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Historical Hometown Christmas a Caesar Story

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Christmas from my hometown, the community of Caesar by Historian Fred Lee.
Christmas at Caesar, Circa 1941Japan had just bombed Pearl Harbor and the folks around Caesar were concerned as was the rest of the nation. Some of the young men of the community had volunteered for the military and had already gone to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina for basic training. The world was changing. Folks at Caesar didn't know much about what was going on in the rest of the world. No one had a radio to listen to the news, that is, except my uncle Chalmers who had a radio that was powered by two big cylindrical batteries. This radio was the only contact we had with the outside world, television not having come to our community at that time. Up until Pearl Harbor his radio was used exclusively for listening to the Grand Ole Opry on clear-channel WSM out of Nashville, TN. The population of Caesar would religiously gather around uncle Chalmer's porch on Saturday night and watch him string the wire-ante…

Why Who Dat?

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As a long time New Orleans Saints fan, I don't recall decades ago chanting anything. Maybe it was because we didn't have a whole lot of success to chant about? Whatever the case, I still cheered the Black & Gold every week with my family.
Now, as a certified member of the Who Dat Nation, I embrace the chant proudly.
If you are curious about the detailed history of Who Dat? Then check out the Wikipedia page because I wasn't aware of its ministrel beginnings. Yet, just like the meaning of words change, so has the intent of the Who Dat. Its a rally call, a cheer, something that unifies us all, and it does not signify color, race, or hairstyle. It says, I am a New Orleans Saints Fan.
Here is the basic origin story of the New Orleans version of Who Dat. "Its earliest known documented link specifically to the Saints organization was actually a December 9, 1972 New Orleans Times–Picayune newspaper column reference to a player from an opposing team, Carl Garrett of the New …

John Muir's Yosemite

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Who dat Kneeling?

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I am an NFL girl, love my New Orleans Saints and still do. Who dat!

This past weekend, what I saw was painfully shocking to me. I was offended, hurt, and my first reaction was to complain…
“How dare 14 Saints disrespect the flag and anthem!”
After a few minutes, I examined my response. My goal in life is to not be offended in anything, like Christ, who was perfect… but I am not. 

So, it took a few minutes to reboot the system.

Then I did what millions of Americans did…I went to social media. Yikes!

I posted a sad picture of my dog, wearing his Saints jersey and expressed his sadness and disappointment in the actions of our beloved team.


But, I knew the hell storm that would be coming. Especially from all my Southern friends and family, this was not gonna sit well. The reactions were heated, strong and angry.

Don’t mess with Mamma, the flag or God!



I tried to gear my thoughts to “What would Jesus Do?” Rage at people that disagree with me? Spit out foul insults at the football players? Point …

Can a Solar Eclipse Really Blind You?

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Can a Solar Eclipse Really Blind You?

"Research also suggests that while a lot of the damage may heal, some may be permanent. One 1995 study followed 58 patients who sustained eye damage after viewing a 1976 eclipse in Turkey. Healing occurred during the first month after the eclipse, the researchers reported in the journal Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, but by 18 months, whatever damage remained was permanent up to 15 years later."

How to Check your Solar Glasses?

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How can you tell if your solar viewer is not safe? 
You shouldn't be able to see anything through a safe solar filter except the Sun itself or something comparably bright, such as the Sun reflected in a mirror, a sunglint off shiny metal, the hot filament of an unfrosted incandescent light bulb, a bright halogen light bulb, a bright-white LED bulb (including the flashlight on your smartphone), a bare compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb, or an arc-welding torch. All such sources (except perhaps the welding torch) should appear quite dim through a solar viewer. If you can see shaded lamps or other common household light fixtures (not bare bulbs) of more ordinary brightness through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, and you're not sure the product came from a reputable vendor, it’s no good. Safe solar filters produce a view of the Sun that is comfortably bright (like the full Moon), in focus, and surrounded by dark sky. If you glance at the Sun through …