December 7, 1941 The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor! December 8, 1942, my birthday and the Immaculate Conception! Don’t we just love this time of seasons? Lot’s going on and lots to be thankful for. “So chosen by God for this new life of love dress in the wardrobe God picked out for us: Compassion, Kindness, Humility, Quiet Strength, Discipline… Colossians…

It seems all my early life there were mostly family discussions and happenings of the war, that is World War II. That is mostly what I remember, vaguely. Daddy coming home from Japan, his trunk of memorabilia that we loved to play in… and it seemed Sunday dinner at my grandmother’s home on 206 Pine Street, here in Monroe. The conversation was of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I heard this story many times, in my early life, so many years ago. “On the Sunday, 1941, after church, the family was gathered around the dining room table having dinner when it was announced on the radio, this atrocious happening! As my parents and grandparents spoke of this event, so many times, I remember the horrified look on their faces!

This year, Sunday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day … At our church St. Paul’s Methodist honored all Veterans and their families. Our outstanding choir preformed an outstanding performance of all branches of the military songs. The Marines: from the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli. The Air Force: Up we go into the wild blue yonder. The Army: The Caissons goes rolling along. Navy: Anchors aweigh. It made me so proud! Mike was working that Sunday and did not get to enjoy. I was sorry he missed out on such an outstanding performance. What did Douglas McArthur say? “Old soldiers do not die, they just fade away.”

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Thanksgiving holidays and being thankful — beautiful fall leaves of red, brilliant yellow, orange mixed with the glorious green of the Pine Trees, blue skies, puffy white clouds, bright sunshine, family, football, turkey, dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, pecan pies, family, friends and deer hunting. What a wonderful time to be alive! THOMAS DESHOTEL bagged his first deer with his uncle MIKE CAGE. Speaking of football, that LSU and Texas A&M game was crazy! We had a very good time watching and enjoying with DEANIE & TOM BAKER ... always so much fun and the best food of all. Deanie just knows how to do! Enjoying the evening were. KATHY & HANK BIEDENHARN, JEANNIE & STEVE TAYLOR, SHELIA & DON DIXON, beautiful DR. JANINE & TEDDY HOPKINS, CAROLE KILPATRICK & daughters KERRY & LAURA and BRENDA & CHARLES MARSALA.

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MARY BERNARD, thank you for sharing the real deal! HOT ONION SOUFFLE … Now girls and boys, this is real hard, but worth all the extra time and hard work! You will be famous when you bring this to an even and your phone will be ringing off the wall. Get ready!

8 ounces boxes of cream cheese, room temperature

½ cup mayo

Mix well and add 14 ounces frozen chopped onions, only frozen. Stir and mix well.

Add red pepper to taste. Pour in a pyrex bowl and bake in a 350 degrees oven for about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly and a little brown on top.

Serve with Frito Scoops. You can add green chilies but this is the real deal. I swear, this tastes just like what is in Genusa’s Cannelloni.

With all the fresh wonderful apples and big bowls of cracked pecans, I dreamed of Waldorf Salad…apples, lemon juice, pecans, chopped celery, raisins, and a little mayo…a blast from the past… so good!

Be kind to all, and get ready for Santa Claus!

Dianne

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