Dear Smiley: In regard to stories about instructions included with new appliances to protect stupid people, here is why those instructions are included. (Names have been withheld to protect the stupid.)
"Speaking of liquor stories," says Richard Carter, "when I graduated from high school in 1963, my buddies and I decided to take a trip to Florida to celebrate.
Remembering my 6-year-old daughter's dismay when her long-awaited baby sister turned out to be a baby brother, Mike Baldwin's story has a special significance for me:
Carroll Trosclair and Bernie Cleary, veteran journalists in New Orleans with United Press International (a competitor to The Associated Press back in the days of wire service wars), still enjoy playing with words.
Dear Smiley: Regarding your vast audience's response to your version of "Kids Say the Darnedest Things” (as Art Linkletter used to say), I’d like to submit this dialogue I recently had with my 6-year-old granddaughter Molly, known for her "Mollyisms:"
On Monday, Sondra, objecting to "utilize" instead of "use," offered advice I heard from all my LSU journalism profs: "Don't use a thousand-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do."
Martin Hugh-Jones, professor emeritus in the College of the Coast & Environment (in LSU's Department of Environmental Sciences) is also a world-class adventurer:
Phil Ragusa says, "Years ago I went to a dermatologist to have a small growth removed. After removing it, he said to call him Friday — he was going to have it biopsied! That shook me up.
Perry A. Snyder, of Baton Rouge, says, "En route to 'Pre-school 3' (whatever happened to 'kindergarten?'), grandson Harrison asked, 'Mom, are we going to have a hurricane this week?'
As readers of this column no doubt know, my motto is "Always look on the bright side of life." But multiple disasters in 2020 have made it increasingly difficult to find a bright side. For instance:
Maybe it's the cooler weather, but readers keep telling food stories. I hope the folks at The Advocate's award-winning Food section don't mind us nudging in on their territory:
I can't help it. I've developed a fondness for all those stories about "things kids say," and can't get enough of them. For instance, here's one from Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Clinton: