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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF SLIDELL

Vol. 88 November 2017

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Editor’s Letter

Kendra Maness

Editor/Publisher Slidell Magazine

Cover Artist

It bothered me so much, I looked up the laws regarding the American flag being displayed. That made me feel even worse. According to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the flag is to be flown half-staff (the proper term for land display; half-mast refers to maritime display only, although it is the more commonly used term):

The national anthem and American flag have gotten a lot of press lately. It’s been a virtual feeding frenzy for the sports media and, now, political media too. While all eyes are on the NFL players and the whole stand/kneel/sit debacle, we’re missing an obvious American flag foul right here in our own backyards. Why is our American flag constantly being flown at half-mast? I drive around town and see the symbol of our nation drooping dismally half-mast from a flagpole almost every single day. It looks like our country’s head is bowed in resignation from the burdens she is carrying. It doesn’t speak well of our country or our culture to have the ultimate symbol of our nation’s strength continually being bent and manipulated to appear less than whole and proud.

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For 30 days after the death of a current or former president or president-elect. For 10 days after the death of a current vice president, current or retired chief justice, or current Speaker of the House of Representatives. From the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a secretary of an executive or military department, a former vice president, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or the governor of a state, territory, or possession. On the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. On Memorial Day until noon. Every September 11. Upon presidential proclamation, usually after the death of other notable figures or tragic events. Also, through Congressional request, on Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15), unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7). And, finally, the first Sunday in October in memory of fallen firefighters. And these are just the nationally recognized days! In addition to that laundry list, our Governor, Parish President and Mayor all get their say on which days they’d like our country to appear weak - ummmm, I mean, the flag to be flown at half-mast. It’s a miracle that we ever get to see a fully hoisted flag at all! It’s hard to complain about the NFL players disrespecting our flag when we so often appear ashamed to fly it proudly.

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NOVEMBER 2017

Extraordinarily Fascinating “Ordinary” People

Eric & Mary DuBuisson by Charlotte Lowry Collins

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ Socrates

With Thanksgiving approaching, I wanted to focus on someone who is not only grateful in the face of difficult times, but uses their positive energy to turn things around. This month, I will present not one, but two EFOPs, as their stories are intertwined. When a couple is as close and well matched as this one, I find myself speaking of both individuals, if I speak of either one. What you will take away from this story is how love, resilience, and positive attitudes can get a family through a lot of life’s ups, and a few dramatic downs. Any visit to the home of Norman “Eric” DuBuisson and Regina “Mary” Martiny DuBuisson is an immersion in Southern hospitality. I entered the formal living room with their family antiques and memorabilia. The second thing I noticed was the

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aroma of Eric’s gumbo (his mother’s recipe). I hurried through the entry hall, hoping to find what they were cooking. At the far end of the living area, the water’s view from the sliding glass doors grabbed my attention. It spans from the family room to the open dining and kitchen area. This is where we always sit. The DuBuisson's long dining room table is symbolic of their personalities. As Eric said, “Time spent with friends always goes better with food, and wine, of course!” My two hosts spoke easily while moving about the kitchen. Eric explained the origin of his surname. “It is French for ‘from the country.’ Du means of or from, and Buisson means bush or country. The DuBuissons came to Bayou Bonfouca from France in the 1700’s. Several of them are buried in DuBuisson Cemetery on Bayou Liberty."


Once we all sat down, Eric relayed the nickname his Dad used to describe his new girlfriend, “City Slicker! See, Dad was a native Slidellian and Mary was from Metairie, part of the 'Big City.'" Eric looked proudly at Mary as he explained, “I met Mary when she became the band's first student worker at LSU. It was love at first sight.” Eric was a member of "The Golden Band from Tigerland" as a saxophone player, and a Graduate Assistant to Dr. William Swor when Mary was hired. Eric must have been Dr. Swor’s favorite because one night, he offered Eric his two tickets to the Opera. Mary walked into the room just after and Eric invited her. At the time, Mary had another beau, but Eric thought, "What the heck, might as well ask. She could have said no and that would have been that." This was to be Eric and Mary’s first date. Mary looked at Eric and smiled as she described, “There was an immediate attraction! In fact, we only dated for two and a half weeks before we got engaged, and then married 4 months later, on August 9, 1975. That was 42 years ago." She looked up and recalled, “My family asked, ‘How do you spell DuBuisson?’ and ‘He's going to be a band director?!?!’" She laughed and said, “My brothers thought surely I must be pregnant! Which, of course, wasn't the case.” Eric shared that he was born on February 21, 1950, which was Mardi Gras day. “My Mom and Dad got tied up in parade traffic on their way to Baptist Hospital in New Orleans.” When asked about his musical history, he began with the Slidell High Band under the direction of Mr. Howard White. Then, he went on to further his education as a Music major in college, including a Master’s degree. After LSU, he became a band director at Glenn Oaks High in Baton Rouge. He stopped the career progression to announce proudly, “Then, on March 1, 1978, our son Scot was born!” “Now that we were starting a family,” Mary explained, “we wanted to move closer to home. We were excited when Eric was hired as Band Director at Archbishop Rummel High in Metairie. Coincidentally, I danced for this high school when I was in the Chapellettes,

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which helped solidify the connection for Eric. He taught there with Bobby Ohler, who we all know as the past principal at St. Margaret Mary School here in Slidell. I got a job in New Orleans at the School of Allied Health at LSU Medical Center. One year and eight days after Scot was born, Marti arrived, and our lives were changing rapidly,” she said smiling. With a laugh, Eric said, “Obviously, we don't waste any time when we make up our minds to do something!” The young family drove across the lake often to visit Eric’s family here in Slidell. Eric related, “One day while driving over, I mentioned to Mary that my Aunt Rhoda & Uncle Joe Johnson were going to retire from their dry cleaning business. I wondered if they had sold it yet. Mary looked over at me and said enthusiastically, ‘I'd buy that in a heartbeat!’ I was quite surprised, and all I could say was, 'You would?'" In the time it took to drive from Metairie to Slidell, with their two babies, they had agreed it would be a great idea. Mary surmised that, “We could take over an established family business, where Eric worked in high school and thought he would never work again.” She added, “Plus, we would have the help of Eric's parents, Norman and Louise DuBuisson. Eric was an only child, so for him to be moving home to Slidell was a dream come true for his family. We could live above the cleaners, and raise our children in Olde Towne, transitioning from Wee Wisdom to Salmen High. So, in April of 1982, we made the career change from Band Director and Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, to entrepreneurs. Today, we look back on this move with amazement! Imagine, we were only 28 and 32 years old, parents of a two-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son, and now owners of our own business. But it was the smartest thing we could have done. We thought this was our destiny.” Mary says, “I loved all the people we met, our customers. It was the coolest thing, we’d go to a party and we knew more people than most because of the cleaners. We did a very good job." Eric adds, "I worked in the back and Mary worked up front with the customers. It was hot, hard, sweaty work but we loved it. We were very professional and grew the business exponentially. We added on to the business to increase its physical footprint by 150%, but we also grew the volume dollar amount by 1000%. We were very proud of our work." Anyone who knows the DuBuissons knows that they embraced their new community and their community embraced them back. They joined the Slidell Noon Lions Club, where Eric’s Uncle Joe was an original member, as well as the Olde Towne Merchants Association and were Queen and Grand Marshall


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in 1984 of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They joined the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, never dreaming they would be honored as the Business Persons of the Year in 1987. They became members of the Ozone Camellia Club and their children were on the Court. They received the BRAVO award from the City of Slidell in 1990. Mary and Eric have also been long time members of LeCotillion. Mary has served in many different offices and boards for the Commission for the Arts, Leadership North Shore, and helped establish the Camellia City Farmer's Market. Eric volunteered many years on various Olde Towne boards and even helped build the Slidell Community Playground in 2002. Probably Mary's favorite group ("we're really more like a family," she says) is her book club of 12 women. This year, they will celebrate 20 years together! Eric and Mary easily rave about the place they've chosen to live, work and play. Mary says, “Slidell is a great community. I still think Olde Towne is the most awesome place to live, it’s convenient to every place in Slidell." Mary and Eric are fearless when it comes to new ideas and fresh perspectives. They enjoy having a good time in their city and are willing to work for it! They were among the original members of the two quirky and unconventional Olde Towne parades, Mona Lisa and Moon Pie Parade (MLMP) and the St. Patrick's Day Parade, and still play big roles in each. When talking about the St. Patty's Day Parade, Mary gets sentimental. "We love it so much because it is an acknowledgement of all that our community encompasses, what we fell in love with here - a small town with a lot to offer." Eric sums it up, “It was already my home but it became home to Mary and she has truly embraced this city.” Mary also became enthralled with acting. Eric tried to instill a musical bent, but as she says, “I can’t even play the radio!” She became active with the Slidell Little Theatre, Minacapelli’s Dinner Theater, and Sky Fire Theater in Covington. She imparted, “One really

