Question: As I approach retirement, I know there is a lot I need to protect myself and my wife against. I don’t want to be Chicken Little and run around scared all the time. But I also don’t want to be foolish and leave myself unprotected if I can do something about it. Do you have any advice about where I can start?
Answer: I applaud your willingness to face the issue head on. No, you don’t want to be Chicken Little. By the same token, you don’t want to be like the ostrich with his head in the sand, unwilling to face reality.
While at my parents’ home one evening, I decided to start working on my Monday column. I had planned to write about another topic entirely until I realized my mother’s old computer had been packed away and her brand-new, shiny Mac was still in its box.
“It will give you a chance to set it up. Install the Word for Mac,” was her solution to my predicament. Up until that moment, I had not realized I had been waiting for a chance to “set up” her computer. But, since I was the person who had convinced her to switch from a P.C. to a Mac, I felt obligated.
Norway suffered from a nationwide butter shortage last month. Meanwhile in America, as Stephen Colbert put it, we have so many types of butter “that we have produced a product called I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, because if you pick up any random object in the United States, there’s a good chance it’s butter.”
Paula Deen has been the butt of butter jokes since her rise to fame on the Food Network in 2002. It doesn’t help that she has a recipe for fried butter balls that includes two sticks of butter and two ounces of cream cheese. This recipe is just one of dozens known for their high grease, sugar or fat content.
I first met Edwin Edwards in the summer of 1975. My editor said he was tired of covering the then-governor, so he sent me, the cub reporter.
Edwards was in town to attend a fundraiser for the late Sen. Charles Barham. I caught up with the governor at the Holiday Inn, and stayed on his heels until I could no longer see the lights of his plane as it finally cleared Lincoln Parish airspace late that night.