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Columns

02/18/2016
The Democratic presidential hopeful pops up more than cat videos on my Facebook timeline. A co-worker recently asked me — since I am a proud millennial — what appeal does Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have to young voters. It’s simple, yet complex....
02/17/2016
Are you under stress? Who isn’t? We live in stressful times. We can learn to manage our stress, so that we feel: refreshed and renewed, instead of frazzled; in control, instead of hassled; calm, instead of nervous; at peace, instead of angry; and...
02/17/2016
Economic gurus often measure the health of a community by the amount of construction that goes on there. Housing starts and building permits are considered leading indicators. By those standards, Ruston should be one of the healthiest places around...
02/16/2016
Registration for 4-H summer camp begins Feb. 22 for all fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Because 4-H Summer Camp is one of the most important events that 4-H offers for youth, planning has to start early. Camping is one of the most valuable...
02/15/2016
Disappointed. That’s the way I felt after last week’s temporary suspension of TOPS scholarships to state universities and the overall tone of new Gov. John Bel Edwards speech heading into the opening of this week’s special-called Legislative session.
02/14/2016
Louisiana Tech University’s baseball team got a lesson in perseverance, and — if you will — self-described “stubbornness” last week. It occurred before the second annual ‘First Pitch Dinner’ in which Texas Rangers’ Manager Jeff Banister was the...
02/13/2016
I think I first noticed it around my backyard bird feeder — I’m talking about the “pecking’ order. By definition, it’s the “colloquial term for a hierarchical system of social organization.” Have you ever taken the time to really observe the...
02/13/2016
Today is Valentine’s Day, and while I enjoy chocolate and flowers as much as the next girl there is something unsettling about only proclaiming your love once a year. A few years ago I read a letter a woman had written to her daughter. I don’t...
02/13/2016
Ah, February. This month more sweet sentiments will be shared than any other time of the year. Stores have stocked up on every possible card that can express the way we might feel about someone else. Some people may dismiss it all as nothing but...
02/13/2016
Are things a little backwards? Last week I wrote about today, that is, I wrote about Valentine’s Day.  That column was a playful tongue-in-cheek reminder to many of us to remember to honor the special loved ones in our lives and to remember that...
02/13/2016
Question: My husband is self employed. I used to work, but stopped when we started having children. We are fortunate that he makes enough for me to stay home with our children. He just took out a very large life insurance policy on himself. It...
02/13/2016
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, Managing Director and Senior Global Equity Strategist for Wells...
02/13/2016
If you have a child in college, you’re probably familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which must be completed to help ensure that students don’t miss out on federal and state grants, work-study jobs and loans. But you might...
02/12/2016
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” — Martin Luther King Jr. As I shift through the sheets of written history about the arts in Ruston, I’m intrigued. Last Sunday, my coworker shared a little about the special edition our...
02/11/2016
Americans love social media. According to digitaltrends.com, a website dedicated to finding facts about social media, the average American checks their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts a staggering 17 times a day. If you consider...
02/10/2016
Edwards Drive residents didn’t win their case before Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission in January, but they didn’t exactly lose, either. Neighbors on the 56-year-old street that’s tucked behind a variety of businesses on Cooktown Road, sought...
02/08/2016
In last week’s column, I introduced the topic of teen dating violence. Since February is National Teen Dating Awareness Month, this seems like a very pertinent time to become more aware of this growing problem which is can threaten the health,...
02/08/2016
It’s days like these I know what it means to miss New Orleans. Mardi Gras for anyone who has ever experienced it in the Big Easy is a special thing. And if you grew up there, all the more so. It’s a Louisiana tradition. So every Mardi Gras I begin...
02/06/2016
People say if you are doing what you love then you will never work a day in your life. I agree, and luckily from time to time I get to delve into my first love of history. While I never really cared for some parts of history — such as Latin...
02/06/2016
Question: I retired early a few years ago and thought I had enough money to last me. Now I’m not so sure. I have been taking money out of my portfolio and watching it go steadily down. I am in my late 50s and really don’t want to go back to work...