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Optimism By Choice

Optimism By Choice

Pierre Fontenot August 20, 2020 Comments Off on Optimism By Choice

If I’m thirsty, I drink, if I’m hungry, I eat, but how does one quench pessimism? I feel it, personally, I feel it, locally, I think America is in a national state of negative. 

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I Was Wondering…

I Was Wondering…

Pierre Fontenot August 6, 2020 Comments Off on I Was Wondering…

I’ve always wondered, what it’s like, to be black, in America, But if I was asked what it was like to be white in America, Who am I to answer, even though I am

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Halfway Through An Angry Year

Halfway Through An Angry Year

Pierre Fontenot July 16, 2020 Comments Off on Halfway Through An Angry Year

First The Virus  It was a just-like-that kind of thing; one minute we were running our own lives, like competent adults, and next minute we’re sent to our rooms, like kids on a school

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Hurricane Audrey Hits Grand Chenier

Hurricane Audrey Hits Grand Chenier

Pierre Fontenot July 2, 2020 Comments Off on Hurricane Audrey Hits Grand Chenier

“My grandparents had their truck loaded, figs, canned peaches, rice, some duck meat from the freezer,” says Glenda Smith Huber.  “They were ready to go, first thing in the morning.   “The last news

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The Virus Takes My Barber

The Virus Takes My Barber

Pierre Fontenot June 18, 2020 Comments Off on The Virus Takes My Barber

There’s a truth in that just-found-out moment. There it was, like an ambush, a picture of Reggie, my barber, the picture a family favorite, flattering, but real, there he is, eyes and smile, the

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That Feeling You Have

That Feeling You Have

Pierre Fontenot April 2, 2020 Comments Off on That Feeling You Have

…wasn’t it just the other day, that feeling that it was going to be just another March, thinking about spring and gardening, and then a week later, it’s the strangest March of your life,

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Getting On The Front Porch Is Easy

Getting On The Front Porch Is Easy

Pierre Fontenot March 19, 2020 Comments Off on Getting On The Front Porch Is Easy

I said Hey to a stranger.  It’s what Louisiana people do.  She hey-ed me back.   Our brains, they just know – FAST – whether a stranger is local or elsewhere.  I said, “Where

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Just The Clothes On Their Back

Just The Clothes On Their Back

Pierre Fontenot March 5, 2020 Comments Off on Just The Clothes On Their Back

Two years ago they built their dream home, in the middle of a ten-acre ark, complete with a few cows, some goats, chickens, dogs, a cat, and a pet bird. They have five children,

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The Power of Little Moments of Kindness

The Power of Little Moments of Kindness

Pierre Fontenot February 20, 2020 Comments Off on The Power of Little Moments of Kindness

A nineteen-year-old boy jumped off a bridge.  “I remember the fall vividly,” Kevin Hines says.  “25 stories, 75mph, 4 seconds.”  His back was shattered, but he survived.   Kevin’s childhood behavior was erratic.  At

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Good Year To Be A LSU Freshman

Good Year To Be A LSU Freshman

Pierre Fontenot February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Good Year To Be A LSU Freshman

Once upon a time there was no LSU football.  Who’d-a-thunk, the first team was formed by a chemistry professor!  First season, played one game, lost 34-0, to Tulane.  The early history of LSU football

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