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great thing about acting is that you can become another person, put your day to day life aside, and make your audience believe you are the character you are portraying.” In addition to his business and community activities, for decades Eric also maintained his music acuity, enjoying a successful second career teaching private saxophone lessons. "Music was my first love," Eric says seriously, "I just couldn't keep doing it." Eric points to his ear, referring to the progressive hearing loss that began in his first year as a high school band director. “It’s hereditary with me, but the music accelerated it.” Each year, Eric would have an audiogram and, each year, his hearing capabilities had diminished. By 2004, Eric had gone through multiple hearing aids. The doctor told him that saxophone playing and lessons would make his hearing worsen past the point of hearing aids. Eric says, “I came home, played my sax for 5 minutes, and put it away. I haven’t picked it up since.” The music, which had been so much of Eric's life and career, would stop. Does he miss it? “I don’t think about it. I have to stay positive. Let me put it this way – I like to hear people talk. The music was wonderful while it lasted. I have former students of mine who are now teaching music and professors, so it has been very rewarding." This past December,

Eric received a cochlear implant, an electronic medical device that provides sound signals to the brain. He smiles, "Everything sounds beautiful!" Things were going well for the DuBusissons, as they grew and expanded the popular Slidell Cleaners, and made many wonderful friends. Mary grew serious, and her eyes grew moist as she said, “Life was good until that horrific day 12 years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit Slidell and changed many of our lives.” The cleaners received 6 feet of water. The DuBuissons had lost not only the business they had worked so hard for, but also both of their jobs and their only source of income AND their home. “In one fail swoop,” Mary says. The 1995 flood had brought the business only two feet of water, and that recovery had cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and "a good bit of my sanity," Eric says. So, after Katrina, the decision was made to close the cleaners permanently. Mary reminisced, “Some things were made better, some things were worse, and all things were scary!” She then said, “The most amazing part of what we realized was how truly blessed we really were; because, if it weren't for Katrina, Eric wouldn't have gone back in to teaching and I wouldn't be working for Representative Greg Cromer -- jobs we both love!” Right after the storm, they wanted to have their building remain an important part of Olde Towne, so they formed the Olde Towne Arts Center with exhibits, art classes, and events downstairs. There were also artist’s studios upstairs, where they once lived. Therefore, the DuBuissons moved their home to Eden Isles, bought a boat, and began a new style of life. Once again, they transformed themselves, and continued to give back to our community.

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Last year was a big one for Mary and Eric, better known as GiGi and PawPaw to their grandchildren. In addition to grandbaby number six born in September (Tullia, joining Ella Sue, Elliot, Kaeden, Caeleigh, and Clara), they sold their cherished building in Olde Towne to John Hodges to open The Wine Garden. Mary says, "We knew he was the perfect person to have it and love it as much

as we did. He wanted us to meet his family before he made the purchase. It was wonderful to see their love of John and support of his vision." Eric feels his most important job thus far is working with young adults, who will soon be part of our community’s future. As a Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) teacher and mentor at Salmen High, Eric has hit his high note! Moving beyond the role as teacher and mentor for students, he has grown as a person. His students will never forget the impact he has had on each of them, and he will never forget what they have meant to him. Eric never brought up his accomplishments, but he received numerous state and national awards, including JAG National’s top honor, The Donna Contois Louisiana Jobs for America’s Graduates Recognition for Achieving “5 of 5” Performance Goals. Not only that, but he received this award for 7 consecutive years, from 2011-2017. He also received the Certificate of Excellence, State of Excellence Award from Bobby Jindal and Paul Pastorek. Eric shared his favorite quote that he lives by and teaches his students, his children and grandchildren. It was one he learned from his mentor at LSU, Mr. L. Bruce Jones: “Be at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment, the right preparation, and the right attitude.” That says it all! Eric and Mary DuBuisson think life has offered them opportunities, rather than obstacles. So now, let’s all be grateful for the good things we have enjoyed, and the ones that are yet in our future. Here is to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving y'all!


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Storyteller SOLD Dr. Burns left the delivery room and walked to a small office just down the hospital corridor. He closed the door, reached in the drawer and pulled out a blank certificate of live birth. He inked in some general information, but left most of the important information blank. Those unanswered questions were the child’s name, mother’s name, father’s name, and for some reason, he did not fill in the date of birth. He filled in the time of delivery, location of birth, and male as being the sex of the child. He never typed birth certificates, as his handwriting was as clear as calligraphy. When he finished, he put the certificate in his pocket and left the hospital. It was just after midnight.

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He had done it at least fifty times before; well, not exactly like this. Word of mouth led unwed mothers to him, and he would arrange for a “proper” adoption. This one would be different. His patient had only visited him the day before she went into labor. She had not seen any doctor until then. He did not have time to follow the procedures for a “proper” adoption. Usually, he had two or three families that wanted a child. Most were specific on the sex of the child and wanted to know something about the mother and father. Most were more than willing to play by his rules. He required three hundred dollars for the birth mother and seventy-five dollars for the hospital and his fee.


He did not know anything about this mother except she was poor. She and her husband had three children already and in no way needed or wanted another. They were only nineteen years old.

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Just two weeks ago, Dr. Hemphill’s wife, Marie, had a late-term miscarriage. Dr. Burns knew she would never be able to have children, because he had been her doctor. After the miscarriage, Dr. and Mrs. Hemphill had immediately taken a couple of weeks off to visit her parents while she healed both emotionally and physically. Would they be interested? He thought so. Dr. Hemphill had left an emergency number where he could be reached. After the phone call, Robert and Marie Hemphill did not hesitate to return home.

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He returned to his office, backdated the birth certificate one week, to July 3, 1947, the day Marie had miscarried. Then he filled in the name, Robert Hemphill Jr., and signed the document. Dr. Burns’ method of finding homes for babies was unorthodox, but it worked; and he took satisfaction knowing that many lives would be better because of what he had done. He had seen too many children born to parents who could not feed, clothe, or shelter them. He felt good about what he did. About two years later, Dr. Burns died suddenly from a heart attack. Most of his patients were absorbed into Dr. Hemphill’s practice. Robert Jr. grew up with all the advantages that came with being a prominent physician’s son. The fact that he was adopted was never hidden from him, but he did not know all the circumstances. He knew that he came from a local family, and being from a small community, it was probable that he had passed them on the street on numerous occasions. At certain times in his life, the need to know them was greater than at other times, and he would find himself searching the faces of people he passed on the street for any sign of resemblance. For the most part, that was long ago. Now a doctor himself, Robert Jr. was busy, gradually taking over his father’s medical practice and developing a patient base of his own.

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That is when she appeared, without an appointment, in his waiting room. His staff knew the type; people who avoided medical attention until it was almost too late, then dropped in without an appointment so you are almost forced to see them. It was obvious she was in severe pain and, for the benefit of all, she was taken immediately to a treatment room. Her husband was with her and helped fill out her medical questionnaire. The pain had started about two and a half days ago, vomiting, fever, and now severe pain. On the medical questionnaire, Dr. Hemphill could not help but notice that she or her husband had answered that she had given birth to three children. That number was then crossed out and four was written. How can you not remember how many children you have had? he wondered. Dr. Hemphill studied the blood test, x-ray, and used his diagnostic intuition. He was sure. It had to be a ruptured appendix and probable peritonitis. If his diagnosis was correct, due to the length of time without treatment, she would be in danger of possible

death. Under any circumstance, she needed surgery and she needed it now. This was a surgery that he could do, and since the surgeon only came to his hospital one day a week and she was too sick to wait or be sent elsewhere, he would. It had to be done immediately. As she was being put to sleep, he glanced into the surgical light that was boosted by reflective mirrors. He saw himself as he glanced back into her face. He then remembered it; four children, not three. He was sure, no question about it. She looked too much like him. This was not the way he would have preferred to meet his mother, and he was surprised by the rush of emotions he felt. He could not do the surgery. The operating room staff was shocked at his behavior and surprised as he walked out of the operating room. In a minute, he returned with his father, who proceeded with the surgery while he stood by. He touched his mother’s hand for the first time since he had been taken from her arms thirty-three years prior.

