Family

A Tribute to 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.

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

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 […]

Letter to My Great-Grandson on Our Birthday

It was July 9, 2017 when you came into this world and your mother, my granddaughter, gave me the best birthday present ever. I came into the world exactly 76 years before you. Although the birthdays are the same, the worlds we were born into are completely different.

Letter To Danielle and Billy on the Loss of their Child: Alyssa Clare Young

Please accept my complete and utmost sympathy for you as you grieve the loss of your beautiful daughter Alyssa. I know that the times will be tough for the family, but the togetherness you all have is very special and you all will gather strength from one another. Like the pastor said at Alyssa’s service, “We are all in this together,” and we will be there for you to help you through this.