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Celebrating a beautiful life!

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Today is my sister-in-law’s birthday. It is one of the first birthdays in nearly 40 years that I will not be able to celebrate with her. In February of last year we had our ritual lunch with our girls and her best friend. I had bought her three gifts, all […]

Watching generational history repeat itself

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD I think one of the hardest jobs we have as parents is to watch our children repeat our own worst mistakes. Going through the adjustment of learning to be a responsible adult can make the ages of 18 to 24 some of the most difficult years of […]

Government cutting everything but their salaries

The Way I See It by DON WEST So…. do I hear some discontent with our new governor? What could it be? Is he threatening to cut education, healthcare, veterans’ benefits, welfare, food stamps or medicaid? Well, maybe not all of those yet, and some he doesn’t have much control over. But he is no […]

Take me to the movies, please!

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Growing up in a small town like Lake Arthur and coming from a large family limited my opportunities to know much about the big world out there. Going to a Catholic school for 12 years was a strong influence in my life as well. It was my Dad’s wish to […]

I don’t know ‘bout you, but I’m feeling 32

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH “I need a pill for this.” I pointed to my chin as the nurse practitioner looked through my records. “Suddenly black hairs are everywhere and I am plucking every day.” I’m pretty sure she feigned a concern as she glanced at me over the rim of her glasses. “Hun, […]

Step outside your comfort zone

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD One of the scariest parts of life is reaching out into the unknown and experiencing something new and different. The adjustment can be just as exciting as it is terrifying. It usually helps quite a bit to have a trusted companion who is familiar with the new […]

Final words?

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY If you knew you had a week to live, how would you spend it? Who would you want to see on that final day? I realize this sounds morbid, but I pose this question for several reasons. Let me explain. Oftentimes, we have good intentions of calling someone or reaching […]

Dr. King fought for you and I

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH “Early morning, April four Shot rings out in the Memphis sky Free at last, they took your life They could not take your pride” from U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)” In a time where drinking from the wrong water fountain could get you arrested or worse, Dr. […]

Just waiting for the pot to boil

The Way I See It by DON WEST We’ve talked about it, we’ve suggested it, we’ve agonized over it, and we have even attempted it. Maybe some of the attempts are still in progress, but we haven’t made the great push to accomplish the task. I am speaking about taking our country back from those […]

Aging gracefully

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY At a recent luncheon with friends, I ate my salad, like a good girl. I looked around the table and noticed that several of my girlfriends were dining on salads also. At that moment, I realized that I had joined the ranks of the weight obsessed, as a counter of […]

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