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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...
02/06/2016
Americans spent nearly $19 billion in Valentine’s Day gifts last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Much of this money went for gifts with short shelf lives, such as candy, flowers and restaurant meals — and about $700 million was...
02/06/2016
Many people who were once married or in a committed relationship are faced with managing finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many individuals experience handling complicated financial matters is during a...
02/06/2016
When I was growing up, my parents taught my brother and me to respect them, to respect our elders, to respect our friends and of course to respect our teachers as well. Even if we did not particularly like the way a teacher taught us, we were to...
02/06/2016
I wasn’t crazy about “Kung Fu Panda” in 2008, but I loved “Kung Fu Panda 2” in 2011. So I had high hopes for “Kung Fu Panda 3,” using the logic that maybe this franchise gets better as it progresses. Alas, it seems to have reached its creative...
02/05/2016
When I moved to Ruston to attend Louisiana Tech University in fall 2006, I remember thinking that the campus was really easy to maneuver — on foot, anyway. There were students lounging in the Quad, and freshmen like me wandering around hoping we...
02/05/2016
There are certain social stigmas our society is severely confused about. We emphasize what we perceive to be beautiful and sexy, when in reality, the definition of beauty is unique to each individual. So who are we to say one thing is beautiful and...
02/04/2016
When my grandmother prayed the rosary every year, she did it twice — once before hurricane season and once before the New Orleans Saints season. Rest her soul, poor Mamaw never saw the Saints win the Super Bowl in 2009, she passed away in 2004. But...
02/03/2016
It finally happened. Terrorism struck Lincoln Parish. It came in the middle of a Monday night on the silent wings of social networking app Instagram. About 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 — the Monday in this story — a Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputy received...
02/01/2016
February is here. If you are like most of the world, February means one thing: Valentine’s Day. The official day of love, plus chocolates, flowers, cards, and perhaps even jewelry. Many people may not know that February is also National Teen...
02/01/2016
Another year, around spring with our state universities facing what could become devastating budget cuts. It’s seemingly become par for the course for universities here in Louisiana. And as our state legislators try to find a way out of a financial...
02/01/2016
Ah, the month of February. Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and … most important of all — pitchers and catchers report. And that means Louisiana Tech University’s diamond season will soon get under way. No better way than to get into the mood for the...
01/31/2016
Good for Peyton Manning. Rumors of his Hall of Fame career being in the twilight mode have been greatly exaggerated. The neck problems … being a step slower or out of sync with his receivers. Or for purely TMZ.com and tabloid purposes, all of that...
01/31/2016
Jan. 23 brought news of a big blizzard hammering the northeast. Forecasts even called for a bit of snow, cold and windy conditions for north Louisiana meaning most rational thinking folks in our area were likely to put another log on the fire and...
01/31/2016
Thursday night once the little ones were in bed I sat down to watch the GOP presidential debate being aired on Fox News —you know the one where Donald Trump decided not to attend for various reasons. I will admit that I haven’t watched previous...
01/31/2016
Let me tell you something that’s frustrating — having a key that will open the door to your vehicle but won’t start the engine.
01/31/2016
Question: Sometimes when my husband reads your column, he gets all uptight about our financial situation. Can you tell him to lighten up? Answer: Lighten up, Bubba. Injecting stress into a family discussion about finances inevitably works like a...
01/31/2016
“Be prepared” is the Scout motto, and it’s also pretty good advice for anyone seeking to guard against various disasters — including financial ones. Here are some events that can have serious financial consequences, along with suggestions on...