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02/01/2014
If you’re in a marriage that’s ending, you’ll need to gather certain financial documents to help you evaluate your assets and understand the financial position you’re in. Some of the information may be at your fingertips, but some might require...
02/01/2014
If you’re a football fan (and probably even if you aren’t), you are aware that today is the Super Bowl. This year’s event is unique in that it is the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor, cold-weather site — New Jersey, to be specific. However, the...
02/01/2014
Question: My mother and father are nearing retirement age, and I know they aren’t even close to being ready. When I try to bring the topic up, my father says he is enjoying his freedom and wants to enjoy his money while he can. Is he crazy or am I...
01/31/2014
I just read a quotation from Abraham Lincoln that I never remember seeing before, but found it well worth repeating: Now I can’t remember it. Happens to old folks like me, but that’s all right, I’ll think of it when I wake up at two in the morning....
01/31/2014
I have been thinking about the ways in which we share as members of this planet and the ways we are called to share as children of God. Most of us are taught to share as small children. It seems that our first inclination when told to share our...
01/31/2014
I ran across an article earlier this week where the author talked about her experience of having long hair and then cutting it all off. Her response to why some women can pull off short hair and others can’t — confidence. I am all too familiar with...
01/31/2014
Wiley W. Hilburn Jr. was a giver of gifts. But not necessarily the kind received on birthdays or Christmas. He believed if you treat the people you care about well every day, you don’t need to create a big fuss one or two days a year. No, Wiley’s...
01/30/2014
Nothing ruins your day like getting a ticket. So there I was, minding my own business, on my way to Ruston on Saturday morning to meet my new landlord when the car in front of me slowed down and pulled over for no apparent reason. I looked around to...
01/29/2014
I was in the midst of writing a holiday letter to one of my best long-time friends and classmates, when I realized we’re turning 60 years old this year. Surely not. Surely we’re still in Mr. Laney’s eighth-grade class at the old A. E. Phillips lab...
01/28/2014
As the parent of a 14 year old daughter myself, I can relate to many parents out there that struggle with trying to make sure they are meeting the needs of their teenager so that she/he will grow into a confident and self-sufficient adult. We...
01/28/2014
Teamwork is one of those things that I feel is an underestimated tool. Putting your faith and trust in others is not always easy, but it can save a lot of stress and produce benefits that wouldn’t be possible with a solitary person.
01/27/2014
Sometimes advice from a “Rowdy” new friend is all a young person needs. Especially when the “Rowdy” new friend is famous and the young person really has no idea of why. That was the case last week for some students at Ruston Junior High as three-...
01/27/2014
Consider with me what life in this community was like 20 years ago. The blueprint of both the city and the campus of Louisiana Tech University were both very different. Our downtown has been revitalized with new businesses and landscapes, old...
01/26/2014
As with most people, shortly after my husband and I got married, I moved into a new apartment. We had purchased a ton of really cute stamps with wedding rings on them for both our invitations and our thank you notes.
01/26/2014
Recently I lost a friend from Claiborne Parish. This friendship lasted more than 40 years. It is not often that persons from separate generations have true friends, one generation to the other, but this was one of those instances for me. Actually...
01/25/2014
Question: I’m not sure our economy can sustain the kind of growth we’ve been seeing. Is there anything I can do now to get ready for hard times ahead? Answer: You can’t change the national economy around you. But you can improve your own personal...
01/25/2014
Even if you didn’t take Economics 101 in college, just navigating through the past several years has given you hands-on experience with one of the course’s most valuable lessons: The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors...
01/25/2014
As we get closer to April 15, the tax-filing deadline, you may be wondering about the effects of some of your actions on the amount of taxes you pay. Of course, you don’t have total command of some key tax-related components, such as your earned...
01/24/2014
Ron Howard formally connected with Tech emailed me about Wiley Hilburn’s death. When I began to reminisce about all the ways Wiley and I have been connected, it really made me sad. Have you ever had a friend that you’ve not been close to on a daily...
01/24/2014
Several weeks ago, our Pastor, Dr. Reggie Bridges, preached a sermon on Hebrews 11. For those who are not familiar with that chapter, it contains what has become known as the “Hall of Faith.” The Scripture records names of people who lived long ago...