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Conversation With A Roofer

Conversation With A Roofer

Pierre Fontenot January 21, 2021 Comments Off on Conversation With A Roofer

“Pedro” was a year old when his family crossed the Rio Grande. Street schooled, his first teachers were Big Bird and Elmo, Bert and Ernie. “I learned a lot of English watching Sesame Street.”

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Writing In The Year 2020

Writing In The Year 2020

Pierre Fontenot December 31, 2020 Comments Off on Writing In The Year 2020

New Testament parables were meant to be understood by the people of their times.  Seed and soil, fruit and tree, sheep and shepherd, you didn’t have to be educated to immediately understand.  When I’m

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The Pendulum Swings Our Way

The Pendulum Swings Our Way

Pierre Fontenot December 10, 2020 Comments Off on The Pendulum Swings Our Way

Just me and some dogs, porch sitting on a November-in-Louisiana morning, so wonderful I’m wondering if nature is apologizing for August and September. The sun is gentle, breeze is gentle, and for the first time since I-can’t-remember-when, my spirit is gentle…

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The Stayers Of Hurricane Laura

The Stayers Of Hurricane Laura

Pierre Fontenot November 19, 2020 Comments Off on The Stayers Of Hurricane Laura

Some admitted feeling brave – until that first tree cracked.  Whole families hid in halls, with pillows and sofa cushions ready to soften the blow, if a tree came through the roof. One family

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All These Weeks After Hurricane Laura

All These Weeks After Hurricane Laura

Pierre Fontenot November 19, 2020 Comments Off on All These Weeks After Hurricane Laura

What I can’t get over is how ugly it still is, all these weeks after Hurricane Laura. What a hurricane could do in one night, my goodness, those that see what I see, just

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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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