Letters History Matters: Think twice before tossing ephemera By Gary Joiner, Ph.D. • Dec 16, 2014 Next time you open up your wallet or reach inside of your purse, chances are you’ll come into contact with bits and pieces of things that make up who you are. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why these remnants of life matter. History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine. History Matters: Letter writing has made a mark on history By Gary Joiner, Ph.D. & Gary Joiner, Ph.D. • Jul 29, 2014 Press Image / LSU Shreveport Commentator Gary Joiner puts old-fashioned pen to paper this week with thoughts about letter writing and journaling and their important contribution to history. McDonald: Connectivity in other times. By Archie McDonald, Ph.D. • Jul 29, 2011 Commentator Archie McDonald reflects on the dependence we now have on the internet and instant connectivity.