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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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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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