Commentary

Wed
28
Apr

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

If you haven’t been to the 4C Coffee House nestled in Grand Cane’s historic district on Main Street, you’re missing out!

My sister Ashley and I were in for a real treat when we visited 4C for the first time last Wednesday. We met our parents there for mid-morning coffee and pastries.

The atmosphere at 4C is modern but cozy and welcoming. The mural on one wall features Grand Cane sites such as the Cook-Hill House and Central School. The exposed brick adds a Seattle-coffee-shop feeling, and the beautiful wooden accent wall on the opposite side of the shop provides a warm, inviting feeling.

Light music fills the air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
21
Apr

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

My daughter Juliana turned eleven recently.

On the way home from a fun day of manicures, lunch at Gibbons (her request), and two scoops of Gold Medal Ribbon at Baskin-Robbins, she asked me, “Mama, tell me about your eleventh birthday!”

My mind took me back to November 1987. I was in sixth grade at the old Johnson Elementary in Mansfield.

For my eleventh birthday, I had a bonfire at my house in the country, just outside of Mansfield where my parents still live. We roasted hot dogs, ate homemade chocolate cake with white icing, and went on a hayride.

But the main thing I recall was how excited I was that one of my best friends, Dustin DeVore, was coming to my party. Dustin sat behind me in class, since our names were Davidson and DeVore. I felt so lucky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
21
Apr

Pilgrim Reflections

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any crazier, it does.

There are a lot of things happening in America right now that just don’t make any sense. And, unless something happens, it’s only going to get worse.

Take for instance the influx of thousands of illegal immigrants (mostly children and minors) via our southern border. They’re basically being given a free pass to anywhere here in the U.S.—at taxpayer expense—without being properly vetted or tested for COVID.

And, that has nothing to do with politics or who’s in the White House.

It just defies common sense and is further opening a can of worms that should have been closed a long time ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
14
Apr

Window on Main Street

Window on Main Street

The Veterans Pledge Retold

A good story is worth retelling. I think this is a good story and yes, I confess that it’s a rewrite of one I’ve done before. But in today’s society when disrespect of our flag is condoned and children are being told that our flag stands for hatred, racism, bigotry and more, I’m saying they’re wrong.

It happens every week across our country. A club president calls their civic meeting to order and often following a prayer (in the South, anyway), one member is asked to lead the club in repeating the Pledge of Allegiance.

Certainly,” comes the response. “I pledge allegiance, to the flag...” and on we drone in a monotone until we conclude with “for liberty and justice for all.”

 

 

 

Wed
14
Apr

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

Our family is grieving.

Last week, our beloved two-year-old miniature schnauzer, Charli, passed away. She escaped through our backyard gate that was inadvertently left open and immediately took off running toward the highway. She was hit by a car.

I have written many times about my two schnauzers, Kaiser and Charli, and how much they are a part of our family and our hearts.

My husband buried our beautiful girl in the back, right corner of our yard beside her favorite tree where she would stand and bark at the birds and squirrels.

 

 

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Wed
31
Mar

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

One of my favorite Tshirts simply has the word “Tetelestai” on the front.

This was the last thing Jesus said in John 19:30 before he died on the cross.

“Tetelestai” means “It Is Finished” in Greek.

It’s extremely important to know that Jesus spoke in the perfect tense when He said “It is finished.” Speaking in the perfect tense is very rare in the New Testament and there is no English equivalent.

The “perfect tense” is linear, so it means that whatever is said is both true in that moment and continues forward into the future, having ongoing, endless implications.

Jesus’s use of the perfect tense when He said “It is finished” has incredible significance to Christians, because He is actually saying, “It is finished now and will always continue to be finished.”

 

 

 

Wed
17
Mar

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

One of my sons forgot his lunch the other day, and since he rarely forgets anything, I decided to bring it to the school.

I donned my mask and walked to the appropriate door of the high school.

They wouldn’t let me in nor accept the lunch “because of the pandemic.”

I turned and walked back to my car, called my son, and told him to just walk out to the parking lot and retrieve his lunch when the lunch bell rings.

I figured, perhaps the school didn’t mind a student coming outside to grab his lunch in a pinch, but that they were just technically not allowed to open the doors to an outsider or accept the lunch themselves to deliver to him.

 

 

 

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Wed
10
Feb

Pilgrim Reflections

Just call me “old school.”

Yes, you can call me that or “out-of-touch”. . .or “ultra-conservative”. . .or some kind of “phobic” about this-or-that because I don’t like what’s happening in America.

But, that’s okay: for, at the end of the day, I’m still an American through-and-through who still believes we should say “One nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance—with our hand over our hearts or saluting if a military member.

Believe it or not, I sometimes still get goosebumps when I hear or sing the Star-Spangled Banner. . .or hear Taps playing. . .or hear a 21-gun salute at the funeral of a veteran.

 

 

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Wed
20
Jan

Spirit of Northwestern members take part in virtual college marching band show

The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band was well represented in a virtual college marching band show that debuted during the College Football Playoff National Championship game earlier this week.

Seventeen members of the band took part including members of the Demon Dazzlers who were featured during the video that is available on Facebook.

Participants from the Spirit of Northwestern were drum majors Jacob St. Pierre of Laplace, Chloe Farrar of Bossier City, and Abby Kent of Benton, Ben Wilkinson of Bossier City on trumpet, Eric Renova of Mesquite, Texas, on clarinet, Daniel Scott of Benton on saxophone, Austin Pierre of Gray on tenor drums and Caroline Shephard of Frisco, Texas on bass drum. 

 

 

 

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Wed
20
Jan

Letter to the Editor GOAT as Mayor

Sent in by Linda Hall of Dodson

The year 2020 was a tough year in so many ways. Hurricanes and power outages. Seems the list is long. We pray 2021 be better, yet the signs do look bleaks. I know this personally too.

Here in Dodson, we have a bright spot. He truly does not know it and never dare to admit it. He is our mayor Ritchie Broomfield. I have never faced a problem big or small he could not solve and did it. Not a list to do – he knows.

As a widow – I forgot how to start the generator. I called Ritchie on how to do it. In less than five minutes he and his helper was at my door. He must have a battery like an Energizer cause he goes and works.

Plue he truly loves our town! Cause it sure shows by his actions. I guess he works 80 hours a week. I never heard him complain. Safe to say 98 percent folks here love and respect him. It would be hard not to.

 

 

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