May 27, 2020

CONGRESS AND THE NEW TECHNOLOGY!

When it comes to operating the congress in the nation’s capitol, one would think that we were still in the horse and buggy days.  Members of congress spend half their time flying back and forth from their home districts to Washington, D.C.  And often it’s for routine matters and non-controversial committee hearings.  We can do so many things virtually form banking to purchasing online.  Why can’t the congress act, in some limited way, remotely and spend more time in their congressional districts?  I discuss this option in my new column now posted.  You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Honoring Those Who Served Our Country!

This past weekend, Memorial Day weekend, we were to  pause and honor those who served and gave their lives for our nation. Relatives on both sides of my family served their country with honor and distinction. My Uncle had quite a navel military career.  In the final months of World War II, Commander Jack Gentry was flying a reconnaissance mission over the Pacific when his flight cameras captured photos of the Japanese flotilla. He made the cover of Life Magazine as his pictures allowed a direct attack on the enemy fleet that sped up the ending of the war with Japan. He went on to command the battleship USS Enterprise until his retirement from the Navy in the 1960s. Our thanks to all our military heroes.

 

Making the Best of the COVID-19 virus!

As terrible as the coronavirus is, life goes on, and there is a wave of comedy making fun of what we are going through in our daily lives.Here’s one of may parodies below:

May 20, 2020

DOES LOUISIANA CARE ABOUT OLD PEOPLE?

DOES LOUISIANA CARE ABOUT OLD PEOPLE?

The Coronavirus has caused havoc in Louisiana and all over the U.S.  But the damage has been shouldered mostly by older people. So the question is-does Louisiana, and many other states, really care that much about our senior citizens?  I take a look at this troubling question in this week’s column, and you’ll be surprised at some of the things I found. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

So Many New Issues to Discuss!

Nighttime on Deserted Bourbon Street

Check out below the Erie picture of looking down a deserted Bourbon Street in the downtown New Orleans French quarter. One of my very favorite restaurants is Galatoire’s, that you can see in the picture on the left. It’s hard to find a better meal anywhere in the world than you could get at Galatoire’s. I’ve been there 100s of times. I ‘ve walked up Bourbon Street for more than 60 years, starting when I was a student at Tulane university law school. I’ve never seen Bourbon Street so attractive, or so empty.  I’ll look forward to the time where it’s busy again, filled with people, and allowing me to enjoy great meals at Galatoire’s.

May 13, 2020

THE NEW NORMAL IN OUR LIVES!

THE NEW NORMAL IN OUR LIVES!

I’ve just turned 80 years old, and who could have predicted what the world is going through now? Who could have ever imagined that our lives would so dramatically change by a virus that just a few months ago was dismissed by our leaders as a minor problem that really would not affect our lives that much.  A little social distancing and we will all be back to normal in no time.  How wrong they were.  Read  observations in my new column now posted.  You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

 

Long Life of Books!

I find a pleasant surprise now and then when older books that have been published by The Lisburn Press turn up. A friend of mine was checking out a flea market over theLafayette  area recently, and look what he found. My first book, printed back in 2005, is still making the rounds.  It’s not selling in the large volume that I experienced in the first few years after publication. But one turns up every now and then.  Nice to see such books are still circulating.

May 6, 2020

My Thoughts on reaching 80 years old!

Below are some of my personal thoughts and observations as I reach a new milestone-turning 80 years old. I also write about my thoughts about the past, present and future in my new column now posted. You can read it by Clicking Here or by going to the Red Flashing Box above.

April 20, 2020

Time to Read!

Well, at least all you readers have plenty of time for this now.  So many goo books to read.  Check out many of our new publications at www.thelisburnpress.com, or click on The Lisburn Press link on the right side of this page.

April 15, 2020

Thanks to My Grandniece!

On our front door is a drawing by 9 year old grandniece Yvie Hunt, thanking all the service workers and responders who are helping us daily get through this difficult time. Yvie is saying in her drawing that even we have to be isolated, we are not alone.

April 8, 2020

We Lost singer John Prine!

I’ve been a John Prine fan for many years. Always wanted to see him in person. He died yesterday, but just take a listen to his ode to going to heaven. My kind of wish and my kind of dude.

April 1, 2020

April Cruel!

Each year on April 1st, I make it a habit of posting a funny April fool’s joke. Not this year. Sad to say it’s not April fool but April Cruel. Let’s all pray we get through this month safe and healthy.

March 27, 2020

This Self Quarantining Sucks!

Do I look bored at home or what? I asked wife Gladys what will be the highlight of our day. She said “Let’s change the sheets.”

March 19, 2020

Book Events Update!

My book tour, like so many other events, has come to a temporary end. We’ve canceled all the book signings that were set for March April and early May.  Here’s hoping but this terrible virus will be contained, and we will get back to our normal way of life in the not too distant future. We are scheduling a number of fall events for my book My Louisiana Odyssey, as well as book signings and presentations by other authors whose books will be published by The Lisburn Press.

My last book presentation was to the Bunkie Rotary club, arranged by my longtime friend Claudia Norman. Claudia and I are pictured below at a great seafood restaurant in Bunkie.   Keep checking this site, for continuing updates.  Good luck to us all in fighting a war against this terrible virus outbreak.

March 14, 2020

Continuing Book Club Tour!

An enjoyable evening speaking recently to the Country Classics Book Club in Zachery, Louisiana. Lots of interest in “My Louisiana Odyssey.” From left, pictured are Ginger Hughes, Ginger Parker, yours truly, Beryl Beier-hostess, & Donna Kline, president of Country Classics book club.

March 5, 2020

A Book Club Presentation!

 
The Portfolio Club of Zachary met on March 4, 2020 for an authentic French luncheon at Maison Lacour in Baton Rouge. The guest speaker was  Jim Brown who spoke about his publishing company, Lisburn Press,  and his latest book, “My Louisiana Odyssey: A Memoir.” In the book, the author shares his journey of initially “discovering” Louisiana, and then taking the reader on an excursion into country living, politics, music, art, acting, family, religion, and a host of other themes that reflect a full life well lived.
 
 
 

February 28, 2020

Taking a Book Tour Break!

The Brown book tour took a break over the past 10 days to celebrate Mardi Gras, then head back east. As you can see, heavy snow falling in the Blue Ridge mountains, up in Linville, North Carolina. I’ll be returning and back on the tour next week (March 3rd) and will speak and sign My Louisiana Odyssey at the weekly meeting of the Zachery Rotary Club.

February 19, 2020

A Book Tour Stop for Crawfish!

It’s crawfish season here in the Bayou State, and a regular stop for me as a travel throughout South Louisiana is Crawfish Town USA in Henderson, La. Even has-been politicians like me still have their name on a chair. I was there this week to sit in my own chair and eat lots of boiled mudbugs.  Quite a treat.

February 16, 2020

Busy Week of Book Presentations!

Book presentations continue all this week with the following stops:
February 18th-Rotary Club of East Ascension-7:00 am
February 18th-Opelousas Rotary Club-noon
February 19th-Bunkie Rotary Club-noon
February 20th-Kiwanis Club of Acadiana-noon
Then we will take a break for Mardi Gras. Below are photos of stops at the Denham Springs Rotary, and a private bookclub presentation in New Orleans sponsored with good friend Christopher Tidmore.

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