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Saying goodbye to ‘Dad’

The Way I See It by DON WEST He would have reached his 90th birthday on February 22, a milestone he looked forward to achieving, but it was not to be. The doctors told him 10 years ago that they would monitor his prostate cancer, but that would not be the cause of his death. […]

Pawns are for games

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Most of my writings are of a lighter nature. Today, I chose to write about something that has always weighed heavily on my heart. I have witnessed it as a teacher, mother, and grandmother. That something concerns children and their fragility and vulnerability. Not many things bother me as much […]

Learning from Ervin

by SARAH MORRISON STEPHENS I am still trying to digest the news. I find it hard to believe that a figure that played huge in my formative years as a reporter is now on Hospice. Ervin Trahan, who was the chief deputy of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office when I began my formal career […]

Get outta my bubble

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD I’m one of the most outgoing social butterflies that you will ever meet. I am friendly, affectionate and will openly give out hugs to people that I love or have become friends with. But I’m a stickler for my personal space, not just in my home, or […]

Violence and destruction are not the answer

The Way I See It by DON WEST As a columnist, having become accustomed to expressing my opinions, and knowing that my readers will sometime agree with me and sometimes will vehemently disagree with me, I take a certain amount of security in knowing that I will probably not be murdered for the thoughts that […]

The gift of family

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Family may come in different forms. Growing up in a small town and then attending an even smaller Catholic School for twelve years makes for close attachments, much like extended family. I entered first grade at St. Maria Goretti Elementary/High School when I was only 5 years old. There was […]

Mastering the art of doing nothing

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD One of my greatest personal challenges is to master the art of doing absolutely nothing. In today’s fast paced world combined with my personal self-proclaimed work-a-holic condition, I find it difficult to just learn how to relax and enjoy a day off. As a society, our lives […]

Reaching our potential

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY My first psychology class in college I learned about the self-fulfilling prophecy. It is rather simple actually. If you are told often enough that you are insignificant or dumb, eventually you are going to feel that way and resign yourself to that fact. Conversely, if you are praised and valued […]

I’ve got a song burning in my head

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD I think everyone knows how distracting and annoying it can be to get a song stuck in your head, especially if it’s a particularly bad but catchy bubble-gum pop-song. I have that problem often and am currently in the middle of a lyrical obsession. My obsessive, ADD […]

Reading opened my eyes to many things

The Way I See It by DON WEST Recently, I have begun to enjoy reading again. I now read for mostly pleasure, whereas for many of the past years I was reading for business purposes. Industry periodicals, educational material, trade journals, and financial information were all important ways to better myself and attempt to find […]

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