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Transforming Our Pain

Transforming Our Pain

A local news outlet reported that Alexandria—where my wife Joy and I reside—is the second most dangerous place to live in Louisiana. Shootings have been making headlines pretty often lately. So our violent crime ranking did not come as much of a surprise. Besides,...
Losing Control

Losing Control

The Saura people called that mountain Jomeokee: Great Guide. Rising abruptly nearly 2,000 feet and crowned by a ring of tree-topped rock walls, it has served for centuries as a navigational landmark. Today it’s a popular site for camping and hiking. You might know it...
Something’s Got to Give

Something’s Got to Give

Hangovers really stink. Never having another hangover is one of the reasons I’m grateful that I don’t drink alcohol anymore. Well, actually, I don’t have alcohol hangovers anymore. But from time to time I still suffer emotional hangovers. Sometimes I binge on what...
Learning to Love

Learning to Love

They say that the legendary Delta Blues guitarist Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads in exchange for his extraordinary ability. They say it. But his contemporaries insist that Johnson himself never told that story. Bluesman Johnny Sines, for...
Resilient Love

Resilient Love

Early most mornings my wife Joy, our dog Gracie, and I leave our neighborhood by foot to walk among the longleaf pines of the Kisatchie National Forest. Onyx lives at the next to the last house before we hit the winding, two-lane road that takes us into the woods. Our...