As expected, she had a ruptured appendix and an advanced onset of peritonitis. Both he and his father knew her chances of a recovery were slim. He cancelled his appointments for the rest of the day. He would not leave her bedside. As she recovered from the anesthesia, he moved close, leaning near her face so she could focus on him. She knew. It could have been a mother’s intuition, divine intervention, or maybe just his resemblance to her and his siblings, but she knew. She pulled him near and, barely audible, she said, “Son, as bad as I needed to, I never spent the three hundred dollars. As long as I had that, I had a part of you.” Those were her last words. Later that evening his father explained the significance of her statement.

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t’s been said that a hotel is where a man brings his woman, and a Bed & Breakfast is where a woman brings her man. Yet, a Bed & Breakfast provides a lot more than is suggested by that statement. I’m a fan of Bed & Breakfast stays, although this type of accommodation works better for certain types of trips than others. B&B’s score high in the romance department, and also for historic character. The charm quotient is usually high and the food is often fantastic, too. And if you’re looking to really get a feel for a town, to find out from a local where the locals go, the hosts of B&B’s will have more information than even a five-star hotel’s concierge. If words like quaint, charming, historic or cute come to mind, you’re probably a Bed & Breakfast type person. I’ve found most people either love ‘em or hate ‘em, depending on what kind of vacation experience you’re after. So, here are some pros and cons about Bed & Breakfast accommodations for your consideration:

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PRO: The gregarious owners of B&B's almost always go overboard to provide their guests with homey décor and personal touches. You’ll often find printed brochures about the history of their home, along with a proud tour of every photo and piece of furniture they’ve collected. Owners love to decorate, cook, and to meet people. Usually, I do too….and yet…

CON: Those same proud owners can be hard to get away from. A firm but gentle hand may be needed to disengage from the family ancestor’s pictorial display, although I’ve never stayed with a host who wasn’t also able to pick up on those cues and give their guests privacy.

PRO: The food isn’t your sterile Continental Breakfast at the Comfort Inn. Think a lavish spread of breakfast casseroles, fresh fruit, and croissants. I’ve visited a couple of B&B’s where fresh muffins and an assortment of tea and coffee were offered in addition to the communal meal, a plus when traveling with a picky eater or when you just want to

sleep in. The last B&B I visited in Fairhope, Alabama, boasted a table set with a different set of exquisite fine china every morning.

PRO: One of the benefits of staying at a bed and breakfast is meeting new people. Usually it’s a pretty tight-knit arrangement, so you’ll run into other guests during your stay. This can be great for making new connections and sharing travel stories.

CON: If you’re lucky, those new people are the type you actually want to hang out with. But people are about the same everywhere, and you know what that means – you may not want to be New Best Friends with some of them. Communal tables and small talk isn’t for everyone. That said, I’ve run into more fun types to share a glass of wine with at sunset than obnoxious types. While most B&B's have private bathrooms, they're not always attached to every bedroom (especially in historic houses with plumbing constraints). It's also not uncommon for B&B rooms to open up directly into common areas or living rooms, providing plenty of potential for awkward interactions with other guests.


PRO: Furnishings usually run to the quaint variety, not the glamorous or contemporary décor. That means be ready for homey, lived-in rooms. Staying in a Bed and Breakfast often feels like sleeping over at someone’s house. Things aren’t cookie-cutter; expect the antique furniture you might have loved at your Grandmother’s home.

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CON: But it can also mean a smaller sized bedroom and bathroom. Check the website for those kinds of details, if that’s high on your list of must-haves on vaca. Sometimes, I just want the sterile consistency of a plush hotel room, a concierge and room service.

PRO: Ah, the romance of a Bed and Breakfast! Just the sound of it conjures up a weekend of holding hands and other things.

CON: If you’re a traveling with family, or with a friend instead of a lover, then romantic hideaways aren’t your best choice; although, a few B&B’s have suite arrangements that accommodate two beds.

PRO: If you’re considering moving into a new area, have a stay in a good B&B in that town. They’re often located in residential areas rather than commercial city centers, which affords opportunities to explore local neighborhoods that many tourists might otherwise overlook. You’ll really get a feel for the area and the people who live there, not just the tourist spots.

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Portraits of Slidell

Story and Photos by William Blackwell ATTAWAY HOTEL William Blackwell is a native of Slidell. "Once I began studying photography, it seemed to me that some of those wonderful buildings in Olde Towne should be photographed to capture and preserve their memory, beauty, and antiquity for future generations." See his Slidell shots and more on his facebook page: FieldofViewPhotography

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There are some particular dwellings around town that can be described as humble treasures of Slidell history. We frequently pass by these unimposing, dusty little gems of a bygone era without ever wondering who lived there or the role they played in our community. These structures sit quietly by the roadside never divulging to the disinterested traveler the long forgotten story of its remarkable inhabitants. Such is the case for the quaint, yellow and white, wood-framed cottage at 224 Fremaux Avenue. This structure was once a hotel. Back in 1910, Frank M. Attaway and his wife moved here from Fenton, Mississippi and decided to try their hand in the hospitality business. They were still part owners of a restaurant back in Fenton, and were not totally unfamiliar with the operation of a business enterprise. So, with the help and guidance of Mrs.

Attaway’s sister, Katie Baker, a resident of Slidell, they found a great location for their hotel in the second block of Fremaux. Not only were the Attaway's within walking distance from the train station, but they were also located next door to the Thomas Brothers Mercantile Store where groceries, supplies and hardware were always close at hand. No doubt, at the time the hotel opened, the Attaway’s were still grieving the loss of their three year-old son, William. It had been less than two years since he had been killed in a horrific train accident in the Little Woods area of New Orleans. The train crash had occurred on a foggy morning in November of 1908 when the Northeastern passenger train in which Mrs. Attaway and the children were riding was struck from behind by a Great Northern Train. There had been many injuries and sad deaths that day,


supported his family on his barber’s salary until other business opportunities came along. After WWI, he purchased property between Front and First Streets and built the Triangle Garage, adding other businesses along the way with the help of his adult children. Their successful one-stop full service garage eventually became a hub of business activity for Slidell. The years passed quickly by, but their home on Fremaux Avenue stayed in the Pravata family for many years following Joe’s death.

including William. Mrs. Attaway and the children had been visiting Slidell and had boarded the train en route to New Orleans early on that fateful day. She and five-month-old Mary had survived the accident with only minor scratches. The Attaway Family stayed in the hotel business for awhile, sometimes struggling against the competition, like the large Commercial Hotel enterprise just down the block. And then, there was the time in February 1911 that their sleeping room was robbed of all their cash while they were out enjoying a movie. Things didn’t seem to have gone that well over the long term either. It’s not clear exactly what year they finally closed the hotel, but by 1920, a new owner, Joseph Pravata Sr. had turned the building into a private home.

Joe and his wife, Mary, had immigrated from Campofelice di Roccella, Province of Palermo, Sicily in the 1890’s. They were just two of the many thousands of immigrants from Sicily that had begun to arrived in the New Orleans metro area. Joseph was a hard worker and

That completes the backstory on 224 Fremaux. Maybe the next time we pass by, we’ll be inspired to glance in that direction with a greater appreciation of the modest little cottage and the wonderful families that called it home. The feeling is that we had better be quick about it.

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Posey Jane: Someday you’ll have some money. Here’s what I hope you do with it. Posey Jane Rich, my precious little granddaughter, celebrated her second birthday in September. Here’s a picture of her enjoying her special day. Posey is blessed with a large family, including lots of cousins, and most of them were gathered at my son’s house for the party. With about 40 guests attending, it was a grand affair. With two loving and competent parents, four doting grandparents, an adoring family, and a secure home, Posey has a strong safety net. I’ll go out on a limb here and say

that there is nothing any one of us wouldn’t do to protect or help Posey. Alas, just like the rest of us have, Posey will be on her own someday, making her way in the world. She probably isn’t thinking about it very much right now, but I am. There are so many things I want to share with her, especially about how money works, and the tremendous opportunities she has to work to achieve financial security. She certainly is not ready to listen to her Poppy yet, but someday she might. Here is what I want to tell her:

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3. DON’T PUT ALL OF YOUR INVESTMENT EGGS IN ONE BASKET. “Asset allocation” is not a part of your vocabulary yet, but it means that you should think about spreading your money around to different places, so if one investment doesn’t work out, the others might. First, you should have a cash emergency fund. Then, take advantage of any retirement plan your employer might offer. And, you might


4. TUNE OUT THE FINANCIAL NOISE. Sweetheart, the people in the financial media who will tell you what to do with your money will have nothing on which to base their advice. They will not know you, your needs, your goals, or anything else about you. You may safely ignore most of them.

