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04/28/2014
It’s down to the stretch run for local March of Dimes fundraising efforts with the annual March for Babies set to wrap things up on May 10 at the Maxie Lambright Intramural Center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University. Efforts to raise funds...
04/26/2014
Baseball was special made for fathers and sons. The grand old game progresses at a pace that grumpy folks might believe is too boring and slow. But for fathers and sons, it’s absolutely ideal. All the better to soak in the priceless bond that...
04/26/2014
As I look out my window, I see storm clouds gathering. We have a tornado watch. Here’s hoping it blows over, but I thought I’d better do this now just in case it gets really rough. Tomorrow evening is my deadline, but I am going to be super busy all...
04/26/2014
Some people just won’t wake up.  There are some officials, fortunately not here, who do not see the preventable and controllable plague in front of us.  One might recall how the Pharaoh in Egypt was warned of plagues, yet he kept refusing to yield...
04/26/2014
“Are you looking for something special?” Tom and I were on the streets of Boston’s Little Italy earlier this month when those words wafted up toward our ears. We turned to find this elderly yet charming little Italian woman standing in front of us...
04/26/2014
Before I really committed to my weight-loss journey, I would ask other people who had succeeded at weight loss how they had done it. Did they magically no longer crave hot fudge sundaes? Did losing weight cure their desire for hamburgers, tacos or...
04/26/2014
Question: As I approach retirement, I know there is a lot I need to protect myself and my wife against. I don’t want to be Chicken Little and run around scared all the time. But I also don’t want to be foolish and leave myself unprotected if I can...
04/26/2014
When it comes to estate planning, procrastinating is easy. The task of getting your house in order can seem daunting and the topic uncomfortable. In fact, while the majority of Americans believe that all adults should have an estate plan, only 44...
04/26/2014
Retirement can be an exciting, active time of your life. But if you’re going to get the full benefits from your retirement years — which could last two, or even three, decades — you’ll need to have a vision for what you want to do. And to transform...
04/25/2014
Sleep. It’s something we either despise or something we love to do. But what many of us don’t realize is the importance sleep plays in our lives. In order to be a productive adult we have heard the recommended amount it eight hours a night. And for...
04/24/2014
Just because you’re from Louisiana, doesn’t mean crawfishing is OK. I can’t help but feel as if everything Jindal says concerning Common Core at this point is laced with insincerity and hidden motives. There has been rumor of Jindal having higher...
04/23/2014
Minutes before the thunderclouds thickened and the rain began to fall, Les Guice and his family planted a red maple tree on the alumni walkway leading to Louisiana Tech University’s Centennial Plaza. Thirteen other trees were already growing along...
04/22/2014
Today is Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day...
04/22/2014
Louisiana Tech men’s basketball fans had to play the waiting game over the past couple of days. I guess that’s the price of success in today’s world of college athletes. And make no mistake, there is no game about college athletics, it’s all about...
04/22/2014
Have you heard of the Master Gardener program but don’t really know what it is all about? Master Gardeners are people just like you and me who love gardening and have a desire to share their knowledge with others. The Louisiana Master Gardener...
04/19/2014
Here we go again. Another chapter has been added to the “Boys Gone Wild” book in professional sports. Or, specifically, the National Football League. In earlier segments, such culprits as Darren Sharper, Pacman Jones and Aaron Hernandez were...
04/19/2014
The predicted Resurrection happened. Easter is the greatest moment in the history of mankind. This a condensed version of my conclusion.
04/19/2014
On Tuesday, we celebrate Earth Day — a day devoted to education and action on environmental issues. As a citizen of the world, you may have a keen interest in protecting your physical surroundings. And as someone trying to reach long-term financial...
04/19/2014
Question: As I approach retirement, I know there is a lot I need to protect myself and my wife against. I don’t want to be Chicken Little and run around scared all the time. But I also don’t want to be foolish and leave myself unprotected if I can...
04/19/2014
True to form, Baby Boomers are redefining retirement too. The 76 million Americans born from 1946 to 1964 have driven major national trends in their lifetime and are living longer than any previous generation. Today, with the oldest of them having...