. Here's an example from a reader:
Our current seminar on gone but not forgotten hamburger joints reminded me of a favorite story involving burgers and horses (and no, not burgers made from horses).
Dear Smiley: On Tuesday evening, after dropping off my grandson, Caleb, at City Park for soccer practice, I went to the Lake Pontchartrain sea wall to fish while waiting for him.
Dear Smiley: My son and I went to a Masters practice round several years ago. We were watching several pros putting. One of them was Payne Stewart, who wore slacks during practice rounds instead of the knickers (aka knickerbockers) he wore in tour…
It's interesting what you acquire at festive occasions. After our Spanish Town Mardi Gras parties, merrymakers (we never knew who) would leave behind jackets (shed as the day warmed), hats, umbrellas, nice plastic containers for holding drinks, an…
Harvey Gonsoulin says, "Mention of interesting phone calls reminded me of a phone call my mother received many years ago, when the only phone line we could get was an eight-party line.
Paula King, of Gretna, says mention of telephone party lines, serving several homes on one line, reminded her of this small-town telephone experience while a youngster in St. Francisville:
Rick Marshall reminds us of the wild tales of the arrival of the year 2000 and the 'Y2K' panic, when the change was supposed to cause a shutdown of computers and just about everything else.
After Paul Major asked a weather question on Friday about the difference between a drizzle and a sprinkle, I received some thoughtful and marginally helpful replies.
Dear Smiley: When my niece Breck graduated from high school, she asked her parents to celebrate the occasion with an at-home dinner party (this was before COVID).
Dear Smiley: After I retired and moved back to Westwego, one of my sisters reminded me that New Orleans (including the north shore) was a small town, where everybody knows everybody else’s business.
Dick Hastings, of Abita Springs, says, "As a personnel officer at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas, in the 1960s, I went to Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier Parish for a conference with my counterparts from other Strategic Air Command …
Neicie Deloney, of Gretna, says, "Reading Julie Kennard’s Saturday story about ordering a sandwich 'dressed' in Florida reminded me of a similar situation on a trip to the Frozen Nawth.
Sidney Mestayer, of Baton Rouge, says, "Items in your column about running track reminded me of an experience when I was in the Army Reserve and due to attend two weeks of summer camp at Fort Polk.