Dear Smiley: Many years ago my niece, who was in the fifth grade, was bragging to her parents that she was going to ace her spelling test, because she knew all the words.
Earl Newman says no song captures the ennui of our days during the COVID pandemic than the Statler Brothers' 1965 hit, “Flowers on the Wall,” about a lonely soul who's counting the flowers on his wallpaper, playing solitaire with a 51-card deck, a…
This is the time of year when I watch the Weather Channel's blizzard coverage to remind myself that with all its faults, Louisiana doesn't have winters like the Frozen Nawth.
I know, fruitcake season is long gone, supplanted by king cake season and Girl Scout cookie season, to be followed by Valentine's Day chocolates season and Easter candy season.
It seems we are relying more and more on information from small round devices with names like Siri and Alexa, from which soothing female voices dispense football scores, weather updates, and answers to vital questions such as "What is Dolly Parton…
The practice of giving every kid who takes part in an event some kind of trophy, ribbon, medal, etc., is common these days, despite complaints from parents of youngsters who actually won.
Dear Smiley: Many years ago, the pastor of the Baptist church down the street welcomed us to the neighborhood and invited us to visit his church, even after we said we were Catholic.
After a reader who loves holiday fruitcakes mentioned the sport of fruitcake tossing (in a disparaging manner, of course), I had to admit this activity was new to me.
Terry Grundmann, of Kenner, says, "Reading your column on various instructions, I was amazed when I bought a new car to find instructions on how to fasten a seatbelt.
John in Lacombe questions an Advocate story from last year about the lady claiming she was the first to expose her, uh, upper portion for Mardi Gras beads in 1976:
Dr. Louis L. Martin, DVM, of Lafayette, says he's been an usher at St. Peter's in Carencro for over 40 years, and has collected some memorable stories in that time:
Watching scaled-back New Year's festivities in Times Square and counting down to midnight (made it all the way to 10:30 p.m.!), I recalled a New York story from Karen Poirrier, of Lutcher, about her recent trip there:
One of the saddest aspects of our COVID-19 experience is the changes it's made in our holiday celebrations with loved one. A lot of us will be missing the bustle and turmoil of a houseful of merrymakers, including excited kids with their treasures…