Culture

The Joy of Smoking?

Smoking Had a Different Reputation in the Past I began smoking in the early 1960s. Smoking was seen as an all-American sort of activity at that time. 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 Ball smoked […]

Put Down the Pistol, Pick Up a Bible

The Greatest Commandment We are still battling the same demons in the 21st century that we have fought since the beginning of time, even though Jesus gave us rules that we should live by when he walked the earth over two thousand years ago. He told us to follow the Ten Commandments. Jesus added that […]

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

Nowadays, with the outrageous costs of assisted-living housing for seniors, expensive child-care costs for working families and oppressive student loan debt of young adults, many American families are finding themselves living under one roof with adults belonging to two or three generations. The Make-up of Households is Changing Multigenerational living is on the rise in […]

Loneliness

            Loneliness is More Serious Than Being Alone When I decided to do some research on “loneliness,” I had no idea of the seriousness of the problem. In truth, I never looked at loneliness very seriously. Loneliness is a feeling that we have all felt at one time or another. […]

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.

One Bullet, Two Lives

Intervening in a fight that included his friend, he tried to pull the friend out of the conflict, but, instead, he was shot in the head. He would later die at a local hospital. That one bullet took two young men’s lives that night.

When Life Throws You a Curveball

Then suddenly, one day you wake up and life throws you a curveball. That’s okay, your cushiony life has room for some blows. Your big house needs a new heating and air system. Ouch, it hurts, but you can handle it. A week later, your wife is involved in an accident while she was out with her girlfriends and, unfortunately, she had been drinking a little.

Making Schools Safe

The argument always winds up turning into a gun control debate and nothing gets done to make the schools safer. Shortly after a mass shooting, the arguing dies down and people seem to forget about it until the next school shooting