French government recognizes Degas House in New Orleans — National Post

NEW ORLEANS — The French government has added a New Orleans house where the French painter Edgar Degas lived briefly to a network of houses of famous French people. Degas House Museum owner David Villarrubia says the bed and breakfast will be able to display a large red medallion showing it is part of the […]

via French government recognizes Degas House in New Orleans — National Post

Raising Gleason – NOLA Family Magazine

Saints player Steve Gleason talks fatherhood, ALS, New Orleans, and parenting with Nola Family
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I can remember when my cousin, John Delong and his girlfriend Patty Frisk began dating. John worked at Frisky’s a restaurant in Northwest Arkansas. I am sure I did not know this at the time because I was younger. I remember them showing up to our house on his motorcycle. They were cute and sweet together. Patty reminds me of my great grandma Stowe and great grandma Virginia Stowe. Always sweet, always kind and always find he goodness in people.

My great grandma and my great uncle, would leave an event or talk about people and then say “they are good people, no really they are”. It was as if maybe I didn’t hear them or I didn’t believe them.

Well Patty and John are good people! No really they are!!

I can’t recall when I first learned about ALS, also known in the past as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS.

I have some other words that I like to use when referring to this disease. But I will spare you my aware words.

We were so happy when Patty and John decided to marry and begin a family. Distance caused our relationship to be here there and everywhere. Sometimes keeping up with each other’s families through our mother’s. Though Patty was always good about sending Christmas letters and pictures. Something I too have once loved doing. Life so often seems to get in my way of snail mail. For two years, I have printed some cards sometime throughout the year. Addressed some, written personal memos even addressed but then never mailed. Damn me. And chris would be really pissed if he knew I spend money that he may seem as wasted. But I see it similar to the bait he buys and looses. These are similar issues that I had when I was younger. After our wedding, my mother would ask have you written all your thank you notes. At one point I told my cousin, Alex, who was dutifully trained to write thank you notes, that I may have thanked some people twice and some not at all. I really thought I was joking a bit. but Alex let me know they got two!!! Sorry to any I didn’t thank along the way.

I often say “consider me thanked!”

Over the years one motto is “do what you can when you can”. With Chris and I”s large family and friends there were times that we couldn’t afford to give to all we love And he stress it created for me at times became too stressful. When I realized that he joy had gone, I stopped giving any gifts. I committed to give our children the best we could. Don’t we all want more for our children?!

I think of so many of my mottos that have to do with leaving a place better then you found it.

Well our girls have lots of passion pertaining to there condition of he planet.

They carry disposable straws. They recognize the waste and consumption that seems so prevalent in our world. Some is important and at times I must have a straw.

I am so happy that Patty and her family have technology and resources to assist each other to care for one another. They get to meet their first grand child this fall and see their baby girl get married.

Though I am still I bit in denial that Chris and I beat them to grandparent world. I am so happy for their family. Our girls adore Megan. She was so helpful with our girls when she was in college. I can remember playing with both Angela and Megan over the years. Climbing trees, rolling around on the grass and playing with John. Like when my brothers and cousins were playing war in the back ground and I asked to play. They said that I could be the nurse. Well thank God someone else stepped in when an accident happen. I know john, Megan and Angela are the perfect people to love Patty. And to be her arms and legs just like Steve Gleason is able to describe in the above article.

Patty and Steve are both #faroutstars to me.

As June celebrates Father’s Day, I reflect on all the men who have modeled wonderful fathering. And I am excited for the new father’s. That get to experience the journey.

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Memorial Day weekend.

I often reflect on those whom have served and for those who currently serve. In theses moments, I am filled with gratitude for what they have fought and served to protect.

Ben Harrison and Sarah Stafford Farnet.

Bert Stafford and Sarah Stafford Farnet.

(Michelle Cosgrove, Monica Ferrari, Chris Farnet)

Here is a sweet story of a WWII veteran reviving his metas:

World War II veteran receives metals

As we travel south to New Orleans and Bay Saint Louis, we will do as much as we can to run around the city connecting with family & friends. Over the years, the wants and needs lists of what we should do when we travel doesn’t always align.

