Category Archives: Life

My resolutions for 2017 (or, How I plan to survive another year of Donald Trump)

By Robert Mann Although I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions, 2018 feels different: I’ll turn 60 this year. Our son and daughter will graduate high school in May and head off to college in the fall. We’ll … Continue reading

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Judge James Brady: A Man Apart

By Robert Mann “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ―Shannon L. Alder U.S. District Judge James Brady, who died on Saturday after a … Continue reading

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Teach your children well

By Robert Mann When violent white supremacy exploded in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, many of us wondered how these young men could have gone awry, descending not only into bigotry but hate so virulent that they could embrace Nazism and … Continue reading

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What Tiger Woods’ arrest can teach us all about humility

By Robert Mann I don’t know what emotion you experienced when you heard the news of Tiger Woods’ arrest on DUI charges, but I thought, “There, but by the grace of God, go I.” I’ve been careful to avoid driving … Continue reading

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First World Problems: Guest post by Cyril Vetter

By Cyril Vetter We are a deeply divided country. Our divisions run along the fault lines of race, class, religion, et. al. Our political divisions are stark and well defined and decidedly First World. Consider this the next time you … Continue reading

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He may be Louisiana’s longest-serving mayor, but he’s my mentor

By Robert Mann I’m sure when I arrived in his undergraduate economics course at Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in the spring of 1978, Professor Dave Norris took little notice of me. I was a journalism … Continue reading

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Want to defeat terrorists? Don’t succumb to their terrorism

By Robert Mann I’m not a fatalist, but when I leave town on a trip, I sometimes have a nagging feeling, “Maybe, this time, I won’t return.” I’ll briefly fret about a plane crash, a car wreck or a random … Continue reading

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