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04/11/2013
This past weekend, I again flew to Austin, Texas, to teach cane travel to young blind Texans in the second Project CHANGE (Connections Helping Another Navigate and Guarantee Employment) event. Project CHANGE is a new National Federation of the Blind...
04/10/2013
Nothing makes Lone Wolf much angrier than child abuse. Whether it’s neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse, he’s seen it all, even right here in Lincoln Parish. And he’s vowed to not look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still until he’s...
04/09/2013
Each month, the nation and state release statistics about how the job market is doing. For those of us lucky enough to have a job, those numbers don’t mean a whole lot. Sure, they fuel debates about the economy and how our politicians are handling...
04/08/2013
When asked about what is the most enjoyable aspect of my job, the answer is always easy — the World War II veterans. I enjoy visiting with them for various reasons, particularly to gain wisdom from their life experience. But there are so many...
04/07/2013
Though the flowers that bloom in springtime/Wither soon and die/All the flowers of our youth time live on in Dubach High/Sing her praises speed them onward/To the world we will proclaim/How we’ll always shield and cherish/Dear ol’ Dubach High School...
04/07/2013
This is the story of the lesser prairie chicken and its struggle for survival. Never heard of the lesser prairie chicken? Neither had I until I came across an obscure news item about the bird’s possible listing as a threatened species. The LPC as...
04/07/2013
Angry again. Your writer has been in the legal profession for nearly 40 years. Supposedly through training and experience, control of temper is a staple of my business. When things happen that are provocative, unseemly or disturbing, cool reflection...
04/07/2013
Question: My husband and I are expecting our first baby in the summer. What financial things should we be doing to prepare? Answer: Sometimes it feels like Melinda and I had our first child about, oh, a year or two ago. We now have two college grads...
04/07/2013
Whether you’re a novice investor or you’ve been following the market for years, one thing you know is true: the market is constantly changing. The never-ending ups and downs can make it hard to determine when would be a good time to buy....
04/07/2013
You probably aren’t too worried about it, but April is Stress Awareness Month. Each year, the Health Resource Network sponsors this “month” to inform people about the dangers of stress and to share successful coping strategies. Obviously, it’s...
04/07/2013
For members of the coaching profession, every loss is tough. One point, 10 points or by whatever differential, getting beat is the pits. But some losses are much tougher than others. They enter into altogether different realm than others that a...
04/06/2013
The past couple of months have been difficult for me, as I have been especially ready for the cold, dark, short days of winter to pass. For some reason, I have felt more burdened by this very necessary winter season that comes along once every year...
04/06/2013
I started writing this column in 1996. It’s hard to believe that as of February I have continued through several editors, wondering when they would tell me, “We’ve heard enough from you,” and when seven years ago I moved here, I was sure it would be...
04/05/2013
Perhaps it was the origin of the photo in the Sunday paper that caught my eye, rather than the subject. On second thought, after further review, nah, it was the subject. The announcement of the upcoming nuptials of Daisy Mae Lipshout and Jerome...
04/04/2013
It’s always tough to see someone die needlessly. It’s even tougher when it’s a young person. But that’s what happened in Ouachita Parish on Wednesday as two West Monroe High School students died in a house fire. Kyle Phillips, 18, and Mitchell...
04/04/2013
In 2008, Sexuality Education Standards were put in place for skills to be addressed under the topic of Health Education for grades two, five, eight and 12. However, the Chicago Public School system has passed a new program approving a sex education...
04/03/2013
When we arrived at work the other day, our Internet provider was down. No email, no connection to web-based databases, no Google, nothing. For a moment, my co-worker and I just looked at each other. “Well,” I said, after a minute, “I guess I can go...
04/02/2013
While I’m immensely thankful that I was lucky enough to find the man I would marry at such a young age (we met when I was 21 and were married when I was 25), I certainly never expected that to be the case.
04/02/2013
Lincoln Parish 4-H welcomes the youth of Lincoln Parish to participate in a “learning-by-doing” environment where they are able to actively participate in hands-on experiences and make a lasting impact in their communities. 4-H focuses on the...
04/01/2013
I’m really not one for television, although I have found Netflix to be guilty pleasure. Even then, I keep my viewing preferences to scripted shows or documentaries. But nothing, and I mean nothing, is more obnoxious to me than reality television. My...