Throughout the course of my existence, I have been subjected to a countless number of book series, movie franchises and other pop culture phenomena that have deeply entrenched themselves, at least for a little while, in the minds of so many in the world.
From Harry Potter to Pokemon to Twilight, I have watched as millions of people have flocked to these attractions, all screaming for and loving their new-found joy, all while I have sat in the background choosing to not participate in the activities.
It didn’t really strike me that I avoided these frenzies until another fever decided to strike the world in the past few weeks with the “Hunger Games.”
Lincoln Parish lost another real friend last week with the passing of Dan O’Neal. Mr. Dan was the consummate outdoorsman.
He, along with K.D. Kilpatrick and Lou McGehee, were three legends of our outdoor community. All three were stewards of the land, and each took a piece of ground and turned it into a Sportsman’s Paradise for family and friends.
I first met Mr. Dan more than 50 years ago when I was a kid at our hunting camp south of Tallulah. Subsequently, there would be plenty more opportunities to share his company at the many squirrel mulligan and duck gumbo cookings in the 4-H barn at the old Ruston Fairgrounds.
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy...” That is the beginning line of a book I used to read to my children when they were little. It was a book titled Summertime, by George Gershwin, written after a song by the same title in which the original lyrics were written by Ella Fitzgerald in 1968. The pictures on each page were of families relaxing on the front porch of their homes; children swinging on a rope swing from a tree; and friends enjoying ice tea as they sit in rocking chairs.