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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...
03/10/2013
You never know when a current pope will pass on, not to mention when and if one will resign. It’s been a little over a week since Benedict XVI left the Chair of St. Peter vacant, by his own choice. This hasn’t happened in more than 600 years....
03/09/2013
I hope you get this. I’m so mad at my computer, I don’t know what to do. My problem is I know so little about using one, sometimes I just sit down, turn it on and it starts doing crazy things on its own. Is there a computer made just for dummies? If...
03/08/2013
Note: My dog Miles had to be put down today. Here is a piece I wrote about him many years ago. Goodbye, Miles. You were a great friend to have when we all needed one. And Miles to Go My oldest son Brian Rogers named our Sheltie after the jazz great...
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...