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Secrets To My Sanity

Secrets To My Sanity

Pierre Fontenot September 5, 2019 Comments Off on Secrets To My Sanity

I avoid politics like I avoided little green peas on my childhood plate.   There’s so much news, it goes so fast, what seemed so Crisis! yesterday is today barely mentioned, and there it

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The Home Road

The Home Road

Pierre Fontenot August 15, 2019 Comments Off on The Home Road

There came a recent day, where I handed the keys of the building to the agent.  We shook, we parted, we glanced at the time.  It was before noon, and Eighty-one, this business, this

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Exhilaration

Exhilaration

Pierre Fontenot August 5, 2019 Comments Off on Exhilaration

Eighty-one was (it feels odd to use past tense) as unique a store as Lake Charles has ever had.  During the closing phase, I felt, and wrote, that it was like being alive at

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Finishing Strong

Finishing Strong

Pierre Fontenot July 19, 2019 Comments Off on Finishing Strong

I think about heaven a lot.  (As first sentences go…) No experience with perfection, so I reduce it to how-it-is-down-here… some angel bureaucracy in charge of admittance, couldn’t let you just rush in, meet

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The Last Days Of Eighty-one

The Last Days Of Eighty-one

Pierre Fontenot July 8, 2019 Comments Off on The Last Days Of Eighty-one

…as Eighty-one nears its end (June 29th!)… its fitting to answer the most asked question, “How did Eighty-one get its name?” Answer: “it’s the owner’s IQ.”  Drum rim shot.  For those of a certain

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The Honor Of Menial Labor

The Honor Of Menial Labor

Pierre Fontenot June 20, 2019 Comments Off on The Honor Of Menial Labor

I’m a word guy, which means I have a great fondness for the creativity of black slang.  Years ago, I’m a waiter in a restaurant, and at closing we all had some duties.  I

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The Proper Attitude Towards Invisibility

The Proper Attitude Towards Invisibility

Pierre Fontenot June 6, 2019 Comments Off on The Proper Attitude Towards Invisibility

It came down to Good versus Better.  I own Eighty-one, a retail store, and I’m Good for what it asks of me, but I’m Better at writing.  For years I’ve had this inner whisper,

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Advice To Seniors

Advice To Seniors

Pierre Fontenot May 16, 2019 Comments Off on Advice To Seniors

Don’t chase money. There have been a guesstimated 100 billion humans on Earth and 90 billion of them spent their lives chasing money.  Point is: it’s common.  They chased hunting grounds, watering holes, timber,

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Graduating Again

Graduating Again

Pierre Fontenot May 2, 2019 Comments Off on Graduating Again

I have a nephew who is graduating high school.  “That” is on my mind, the whole kicked-out-of-the-nest moment, where you can’t stay, gotta go, but go where, go how, go for what ‘n why…

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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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