My Dad

My Dad didn’t teach me a whole lot about how to survive in this modern world I find myself living in. He was a simple man with simple needs and wants. He did, however, teach me how to love people.

The Joy of Smoking?

Smoking Had a Different Reputation in the Past I began smoking in the early 1960s. It was a time when smoking was seen as an all-American sort of activity. Families sat around the television at night to watch their favorite shows whose sponsors were cigarette companies. Wholesome characters such as Dick Van Dyke and Lucille […]

Put Down the Pistol, Pick Up a Bible

The Greatest Commandment Jesus gave us rules that we should live by when he walked the earth over two thousand years ago, yet we are still battling the same demons in the 21st century. He told us to follow the Ten Commandments. Jesus added that the greatest commandment was to love God with all of […]

Letter to my Son

I really look forward to the time that we can all be together again. I bet you can’t get over the peacefulness you have now. That’s good because you need it. I know that although you had a bit of success here on earth, you weren’t very happy. Now, you don’t have to worry about all the mess here on earth

Mardi Gras in a Small Town in the 1950s

Elton, Louisiana Looking at all the celebrations going on during this Mardi Gras season, it brings me back to my childhood in Elton, Louisiana. Elton is located some 100 miles from Baton Rouge and some 35 miles from Lake Charles in Southwest Louisiana. At the time when I was growing up, there may have been […]

Multigenerational Living

The Make-up of Households is Changing Multigenerational living is on the rise in the United States. In my whole adult life, I never considered living with my parents or having adult children living with me as options. Americans value their independence and having one’s own home has always been the hallmark of success. Nowadays, with […]

Christmas Peace

There is just a different feeling in the air and it is brought on by the peace that Christmas brings. Just give a thought to what if it were like that all year round.

The Christmas Lights

Being a single mom of a five-year-old daughter with severe developmental delays, Trudy contemplated placing her child in an institution that specialized in the care that her child needed so that she and Stan could get married and live a normal life.