“Ain’t Life ‘a Hoot”, (Volume 2)continues with the fascinating true-life story of the rural Louisiana farm boy that we discovered in Volume 1 of this series. Volume 2 picks up with the beginning of Dr. Sibley’s experiences as a country dentist in a small rural town in Louisiana. Moving after graduation with his wife and two small children in tow, A.W. chronicles his early years as a general dental practitioner and as a young husband. Every detail revealed speaks of their lives as they strove, labored, and toiled from very humble beginnings to great success. Equally combined tales of hilarious dental anecdotes coupled with truly tragic memories will have you laughing out loud at times as well as shedding an occasional tear. When not at the dental office, A.W. liked to spend his off hours in the pursuit of various strenuously physical activities. These out-of-doors pursuits included farming, raising horses and cattle, developing land, small and big game hunting, fresh-water and salt-water fishing, and raising kids. Dr. Sibley incorporates into the book tales of his life as a real life ‘Cowboy’. These wonderful tales speak of a by-gone era where having and working a few (or many) head of cattle kept a person in shape and even put a little extra money in the bank. Of course, where there are cows, there are also horses and dogs and the ones that A.W. tells about in his book were truly special animals. Volume 2 of “Ain’t Life ‘a Hoot” is the continuing wonderful autobiography of one man whose fidelity to the American country way of life is an inspiration to all. By remaining true to the use of the vernacular and unique dialect that he used in Volume 1, Dr. Sibley’s story continues to share with his readers a rare glimpse into a fast-vanishing rural American way of life.
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A.W. Sibley, D.D.S., born in 1933 and raised in rural central west Louisiana, graduated in 1951 from Fairview-Grant High School at the age of seventeen. Two years later found A.W. enlisted in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Serving with the Chemical Corp as a Chemical Staff Specialist in Central America, it was while in the army that he forged strong ties to some of his lifelong friends. A.W. entered McNeese State University in 1955 courtesy of the G.I. Bill and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Entering Loyola University of New Orleans School of Dentistry in 1960, Dr. Sibley graduated with honors in the spring of 1964 and was selected for membership for the C. Victor Vignes Society. With two small children in tow, Dr. Sibley and his wife, the former Margaret Jacobs, decided to settle down in the small rural town of Merryville, Louisiana. Opening his Dental practice in 1964, Dr. Sibley spent the next 30 years as a family general dental practitioner. Presently retired from dentistry, Dr. A.W. Sibley and Margaret still live in Merryville, Louisiana. They have four grown children and five grandchildren. Traveling out West to see friends and enjoy the great outdoors is one of their favorite pastimes now. When not traveling, going fishing and growing a garden keep them very busy.
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