There is always so much to do and so many places to be. We are blessed in that we have had the resources to do so much. Of course, we want to do everything! Do what you can, when you can!

We have had the chance to go to the World War II museum in New Orleans. It was fascinating. Learning and seeing the boats that delivered soldiers to the beaches of Europe was amazing and overwhelming!

I can’t even imagine!!!

Reading or watching movies: “Saving Private Ryan”, “Pearl Harbor”, “Unbroken”, “Boys in the boat”, “Dunkirk”

My father rarely spoke of his time at war. I recall that he was stationed in Mineral Wells when he first enlisted. In my twenties, I became familiar with Mineral Wells when I worked at Camp Grady Spruce.

While I was in Mineral Wells, I turned 21. On our days off we would visit the local hootenanny’s. My dad would have been about sixteen when he was training to go to war. I imagine he spent some time in the same hootenannies that I did.

Chris says “he fell in love with me” when he visited me on Possum Kingdom Lake. When I helped him climb up and down my challenge course wall, was when he knew he loved me! I remember looking into his eyes when he was struggling to repel off the 100 feet wall. I helped many up and down the wall that summer! I said “look into my eyes, keep your legs straight and walk down the wall, keeping your legs straight in front of you”.

So as we celebrate Memorial Day weekend, I am remind what satirist, John Oliver or Trevor Noah said “it seems like America forgets that they are at war”?!

See Trevor Noah at The AMP!

Girls rule the world beyonce – Bing

girls rule the world beyonce – Bing
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When Chris and I were expecting, we did not find out the sex of the baby until the birth. When Genevieve Grace was born, Chris asked Dr. Pickhardt “What is it?” The doctor replied “female”. Chris said it took him a minute or two before it registered that female is a girl.

At some point Chris came back into my room and said “boys drool and girls rule”. I had to ask “what”. He explained that he had spoken with Andre and that is what his girls said!

Avenue Q & Cher on Broadway has ties to Northwest Arkansas Jason Moore.

As I substitute teach at Haas Hall Academy, I am reminded of my friends and my past.

Jason Moore and I had a drama classes in my early teens. I recall we did a production of Winnie the Pooh at the NWA mall. I remember rehearsals. At the mall, I skipped a huge section of the play. Therefore I had to improv and try to get some of the dialogue back into the show. Wing it! I recall my mom discussing plays that she was in through college. She described feeling outside of herself looking at herself below. Thinking I have to get back in my body and say my lines. Terrifying and interesting all in one.

When I was in graduate school, my supervisor worked with a large population of women whom suffered from DID, previously know as multiple personality disorder. Many of these women had experienced extreme amounts of abuse. Dissociating is a coping mechanism that people’s brains sometimes do when they are processing something difficult. I recall someone describing it to a class of mine. We were asked “have you ever driven somewhere and missed a turn or forgotten how you got there? Of course we all had. They explained well you dissociated.

Jason and I continued to be friends through out high school. My girls get embarrassed because I often bring up Jason’s work. I think they question if I really know him.

He is one of the many the #faroutstars that I have been lucky to know.

Jason has been working on Cher on broadway. Chris and I had the opportunity to see Cher in Vegas. We went to see Mark play with Seal. I was disappointed that Bette was on hiatus from her Vegas show. I have enjoyed Cher as an actress more then a musician. Chris and I rested rather then see her perform. Cher is definitely a performer that I have come to appreciate and admire. Not sure I will make s special trip to see Cher. However if it travels at some point, maybe I will get the chance to see Jason’s work on Cher.


“Being Authentic is Cher’s Superpower.   Her authenticity to herself is her salvation” Jason Moore,  Director, Fayetteville Arkansas Native!

Looking forward to hearing what Jason will create for the world next.  Jason is one of Northwest Arkansas many #FarOutStars!

Check out the work he done over the years.