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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...
02/26/2013
Every time a character in a movie or television show visits a college or university for the first time, it is always a magical place. They always seem to stumble into a philosophy class, which is theoretically the most collegiate, academic sort of...
02/25/2013
As many know, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was handing out the most sought after awards this past weekend for a few entertainers in the movie industry. I am going to go out on a limb here and say many of the major cable channels...
02/23/2013
Depending on the reporting agencies and the statistics analyzed, farming and ranching is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In fact, farming is more dangerous than coal mining, which at one time had the highest number of...
02/23/2013
Today’s comments are specifically meant to honor and recognize a gentleman and scholar, a local citizen of Ruston, who has accomplished something magnificent. There is a phenomenon in society that we tend not to notice talent right under our own...
02/23/2013
Not everyone gets one, but it’s always a welcome sight — a tax refund. If you receive a refund this year, how can you best put it to work? The answer depends, to a large extent, on the size of your refund. In 2012, the average tax refund was about $...
02/23/2013
Since the Great Recession started nearly five years ago, the number of older Americans in the workforce has increased significantly. By some estimates, there are roughly 25 percent more people age 65 and older who are still on the job. And while...
02/23/2013
Question: I got out of college a few years ago and went to work for a company, starting off in their management training program. Once that was over, I was assigned a position, which is OK, but I do not think this company has much of a career path...
02/23/2013
Some leftover notes along the sports beat: • If someone said a year ago come 2013 NCAA bracket-watching time for men’s basketball, that Louisiana Tech University would be included in the weekly national polls and regarded as almost a lock for...
02/23/2013
Periodically, I run across a news article that is both humorous and sad. Yesterday, someone forwarded me one such article (thanks, Mom!). It was discussing the findings of a research study from the University of Vermont that tracked popular words...