Cajun Political Advice

Boudreaux & Thibodeaux   

(BOO-drow & TIBB-a-dough)

“Boudreaux & Thibodeaux” jokes are popular in Louisiana Cajun Country.

Advice from Boudreaux and Thibodeaux:

Limit all U.S. politicians to 2 terms.
One in office
One in prison
Louisiana already does this.

For more B&T jokes, click here.

Mary Green Dolls- The Barretts of Wimpole Street

A good friend gave me a set of Mary Green dolls crafted around 1931 (if the original tag is to be believed).   Mary Green was a well known theatrical stage and costume designer in the 30’s  She often made dolls of famous characters in movies.  The one I have a tag on says it is Katharine Cornell in the Barretts of Wimpole Street.  I do not see tags on the other dolls, so I do not know which characters they are and whether or not they are characters from the same movie.  They all have similar era clothing on, presumably Victorian.  I have, as of today, donated them to the Louisiana History Museum on 503 Washington Street, downtown Alexandria.  They will be on display in the children’s section if anyone would like to view them.  If you have not yet been, the museum, along with the genealogical library, is a very neat place to visit.

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G.A. Mangun, “Shepherd to Thousands”

Tomorrow, we gather to honor our Bishop’s life and to celebrate his new life in heaven.  The Town Talk wrote a beautiful article and I thought I would repost here.

Longtime Pentecostal pastor Gerald A. Mangun of Alexandria dies at 91

Central Louisiana lost one of its most notable spiritual figures when the Rev. Gerald Archie “G.A.” Mangun died Thursday. He was 91.

Mangun, the longtime pastor of The Pentecostals of Alexandria, helped grow the church from less than 40 members when he arrived in Alexandria in 1950 to about 4,000 at the time of his death.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the main sanctuary of The Pentecostals of Alexandria at 2817 Rapides Ave. The memorial service will follow at 6 p.m.

Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Pineville. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m.

“To me, he was a great mentor, a great person and a bigger-than-life spiritual leader,” said Charles Charrier, who met Mangun in 1966 and credits the late pastor as a major influence in his life. “He represented everything good, true, honorable and honest. His passing grieves me deeply.”  Read the rest of the story here.

The Town Talk Photo Gallery..>Click Here

June 17th Town Talk Article

Our View: On G.A. Mangun, a shepherd to thousands in Central Louisiana

Obituary: Gerald Archie Mangun

***All of the above articles and pictures are from the Town Talk.  I reposted the pictures here.  Our church submitted them to the Town Talk, so I believe I can repost them without any copyright violations.

Youtube videos of graveside service.

This is so awesome, Sis. Shoemake singing “Oh What Singing…”  This gives me chills.  I would love to have her sing at my graveside!

Close to My Heart – Stampaganza!


To all of my scrapbooking and crafty friends out there, November is Stampaganza month at Close to My Heart.  What that means is that if you purchase two sets of Acrylix stamps, you get the third free!  Yay!  I am SUPER excited about this.  It is a great opportunity right before the holiday to pick up gifts and stocking stuffers for your crafty friends.  If anyone is interested in placing an order, please leave a comment.  Click on the link below to view the full details on the flyer.

CTMH Stampaganza!

2 Local Buildings Make the Louisiana Trust’s 10 Most Endangered List

I could have danced when I received the email from the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation’s representative.  Due to the Historical Association’s, and mainly, Charles K. Charrier, President of HACL, diligent work nominating two CENLA buildings, the CLSH Dairy Barn in Pineville and the Armour Building on Lower Third in Alexandria, will receive local and national recognition by being placed on the Louisiana Trust’s 10 Most Endangered list.  The Louisiana Trust is part of the National Trust.  Each year, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes the state’s ten most endangered historic properties to draw attention to the importance of historic preservation of our rich Louisiana heritage.  Previously, Central Louisiana has had seven properties placed on the 10 Most Endangered List.  We are proud to see that number grow to 9!

CLSH Dairy Barn 9-01-09

CLSH Dairy Barn 9-01-09

Armour Bldg, Lower Third

Armour Bldg, Lower Third 9-01-09

There will be a reception at Nottaway Plantation on September 20th, and at that time, there will be an unveiling of each structure that has made the 2009 list.  As of now, I do not have a list of the other properties.  This is exciting news for CENLA and for historic preservation!

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”.  Winston Churchill


Thumbs up to HACL

armour resized

Earlier this year, the Armour Building, on Lower Third, was donated to the Historical Association of Central Louisiana.  Along with the donation of the building, came a grant from the Coughlin-Saunders foundation to build a temporary roof for the purpose of stopping  rainwater from deteriorating the building further.  The Armour Building was built in the early 1900s as a meat packing plant.  According to Jonathan and Donna Fricker, previous directors of the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation located in Baton Rouge, there are railroad spurs that lead right up to the building and this building was an integral part of Alexandria’s economy early in the 20th century.  In their past role as directors of LDHP, Jonathan and Donna Fricker are most known for writing several National Register nominations for Louisiana properties most of which were subsequently accepted and listed on the National Register.  The Frickers were retained by HACL to write a National Register nomination  for the Armour Building.   Earlier this month, at their Bi-Annual meeting, the Louisiana National Register Review Committee accepted the nomination and sent to Washington for final disposition.  For more information regarding National Register status and criteria for historic properties, please click here.

