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01/11/2016
Christmas is over, the lights have been removed and the trees taken down. The holiday has officially ended and we can get down to the serious business of a new year. We all have goals to set, resolutions to make, and winter weather to expect. At...
01/11/2016
On Sunday, the Daily Leader devoted almost its entire first sports page to Bert Jones. And deservingly so. The Ruston native who initiated his climb to stardom as a youth, junior high and prep athlete in the city was announced on Friday as one of...
01/11/2016
I’ll be the first to admit it — I play Powerball. This week I’ll be joined by millions of others as the Powerball jackpot has surged to a predicted $1.3 billion for Wednesday’s drawing. And no, that isn’t a typo — billion is correct.
01/09/2016
Limu. Plexus. AdvoCare. ItWorks. Isagenix. Most readers have heard of at least one of these I’m sure, and while there may be more companies out there you get where I am going with this. Each of these companies are what is considered to be a direct...
01/09/2016
Question: I tried using a computer based money management software program a few months ago thinking it would save me time. But it hasn’t saved me any time at all! In theory it should work, but the learning curve has been steep. Is this a waste of...
01/09/2016
We’re just a few weeks away from the first caucuses and primaries, so presidential election season is in full swing. As a voter, you may be keenly interested in the election process. But as an investor, should you be concerned? If you take a look...
01/09/2016
Investors need to consider many factors in the process of choosing investments. One at the top of list is an investment’s tax cost. In fact, for some individuals, this issue may be among the more influential factors when selecting investments.
01/08/2016
When I first heard of the “Color Me Calm” books, I was a little skeptical. How can a coloring book — I’m sorry, a Zen coloring book — truly calm someone? I mean, it wasn’t really that calming when I was in daycare, let alone now. So, I decided to...
01/07/2016
Older generations of Gramblinites have sharp memories. Talking to citizens, I noticed residents like to use landmarks as a sense of direction and time. You’ll hear, “It’s by the old grocery store, next to where Mr. ‘So and So’ lived,” or “I remember...
01/06/2016
Donald Trump is no dummy. Brazen, yes. A bully, absolutely. Scary, you bet. But dumb? Not hardly. His ability to hone in on America’s dissatisfaction with the way the nation is being governed — 75 percent dissatisfaction among voters and in general...
01/04/2016
Here we are on the first Monday of 2016, and Mother Nature is continuing the quirky behavior she showed in 2015 into the new year. This time she’s dancing with Old Man River. I know it isn’t a big problem here in the piney hills of Lincoln Parish,...
01/04/2016
For the majority of the population, stalking is not considered to be a serious issue. In fact, it is often used in a joking context. “Are you stalking me?” someone will ask, smiling, and everyone will laugh. In fact, during a recent lunch at...
01/02/2016
I read an article recently on how a schoolteacher could possibly help prevent a mass shooting from happening. The idea was simple, place a fire extinguisher in each classroom. Once an intruder has entered the school and classes have been put on...
01/02/2016
As I’ve aged I have learned some pretty revealing things about myself. In fact, some have been pretty surprising. So much so that I actually engaged myself in a test not long ago to see if one of my more recent revelations was actually true.
01/02/2016
Have you broken your New Year’s resolution yet? Gotcha. It’s only been two days and you slipped. Didn’t you? Seriously, are you and I into the process of making New Year’s resolutions? Before continuing let me say Happy New Year to each and every...
01/02/2016
Question: My wife and I are determined that no matter what, neither of us will allow the other to go into a nursing home. That being the case, do I really need long-term care insurance? Answer: It’s a huge mistake to equate long-term care insurance...
01/02/2016
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security probably will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement...
01/02/2016
Jeff Driskel will be gone and so will Johnathan Williams. And Kenneth Dixon and Nicholas Peoples, too. But there will be other valuable players returning to Lincoln Parish football programs in 2016. Some could very well elevate into a similar...
01/02/2016
The year 2015 was a year marked with high points and dark valleys. On April 30, my brother, Tom, two years younger than me, lost his battle with a debilitating illness. We buried Tom in DeRidder two days later. Tom and I grew up together with our...
01/02/2016
God never tells us ahead of time where we’re headed, but it’s always better than where we came from. I’ve had a brand new experience — one I never expected to have. I had a stroke … but I’m going to get over it. I had the stroke in Prattville,...