Culture

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 […]

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.

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