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Why The Old People Don’t Cry At Funerals

Why The Old People Don’t Cry At Funerals

Pierre Fontenot December 5, 2019 Comments Off on Why The Old People Don’t Cry At Funerals

When I was young, and 75% of the people at a funeral were older than me, I noticed that the older they were, the less likely they were to cry. I wondered why. My

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Gentle On My Mind

Gentle On My Mind

Pierre Fontenot November 21, 2019 Comments Off on Gentle On My Mind

This is a story about peace – but first, indulge me the chance to play meteorologist, not in forecasting, but in reporting, my way, a gentle autumn Sunday in the American south, “The weather

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Billboard Lawyers

Billboard Lawyers

Pierre Fontenot November 7, 2019 Comments Off on Billboard Lawyers

When I was a kid, lawyers had an aura, the profession was Up Here (picture my hand raised high)… and now they have to stoop to buying their Up Here on billboards, just dragging

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The Water Into Wine Funeral

The Water Into Wine Funeral

Pierre Fontenot October 17, 2019 Comments Off on The Water Into Wine Funeral

So there I am, second row, behind the family, the paternal grandmother of the boy to my left, the maternal grandfather of the boy to my right, the mother, there she is, one chair

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The Family 9/11

The Family 9/11

Pierre Fontenot October 3, 2019 Comments Off on The Family 9/11

Many zip codes away, two parents are signing organ donor forms for their son, age 16.  Friday was innocent, until it wasn’t. Small school football, makes a routine tackle, doesn’t get up. Sirens to

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Somebody Has To Do The Wondering

Somebody Has To Do The Wondering

Pierre Fontenot September 19, 2019 Comments Off on Somebody Has To Do The Wondering

Saw a pack of youngsters, all looking at their phones, such a different way of growing up, and I wondered, will their brains turn out different than mine?   Even among my age peers,

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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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