5. BUY LIFE INSURANCE WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG AND HEALTHY. Shortly after you were born, our family purchased a permanent life insurance policy for you, so part of this deal is covered. However, you are likely to need more insurance when you grow up and have a family or people who financially depend on you. If you can, take advantage of the lower premiums that are typically available to young and healthy people.

6. LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS. A lot of Americans consider it practically a birthright to spend themselves silly and, if you watch TV for about 15 seconds, it’s easy to see why. The great American marketing machine is hard at work 24-7, and its relentless badgering to buy everything in sight – and supersize it for good measure – is hard to tune out. The predictable

result is financial disaster. Don’t give in to it. If you try to keep up with the Joneses, you will likely find that there is another Jones family right around the corner.

7. DON’T TRY TO DO THIS ALONE. My dad – your great-grandfather – is long-gone, so you will never get to know him. However, one of the life lessons he taught me is that you can’t know everything, and it makes sense to hire an expert. The best decision I ever made about my own money was deciding to work with a financial advisor. Unrealistically, I expected him to work miracles with my money, which, of course, he could not. Instead, the real miracles he worked were when he helped me keep my head on straight when the financial markets were throwing temper tantrums in 1987, 2000, and 2008. For a few more years (I hope), you have me to guide you. When I’m no longer around, find someone you like and trust to keep you on track. Earlier this year, a long-time and dear client of mine passed away at a relatively young age. She had been ill for a while, so her passing was something of a blessing. My client was a successful business owner and the primary breadwinner for her family. She, her husband, and I had put in place a comprehensive financial plan that protected their wealth in case something

happened to her. Consequently, her passing, while deeply sorrowful, was not a financial blow to her family. These types of outcomes do not happen by chance, however. My client and her husband decided early on to take advantage of time to prepare for something they thought never might happen. For sure, my little Posey Jane is not yet ready to work on her own financial plan. As we all know too well, however, time flies, and it won’t be long before she is in a position to do what many Americans choose to not do – plan ahead for the future. If I have anything to do with it, she will seize the opportunity to make a positive difference in her financial life. Do you have someone in your life who you think might be interested in working toward financial security? Or, what about you? Do you think it might be time to look at your own financial plan? It’s almost never too late to do this. Call me and let’s get started.

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In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, Slidell Magazine proudly presents...

Miss Rosemary's Gift Story by Kathleen DesHotel

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In the Bible quote of Acts 20:35, "It is more blessed to give than to receive," the direction of generosity travels out; but sometimes, it may come back in a cycle. Such is the case of Rosemary Clement who helped a young boy in her gymnastics class after his father passed away. She said, “There was just something about him. Besides his athletic talent, I could tell that he was destined to be somebody important.” She was right about Roger Hayes. Now, he’s a successful grown up who is the owner/event producer for Spirit of America Productions. Among many other responsibilities, he has coordinated bands, dance teams, and cheerleaders who march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the past 21 years. Who does he credit for all of his success? Rosemary Clement. He beams when describing the family, “Without her, I would not be where I am today. Her family took me under their wings, taught me about life and gymnastics. She even helped me to get a scholarship to go to Tulane.” Much of what the Clement family and Roger Hayes are about is following the bliss in a career and being helpful and loving along the way. In high school, Rosemary Sires met the love of her life, Walter Clement. They married as soon as she graduated. She danced right into his heart and describes their love, “He was my protector and my admirer.” Last March, after 67 years of marriage, Mr. Walter passed away. To survive the loss and grief, Miss Rosemary keeps busy and depends on a beautiful family. Miss Rosemary is known as the original dance and gymnastics teacher in Slidell. She personally began dance lessons at the age of 2 because the family doctor said she was “a little chubby.” If he was around today to see her figure and tap dancing ability, he would realize what a gift his criticism turned out to be! Rosemary feels that he led her to a career that she loved, sharing what she knew with thousands of children and, thankfully, making a nice living too. She explains, “It was fun; I loved working with all the children; and I looked forward to each and every class.” For her natural talent and training, this was the dream job that was a gift to her and to the children she influenced over the years. They all remember "Miss Rosemary." It’s impossible to put a number on how many children’s lives she impacted with her talents, but this is how she came to know Roger Hayes. He took her class when he was in third grade. “Miss Rosemary was impossible for any of us not to love. She was tiny, had a fantastic smile, and was just as active as the children in her class were. She could do a handstand and then walk on her hands. Plus, she could tap dance and teach students to do it too. Her kindness and beauty gave her a magical glow mixed with fun and joy that was contagious.” At the age of 13, Roger’s father died. Rosemary Clement remembers when Roger came to her and asked if she knew of a way for him to earn some extra money so he could help his mother through hard times. “I gave him a job at the studio. It makes me feel good to do something good for another. As the only male student at the time, he could help with spotting and coaching. I saw greatness in him. He had tremendous energy and a willingness to learn whatever I would share with him.”

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Roger Hayes feels, “Opportunity and luck in my life began by knowing the wonderful people in the Clement family. Rosemary saw something in me and took me under her wing. I was coaching gymnastics by the time I was 14. Her husband Walter treated me like a son. He was a wonderful man who became an influential person and a father figure. He encouraged hard work and doing well in my education. Rosemary’s daughter, Mary, and I became advanced coaches. When it came time for me to go to college, I got into Tulane because of Rosemary. She put in a good recommendation for me. This was an amazing boost for my life. Her daughters, Mary and Candace, went to Tulane and became cheerleaders there. So, as soon as I was admitted, I tried out for the squad and made it.” He explained that Mary Clement, just a few years older than he is, became his mentor and role model. “She went with me to act as my stunt partner when I tried out to be a New Orleans Saints cheerleader. With her assistance, I made it there too. I was doing many demanding things simultaneously.” After attending Tulane, Roger transferred to Mississippi State University and, again, made the cheerleading team. In 1984, an amazing opportunity presented itself when Roger auditioned for, and got, the part of the official mascot for the Louisiana World’s Fair, Seymore D. Fair. He excelled as the costumed pelican character who wore a blue tuxedo jacket, a

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Among his many good fortunes, Roger met Dawn Herrin in his sophomore year of college while he was teaching for summer cheer camp with the National Cheerleaders Association. She encouraged him to become an instructor for NCA, which he did for 10 years. Roger completed a BSN degree from Indiana University School of Nursing. Meanwhile, his accomplishments just began to snowball -- he was a Collegiate All-American and was the Event Producer for the Contest of Champions at Walt Disney World from 1993-2013. Roger has produced and choreographed cheerleading performances for Mike Miller & Associates in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for 14 years, the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl for 3 years, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland for 3 years, London's Grand Christmas Parade in England, London's New Year's Day and Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic, and the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic Pre-game and Half-time shows in Dallas, Texas for 10 years. Whew! In 1994, he was a production assistant for the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant and choreographer for the 75th Annual Miss America Boardwalk Parade. As the former founder and owner of America's Best Cheer and Dance, Roger conducted cheer and dance camps and championships nationwide. He was also the founder and owner of Spirit Productions, a cheer and dance consulting business. He has served as a judge for the National Cheerleaders Association, Atlantic Cheer & Dance, American Cheer Power, Mardi Gras Spirit Events, Golden State Spirit Association and the USASF Cheerleading Worlds in Orlando, Florida. This year marks Roger's 21st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Roger truly believes that goodness leads to goodness, and it all began with Miss Rosemary Clement. Miss Rosemary beams with pride when she talks about Roger and his accomplishments, despite the hardship of losing his father so young. “He was like family to us. We should always offer our talents to others. I was lucky that my father made a little studio for me in our garage so at 16, I could have my own dance business. My future sisterin-law Linda taught me how to run a check book, and Walter’s mother Elvera was good to me.” Gwendolyn Clement elaborates on what her parents taught their children and what her mother, in turn, taught to her students, “They gave us a work ethic and told us that, if we had responsibility and worked hard, we would be successful and we would have fun doing the work. They also taught us the importance of good interpersonal relationships. I watched how people learned to be caring, just like her.” All of her children learned their parents’ style of love and appreciation of life and success. The Clements instilled


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Miss Rosemary paid forward all that she learned about gymnastics and dance with her enthusiasm, which still is contagious. She keeps a video on her cell phone of her teaching her granddaughter tap dance steps (which were immediately recognizable as the “step, shuffle, ball chain”). She is still highly energetic, capable and light as a feather on her feet.

