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A gift or a curse?

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY We Cajuns are known for our good food, hospitality, and our traditions and superstitions. Growing up in Southwest Louisiana was an experience I would never trade.  I learned to two-step before I was 10 years old and grew to love the melodic exchanges of Cajun French among my relatives. I […]

Laughing at ourselves

I  have always loved laughing, even if it is at myself. This week, my eight-year-old grandson asked me this week if I was famous! I was taken aback, but I tried to stifle the laughter because he was so serious.  I explained to him that I was not famous, but I did know many people […]

It’s almost that time again

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH We are approaching the middle of July, which means school is only weeks away. Some of you might be excited about this; some may not. It’s a time of year we are accustomed to, even though the details of summer and school have changed since each of us have […]

Amar Benoit – A true gentleman

The Way I See It by DON WEST We make choices everyday. Choices can be good ones or bad ones, and many times young people make the wrong choices and do so because of influence by peers or parents. Choosing a role model can be difficult, and generally speaking, a good role model should come […]

Simple things

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY How many times have you expected or awaited an important event and came away disappointed? But, then some of our most memorable moments, those “Kodak” memories, came from those simple, unplanned events. Those memories still play in our minds like old movies just as vividly as the day they happened. […]

Happy Birthday, America

The Way I See It by DON WEST “We the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union…” Tomorrow will be the 238th birthday of this auspicious moment in history. The words that begin the Preamble to the Constitution of our nation are much more than just words […]

Loyalty and love

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY The New Oxford American Dictionary defines loyalty as “the quality of being loyal to someone or something,” and loyal as “giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person. The word “loyal” is of French origin. It comes from the Old French “loial,” which in turn comes […]

Hopefully, I’ve done more good than harm

The Way I See It by DON WEST God has a way of getting my attention when He wants to. He puts people around me that have the guts to tell me when I am wrong. It’s not an easy thing for me to accept, but God makes it so obvious, I cannot deny the […]

The gift of hugging

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Some people are not so lucky in the in-law department. I, on the other hand, won the lottery. I had the kindest and most giving mother-in-law and father-in-law. My husband’s only sister has become like a sister to me. The rest of his relatives have become my loved ones as […]

Let’s play the renaming game

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH I think it’s time we realize there needs to be a team-renaming revolution across the athletic board, on the professional and collegiate levels. Many team names are offensive to scores of individuals and groups and it is time this country becomes the epitome of political correctness. We need to […]

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