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The Gift Of Without

The Gift Of Without

Pierre Fontenot April 19, 2019 Comments Off on The Gift Of Without

Without my past, what stranger would I now be?  Without my past, what armor would I be missing, what foundation would I stand upon, what great knowing would be greatly unknown?   Without smiles,

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Spring In Louisiana

Spring In Louisiana

Pierre Fontenot April 4, 2019 Comments Off on Spring In Louisiana

Dear Louisiana, you do narrow us down.  Even with school out, you make us do math in summer, multiplying heat x humidity.  Your falls aren’t official.  It can still be 80 at Thanksgiving, and

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The Pendulum Swings To Pink: The Feminization Of America

The Pendulum Swings To Pink: The Feminization Of America

Pierre Fontenot March 21, 2019 Comments Off on The Pendulum Swings To Pink: The Feminization Of America

How It Was: 1960’s, my brother yelps, wasp got him.  Grown men are near.  Mr. Murphy, the oldest man, reached into his mouth and pulled out his spit soaked chew of tobacco and slapped

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Pierre Fontenot March 7, 2019 Comments Off on Forgiveness

I write as an amateur on the subject.  I have wronged, I have been wronged, but who hasn’t?   At present I am neutral, knowing of nobody I owe, nor anyone who owes me.

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A Birthday Gift Of Perspective

A Birthday Gift Of Perspective

Pierre Fontenot February 21, 2019 Comments Off on A Birthday Gift Of Perspective

I went to the cemetery on my birthday.  (As first sentences go…)  It was a red cheek day in January, full sunny, a north breeze slowed by trees, speeding up once it got into

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The Foundation Of A Slow, Hard Start

The Foundation Of A Slow, Hard Start

Pierre Fontenot February 8, 2019 Comments Off on The Foundation Of A Slow, Hard Start

I was the child of That man and That woman, in the great random of When and Where, raised up in Those years, under Those circumstances, and taught a Particular way of looking at

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Fruit Of The Valley

Fruit Of The Valley

Pierre Fontenot January 24, 2019 Comments Off on Fruit Of The Valley

SHS Class of ’83, full of quality kids, my sister had hopes of giving the commencement speech.  She came hope dejected, told our father that they’d “only” given her the benediction… Hear her father

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The Making Of A Book

The Making Of A Book

Pierre Fontenot December 21, 2018 Comments Off on The Making Of A Book

Years ago, a nephew’s high school graduation, I’m up in the nosebleed section of the Civic Center, numbed with boredom.  The caps, the gowns, the ritual, the same speeches that I heard, Future of

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Thank Full At Thanksgiving

Thank Full At Thanksgiving

Pierre Fontenot December 6, 2018 Comments Off on Thank Full At Thanksgiving

We Americans, we fors and againsts, we have and have nots, we the so-many-of-us, we spend the whole year as neighbors in America, often with little in common, and then comes November, and our

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Live Oaks And Wounded Souls

Live Oaks And Wounded Souls

Pierre Fontenot November 16, 2018 Comments Off on Live Oaks And Wounded Souls

Susan Boyd and her husband, Blake, had a life, and it was normal, and then came a symptom.   Tests and biopsies and scans – the nervous knot in the stomach – many of

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