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Quiet For A While

Quiet For A While

Pierre Fontenot March 25, 2021 Comments Off on Quiet For A While

It’s not unusual for me to post three Uncle P’s Bedtime Stories a week on the Eighty-one Facebook page.  It was telling, when a friend texted me, “Just checking in.  You’ve been silent.”  By

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Reacting To A Plane Crash

Reacting To A Plane Crash

Pierre Fontenot March 4, 2021 Comments Off on Reacting To A Plane Crash

A Cessna crashed in the coastal marsh, and I reacted to the bad news, even though I did not know either victim.  I reacted because people I knew reacted, and their emotions rippled my

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I Gave This Guy A Ride

I Gave This Guy A Ride

Pierre Fontenot February 11, 2021 Comments Off on I Gave This Guy A Ride

Takes about 2000 steps to walk a mile.  I see this guy walking, he’s got the cane, the limp.  I pull over.  I was prepared for him to be homeless – which he informed

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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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