Smiley: Teachers need love

Every time I visit a classroom to read to the “chirren,” I observe the energy level of the little dears and have the same thought: “Whatever teachers make, it’s not enough.”

Marvin Borgmeyer says with school about to start, it’s a good time to warn new teachers “that students can be very clever.”

To prove his point, Marvin resurrects this old gag:

Tommy: “Teacher, would you punish me for something I didn’t do?”

Teacher: “Of course not.”

Tommy: “Good, because I didn’t do my homework.”

Pigs, frogs, dingos, oh my!

Bill Cagnolatti says our lists of wine names “grabbed my attention, due to my fondness for wine and anything silly.”

Here are a few of the best wine names from his long list:

Lazy Lizard, Flying Pig, Hair of the Dingo, Arrogant Frog, Cleavage Creek (a percentage of proceeds are donated to breast cancer research), Slug Gulch Red, My Wayward Sons, 7 Deadly Zins and “my favorite, Le Cigare Volant (Flying Cigar) by Bonny Doon Vineyard.”

Bill says compiling the list made him very thirsty — but fortunately, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. …

Famous teachers

Karen Poirrier, of Lutcher, says she’s been informed by “our town historian,” Charlie Duhe, that the late U.S. Rep. Lindy Boggs was a teacher and librarian at Romeville Elementary/High in St. James Parish:

“He didn’t know the grade levels or when she served. Perhaps your readers could fill in the blanks.

“Also, James Carville taught social studies at Vacherie Elementary School at the junior high level.

“Two phenomenal people whose careers began in the St. James Parish Public School System!”

Good Samaritans

Gaylon Dighton thanks everyone who responded when his wife, Maurine, passed out at the breakfast table:

“As I cradled her head in the crook of my arm, I dialed 911. The woman who answered was very calm and patient as I gave her our location and problem.

“In a very short time an EMS crew was in our kitchen. I didn’t get the names of the two ladies, but the guy was named Joe.

“They took her to Ochsner’s emergency room, where we met a really great crew of Dr. Cuba, nurses, technicians, etc.”

He says Maurine’s now recuperating at home.

Worthy causes

LifeShare Blood Centers, citing a summer shortage of blood donors, offers T-shirts and caps to donors and encourages them to bring a friend.

For locations and information visit

In Baton Rouge the Lifeshare center is at 3849 North Blvd. Call (225) 381-2563.

A multi-family garage sale and hamburger cookout from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 10951 Stanley Aubin Lane benefits cancer patient Rena Stevens. Donations of cash or sale items are welcome.

Special People Dept.

Lillie Carline Courtade, of Southside Gardens Assisted Living, celebrates her 103rd birthday Saturday.

Allie Smylie Welch, of Central, celebrates her 100th birthday Friday. There will be a reception Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Zoar Baptist.

Rae Montecino Romeo, of Landmark of Baton Rouge, celebrates her 98th birthday Sunday.

Roger Bourg Jr., of Napoleonville, celebrates his 98th birthday Friday.

Rena “Moma Day” Day, of Chipola/Greensburg, celebrated her 97th birthday July 19.

On Saturday Mary Jackson, of Amber Terrace Assisted Living, celebrates her 93rd birthday.

John E. Coxe Sr., of Walker, celebrates his 92nd birthday Monday. He is a World War II veteran, serving as a captain in the Army.

Vernon Dixon Sr. celebrates his 90th birthday Friday.

Flo Smith celebrates her 90th birthday Saturday.

On Wednesday Dr. A. George and Mildred “Millie” Caldwell, of St. James Place, celebrated their 65th anniversary.

A.J. and Mattie Stubbs, of Pride, celebrate their 63rd anniversary Sunday.

Teenie and Calvin Bajon celebrate 62 years of marriage Friday.

On Friday Lynn and Randy Franks, of Gonzales, celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Shattering experience

Robert Smiley, of Denham Springs, says, “On a recent trip to Mississippi I went to see a Gypsy lady near Natchez.

“Unfortunately I bumped into her table, knocked her crystal ball off the table and broke it.

“Cost me a fortune!”

Burning issue

Bill Plunkett, of Slidell, has been thinking of a way “to make my passing a little more memorable.”

He told his wife that if he dies first, she is to have him cremated, but instead of putting all his ashes in one urn, she is to go to a hobby shop and buy “about 25 small plastic containers, and place a portion of my ashes in each container.

“And this is where the memorable part comes in.

“Put a sign behind the containers with this statement on it: ‘So, you want a piece of me!’ ”

Write Smiley at He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.