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12/07/2013
As an investor, you’ll eventually need to make all sorts of decisions — and some will be difficult. But there’s one choice you can make that can be relatively easy: reinvesting stock dividends. It’s simple to reinvest dividends — you just need to...
12/06/2013
What a Thanksgiving. One of my best. I left the hospital and with the doctor’s permission, went the next day for a fabulous vacation with family to Gaylord Texan Lodge. I will try but probably can’t do it justice, to tell you about this fairyland...
12/06/2013
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt Although I am a day early,...
12/06/2013
Every now and then I think the good Lord sends me an angel — something or someone to remind me how quickly life’s fortunes can change. This time it was young Dylan Black. I struck up a conversation with Dylan the other day at a local Minden...
12/05/2013
Adopting one child won’t change the world — but for that child — the world will change. — Unknown December is a time of holiday cheer and the spirit of giving is all around. Many people are helping Santa by making a list of what their children want...
12/04/2013
Vance McAllister used to say with some pride that he had never been to Washington, D. C. He can’t say that anymore. Two days after voters in the Lincoln Parish-inclusive 5th Congressional District elected him to fill former U.S. Rep. Rodney...
12/03/2013
Recently I discussed protecting tender plants in the landscape, but now that temperatures are reaching below the freezing point on a regular basis, most plants will benefit from severe cold weather protection. Winter protection of woody plants and...
12/03/2013
4-H is continually adding new projects and events that appeal to and benefit the youth of this generation. 4-H offers projects and events in the areas of robotics, outdoor skills and public speaking. These are just a few of the more than 50 project...
12/03/2013
I’m not going to lie. Sometime around early to mid-November, I start to wake up with a spring in my step. For a few months at the end of each year, the air becomes cooler, the world lights up with holiday decorations and my favorite holiday tunes...
12/02/2013
Andy Griffith would be proud. One of the most amazing things for me about living in Ruston and Lincoln Parish is the sense of community and camaraderie here. Not only are people here friendly, always stopping to say hello and ask about friends and...
12/02/2013
If there are certain times when we might expect complete peace and safety within the home, tenderness between family members, and an overall sense of well-being, it might be during pregnancy and during the holidays. But according to a publication...
11/30/2013
This is a time of year I get to give you suggestions as to what to get for your outdoors-minded spouse for Christmas, and with this cold nasty weather, what could be better than settling back in front of the fireplace reading a good outdoors book?...
11/30/2013
Sometimes words aren’t heard. They don’t stick. It’s kind of like when I throw a boiled spaghetti noodle against the refrigerator door and it doesn’t stick; I know that there’s more cooking in order (by the way, I don’t suggest this technique in the...
11/30/2013
Don’t you love this time of year? The holidays truly are the most wonderful time of the year. In fact, it really is magical. If we’re lucky, Mother Nature has smiled on us and we’re enjoying more seasonable temperatures. There are twinkling lights...
11/30/2013
Pardon me if I step outside of the sports world on this Sunday morning, even if it occupies a few paragraphs before we delve into some sports topics. But given the circumstances of past several months, it’s only fittin. I guess suffering a minor...
11/30/2013
When you add a child to your family, either through birth or adoption, it’s obviously an exciting and joyful time in your life — and it’s also a busy one, as you deal with all the challenges and commitments faced by all parents. However, hectic as...
11/30/2013
Question: A year ago, my husband and I sat down and set some financial goals. We wanted to get out of debt and start saving some money — neither of which we have ever done. A year later, we have not made any real progress. We have the income … we...
11/30/2013
Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting. While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to...
11/29/2013
Last month, I talked about how we all have patterns and habits in our lives that need healing. I talked about the revelation I had about the need to move out of God’s way, so God could change my life pattern of cramming too much into a small amount...
11/29/2013
I lost November instead of December this year. When I got sick in Ruston last year and missed Christmas, I swore that would never happen again, so guess I got a jump on it this year and spent November in the hospital, and now I’m out and ready for...