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This lively 84 year old woman is more active than most people half her age! She has reigned as Queen in the Krewe of Perseus, strutted and danced her way through Olde Towne in Mona Lisa & Moon Pie, and served as St. Patrick’s Day Parade royalty. She has served as coordinator and primary fundraiser for the Krewe of Slidellians Parade for many years. She was named the Golden Mermaid, which ultimately led to her winning Ms. Senior Louisiana, and competing for Ms. Senior America. She is extremely active in the Slidell Women’s Civic Club, especially in the dance group that visits retirement and nursing homes. She said, “We love to give them entertainment.” Walter and Rosemary Clement moved to the Northshore in 1956, and Rosemary planned to give up her dancing to stay home and raise their 2 sons, Walter IV and Bruce, but an opportunity arose for her to purchase a dance studio in Olde Towne Slidell. In 1957, she opened the Rosemary Clement Dance School on Carey Street where her positive influence in the city began. By 1974, she had opened Slidell Gymnastics, and her outreach to our community's children grew even more. She was a teacher for an incredible 50 years. Imagine the number of lives she touched with love and talent! Through it all, she raised 5 children - Walter IV, Bruce, Candace, Mary,

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and Gwendolyn. She said, “I like to be active,” and it’s an odds on bet that she certainly was. Today, you can find the octogenarian dancing throughout Slidell or skiing daily on Bayou Bonfouca. One of her greatest admirers, the successful Roger Hayes, has never forgotten the confidence, knowledge, and care she added to his life. Her influence has traveled through him to his two sons, one who is in pre-med and the other, a natural leader. Throughout the decades of success that Roger has enjoyed, he has yearned for a way to show his appreciation and gratitude to his mentor and former teacher. He has kept in touch with Miss Rosemary and her family throughout all of these years and knew that, with the passing of Mr. Walter, the time had come for him to give back some of what he had received from the Clement family. Roger thought, “Now is the time! I have to share something that I believe she will appreciate, and I feel I truly owe her because I would neither be the person I am today nor would I have the success I have enjoyed without her initial love and encouragement.” In September, Roger contacted Mary to arrange for Miss Rosemary, Mary and Gwendolyn to meet with him to give Miss Rosemary some special news. Roger said he would be in town on Sunday. Mary was happy to call her mother to relay Roger’s message, knowing that her mother would be thrilled just to see him again. As Sunday approached, Miss Rosemary and her daughters felt their curiosity and excitement growing. “We

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were excited to see him and wondered what his news would be. We decided to prepare something southern and cooked crawfish étouffée for the occasion.” His news? A gift for Miss Rosemary. An all-expense paid one week stay in New York City for Rosemary, Mary, and Gwendolyn to watch the 90th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - FROM THE REVIEWING GRANDSTANDS. In the VIP seats. With the parade announcer and New York City Mayor. Oh yeah! It wasn't an easy task to accomplish but Roger coordinates the performances for the 2000 cheerleaders and dancers in the parade each year, and he used his considerable professional pull to give Miss Rosemary and his former teachers the gift of a lifetime. The girls will all stay in the Times Square Hilton and Roger guarantees they will enjoy a packed schedule. Miss Rosemary still can't believe the gift she's been given. “I love New York because there is always something to do like shopping, Broadway plays, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and

the National 9/11 Memorial. I am so excited to be going to the Big Apple and even more excited that one of my former protégés thought enough of me to give us this opportunity. Roger has touched my heart ever since he was a little boy. What I saw in him was more than talent. It was determination coupled with compassion.” She appreciates that, with all of his success, he still has that same degree of goodness. Miss Rosemary's gift has caused a frenzy of preparation for all three girls. Miss Rosemary is excited about seeing the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall’s legendary dance company. Of course, she has a great love of their perfection in dance. “I have been to New York in the past. I used to go to take classes for one week in acting, singing, ballet, jazz, tap, and dance. I saw the famous choreographer June Taylor and her dancers. This trip is going to be spectacular! Roger is so humble and gracious. I certainly appreciate him for wanting me to have this experience!” Gratitude for the influence of a wonderful person, in this case, has led full circle to a gift for the giver. Happy Thanksgiving!


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value are not made. So if there is any way to stop or reduce any further income for 2017 to be able to qualify, you may wish to do this. Perhaps you could donate some (or all) of your RMD for 2017 to your favorite charity, as a QCD discussed above, or, if possible, work less hours for the rest of the year. Or if you are between age 65 and 70 (not turning 70.5 until July 1st or after), you, and your spouse, if over age 50, could each contribute $6,500 to your IRA, thereby giving a married 1040 tax return an extra $13,000 deduction to further reduce your AGI. Be sure to utilize all your deductions. Many times we are meeting with senior clients that have had large deductions for a particular year due to an illness. Also, fees paid to caregivers, sitters, nursing home, rehab, assisted living expenses, and any other unreimbursed medical and prescription expenses can be quite substantial. Use these legitimate deductions and don’t let them be wasted. Talk to your CPA/accountant to see if it would be wise to pull out more taxable distributions from an IRA, (even in addition to the RMD, if any), that can be offset by the other deductions. This equates to more “income tax free” money you can pass to your loved ones upon your death. Isn’t that really what we all want?

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Part-Irish Lass Visits the Emerald Isle – story and photos by Donna Bush

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nyone who knows me knows that I’m a natural redhead and you have to believe I have some Irish roots somewhere. From my childhood, I remember hearing that we were Irish, Scottish, British and German. Kind of a Heinz 57! But, there’s no denying some Irish. I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland and when our friend and Irishman, Bernie Friel, went back to the homeland for his annual visit, it seemed like the perfect time to plan a trip. Nicknamed the “Emerald Isle,” this island is full of lush, green rolling hills dotted with sheep farms, providing scenic views at every turn. Its nickname was first seen in print when coined by poet William Drennan in his 1795 poem, “When Erin First Rose.” The island is actually made up of two countries, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The six northeastern counties make up Northern Ireland, which is under United Kingdom rule. It really is like visiting two unique countries. The Republic of Ireland transacts business in Euros like the rest of Europe. Northern Ireland will take Euros but officially utilizes the UK pound sterling. Speed limits are posted in miles per hour for Northern Ireland but the Republic uses kilometers. In both countries, cars drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel, gas, brake and clutch pedals are on the right side of the car. Takes a bit of thinking to get the coordination right. My husband, Eric, was the driver and I was the navigator. Go Eric! About the roads... there are some four-lane expressways, like our interstates, but we found that getting to most scenic areas usually involved driving on extremely narrow roads. I thought for sure we were on a one-way road, until we met oncoming traffic! Scary! Here’s a trivia tidbit for you. The Irish word for road is bóthar. When broken down, bó means cow and thar means across. Before there were cars, the roads were built just wide enough to allow a cow to pass in each direction.

If you don’t like negotiating roundabouts, you’re really not going to like driving in Ireland. Both countries are roundabout laden. I’ve never seen so many roundabouts in my life. They are one after another after another – some single lane, some double and even some triple. Again, remember we are driving on the left side of the road too!

Of course our lodging included a traditional Irish breakfast, which consisted of fried eggs, ham, sausage, white pudding, black pudding, broiled tomato, mushrooms, plus cereal, juice, and a variety of breads. That’s a lot of food. White pudding is pork sausage with barley, while black pudding is blood sausage and I won’t go into any more detail than that.

Getting around Ireland is interesting as well. They don’t use conventional addresses as we think of them. There is no zip code and no street number. For example, our first B&B address was Bracken B&B, Glebe, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. What exactly does this mean? Good question! Although we spent the money for an Ireland GPS with our rental car, it really wasn’t of much assistance. The GPS was looking for a standard address like we have in the US. In retrospect, we should have saved that money and increased my cell phone overseas data plan. I still can’t tell you what Grebe means, but my best guess is Glendalough is the name of the town and Wicklow is the county in which it is located. Be forewarned, the same town name may exist in multiple counties and some town names are also county names.

We head off for our next stop in the Killorglin area, hoping to drive at least some of the Ring of Kerry. Our foggy, rainy drive across the Wicklow Mountains took longer than we had planned. Arriving in Killarney, we toured Ross Castle, a mostly-intact 15th century castle built by one of the O’Donoghue Ross Chieftans.

