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05/09/2013
It is that time of year, or doesn’t it seem as if it should be past that time of year for allergy season? Not so if you have been to the doctor’s office lately. The waiting room is full of the rhythmic sound of coughing and sneezing of those...
05/08/2013
Each of my grade school classes was divided into three reading groups. Group 1 was the strong readers; Group 2, the average readers, and Group 3, the weak readers. Nobody tried to mask our abilities with cute names like Bluebirds, Redbirds and...
05/08/2013
For the past few months, I’ve had my own personal paparazzi, Emily Jane Cruz (a.k.a. Em J). Emily is a Tech photography student, and focused her senior project around me and another model I have not met. She took photos of us in our everyday lives...
05/07/2013
What are kids missing from their daily eating plan? Studies indicate they are missing fruits and vegetables. Ask 10 young people how many fruits and vegetables they have eaten today; you will be amazed. Most youth like fruits because they are sweet...
05/07/2013
Summer is nearly upon us, and many families will likely be packing up and heading out to various locales for a little break from the day-to-day. Unfortunately, for many of us, packing enough sunscreen is the least of our worries. Though finding a...
05/06/2013
When I began employment with the Ruston Daily Leader, one of my first assignments involved the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, better known as DART. The organization was gearing up for their annual push in fundraising to help those in need that have...
05/04/2013
Cotton was once king in Louisiana, but it appears corn now wears the crown. In a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cotton will be replaced with corn across the South, with planted cotton acres expected to fall by an average of 15...
05/04/2013
These lines are meant as reflection — and a reminder — that next Sunday is Mothers Day. In that it is one of the most celebrated days other than Christmas and Easter, the history of the day is interesting. Most of today’s words deal with the...
05/04/2013
While it is always important to maintain a diversified portfolio, it is especially vital to remain diversified during volatile market conditions. As an investor, you should be careful not to get caught up in any panic selling and should maintain...
05/04/2013
It probably doesn’t show up on your calendar, but May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month. And you might agree that such a month is useful, when you consider the following: • Three in 10 workers entering the workforce today will become disabled...
05/04/2013
Question: I started investing about 10 years ago. I feel like it’s just been one disaster after another. None of my investments have done well for long. I make changes based on what I read, but that doesn’t seem to help. I know I am doing something...
05/04/2013
It’s still several months before Louisiana Tech University becomes officially affiliated with Conference USA. But even now, members of Bulldog Nation should be excited for what awaits them when the 2013-14 school year kicks off.
05/03/2013
With the summer quickly approaching, it is always nice to get out and about. It is a great time to get together with friends you don’t see enough of. I am sure we all have those friends who we go for months on end intending to talk to, but something...
05/02/2013
One of the things I love about Lincoln Parish is how active people here are in getting out and helping those in need. And this weekend, as in recent weeks, there’s plenty of service you can help provide while having some fun in the process, too....
05/01/2013
Back in 1933, a casual stroll through Railroad Park resulted in the idea that led to the planting of a rose garden that for years was the signature spot in downtown Ruston. The beds were the length of the city block between Vienna Street and Trenton...
04/30/2013
I pledge my head to clearer thinking; My heart to greater loyalty; My hands to larger service; And my health to better living; For my club; My community; My country; And my world.
04/30/2013
Though the nugget of wisdom may not come until a long time down the road, I believe that each experience in life teaches us something about either life in general or ourselves. I mentioned recently that my husband is currently on the job hunt,...
04/29/2013
Lincoln Parish was in a mad dash this past weekend — literally. There were so many events to cover during the morning hours on Saturday the weekend staff here at the Ruston Daily Leader was stretched thin trying to make our rounds. Along with Jolis...
04/27/2013
I have a huge trunk filled with concert T-shirts. And because each has an indelible memory that goes with it, I’ve kept them as if they were photos in a scrapbook. So when we got a new trunk for the bedroom, I took advantage of the opportunity to...
04/27/2013
These thoughts are not written in the context of anger but wonderment. Well, maybe some irritation is at the core. The wondering is where we have come from, where we are and our ultimate safety in this country. One may know only scant history to...