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03/22/2014
No matter how many times you come face-to-face with it, I’m not sure if death is something anyone ever truly understands. On Thursday afternoon, my family laid to rest my maternal grandfather. I sat in a church listening to the happy, gurgling...
03/22/2014
Slavery is evil.  It ripped our nation apart 150 years ago. In one fashion it was legally abolished with the 13th amendment. Yet vestiges remained; some know they still exist. There is another form of slavery becoming more prevalent across our...
03/22/2014
While it is always important to maintain a diversified portfolio, it is especially vital to remain diversified during volatile market conditions. As an investor, you should be careful not to get caught up in any panic selling and should maintain...
03/22/2014
The days are getting longer and warmer — a sure indication of the arrival of spring. Another sign of the season may be the urge you get to do some spring cleaning. But you might not have realized that some of the same spring-cleaning techniques that...
03/22/2014
Question: I have always tried to teach my children not to be afraid, to not back down. I recently talked my youngest (who is in his 20s) into not taking all his money out of his retirement plan just because he thought everything was going to you...
03/21/2014
What a day it has been. In fact the whole week has been a bit unusual, like the song says, “what a difference the day makes.” My life is about to change dramatically. For 13 years in Ruston, I taught Sunday School at the Town Oaks Nursing Home  —...
03/21/2014
I’ll ask for a show of hands: how many of you have experienced some level of stress in your life in the past year? For most of us, life can seem like an endless series of stressful situations. People will often use phrases such as “the stress is...
03/21/2014
My first love has been and always will be history. From an early age I was fascinated with tales of yester-year. It never really mattered to me whether it was focused on the United States, Europe, Ancient Greece or if the tales were from a specific...
03/20/2014
One of the biggest uncertainties in Baton Rouge right now is Common Core and the implementation of a more rigorous assessment to go along with it, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which would replace the LEAP and...
03/19/2014
When it comes to Louisiana’s coastal erosion problem, John Barry doesn’t mince words. “If you think the northern part of the state can thrive while the southern part of the state melts into the ocean, you better rethink your position,” Barry,...
03/18/2014
Homegrown vegetables have always had an appeal, but as the economy slows home vegetable gardening is picking up in popularity. I have even been receiving more calls than average for this time of the year from people that have never grown a garden...
03/17/2014
Spring break for Lincoln Parish Schools will be held next week, and the big questions for many area parents will be “what do they do with their children during those days off? Fortunately in Lincoln Parish, there are plenty of opportunities...
03/16/2014
He was a Rebel with a winning cause, but a Bearcat at heart. Don Shows, who passed away recently, formed a legendary head football coaching career during a 24-year stay at West Monroe High School. Sixteen district titles, eight state crowns, seven...
03/15/2014
Former governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, is well known. There is a nonpolitical position for which he may not be known. His comments stemmed from the death of his 17-year-old lab, “Jet.”
03/15/2014
As principal of Ruston High School for the last 7 and 1/2 years, its been my privilege to watch this school “take off.” After visiting many other schools in Louisiana and other states, my conclusion is that Ruston High is the best.
03/15/2014
Sometimes, comparing yourself to other people that are similar in some way is a terrible idea. You leave thinking, “I’m 27, why don’t I have a giant mansion, three kids and a summer home in Venice?” Other times, it’s really good. Such was the case...
03/15/2014
Question: It seems like the stock market has come back, though I cannot figure out why. Has our nation fully recovered from the Great Recession that hit in 2008? Answer: We fell down. We’re back up (at least part of the way). Now, do we have the...
03/15/2014
Estate planning conversations are never easy, but they’re crucial for helping create a secure future for your family. In particular, estate planning tools such as wills and trusts can help ensure that your children will be taken care of if you are...
03/15/2014
There’s nothing more important in the world to you than your family. However, your family-owned business probably helps support your family. So, when it comes to protecting both your family and your business, you need to carefully consider your...
03/14/2014
Our first full work week after daylight saving time is coming to an end today. And I will admit, I rather enjoyed having all day Sunday and Monday to sort of recuperate from lack of sleep. But there were many of those who were not afforded that...