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Columns

03/07/2013
The send-off celebration has started, and I’m just glad to be a part of it. I’ve been a fortunate man in the 26 years since I walked across the stage at the Thomas Assembly Center to pick up my undergraduate degree. And a big part of that fortune is...
03/06/2013
The band played “Hail to the Chief” as the dignitaries filed in and took their places at the two-tier head table. As 400 people stood silent and still, the honor guard walked noiselessly down the red-carpet runway, their commander issuing sharp...
03/05/2013
No matter how much Vitamin C, hand washing and other precautions one takes during the height of the flu and cold season, it seems like most of us succumb to some sickness during the winter months. Unfortunately, with the crazy Louisiana weather we...
03/05/2013
4-H is continually adding new projects and events that appeal to and benefit the youth of this generation. 4-H offers projects and events in the areas of robotics, outdoor skills and public speaking. These are just a few of the more than 50 project...
03/04/2013
Growing up, most children visit a library at least once a week, mostly during the school year. However, for those kids from Farmerville making the long bus ride to and from Cedar Creek five days a week, the library becomes almost like a second home...
03/03/2013
Knowing Phil Robertson as long as I have, I can assure you he’s not going to lose any sleep over the latest “controversy” involving a late night talk show and his thriving business of making duck calls. In fact, in a humorous sort of way, Phil might...
03/03/2013
There’s a room in our house where I’ve rehabbed after each surgery and kept my legs under me in between. You’ll find basic exercise equipment and accessories plus a therapy table. But you’ll also find what is probably the most important piece of...
03/03/2013
Question: I was late making my payment to my credit card company last month and I think I was charged a fee for being just one week late. Can they do that? Answer: They can, they did and they may do it again. It’s bad enough that you have to pay...
03/03/2013
For the first time since 2008, contribution limits have risen for one of the most popular retirement savings vehicles available: the IRA. This means you’ve got a greater opportunity to put more money away for your “golden years.” Effective earlier...
03/03/2013
Stocks and bonds could probably be considered the basic building blocks of an investment portfolio, and you’ve most likely heard of them before. But beyond just these two basic terms there is a whole world of investment opportunities, and sometimes...
03/02/2013
I’m hoping good weather is on its way, because when you read this I’ll be culminating my trip to the Ardmore Mountains Retreat at Falls Creek Conference Center in Davis, Okla. When I signed us up, it sounded like an exciting time for spiritual...
03/02/2013
Recently, I asked my dear friend, Beth, to help me redecorate and clean out the main living spaces in our home. I completely trust her, so I told her to have fun and do whatever she wanted, which included rearranging furniture and pictures, as well...
03/01/2013
As we enter Women’s History month, it’s hard to believe less that 93 years ago women did not have the right to vote. Fed-up with being labeled as less than equal citizens, a group of women, a 100 years to the date on March 3, gathered in Washington...
03/01/2013
I have always admired left-handed athletes. To be successful as a pitcher in the Major Leagues all you have to do is be alive and left-handed. A soft throwing lefty with a sweeping, commanding curve ball can demand the big bucks. A long 3-pointer...
02/28/2013
Most all of us feel a certain amount of stress at work. It could be your workload, long hours, swing shifts, difficult co-workers or just a demanding boss. Regardless of the type of work you do, at some point you will encounter stress on the job....
02/28/2013
Sometimes lessons learned can be forgotten. And that’s not good. Prior to the Vietnam War, Americans traditionally showed great support and respect to our Armed Forces. Soldiers returning to the states from World War I, World War II and the Korean...
02/27/2013
In just a few short weeks, families will have the opportunity for the sixth year in a row to participate in the Junior Auxiliary’s Annual Dinner and a Movie Event. This event, which is free except for the $7 dinner tickets, offer families a chance...
02/27/2013
When I was a high school senior, the trend in national secondary education was hiring people to teach subjects like chemistry, foreign language, specialized mechanical or business classes and even journalism, who were professionals in those fields,...
02/26/2013
Driving around the city and countryside I have noticed many yellow, white and multi-colored flowers mingling within the browns and greens of the season’s landscapes. You can find them in formal beds, scattered in the landscape and in groups...
02/26/2013
One hundred and sixteen pounds, or maybe it looks better like this: 116 pounds! That’s how much Smart Bodies participants have lost in four weeks! Twenty-eight people signed up to participate in the LSU AgCenter Smart Portions Program from Lincoln...