May is here and so are the blooms on the Catalpa trees. Named after the Catawba Native Americans, the white blooms of the trees appear as wisps of cotton candy against the dark green background framed by the large leaves.
The word Catalpa actually evolved from a spelling error by a Botanists name Scopoli. Also known as the Indian Bean tree and the Cigar tree, the Catalpa tree is native in both Southern and Northern versions.
I remember seven years ago contemplating what my future would hold. It hadn’t been very long since I made the ultimate decision to not attend The Citadel.
For those of you not familiar with the school, it is a public military college located in Charleston, S.C., that is equivalent to attending Annapolis or West Point — the way it was put to me back then was Annapolis was for the Navy, West Point was for the Army and The Citadel was for those wanting to join the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation.
Farmers often talk about the million-dollar rain, much needed and timely precipitation that helps their crops grow.
In the case of the rains passing over much of the grain-growing areas in Louisiana last week, it could be many more times that in revenue for our farmers, according to Matt Raley, seed and chemical sales manager with Raley Brothers, LLC in Crowville. Raley likened the event to the last inning of a baseball game.
This has been an Olympian-size summer for Louisiana Tech University’s athletics program.
The best public relations’ guru this side of Madison Avenue couldn’t have concocted a better promotional gig for Tech Nation.
There are not many schools in the country who, within less than a month’s time later this summer, will have:
• An inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
• Three representatives in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
But that’s exactly what will be occurring in upcoming weeks.