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Common Ground: Tell your secretary ‘thank you’

Today’s the day to shower your secretary with sweets, flowers or a “thank you” card. April 22 is Secretary’s Day, and without secretaries — the most common job for women in America since the 1950s — offices would likely fall into disarray, administrative tasks would go undone and corporations, plants and businesses would become unorganized and inefficient.… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Life of public service rings true for Bell

Photo provided by SHANNON DOMINGUE -- State Beta Club president -- Iberville Math Science & Arts Academy East Junior DWayne Bell II was elected as Louisiana Senior Beta Club president on Jan. 16 in Lafayette.

At 17, D’Wayne Bell II has made academics and community service a priority at his high school, where he is honing his skills for public service and leadership. Since becoming president of the Louisiana Beta Club in January, the junior at Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy-East in St. Gabriel is out to let teens know… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Is it clutter when you’re really busy?

Bedside clutter is one of my worst organizational challenges this spring cleaning season. At the end of a long work day, I toss clothes, shoes and tote bags anywhere they might land on my side of the room, bed or on the adjacent wingback chair. “What’s happening over there?” my husband will occasionally ask… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Better living through couponing

While unloading my grocery items onto a checkout counter at the Plaquemine Wal-Mart last week, I watched the cashier scan a heap of coupons for the woman ahead of me. “You saved $107,” she told the shopper. The woman looked pleased with the amount shaved off of her original $450 bill. “I… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Building on the strength of women

Women have proven that resiliency, patience, fearlessness and a self-sacrificing spirit are key to affecting change. They are motivators, caretakers, cooks, educators, leaders, soccer moms, super moms and a major force behind helping make America better. When I reflect on my grandmothers’ contributions, it reminds me that the struggles of women today, though challenging and… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Raising kids and raising awareness

About 13 years ago, Donna Montgomery made a promise to a dying mother that she would raise and care for the woman’s six children. Montgomery, 47, was already raising her four teenagers as a single working mom. She took on the challenge of raising 10 children on her stretched budget from her job… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Teen sex and life goals don’t add up

After being invited to a couple of baby showers for teen mothers in recent years, I explained to my 12-year-old daughter that, while babies are a blessing, raising them requires an enormous amount of maturity, planning and responsibility — something for which a teenage mother may not initially be equipped. I was relieved when… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Clearing the hurdles in mathematics

My son competed in his first math tournament last month along with 445 other fourth- and fifth-graders who spent 90 minutes solving pre-algebra problems and more. While he struggled with some test problems, at least one young test-taker felt at ease with the exam. About an hour into the test, my son recalled seeing a… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Little pitchers always have their ears on

I found out the hard way that not everything you say in your home is going to stay within its walls, particularly if you have Wi-Fi and internet. As the old saying goes, “watch what you say around your children.” Sometime during the Mardi Gras break, I tripped on the shower curtain and the… Continue reading →

Common Ground: The journey of hairstyles through ages

Helping my daughter research her Black History Month project on Madam C.J. Walker gave me time to ponder what the hair mogul might have thought about today’s hair, some 100 years later. I am pretty sure Walker would be disappointed to hear people of color still using the phrases “good hair” and “bad hair” to describe hair… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Click your way out of traffic jams

Ahh, what the click of a button can do to expedite our lives. During the past two months, UPS, FedEx and U.S. Postal services have delivered to my door dozens of packages — everything from a comforter set, shoes, e-tablets, a foot scrubber, pantsuits, two pairs of eyeglasses, phone cases, speakers, rugs and heavens knows what… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Coaching next wave of educators

Coach Karen Ross is not blowing a whistle or pacing up and down a field motivating players. She coaches and trains teachers to work through life struggles, hectic family schedules and obstacles to prepare to lead challenged schools. I met Ross, a 25-year educator, former principal and now Iberville Parish school administrator, in January during… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Teen readers to pick their top books

Photo provided by EVANGELYNN CLARK -- Scotlandville Magnet High School senior and SGA president Anthony Kenney votes Wednesday for his favorite Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award.

The polls don’t lie. If you think teen readers are a dying group, then it might be worth visiting Scotlandville Magnet High today when hundreds of students will cast ballots for the year’s top teen book. The 2015 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award program is fueling the excitement, said school librarian Evangelynn Clark, whose library… Continue reading →

Common Ground: We all need support from others

From overcoming the death of a parent to strengthening bonds between a father and son, winners and nominees in area Student of the Year contests have pushed though life’s challenges to become academic scholars, star athletes and activists in their communities. While reading essays on Iberville Parish students, I discovered the sources behind their success: Families, teachers,… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Growing up with my growing girl

After my daughter turned 12 last summer, I knew it was time to start talking more with her about puberty. She was changing both physically and emotionally. Where do I start? Woman’s Hospital registered nurse Meghan Bardwell helped me find the answers after my daughter and I attended her 90-minute class, Body Basics for… Continue reading →

Need a pick me up? Chante Warren: Poetic Van Davis Sr. finds unique ways to deliver smiles, inspiration to Rosedale school community

Photo provided by CHANTE WARREN -- Van Davis Sr. is an Iberville Parish School custodian who writes and shares his poetry with school staff each day.

