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03/18/2013
While strolling the aisles of the grocery store the other day, in search of a juice to satisfy my taste buds longing for a cool drink with a sweet taste, I stumbled across some kind of organic berry concoction I was somewhat skeptical of liking....
03/17/2013
“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the...
03/17/2013
What was the most important event or era in history? The other day a friend of mine and I were discussing nostalgic times. We quizzed each other on the “big” events in our lives. This led to a point of curiosity: what were the most significant...
03/17/2013
Question: Can you convince me why I should pay some advisor to manage money for me when I can do it myself online? Answer: There are two very different groups of people who attempt to go it alone financially. They are often assumed to be one in the...
03/17/2013
While there are many individuals who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have the...
03/17/2013
If you’re a “Gen-Xer,” born between 1965 and 1980, you’ve still got many years to go until you retire. At this stage of your life, what can you do to help build resources for the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned? Besides having time on your...
03/16/2013
March means madness in the world of basketball and, for several former Louisiana Tech University players, the month also spells S-U-C-C-E-S-S. And in a big way. We’re talking about Ambert Obaze Ford, Dee Jackson, Mike McConathy and Kim Mulkey. At...
03/15/2013
Ruston is the home town that just keeps on giving. I’ve talked to four people from home this past week, so don’t think I don’t know what you’re up to. I taught in Simsboro for three years before moving into the Ruston school system, so one of my...
03/15/2013
My love for back porches is a result of my childhood. Growing up close to my grandparents’ house, I spent a lot of time under the shade of the huge white oak tree that shadowed the entire rear yard of their home. Besides reading, writing and...
03/14/2013
Yes, it’s getting to be one of my favorite times of the year, because it reminds me of one of my favorites things — dogs. Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Furry Fun Walk will be held Saturday at a new location — the J.C. Love Softball...
03/14/2013
We’re all taught manners growing up: Never get in someone’s personal space uninvited; if someone says “no thank you,” leave them be; don’t judge a book by its cover. These are universal principles that we all follow; unfortunately, all too often...
03/14/2013
There are many ailments in this world. There are aisles in the stores that contain various medications for aches, pains and digestive problems. There are some vitamins taken for preventative measures. Strangely enough, there are remedies in your...
03/13/2013
A few days after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, several of my Roman Catholic friends and I wondered whether the now-former pontiff would be called “Pope Emeritus.” We were not clairvoyant. The practical matter of how to address a...
03/12/2013
The average American diet is going to kill us. Or, at least that’s what we’re led to believe every other month when one staple of most people’s diet or another is called into question for causing heart disease, diabetes, cancer or other illness. I...
03/11/2013
So I hear we “sprung forward” this weekend. That’s funny because all I want to do is fall back in bed. Like most, my body thought I woke-up an hour early for the sure joy of it and is now passively aggressively punishing me by refusing to function...
03/10/2013
Dear EarthTalk: I’d like to have a garden that encourages bees and butterflies. What’s the best approach? — Robert Miller, Bakersfield, CA Attracting bees and butterflies to a garden is a noble pursuit indeed, given that we all depend on these...
03/10/2013
You’ve no doubt heard about the risks associated with investing. This investment carries this type of risk, while that investment carries another one. And it is certainly true that all investments do involve some form of risk. But what about not...
03/10/2013
It may be the subject matter — death, incapacity and taxes — that causes us to avoid estate planning. However, the fact is that, no matter what your age or how much wealth you’ve accumulated, you need an estate plan to protect yourself, your loved...
03/10/2013
Question: What can I do to make sure my financial affairs are handled properly if I have a stroke or something and I cannot take care of things? My wife could not manage this alone. Would one of my children have to step in? That worries me, too....
03/10/2013
Ryan Moats compiled some impressive statistics during his football career at Louisiana Tech University. He totaled 3,112 yards from 2002-2004, making him one of only three players in the program’s history to join the “3,000 Yard Club.” His 1,774...