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And Aubrey was her name….

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD You’ve never known the struggle of having an unusual or unique name until you try to find a personalized key chain in a souvenir shop. Growing up with a name like Aubrey, that’s a struggle that I am intimately familiar with. Although throughout my life, I’ve occasionally […]

Life is what happens while we’re making plans

The Way I See It by DON WEST Recently I have had the pleasure to reconnect with some dear friends from whom I have been separated because – well because, as my friend quipped, “Life is what happens while we are making plans.” He is right, you know. We always have a plan; we plan […]

Pride with prejudice?

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY I remember distinctly the day I assigned the novel Pride and Prejudice to one of my advanced senior English classes. Mostly, I heard moans and some unnecessary comments. However, there were a few true readers like myself who seemed excited at the idea of reading this classic Austen novel. Often […]

‘I get a feeling that I should have been home yesterday’

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH When I was 18, I had the opportunity to move to New York City. My airfare would have been covered and I would have lived rent-free for six months while I found work and established residency to receive college assistance. It had been a dream of mine for many […]

The art of miscommunication

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD I miss the lost art of spoken conversations that involved the inclusion of intimate interactions. I miss the art of reading a person’s moods and emotions by watching the level of their shoulders, the tension or relaxation in their posture or the way we show all of […]

Big brother

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Those who know my “back story” know that I lost a brother in Vietnam in 1970, two months short of my high school graduation. He gave up his young life exactly 45 years ago today. I lost my protector, my confidante, and my brother that day. I write this column […]

This is news about the newspaper

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH So one day the now-former Jennings Daily News (JDN) Editor Rebecca Chaisson called me into her office and asked if I wanted it. “You want my title, too? I sorta want to work less hours. Part-time, to be exact,” she said. “I don’t really care as long as I […]

Growing up too quickly

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD Of all of the phases we go through in life, I think the pre-teen, teenage and early adulthood years may be the most difficult. Think about it. When you are a little kid with minimal responsibility, you are not thinking of anything but little kid stuff. The […]

Good discipline breeds responsibility

The Way I See It by DON WEST How many times have you heard a mother or father say, “I just don’t know what to do with that child?” I look around society today and I abhor the fact that I see grandparents raising grandchildren, and when I wonder what happened to the parents, I […]

Playing the part

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Some people think the greatest fear is the fear of flying, but the number one fear, according to national survey results, is anxiety about speaking in public. Three out of every four individuals suffer from speech anxiety. Up to five percent of the world population, hundreds of millions, experience this […]

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