In between cleaning classrooms, buffing floors, tending to emergencies in pre-k restrooms or fixing equipment, Van Davis Sr. delivers an infectious smile and poetic inspiration to teachers, staff and principals throughout the Rosedale school community. “How are you doing?” he often will ask me and other staffers. “Is is still sunny inside?” If… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Escaping the problems of the past year

It is challenging to sum up 2014. One poll found that about 53 percent of Americans say race relations are worsening. Ebola fears stirred mandatory quarantines throughout the globe, and national protests were widespread against police use of force. And our Saints did not fare very well. And it does not stop there. Leading up to… Continue reading →

Common Ground: How’s your Web IQ measure up?

I wrote my last old-fashioned letter on a Hewlett-Packard typewriter about 25 years ago. That machine is now tucked away in the attic along with its dinosaur cartridges and accessories. Today, we use sleek laptops, wireless printers and handheld tablets stocked with apps, photo wizards, WiFi and all kinds of stuff that can make shopping,… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Pecans are Louisiana’s giving tree

Photo provided -- The Rev. Frank Collins III and his wife Sandy pick pecans by the bucket in their yard during the harvest season.

Grosse Tete resident Rev. Frank Collins III is loyal to his backyard duo of pecan trees he planted as a young boy. The trees have become a source of business for his roadside store where he sells vegetables, pork skins and the pecans that he and his wife, Sandy, pick to make his creamy, nutty pecan… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Thankful for some time to catch up

If your children are not in a holiday camp, chances are they are doing what my children are doing today — watching Netflix movies, snacking and asking questions about which relatives homes they’ll visit tomorrow. Holiday and winter break periods can be tricky for parents. Fortunately, because my job follows the same schedule as my… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Make lunch a priority for your kids

I thought I was doing a pretty good job of packing my children’s lunch boxes by filling them with all of their favorites — pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets, ham and cheese Lunchables, mini Oreos, an orange and a juice box. It’s what they wanted, and I didn’t have to listen to them complain about… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Are all your eggs in one cell phone?

How many times have I jumped into my car, merged into traffic, fumbled inside my purse for my cell phone and felt that sinking feeling I get after realizing that I probably left home without it. Whether we want to admit it or not, cell phones are just as important as our own wallets,… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Children fall short with pet project

Almost two years ago, my 8-year-old daughter, then 6, begged us to adopt the guinea pigs that had been in her classroom. The first-grade teacher even offered us the cage, food and bedding. I refused until my daughter’s eyes streamed tears. “But mommy, I promise that I will feed them everyday, clean the cage and… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground, Don't ignore workplace check-ups

If your job offers health checkups, go ahead and sign up. When my workplace offered its employees a free flu shot, health evaluation and a wellness game plan, I signed up with no hesitation. That — coupled with a chance to win an HD television and cash for our respective school — made it more appealing.… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Southern Law Center to host event to highlight progress made in racial diversity

Civil rights lawyers have litigated for human rights through the decades, resulting in landmark decisions that have changed America for the better. There’s Brown vs. Board of Education, which 50 years ago made it unconstitutional to allow separate public schools for black and white students, and the Civil Rights Act of 1954, which outlawed discrimination based… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Our choices are our responsibility

While everyone wants their children to grow up to be polite and kind, there is another character trait that trumps them all: responsibility. We all need someone we can depend on. President Abraham Lincoln addressed acting responsibly before Congress in 1862. “Men,” he said, “should utter nothing for which they would not willingly… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Sports lifts morale in North Iberville

Photo provided by Chante Warren -- Coach Marvin Price of Grosse Tete, reviews practice plays with the North Iberville Pee Wee Bears on Thursday night, 10/2, for this season's return of football games held at the school's stadium where Pee Wee quarterback

When North Iberville High School closed its doors in 2009, also lost were its football, basketball and track programs along with its loyal supporters. On Sept. 24, just before dusk, the school’s stadium lights shone for the first time in five years, drawing parents, students, business sponsors and faculty to the rural school’s… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Breast cancer awareness saves lives

Patricia Ray Carter’s life was going well. She was a working mother of two young boys, a dedicated wife and active in her community. In April 1991, she felt a lump. Following tests and a mammogram, doctors diagnosed Carter with Stage 3 breast cancer. “I was in a state of shock,” Carter… Continue reading →