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12/18/2015
This week we are excited to announce the details about the upcoming Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball. This year’s Ball will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 30 at the Ruston Civic Center. There’s an early Easter in 2016, so the ball is early...
12/18/2015
With Christmas next week — that’s right, it’s here already — I’ve started trying to divide up my time so that I have the opportunity to see all of the people who matter most to me. My best friend from California, Allison, will be making her way to...
12/17/2015
I love many things, but I hold Louisiana Tech University and my hometown of New Orleans especially true to me. Both vastly different and unique, they managed to form the young man I am today. For one reason or another, the Tech tradition has never...
12/16/2015
I made a mistake when I bought my friend Vicky’s riding lawnmower. I’ve never wanted a riding mower. I like to sweat when I work in the yard. Somehow driving a mini tractor back and forth doesn’t quite fit the bill. Even cutting figure eight’s in...
12/14/2015
It’s a shame that the “most wonderful time of the year” can sometimes bring out the worst in people. The unrealistic expectations of trying to create the perfect Christmas can often turn the best of us into instant Grinches, lashing out at anyone in...
12/14/2015
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the piney fragrance of a live Christmas tree. I love decorating the tree, and am known to cry easily as I take out the ornaments of my daughters as babies, or dogs who have left us, or the...
12/12/2015
I remember the first time I met him, I was a sophomore in my journalism classes and working on a piece for The Tech Talk. He was personable. He told me stories of when he and wife were at Louisiana Tech University. Honestly I was nervous before I...
12/12/2015
Tom and I put our Christmas tree up right after Thanksgiving. We always have to get our decorating done before school opens back up because of the crush of a schedule that comes with the holidays. So we push to get that done pretty quickly after...
12/12/2015
Gazing into a time machine is an enlightening experience. There is such a thing. It’s not from one of those science fiction movies. You have one; we all do. We might think that it only focuses toward the past; that’s wrong. Of course the “time...
12/12/2015
Question: Can I retire on $300,000? Answer: Sure. What else do you want to do? I was thinking about things like paying rent, buying groceries, air conditioning your house, eating out, buying clothes, traveling, buy gifts for the grandkids, staying...
12/12/2015
During this holiday season, you’ll likely be spending money, in various amounts and in various ways. And you can use this experience to teach your children about money management. Here are a few ideas for doing just that: • Stick to a budget. Tell...
12/12/2015
There are few football honors remaining that have not been bestowed upon Doug Williams. He is in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the Southwestern Athletic Hall of Fame, the GSU Legends Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation/College...
12/11/2015
Every year princes, princesses, knights, wizards, witches and storm troopers, yes, storm troopers make their way to Hammond to be part of the annual Louisiana Renaissance Festival. It may seem like a strange crowd, but between the interesting...
12/10/2015
A long time ago in a city not too far from Ruston, a boy popped in a VHS tape that forever changed his life. From its opening scene — a spaceship hovers over your head preceded by a yellow scroll of back story — to its epic plot twist that finishes...
12/09/2015
When Ronny Walker was running for mayor in 2014, he often talked about what he believed to be role of the faithful in the Ruston’s civic life. Now, almost a year into his first term, Walker’s seen the evidence. It almost brought him to tears....
12/07/2015
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” Bob Hope I read this quote today, and it was profound to me. First of all, isn’t Bob Hope...
12/07/2015
I love new experiences, although that’s been known to get me in trouble sometimes. We won’t talk about the time last year when I decided to join my 15 year old on an amusement park ride and spent five minutes with my eyes closed, holding on for dear...
12/07/2015
That regular season finale for Louisiana Tech University’s football team would be best to file under the “most forgettable losses” folder. A 58-24 loss to newly crowned Conference USA Western Division champ Southern Mississippi has a way of doing...
12/05/2015
Question: I have always been fairly aggressive in my investments, as well as the rest of my financial life. As I get older, however, I find myself worrying more and more about these things. I know that’s natural, but is it financially healthy?...
12/05/2015
More Americans are facing rising caregiver costs. The financial challenge of caring for an aging parent can also create caregiver stress. Don’t allow caring for an aging parent or spouse to become a crisis. Nearly 10 million adults over the age of...