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2018 SWLA Mardi Gras Parade Schedule
Mardi Gras Day is February 13th, but the first parade rolls in southwest Louisiana in Vinton on February 3rd. Here's the list so you can plan your bead-catching fun!
Christmas Lights In Lake Area
We have many opportunities in the Lake area to see Christmas light displays of all kinds! Here's a list so you can enjoy one of the season's simplest pleasures.
Basic Training: The Soldier's Creed
I am an American soldier. It's first line of The Soldier's Creed, and the second line of the latest letter I received from my son. Those words are worth more than gold to me.
Basic Training: Holding My Breath
I had no idea I was holding my breath until I got a message from a reliable source saying my son passed his PT test. My son, my youngest child who graduated from high school this year, is currently in basic training for the Louisiana Army National Guard. He is scheduled to graduate on Thursday, Nove…
Basic Training: Yay For Facebook!
Facebook is the place so many of us turn when we want to find out what's going on in our little corner of the world. When my son began his basic training journey, I searched for average folks like me on the world's most popular social media site who may have the answers.
Basic Training: Phone Addict Redefined
We shake our heads at those folks who are buried in their devices 24/7. When families send their loved ones off to basic training, they redefine the term "phone addiction."
The Hardest Thing I've Endured
I was so proud when my son joined the National Guard! I thought I was prepared for him to ship to basic training, but it's the hardest thing I've ever endured.
When To Save Big $$ On What
Trying to save money while redoing my house, I discovered great advice on expert websites about how to save on everything from travel to treadmills. The secret is when to buy.
Take That, Storm Anxiety!
As Harvey was emerging into the Gulf, one south Louisiana man's storm anxiety level was off the charts. Then he went to a sandbag location and gained a new perspective.
Police Jury Update on Harvey
Did you know the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has a Facebook page? They do, and it's a great place to get information for SWLA on Harvey.
New VA Clinic To Open Monday
The new VA outpatient clinic in Lake Charles is scheduled to open on Monday to serve veterans in southwest Louisiana. They need volunteers who can be a positive influence in the facility.
Solar Eclipse 2017
On Monday, August 21, 2017, over 500 million people will be treated to a sight that hasn't been visible to residents of our planet since 1979: a total solar eclipse. NASA has easy-to-read information about the event and viewing links on their website. A total solar eclipse only happens, on aver…
Facebook Jail: How Not To Go There
Facebook jail is a thing. The administrators will block you from posting or delete your account if commit "violations." Here's some tips on how not to go there.
Alan Jackson Going to Lafayette
Alan Jackson is bringing his “Honky Tonk Highway Tour” to Lafayette's Cajundome on November 3rd with special guest Lee Ann Womack.