We decided to take two weeks to get a good overview of the island and learn where we would like to explore more in depth on our next trip. We flew all night to arrive in Dublin early the next morning. We planned a short drive for our first day, figuring that we would be tired. It proved a challenge to find our B&B as the GPS directed us way past our destination. Once checked in, we headed out to find a place to stretch our legs after the long flight and our drive. We chose the Monastic City, remains of a 6th century Christian settlement founded by St. Kevin. There are remains of churches, a 30-meter high round tower, a kitchen, the priest’s house and a beautiful cemetery. Our walk of the grounds was cut short by rain. An early dinner was followed by an early night to bed.

On to Lakeshore B&B, with our delightful hosts, Kathleen and Gene, staying the night in their beautiful home on Caragh Lake. Luckily, there was a restaurant, Carrig Country House, an enjoyable short walk away. This restaurant offered a totally different experience. To say we were underdressed is an understatement! Men were wearing 3-piece suits and the women were in dresses! We were wearing our hiking boots, jeans and quick dry. I thought I dressed up when I tucked my shirt in. LOL! The host and wait staff never even blinked. They seated us in the parlour with an aperitif of our choice and an appetizer. We placed our dinner order and when ready, we were seated in the dining room and served our delicious meal. Definitely a different dining experience! The next morning, we shoved off for the scenic drive of Dingle Peninsula in search of our next B&B, which ultimately led to one of our greatest finds of the trip! The drive was spectacular with views that easily rivaled driving the California Pacific Coast. Our route took us along extremely narrow coastal mountain roads with no guardrails. At one point after stopping for photos, we ended up behind a tour bus. Tips that we had read led us to believe this would be a bad thing. But, in reality, it was wonderful. Every car we met

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made room for the bus and we could just sneak in with him. Even when we met a tractor towing a huge tank, he moved over for the bus and us! Woohoo! We got terribly lost trying to find our B&B. We finally pulled into Gallarus Oratory to ask for directions. The receptionist was extremely friendly and helpful. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Ireland adventure to learn more about the Oratory. When we finished the tour, our helpful, friendly receptionist had me come behind the counter and take a picture of his computer screen where he was displaying a Google map of our route to our B&B! We had driven past the road at least three times! After checking in, we headed to dinner, where Eric ordered Shrimp Scampi, expecting it to be like the Louisiana dish. Nope, not even close. It was heavily battered prawns, like fish and chips. Hmmm?

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In the 1920’s, a group of Benedictine nuns fled their monastery in Ypres, Flanders during WWI and moved to Kylemore. At Ypres, the nuns had provided an educational and religious community for Irish women. The Castle was remodeled into an international boarding school with classrooms and dormitories. Many foreign students attended from mainland Europe, but students also attended from the United States and Asia. Local girls from County Galway and other nearby counties also attended classes. In the 1980’s, there were as many as 80 boarding students and 120 day students. Attendance declined in 2000, mainly due to societal differences. In June of 2010, the school officially closed. Today, the nuns still reside at Kylemore, continuing their spiritual work. They assist with maintenance of the Abbey and grounds, farming, administration, business, chocolate making, and production of soap and skin care products. Our last stop before meeting Bernie in Donegal was Drumcliff, where famous Irish poet and 1923 Literature Nobel Prize winner, William Butler Yeats is buried beside Drumcliff Church. We visited the spectacular Glencar Lake and Waterfalls where Yeats received inspiration for some of his poetry. It’s easy to see how the beauty of the area provided inspiration. On our way to meet Bernie, our route took us past Classiebawn, Lord Mountbatten’s Castle. Mountbatten was a British naval officer during World War II who directed the conquest of the Japanese offensive towards India. He was murdered in August

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of 1979 when IRA terrorists blew up his boat off the Sligo coast near the castle. Today, the castle, which sits on three thousand acres, is privately owned. Sadly, it has never been open to the public. Yay! We finally met up with Bernie at the church in the very small community of Frosses. We visited two of Bernie’s sheep pastures where I fed adult sheep and held a four-day old lamb! Aww, so cute! I really wanted one, but Eric kept reminding me that they grow up and aren’t that cute anymore. We visited another pasture owned by a friend of Bernie’s where I attempted to hold a 3-4 week old black lamb. Wow, he's heavy! Bernie had to hold him. I couldn’t begin to pick him up!

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We had a whirlwind tour of the best of Donegal with Bernie for the next two days. We were so glad we had such a wonderful guide, as we were able to see and experience sights of this area that we would have never found on our own! St. John’s Point Lighthouse began operation in 1831, automated in November 1932 and converted to electric operation 30 years later. This lighthouse still plays an important role in maritime safety today. Carrigan Head and Slieve League provided spectacular views of some of the highest, accessible seacliffs in Europe, with a height of 1,972 feet. Part of the beauty of Slieve League is its accessibility for everyone. You can drive

all the way to the top where there is a parking lot and large viewing platform. From there, the truly adventurous can take the “Pilgrims Path” to the highest point. Beware! You should only attempt this with proper footwear and attire. Please note that fog and low clouds can quickly enshroud you and limit visibility to practically zero. Stopping at the parking lot allows a gorgeous view of the “Giant’s Desk and Chair,” two rock formations that look very much as their names imply. From near the top of Slieve League, on a clear day, you can observe Carrigan Head, one of the twelve Napoleonic Towers built at the start of the 19th century by British Forces when Ireland was still under British rule.


After a great day of exploring Donegal, we joined Bernie’s second cousin, Connell McGroarty, and his wife, Jody, at Mary Murrin’s Pub in Bruckless for dinner. Now, this was an authentic Irish dinner with all Irish patrons! Hmm, I think I’ve found my roots! I fit in perfectly and looked like a local. Unfortunately, we were there a little before the summer season so the local music wasn’t playing yet. On our last day, we toured other parts of Donegal and I think the highlight was Maghera Waterfall. What a spectacular veiled waterfall! But, after the waterfall, we visited Silver Strand Beach. I don’t know why, but I never thought about Ireland having beautiful beaches. This horseshoe-shaped beach was beautiful and, even though we thought it a bit chilly, there was a swimmer in the water. Brrr! I think the beach wins photo of the day, though. Our last night, we visited Bernie’s local pub and met more relatives and all of the regulars. I was even asked if I was Irish! Suddenly, it was time to bid goodbye to Bernie, the baby lambs, sheep and the pubs. With excellent tips from our friend, we headed off for Malin Head, Ireland’s northern most point. But first we stopped in the village of Burt to see the Ring Fort, "the stone palace with the sunny view." The round fort sits on a hilltop 820 feet above sea level and dates back to 1700 BC. Built mostly without mortar, the interior has 3 terraces and commands 360-degree views, allowing those inside to see predators approaching from any direction, by land or water. We arrived at Seaview Tavern, Ireland’s northern most restaurant, with spectacular views overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. Seaview, also a B&B, completed our tour of Ireland with a night in a tavern or, more correctly, above the tavern. I was afraid it would be really noisy but it wasn’t, thankfully. We drove around the area and found the most amazing place by the beach, a small cave below the cliffs, known as “The Wee House of Malin.” Legend has it that “a hermit once lived in the cave and no matter how many people enter the cave there would always be room.” Located in a cavern nearby is the “Malin Well.” Across from the well are the ruins of an old church with only the northeast and south walls still standing. As we walked the beach we observed a fishing boat headed for the pier where they unloaded a fine catch of brown crab, much bigger than our blue crab but not quite as big as Alaskan snow crabs. They also had dark blue lobsters, which I’ve never seen, but looked yummy! Of course, we had to

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The Legend of Finn McCool Legend says Finn built the causeway of gigantic stepping stones across the sea to Scotland so he could battle his rival, Benandonner. When Finn saw the size of Benandonner, he was scared and fled back to Ireland, chased by his rival. He tripped and lost one of his boots, which can be seen along the shore. Terrified, he implored his wife, Oonagh, to help hide him. She dressed him as a baby and hid him in a crib. Benandonner arrived and banged on the door. Oonagh told him that Finn wasn’t home, but he was welcome to come in for tea while she cared for the baby. When Benandonner saw the size of Finn’s baby, he was terrified! If the baby was that big, Finn must be huge! Benandonner ran out of the house and back to Scotland, tearing up the causeway on his way so Finn couldn’t follow him.

