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  • It was 150 years ago that President Lincoln was shot, on the evening of April 14, 1865, and he died the next morning. Doris Kearns Goodwin, my favorite among the historians who have taught us most of what we know about our presidents, says if she had the chance to sit down with Mr. Lincoln, instead of asking him a question she would say, "Tell me a story."
  • In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day.
  • On the 15th of April 2015, the Vietnam War will have ended four decades ago. It is a very significant date. It is a date that may stir the emotions of those who served, but it is also a date that will not raise an eyebrow on the majority of Americans.
  • Once a movie whose title you may recall as I at present cannot featured a cartoonist who was extremely brittle. Healing from his latest broken bone he realized the culmination of a lifelong search. He projected from his own great weakness the corollary: a superhero. For an extreme at one end of the scale proves a mirror image at the other.
  • The Austin College building that was my second home for forty years celebrated its hundredth birthday last week. Sherman Hall was originally dedicated on April 8, 1915. The need for it arose in 1913 when a homesick young student from Oklahoma set fire to the principal administrative building, known as “Old Main.” Desiring to go home, he thought the way to bring that about was to destroy the building that provided all classrooms and labs, faculty and administrative offices, the chapel, and the library. Surely without those facilities, he reasoned, the college would have to shut down.
  • The stomach x-ray of the Rottweiler that ate a child’s stuffed toy produced grins in the vet's office. The picture showed a waving teddy bear.
  • Here he is sitting at a desk in a bookshop, with plenty of time on his hands. (He had convinced his stepfather to set up a book store for him to run because he liked to read but the location is his hometown, which didn't - success means doing what you love, anybody will tell you, but the particulars of somebody paying you to do what you love is left out of the equation.)
  • The menu speaks volumes: MacDaddy & Cheese, Slawdog Millionaire, and other fun and catchy names hint at the fun you’ll have in this downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana eatery long before the hot dogs are delivered to your table. photo by Russell A. Graves
  • On the same day I received a notice from one of my physicians that he is retiring and also read in my local newspaper about a serious shortage of primary care doctors. While considering these two pieces of news, I mentally reviewed some of the changes the field of medicine has gone through during the last two hundred years.
  • In six weeks the boys came home again from their foray and they were utterly defeated.
  • Calcasieu Lake is what the maps call it but people around here simply refer to it as "big lake."