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The Obituary of Sears

The Obituary of Sears

Pierre Fontenot October 5, 2018 Comments Off on The Obituary of Sears

Towards dusk, going to the local mall, I park where I’ve always parked, on the Sear’s side.  Something didn’t look right.  The glass doors were there, the lights were on, but inside, a store

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Friday Night Football: Small School Version

Friday Night Football: Small School Version

Pierre Fontenot September 21, 2018 Comments Off on Friday Night Football: Small School Version

Doing the where-you-froms with a stranger, tell him my roots are in a little town called Oberlin.  He says “Hoyle Granger!  I played against him.” “How’d that work out for you?” “Ankles ‘n shoelaces. 

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Tall Tales From A Picker

Tall Tales From A Picker

Pierre Fontenot September 10, 2018 Comments Off on Tall Tales From A Picker

Gassing up in Texas, I notice this pickup up-to-here with junk.  Here comes the guy. “Admiring your load,” I say.   “Man, I got barns full.” Two kinds of people in my business: dabblers,

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Pearls Cast Before Swine

Pearls Cast Before Swine

Pierre Fontenot August 16, 2018 Comments Off on Pearls Cast Before Swine

Love is a pearl. Other nice words too: friendship, loyalty, good intentions and sincerity, patience, and second chances beyond the count.         Unselfishness is a pearl.  By the act we acknowledge

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Jimmy Carter: Our Greatest Ex-President

Jimmy Carter: Our Greatest Ex-President

Pierre Fontenot August 2, 2018 Comments Off on Jimmy Carter: Our Greatest Ex-President

Let’s Begin Our Story With A Public Humiliation Defeating an incumbent president is hard to do.  One term presidents include such duds as Taft, Van Buren, and Hoover, but the list is small.  On

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My Father’s Last Supper

My Father’s Last Supper

Pierre Fontenot July 19, 2018 Comments Off on My Father’s Last Supper

Diagnosed in September, made it through Thanksgiving, made it through Christmas, one last New Year, for a 1929 model, we were near my father’s end.   I knew.  Did he know?   What the

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Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk

Pierre Fontenot July 5, 2018 Comments Off on Jonas Salk

Conversation with a young man, the crossroads of exiting high school, was like listening to myself talk, senior year of high school, same words I used, “I want to be rich.” If that wasn’t

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A Dog Named Earl

A Dog Named Earl

Pierre Fontenot June 21, 2018 Comments Off on A Dog Named Earl

Great Depression, middle o’ nowhere, West Texas, times are hard and waste is a sin. Don’t flinch, nor judge too hard, for their doings were for their time.  Dogs dropping litters at a rate

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Local Teaching Legend Harry Methvin

Local Teaching Legend Harry Methvin

Pierre Fontenot June 7, 2018 Comments Off on Local Teaching Legend Harry Methvin

He runs into a former student, “Mr. Methvin, do you remember when you wrote a hall pass on a scrap piece of 2×4?” His reply: “I thought you were going to a board meeting.”

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Advice To Self

Advice To Self

Pierre Fontenot May 17, 2018 Comments Off on Advice To Self

(In 2014 I opened up a Word document, all blank and white, and I wrote the first thing that came to mind.  From that, another thought linked.  Pop, pop, pop, one after the other…and

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