have a pint at the northern most pub in Ireland, Farren’s Bar, where I was again asked if I was a local! We departed Ireland for Northern Ireland and our final day of touring. Giant’s Causeway, an area of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns created by volcanic eruptions, was our first stop. This is a designated World Heritage site full of magnificent formations that are limited only by your imagination. The most amazing thing about the columns is that they are all uniformly shaped hexagons in honeycomb patterns. Irish legend states that the Giant’s Causeway was built by a 54-foot tall giant, named Finn McCool. See the sidebar for details of the legend. Rock formations and your visualization skills will reveal a camel’s hump, organ pipes, a harp and chimney stacks. From the Causeway, we headed to Bushmill’s Distillery for a tour, which was very enlightening, clearing up once and for all why I don’t like Scotch. Scotch uses barley dried over a peat-smoked fire, which causes it to absorb the peat odors. I’m allergic to peat smoke! Aha! Irish whiskey, on the other hand, is barley dried over hot air and typically aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Although some Irish whiskeys are aged in sherry, Madera, or port barrels, or a combination of different barrels. As luck would have it, we visited on National Whiskey Day, so we received an extra sample! With a little help from our host, we found a more scenic route back to Dublin so we could experience a little bit of the flavor of the area. We took the very narrow road to Torr Head, feasting on magnificent views of the coastline. Unfortunately, it was raining and maybe three miles visibility. On a clear day, we were told you could see Scotland, which is only 12 miles away. As we drove away from the coast, we met every single person on this extremely narrow road as they drove to church. Our last stop and hike was Glenariff Park and a trip to the waterfall. We mostly lucked up with the weather for our hike, but the trip to the waterfall was downhill the entire way, which meant the trip back to the car was all uphill!

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We board the plane for our flight home, bidding goodbye to the giants, the leprechauns, the sheep, Connemara ponies, shamrocks, my unfound pot of gold, and all of my relatives. Stay tuned for a future issue about life in Ireland! I wish all of you the “Luck of the Irish!”


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Genetics I had a stark realization recently. I've been in practice for quite a few years now, and I constantly hear pet owners wanting to blame their animals' problems on various external factors. Ingredients in commercial pet foods (grains and “preservatives”), previous abuse, malicious neighbors. The thought dawned on me that quite often, we need to look inwards for the source of many of the health problems we deal with in our animals. The sad fact is, a lot of what my colleagues and I deal with on a day-to-day basis is the result of bad genetics. And much of it could be prevented.

I don’t want to give the impression that dogs are just a bag of chromosomes; they are individuals who bring much joy and love into the lives of their families. But much of what ails modern pets (not all, much; that’s less than all) comes about through someone, at some point, thinking, “Wow, that trait – say, a short snout, exotic coat color, skills at protecting a family, extreme size, large or small - sure is cool, and I want more dogs with it.” It all unravels from there. Geneticists call this artificial selection, to differentiate it from the process by which animals evolve in nature: natural selection. While natural selection

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favors individuals whose traits make them more likely to thrive and have offspring, thus passing on their genes and associated traits, artificial selection chooses based on appearance, or one specific function, which may or may not contribute to the individual's overall fitness / health. The result is a population of dogs that look a certain way and share certain traits – which we then define as the “breed” – and that may come with problems. The activation / suppression of different genes, the way they interact, and their ultimate expression in various traits is extraordinarily complicated, way beyond the simple way most people


tend to think. “Baldness skips a generation” or “Good teeth always come from your mother's side” are examples of this tendency to try to simplify a complex subject. For this discussion, let's just say that genes tend to run in groups. The gene(s) for having a tan and black coat, say, such as we see with German Shepherd Dogs, may also decide to travel through generations along with one or more genes that can increase the incidence of hemangiosarcoma, a deadly and aggressive form of cancer. If you unwittingly choose your German Shepherds to have a consistently lovely black and tan coat, you might also be concentrating all those cancer genes in one bloodline. It’s an unfortunate, hidden side effect of breeding dogs to look a certain way. Sometimes the association between looks and function is as plain as the nose on your face (pun intended). Pugs, Bull Dogs, and other snub-nosed breeds are adorable, having been bred to look more human-like, or so I'm told. But with that look comes the risk of overheating due to inadequate heat exchange. Dogs don't sweat, so they get rid of most of their excess heat through panting. Hard to pant through the tiny (but cute!) little slits that pass for nostrils in some of the brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds – think Pekingese, Lhasa Apso and Shih-Tzu too! To make matters worse, many snub-nosed breeds also have a tiny trachea (windpipe) to breathe through, and excess tissue in their throats, further interfering with air flow, so the risk increases. The results can be deadly. While attitude and demeanor are an important part of what makes each dog breed special, the primary distinguishing factor between breeds is how they look. Again, taking a page from the geneticist’s playbook, that’s called a phenotype: the outward appearance of any living thing. The genetic makeup that produces the phenotype is known as a genotype. If we want healthier pets and wish to help avoid scourges of the dog world, such as cancer, bloat, autoimmune diseases, mange, and a myriad of other disorders with a genetic basis, we should select dogs to breed based on genotype (or at least family medical history, which is a consequence of genotype) instead of purely on looks alone. Some responsible breed clubs and breeders are already doing this. They are scanning bloodlines and coordinating efforts to reduce the effects of certain diseases on dogs. This is admirable, but it is a huge undertaking and might be beyond the abilities of a single person who wants to breed a particular dog. There's no quick fix, but raising awareness is surely part of the solution.

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ENNEA- whut? On a scale of one to nine, I’m a four. Nothing more, nothing less. That, right there, has been the most eye-opening realization I have stumbled upon in a very long time. Well, maybe not “stumbled”… let me word it a little more fiercely. More like a desperate low-crawl through the trenches of a lingering, intense, EIGHT-year battle, trying to survive, no… WIN, a war against MYSELF.

Actually, let’s go back even FURTHER than the trenches. Since I was a child, really. Trying to PROVE to everyone around me that I am a perfect 10. No matter what the environment presented to me. Uneasily trying to transform myself for each person I encountered, only to measure up on a scale where the number 10 didn’t even exist. Now think of your own childhood. Your own battles. Where maybe

YOU tried to uncomfortably conform and shape-shift into a box that didn’t quite feel right, to be this “functional” person in the eyes of others. Did you do this for a while? Are you STILL doing it? Well, don’t. Because there is a box, fit just for you, with a number printed, typed, written in cursive, whimsically painted, spelled out, … on the outside, inside, top side of the box, or in your own head

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even… whatever makes you happy and comfortable. If you don’t like being put in a box, then I’m sorry. Yes, we are all one of a kind, unique human beings, and there is no one, ANYWHERE, that can duplicate the creation that is purely YOU, and the gift only you can give to the world, BUT there is still a box. FULL of your type of people. And what I am about to share will help to show you which one that is. The reason I can explain this in a creative, dramatically worded sort of way… and then next week, I will most likely be in another trench of different sorts, is because of my number. NUMBER FOUR. Whimsically painted, that is. May I proudly introduce you to… The ENNEAGRAM. If you thought I was crazy, weird, dramatic, dark, unique, a hopeless romantic, or overly emotional before, well, you are right! But I’m OK with that now. Like, 100%. It’s my unique gift, apparently. I try to find the light in the darkness. But, I need the darkness in order to do it, even though it hurts me. That’s what type Fours do. Their personality type. Crazy, right? Yep. We already established that. WHAT NUMBER ARE YOU? There are a handful of tests. I took a few. But start with the Eclectic Energies enneagram test, online. It’s FREE, for you SIXES that already assume it’s expensive and harmful. Or FIVES, that are trying to analyze, think it out, and plan first. The TWO’s, that immediately want to tell someone else about it, to help them. Or NINES, that will go along with it for peace and harmony in the world. It’s not a cheesy FaceBook test, it is 2000-4000 years of psychological research that has provided spiritual and emotional healing to individuals,

marriages, families, organizations, workplaces, children, and churches. Yes, Christian churches even. If you are a Christian and feel this is taboo, I understand. There are Christian books on it that can provide further research. I just ordered one. There are lots of books on it, depending on the goal you are trying to achieve. Raising children, relationship compatibility (which numbers go best together), understanding your type more in depth, using the Enneagram in the workplace… really wish I would have known about this sooner. God uses many resources to speak to us, because He doesn’t live in a box, and this has definitely been a Godsend for me. It would feel wrong if I didn’t pass it along to others. Here are some short type descriptions from the Enneagram Institute (where you can also find more info): FEELING TYPES: 1 (THE REFORMER) The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, SelfControlled, and Perfectionistic

