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Mailbag - November 2014

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MailbagHappy to celebrate Saints-style

I was so happy to see the black and gold Saints [photo] when I picked up your magazine [Football, Cajun Style: Saints and Tigers fans live among us, by Dave Schafer, October 2014]. We have a similar celebration every Sunday, albeit smaller. We wear our black and gold, yell loudly, turn up the music and dance to NOLA music when the Saints score. There are so many Saints fans in this area who I’m sure have similar NOLA-style parties every time our beloved Saints are on. Chandel’s gumbo recipe was right on! Made me hungry just to read it.

Thanks again for the story and pictures. WHO DAT!

Arlene Schneider

Editors’ note: If you missed Chandel Hancock’s gumbo recipe, you can find it here.

Thank you for Alex’s story

I want to thank Michelle Casas Groogan for the article she wrote on bipolar disorder and the publisher for including it in The Buzz [Bipolar Disorder: How we lost Alex, October 2014].

I am a member of NAMI [National Alliance on Mental Illness], which is an organization that works to educate the public about mental illness and the stigma associated with it. Mental illness is a leading cause of disability and touches the lives of almost everyone in some way. Articles such as the one by Michelle raise awareness. Hopefully, someday cures and/or improved treatment will be found, as have happened to many other maladies when funding and attention are dedicated to them. Think AIDS and breast cancer.

With gratitude, Carol Loggins

Story reminds her of friend

I lost a dear friend to bipolar disease about 10 years ago. When she took her medicine, she was a normal mom and friend. Without the medicine, she was another story. I still get so angry when I think how her death devastated her adult sons, but I know she was helpless to control her moods without the medicine.

Linda Plavidal

Student writers in Buzz

I would like to inquire about the possibility of submitting articles, written by our journalism students, to be published in The Buzz. The opportunity to see their article in a publication, such as yours, is a great source of pride and accomplishment for the student as well as the teacher. It helps to build their portfolios, and helps forward information to our community. I have seen the “School Buzz” section for student correspondents. Please consider adding correspondents from Pershing. 

Rachel S. Burgan, Magnet Coordinator, Pershing Middle School

Editor’s note: Thank you for your interest in our new School Buzz program for high school students. At some point, we do hope to expand School Buzz to middle schools. Meanwhile, students of all ages who live in our circulation areas are invited to submit a 350-word, first-person essay about an experience, passion or hobby for our monthly Buzz Kidz column. Look under Kids or email info@thebuzzmagazines.com.


In an October 2014 story [Drafting Divas: Gal pals find fun in fantasy football], we incorrectly identified Andrew Luck’s team. The correct team is Indianapolis Colts. The online version of the story has been corrected.

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