LAGNIAPPE—Where Have All the Poppies Gone?

LAGNIAPPE—Where Have All the Poppies Gone?

By SUSAN MARQUEZ “IN FLANDER’S FIELDS” By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915 during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium.) In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in...
LAGNIAPPE—How To Date Your Mother

LAGNIAPPE—How To Date Your Mother

By Karen Robertson “Hi, Mom! What are you doing next Friday?” As I spoke into the telephone I smiled, picturing my elderly mother checking the calendar that hung in her kitchen. Age and cataracts had limited Mom’s ability to drive, limiting her independence. That,...
LAGNIAPPE—Making Spirits Bright

LAGNIAPPE—Making Spirits Bright

Janie Pillow must have been related to the Proverbs 31 woman. She, too, works with “eager hands,” and there is no way her “light goes out at night.” This mother of six and grandmother of many, licensed marriage and family therapist, and talented decorator by avocation...
LAGNIAPPE—Focused on Fathering: KNOW ME

LAGNIAPPE—Focused on Fathering: KNOW ME

By: Libbo Crosswhite Two weeks before I gave birth to my baby girl, my family had the difficult task of laying my sweet grandmother Ruth to rest. She had suffered multiple illnesses for many years and although difficult to say goodbye, it was somewhat of a relief to...