2 (THE HELPER) The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive 3 (THE ACHIEVER) The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven & Image-Conscious THINKING TYPES: 4 (THE INDIVIDUALIST) The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, SelfAbsorbed, and Temperamental 5 (THE INVESTIGATOR) The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated 6 (THE LOYALIST) The Committed, SecurityOriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious INSTINCTIVE TYPES: 7 (THE ENTHUSIAST) The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered 45


8 (THE CHALLENGER) The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational 9 (THE PEACEMAKER) The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent There are many detailed descriptions online for further understanding of your number. I have only been researching the enneagram for two months but I can already “type” some people just by knowing their personalities. I found that we are all a little bit of each number, but there will be one that is dominant in you, mainly because of your upbringing, although others believe it is already in place at birth. The long term personal 46

goal is to get all the numbers more balanced within yourself, kind of like becoming a Divergent, without the psycho, world-dominating blondehaired lady trying to kill you. Good movie though. Once you've read the explanation of the number the test result has given you, it will become very apparent. You will recognize yourself right away, if you are honest with the questions they provide, meaning who you really are, not who you wish you were. That can be a hard truth in itself. And if you are like me, you will most likely turn into a testing fool with everyone in your life. Warning: You may be afraid to mention the “E” word around your friends and family after a week or so. When my husband asked me what I was writing about, I said, “Guess.” He was like, “Oh right,

the Enneagram.” I couldn’t write about anything else right now if I tried. Also, you may start to speak in numbers, like, “I’m a ONE, so it makes total sense that you aren’t understanding me, as a SEVEN.” Or whatever. People will roll their eyes at you, but it’s all good. They will thank you for it later. Really though, you won’t care. ‘Cause the healing within yourself will be on like Donkey Kong. My husband took the test and found out he is a five (the investigator). He couldn’t believe it when we read the detailed description. Totally him. And when we read about the compatibility (good and bad) of our numbers in a relationship, I knew I had found something very helpful. It was like reading OUR story, with ways for each of us to communicate better with the other, in order to


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stay away from the downward spiral of our particular match. I have pretty much given everyone that I have regular contact with the test, which isn’t that many since my type tends to isolate. It’s allowed me to understand them more, communicate better with them in their own language, and not take that communication style so personally. For example, my husband, being type five, is a thinker. I, being a type four, function strictly off emotions. So, when I want to talk through my feelings and he doesn’t respond like I need him to, it’s because he is stuck in his head, analyzing, and logically thinking through the problem first. Not because he doesn’t care or has some other woman on the side that he pours his heart out to. I need him to feel it, by going down that rabbit hole with me, and

not necessarily needing an answer. It is very hard for him to do this. Now I know why. And if HE has an issue, I need to go into intellectual fact mode for him, staying away from my emotions a little more. Too much emotion makes him want to run like hell. But, because he isn’t a “silly test” kinda guy, I had to find a way to get him to that "aha" moment, using the visual and intellectual personality trait that is dominant within him. So, I found a video on YouTube with a smart, respectful, Christian man, his age, speaking to a group of people. That did it. See? Now we talk in numbers TOGETHER. It’s kind of cool. And a little strange. My mom is a six. The loyalist. When sixes have a problem, what works best is finding a strict game plan to get them through it. One that is practical, safe, and effective.

Instead of just saying, “It will all be OK” or “Let’s have wine and forget about it.” One of our children is a nine, the Peacemaker. The child that doesn’t express their needs or emotions much because keeping the peace is priority to them. Best way to communicate with them would be less questions and more action. Also, giving them frequent one-on-one time so that they don’t feel unseen. Yes, I’m obsessing over it, BUT it is only because I truly believe it is a very useful tool in relationships of any kind, spiritual growth, social interaction, self-healing, and selfawareness. And, it’s pretty fun. Life is too short not to live out our own truth, and this is a WONDERFUL place to start making that happen. Because there is no such thing as a perfect 10. Only a perfect YOU.

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LOUISIANA CAJUN NAVY Editor's Note: This month, we begin a 12-part series from Donna Bush covering the amazing work being done by Louisiana heroes in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricanes and natural disasters.

Harvey's Angel

In the media, tragedy is sexy because it sells. Hurricanes are sexy. Videos of raging wind and topped levees and helicopter rescues are sexy. Pictures of destroyed homes, cars in trees, and crying babies are sexy. However, removing wet carpet, spraying for mold, and replacing sheetrock doesn't make for good television. Recovery isn't sexy, and it just gets uglier as the months drag on. We all remember the feeling of being forgotten in the weeks, months, and years following Hurricane Katrina. The immediate outpouring of supplies and volunteers was incredible, even overwhelming. But, as time passed, Katrina and the people affected simply got lost to the latest national headline. Truth be told, it's natural. People can only handle so much of someone else's problems and heartache. Slidell Magazine's award-winning writer and photographer, Donna Bush, has spent the last few months travelling with multiple Louisiana-based organizations and volunteers, documenting their missions in the affected areas and those whose lives they've impacted. We are proud to bring their stories to Slidell.

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eroes come in all shapes and sizes. Some more amazing and surprising than others. We all know about the Cajun organizations that jumped to the ready to help Louisiana residents, then moved on to assist Texas residents and even Puerto Rico. I had the pleasure of meeting one such surprisingly young hero in Texas. Her name is Angel, and her mother shared her story. Three year old Angel watched news of the Louisiana Cajun Navy (LCN) boat rescues on the local TV channels and facebook posts. She asked her mom, “Can we buy a boat and save people with them?” Mom wrote the story to the members of the Louisiana Cajun Navy, “Buying a boat wasn’t a possibility. So I turned her toward cooking and giving

to shelters. It would mean so much to Angel if you would let us prepare a warm cooked meal in memory of my son (Angel’s older brother) who went to heaven last year. Angel wants to make her brother proud to see how his little sister is helping others, and it is all she wants to do.” Angel and her Mom were online with one of the LCN admins, trying to arrange a meal for the members, when the admin suggested that Angel color a rainbow for the guys. That way they would have the rainbow to welcome them home each day after their rescues. Mom shared, “When you asked her to color a rainbow, that meant so much to her. Her brother passed away and she says all the time that her brother is in the rainbow now. She started saying that shortly after


A CONTINUING COVERAGE SERIES FROM DONNA BUSH PART 1 OF 12 his death last year, which she actually witnessed. So, she says now with the picture she made for you, that it’s like Bobo (her nickname for her brother since she was able to talk) is with y'all now as well.” The Louisiana Cajun Navy was so moved by the story of Angel that they were determined to recognize her in a special way. And that they did! They rounded up just the right gifts to share with Angel. During their 2016 mission in Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish, they had a gigantic brown teddy bear named “Hero” that rode with them during some of the rescues. Obviously, they needed someone to care for Hero while they were off helping others. Who could be a better caretaker than Angel? Angel presented the guys with her personal drawing of a rainbow for the Louisiana Cajun Navy and, instantly, these big, tough guys melted. Angel was then given her very own Louisiana Cajun Navy orange t-shirt. She’s an official member now! Then, boat captain Jordy presented her with her very own boat, autographed by LCN founder, Clyde, and captains Cory and Jordy. Cory asked Angel, “Will you take care of Hero while we are busy with rescues and helping others?” Of course, Angel took up the mission to care for Hero as

Cory handed over the gigantic bear, at least 3 times Angel’s size! Angel was adorned with her own Louisiana Cajun Navy t-shirt, a boat that she could captain, and a mission to care for Hero! Within less than two minutes, this little three-year-old girl had all of these big, brazen tough guys wrapped around her little finger. Not a one of them could have told her no!

Angel's mom writes on the LCN Facebook page, “Thank you and God be with all of you, and your families that you left behind to come here.” Yes, Angel may be small in size, but her heart is as big as they come. She brings a smile to everyone she comes in contact with. As Bobo watches from above, I’m sure he is beaming with pride and love for his little sister!

“My guys,” as Angel calls them, even arranged for her to receive Amazon prime pantry boxes that she could distribute to those in need and do her part in helping others. Mom provided an update, “In addition to the pantry boxes, we’ve added in toiletry kits, pillows and blankets. Angel enjoys providing these necessities to those in need, but she still hasn’t forgotten about getting a boat to help with rescues!”

The Louisiana Cajun Navy performed water rescues in Louisiana during the historic 2016 flooding in Baton Rouge. In 2017, they headed to Texas to assist with rescues and stayed afterwards to provide supply assistance to those in need. To follow or donate to the Louisiana Cajun Navy, visit their facebook page or their website at www.louisianacajunnavy.org 49


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