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A Day in New Orleans is better than __________________.

  Let’s have a contest and some fun. I spent yesterday in New Orleans. The rest of Louisiana has a complex love-hate relationship with our most famous city. I’ve written about this in the past. I’m asking readers to fill in the blank with the ...

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day     If there’s anything DeDe and I  learned from nearly three years in Africa, it is this:  We are able to be happy anywhere. Home is truly where the heart is. Before going to another Continent, I seriously wasn’t sure ...

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From Deep Roots: The Door

  During this month, we’re sharing stories from our short story collection, Deep Roots. It contains the stories that our readers and listeners have enjoyed over the years. Come join us in a journey to where my roots are. In an area of western Louisiana ...

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On the Journey

  It’s Sunday and as always, we need your prayer. By praying, you are on the journey with us. Prayer isn’t the only thing we can do But it is the most important. Here are four  highlights: Tomorrow (Monday, October 5, I travel to New ...

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“Words Cannot Express . . .”

Today’s post comes from the final chapter of Hearts across the Water.  If you’ve been following our blog, we’re looking at stories from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These two 2005 storms did more than change the landscape of southern Louisiana. It brought about seismic changes ...

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Higher Ground

  Today’s post comes from the final portion of Hearts across the Water.  If you’ve been following our blog, we’re looking at stories from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These two 2005 storms did more than change the landscape of southern Louisiana. It brought about seismic ...

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Cool Change

  Today’s post comes from the final portion of Hearts across the Water.  If you’ve been following our blog, we’re looking at stories from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These two 2005 storms did more than change the landscape of southern Louisiana. It brought about seismic ...

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Reconciliation: Two Sisters

A word from Curt “Two Sisters” is my favorite story from Hearts across Water. My wish is that this story of forgiveness and reconciliation during a hurricane will spur you on to close the gap on any broken relationships in your life. Be curious Be ...

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Leaning Trees

Leaning Trees   Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.   Proverbs 22:6   On the day Rita arrived, I made one last survey of my tree farm. I wondered how ...

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Those &$@@*^^! Black Bugs!

Black Bugs     Over and over in the days leading up to the hurricane’s arrival, people used this statement that reveals the human tendency to look for the silver lining in even the darkest cloud, “Well, at least Rita will wash away the black ...

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Y2K + 5

Y2K + 5 I wonder how my friend Mike fared during Hurricane Rita. Mike, who lives near DeQuincy, is a person who likes to be prepared. Five years ago as the year 2000 neared and the fears about Y2K became common everyday talk, Mike took ...

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Sheriff Bishop’s Gun

My Sheriff   I’ve lived in Beauregard Parish for fifty-two years And he was my sheriff for all but sixteen of those years.   There have only been three parish sheriffs in my lifetime. I was born under the administration of Sheriff Paul Stark. (1948-1972) ...

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Matt Farmer’s Barn

Matt Farmer’s Barn It is the first Sunday we’ve had church since Rita. Much of our community is still scattered over four states, but many are returning home to clean up. Most homes are still without electricity, and water pressure is only now beginning to ...

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In the Storm’s Eye

In the Eye of the Storm     It didn’t surprise me that Ruth Covington died during Hurricane Rita. She had grown so weak during the days before the storm, her passing was not unexpected. In fact, it was only appropriate that she passed away ...

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