"For some time, I have wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your writings. Thank you for sharing your stories. Such wonderful, inspirational lessons in life." - Beverly L. "I just wanted to say I enjoyed your story about the old lady and the blue jay, and to thank you for the kindness you showed the woman in the story." - Brenda B. "After reading your essay about growing older, I just had to let you know how much I enjoyed it. Thank you for making me smile, and for the reminder." - Joy H. "We just wanted to say "THANK YOU!" from all of us at the animal shelter for your story Man's Best Friends. Thank you very much, sir!" - Brandon A. "Good solid teaching and good common sense." - Faith C. "Your story about the little girl brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful story." - Debbie D. "I am a retired railroad engineer and I enjoy reading your stories. I would like to get more insight into a couple of them that especially intrigue me." - Wayne E. "You've done it again. What a wonderful and inspiring story." - Rachel K. "I enjoy all your stories and essays, but the one on beekeeping really touched my heart!" - Edith P. "Eloquent and poignant, and so well written... from the heart and soul of one who cares. Your writing entertains me and evokes emotions, as I see in my "mind's eye" the scenes you are describing. Some are maddening, some humorous, and some are poignant." - Shelly M. "I really enjoyed this week's article. It was well written, insightful, and carried a passionate warning. Thank you." - Gene L. Louis first started writing poetry and short stories at the age of 12, and never really stopped. By nature, quiet, reserved, and self-deprecatory, he regaled his co-workers on coffee breaks through the years. He told stories about his large family of aunts and uncles, and related experiences that kept his audiences laughing and asking for more. Upon his retirement, he began to write with renewed enthusiasm. He devoted time and effort toward improving his writing skills in order to entertain people. Subsequently, he was selected to write a weekly column for the Siloam Springs Herald-Leader newspaper. His column has continued for two and one-half years, and the response to it has been widespread approval. His stories and essays make people laugh, cry, and most of all, to be inspired.