The Armour building is currently for sale.  Anyone wishing to tour the property or has an interest in returning this building to commerce, please contact the Historical Association at: 318-448-3952.

Thumbs up to HACL for stepping up to the plate.


Louisiana House Bill 27: Right to Carry Concealed Weapons on College Campuses

I see that CentralLaPolitics has beaten me to writing about this topic.  I am in favor of this bill passing.  It is not easy to get a concealed weapon permit.  To see the criteria you must meet in order to obtain a permit, click here.  I don’t know about you, but I feel safer having a gun in my house.  I don’t have a concealed weapons permit, but I have not yet ruled that out.  Times are getting worse and, if the economy tanks out, I might follow through with obtaining a concealed weapons permit.  I prefer the odds on my side.  Most (I did not say all) persons who go on shooting sprees steal or borrow guns from friends or parents.  I would much prefer a gun in the hands of a person who has had to jump through hoops to obtain a permit, than trust the yo-yo on the street who obtained their weapon on the black market.  I find the argument against it interesting.  I can somewhat sympathize with colleges and universities not wanting to turn their campuses into a bedlam of gun toting thug wannabes, but to leave thousands defenseless and vulnerable to senseless execution?  Sorry.  Don’t see it.  A person who really wants to create havoc or shoot up a college campus, will find some way to do it.  Usually, the law abiding ones who follow the rules and obtain permits legally, are not endeavoring to inflict harm.  Their main purpose is protection.  However, I do note that although later touted as mentally ill, Cho, the Virginia Tech killer, did have a concealed weapons permit.

Just my random thought for the day.


PS In response to this:, hopefully none of it was intended towards me.  But, if it was, I do not copy and paste news for blog hits.  I don’t post anything for blog hits.  In my About Me section, it clearly says that this is a personal blog mainly for my own and my extended family’s interest.  I do note that some Cenla bloggers have linked to my blog.  This was not because I asked them to.  I am still surprised that anyone finds anything worthwhile to read since my blog is mainly a family/renovation project blog.  I do rant about certain things in Cenla, but hey, don’t we all?  I think the only reason that my blog was picked up on some of these other sites is due to the controversy last year with Ratcliff.  Otherwise, I think I would still be carrying on with my same ole limited subscriber anonymous blog of the past.  I do not consider my blog journalistic AT ALL.  If anyone is looking for up to date news, IT IS NOT HERE.  🙂

Town Talk Out-scooped


In September of 2004, I gladly traded the one horse town without a horse [Provencal] for a two horse town [Alexandria]. Even though Alexandria has a decent sized population, apparently we are just not newsworty enough to write about….or write for…for that matter. Around January, I discontinued my subscription to the Town Talk. Besides the basics, obituaries, a couple of complaint letters (some absurd that do not even make sense, I mean, who selects these things to publish?), a few thin stories and some hype about council meetings, I really did not feel that I was getting a) my money’s worth; b) anything worth reading, c) objective reporting. I felt that I could get the same news online, through other blogs or from the nightly news.

Tonight, I decided to check out my old home paper, The Times Picayune.  Oh, do I miss that publication!  The Sunday paper could be recycled and used as a doorstop.  In reading the TP tonight, it makes me wonder why the TT has not run this story:  U.S. Soldier kills five fellow soldiers, or this one: Panel approves bill to protect bicyclists or Bill to require backseat seatbelts  passes house.

You are being outscooped TT.  The stories may be on the horizon, however, I have already read them from other sources.  A lot of readers, due to the advances in technology and Twitter, want to be in the know instantly.  Where is the cutting edge newspaper of the past?  Lately, it seems, the TT has not lived up to their reputation.  Hopefully, I will not appear in next Sunday’s editorial like poor Lamar did.  🙂  But, in order for that to happen, someone important would have to read my blog…no worries here. 

In fairness, I have enjoyed the historical pieces published.  Not all of them have been accurate, but close enough to not have to point out the errors.  All in all, Alexandria deserves better reporting, up to date stories, interest pieces, World news, and on and on.  I am not sure what the problem is, whether it be the budget, the higher ups, the reporters….not sure.  But, if the TT wants to be a competitor in today’s fast paced, technology driven news market, they need to get hip.


As a PS, I would like to point out that Cynthia Jardon stated that the reason the TT, which is owned by Gannett, did not submit any entries to the Louisiana Newspaper Association’s  annual competition was due to a business decision since it costs a lot of money to enter 24 categories…yada yada…  So, I have one question, then why did the Monroe Newstar, which is also owned by Gannett, submit entries?  Puzzling….  I just can’t figure it out.  Someone please explain…I know I am blonde and all….  I note that Cenlalight is perplexed too.