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12/27/2013
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas have all come and gone, and in a few days everyone will be ringing in the New Year. This has been a very exciting year for our little family from buying a house to coming back to work here at the Daily Leader,...
12/27/2013
During the holiday season, it is really easy to give your spare change to whatever charity representative may be sitting outside of your local grocery or department store. Charitable giving is something I promote for everyone, especially during the...
12/26/2013
Its contents were unknown, until one Christmas Eve in December 1957. Christmas had never meant much to me growing up in South West City, Mo. We had almost no extended family. My grandparents had died years earlier and my father was an only child....
12/26/2013
I first met the Bikers Against Child Abuse on a cold, wet Saturday on Dec. 14 during the Toy Run hosted by the American Bikers Active Toward Education motorcycle group. There were countless motorcycle enthusiasts and “die hard” bikers all out for...
12/24/2013
There is great interest by gardeners in incorporating edible fruit producing plants into the landscape or creating a small home orchard. Opportunities exist for the production of many favorite fruit for urban homeowners with limited space as well as...
12/24/2013
During Thanksgiving and Christmas are you cooking up special recipes — ones you only prepare only during the holidays? Eggnog, divinity, pecan pies, fudge, Martha Washington’s, etc. It’s been reported that we gain 1 to 2 pounds and some of us even...
12/23/2013
While many of us will spend much of today cleaning up following Saturday’s storm that left widespread damage across the area, we can’t forget how lucky we are. No lives were lost as a result of the storm. Property can be replaced; people and other...
12/22/2013
Go ahead and give us grief for last Sunday’s ebullient column of the New Orleans Saints reaching the Super Bowl. The timing was lousy. Later on the same day, the Saints had their debacle against the Rams in St. Louis. Now, it is crunch time for the...
12/21/2013
Almost everyone would agree: Moving is a hassle. In addition to selling your current home and finding a new one, you may need to deal with a new school for your kids, a new doctor, a new dentist — the list goes on and on. But you’ll also need to...
12/21/2013
Question: For most people the economy seems to be doing better. But this year my husband got sick, and we were not able to do as well in our business as we did in the past. Everybody’s talking like times are getting better, but we haven’t seen it...
12/21/2013
Dealing with your grief when a loved one dies is hard enough. But often you may find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with financial and investment matters as well. The feelings of uncertainty about what to do next and who to consult...
12/21/2013
Do we hear a knock at the door?
12/21/2013
The holidays are about family. And, with both of us being North Louisiana transplants, for my husband and I the holidays mean hitting the road to head south.
12/20/2013
It happened around this time last year. Until the day it happened, I had never experienced anything quite like it. It was something that would happen in a movie, right before the end credits roll. What I experienced that day is what we in my family...
12/20/2013
It seems forever to me since I was in Ruston last, but hopefully I will be there this Sunday worshipping at Temple Church with so many of you I have known for so long. And, I am excited to think I will be there for the new pastor’s first sermon with...
12/20/2013
Like most young adults, I woke earlier this week and as usual checked the various social media outlets. What would flood my feed in the next few seconds was neither shocking nor surprising. Duck Dynasty. At this point, the names of the Robertson...
12/20/2013
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Blessings of the Solstice — in short, Happy Holidays. A lot of stigma surrounds that innocent and cheery greeting. To me, it is a simple summation of all the holidays celebrated at the end of the year...
12/19/2013
I’m so glad I live in a community that cares about those who are less fortunate than others. During this time of year, our calendar is full of family outings, Christmas shopping and an abundance of food just waiting to add inches to our waists. But...
12/18/2013
When I was 5 years old, my kindergarten class at the Presbyterian Church took a train trip to Arcadia. Best I can remember, all we did was ride over there, eat a picnic lunch our mothers had packed and then ride back to Ruston. But from then on, I’...
12/17/2013
Spring gardening may seem a ways off, but maybe it’s time to start preparing now so that you are not too late when the time comes. Many people call me right before they plant their gardens or even after asking me what they need to fertilize with and...