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FAINT GLOW

LOUISIANA GHOST STORY

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Why is this springtime so difficult? Is April indeed "The Cruelest Month"? Is it because of that unlucky 13 in "2013"? Have I walked under too many ladders? Should I check my horoscope?

Anyway, here at Chez Annette, it's been just one frightful event after another. I've had the flu for almost two weeks. I've had houseguests. Electrical outages due to the tornado outbreak  Read More 
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Reel Life / Real Life

They're shooting a movie on location around the corner. Big white trucks park in front of my house and in the church lot next door, orange electrical cables linking them to other big white trucks. Plus to the actual film site itself, a neighborhood house of unassuming appearance. Tents  Read More 
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My Friend Joe Has Left the Building

Joe died last Saturday night, March 23, 2013. His memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow evening, Thursday, March 28, here in New Orleans. Champagne corks WILL be popped, songs sung, funny stories shared, tears shed. Someday soon, no doubt I'll resume regular postings on this blog. But not right now. Thanks for caring.
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My Friend Joe

What can I say about Joe?

Well, he's been my staunch friend for twenty-five years. I attended his wedding. Visited his wife and newborn daughter in the hospital right after the child was born. When I needed a place to live upon moving back to New Orleans after my mother's Alzheimer's had pretty much  Read More 
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Happy Mardi Bowl! Happy Super Gras!

I'm a new person this time of year, hallelujah!

Reborn! Metamorphosed from Christmastime Grumpy-Old-Saleslady into Happy Carnival Butterfly--Can I get a witness? That's what an approaching Mardi Gras can do for you. --That, plus spectacular weather.

It's a Sunday morning with the temperature in the 70's, I'm in my back yard surrounded by buzzing  Read More 
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Secret Holiday Gift Tips From Your Helpful Sales Lady

Welcome to our gift store, ladies and gentlemen! Feel free to browse and if you need any guidance, I'm here to help and tell you whatever you want to hear. (But what might remain unspoken are the few following truths:)

YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT TO GET FOR GRANDMA? No idea. I don't know your grandmother. But don't buy that digital travel alarm clock. She can't set it.  Read More 
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The Most Wonderful Time of The Year?

It's not even December yet but that old familiar Sales Clerk Dread is beginning to choke me like toxic fog. Black Friday brought us some business at the gift shop, followed by Shop Small Saturday which saw more shoppers than last year coming through our doors, thank God. But yesterday was Cyber Monday.  Read More 
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Avoidance/Acceptance/Aggghhh

WHAT I'M TRYING TO AVOID THIS MORNING:

1. Obsessing about Tuesday's election. I'll be dragging my ass to the polls before work. Without a car. It'll probably rain. Plus I'm not in a swing state. My vote won't count. Bummerama.

2. Thinking about Hurricane Sandy sufferers frustrated over how it's been four whole days now with life  Read More 
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Football, Butterflies and Hypertension

Drew Brees just threw an interception on the Saints' very first possession of the game resulting in a Tampa Bay score, so maybe God is telling me to turn off the TV and blog. Because I'd rather blog than do laundry. And I can take the laptop outdoors to write. And it's  Read More 
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Blue Moon in Chicago

I flew to Chicago last week with all-natural garlic capsules in my Ziploc baggie because my blood pressure was way higher than it should be. And all the beforehand hassles of packing, getting to the bank (what a laugh), buying enough cat food for my friend Claudia to feed to my zoo here in  Read More 
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