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I have but one child to give to my country

by SARAH MORRISON STEPHENS So, my one child that God blessed me with is going to jump out of a perfectly good plane soon. A perfectly,good plane. Jumping. Out of it. With a parachute on his back. Oh, Lord, give me strength. From the time Charlie was old enough to talk, he said he wanted […]

I’m busy, give me a break!

The Way I See It by DON WEST OK…. Easter is over for another year. We can go back to living life as we did before Holy Week. Break out that old grudge that you have been carrying for years. Your father (stepfather, mother, stepmother, grandmother, step grandfather, uncle, aunt) wasn’t the person they should […]

Making the best of the worst

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Growing up in a large family with seven siblings, one learns to appreciate the silence. I can’t imagine what it was like for my mother when we all tromped off to school, and she finally had some peace and quiet. I do know that the remaining part of her day […]

Making all things new

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH “Whatever happens Whatever you see Whatever your eyes tell you has become of me This is not, not the end I am making all things new again”   I have heard it said many times that hope is a beautiful thing. Of course, I only recently realized hope seems […]

One month in April

by SARAH MORRISON STEPHENS This time four years ago I was back home in Louisiana spending a month with my little mama, Jeanette Holland Morrison. My father had died four months earlier. Three days after his funeral my mother went into the hospital and never rebounded. She had spent those four months in the hospital […]

We can adjust

The Way I See It by DON WEST Well, you know God has a sense of humor. He just had to poke fun at Al Gore and his global warming buddies one more time before winter was done. Unfortunately, he may have caught the flower and tomato growers by surprise. I hate that because my […]

Turning the tables

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Driving behind a vehicle recently, I saw a bumper sticker that read: “Live long enough to embarrass your kids.” I laughed aloud in the privacy of my car because it made me remember the many times my girls said or did things that I considered embarrassing! But the laughter truly […]

Dr. Seuss trumps Lady Liberty every time

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH I walked in to the Iota Branch of the Acadia Parish Library recently and told the librarian, “I’d like a library card, please.” “Sure, I just need a picture ID and two forms of proof of residency,” she replied. Library card applications have apparently come a long way since […]

Where has time gone?

The Way I See It by DON WEST Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday that we walked the hallowed halls of old Jennings High School and yet, on the last weekend of April, the Class of 1964 will gather for our 50th reunion. Where has the time gone? Well, it went […]

Keep trying… and learning

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY As a school teacher, I learned much more than I taught! That is a fact! Every year of my 30 years in the classroom I learned something new. I learned that some times we educators don’t follow our own advice or listen well enough. Humbling is one way to express […]

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