Category Archives: family

The Delta

Growing up, the word delta conjured images of fertile farmlands adjacent to the Mississippi River on the other side of the state. ¬†On my side of Louisiana, the Sabine River deposited slick red clay that turned every rainy day into … Continue reading

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Insider Humor

Inside jokes are the glue of relationships. They stick in your memory like day-old grits stick to the edge of the pot– and explaining them to outsiders is just as tough as removing them. Once upon a time, when the … Continue reading

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4th Year

One of the more common questions I’ve been asked since starting the PhD program is: How long does it take? 4 years (at LSU). Some programs are 5.   I couldn’t have made it this far without Mark. His support … Continue reading

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Joan’s Farrier

Ain’t everybody cut out to be Joan of Arc. The old proverb goes something like this: For want of a nail… For want of a fastener, the buffer between soft feet and rough terrain came aloose and emperilled the mission. … Continue reading

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Fastest, Shortest, or Easiest?

I’ll take SAFEST for $200, Siri. Every travel meet is an adventure, where we weave our way through streets peppered with pawn shops and payday loan places, all with bars on the windows. But neither snow nor rain nor heat … Continue reading

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Group Project Gone Bad

Anybody every have an assignment from hell GROUP PROJECT in school? Anybody like them? Life’s like a permanent group project. There’s no end-of-semester relief in sight. We have to live with all these other people as long as we all … Continue reading

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When Harry Traveled With Sally

I’ve been thinking (a rare and dangerous occurrence that usually requires significant retail therapy post-thought). As current events filter through my cabbage patch brain, I wonder… Would Harry Meet Sally in today’s world? Consider this: And this: My guess is … Continue reading

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