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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...
01/24/2014
At just Green Clinic’s main location there have been 297 confirmed cases of the flu since September 2013. That is nearly 300 in less than four months. Lab Director Tammy Singleton keeps track of how many cases are reported day in and day out. For...
01/24/2014
This past summer, I assisted a friend with preparing a few dancers for a competition. My job was to critique each of the kids’ performance and do a mock interview. The first couple of dancers (girls) went through the process effortlessly. The third...
01/23/2014
Moving to a new place can be a scary thing. It’s not just about taking your physical being and placing it in an unfamiliar environment; it’s the uprooting of your entire life. The elements involved seem endless: new workplace, new house, new friends...
01/22/2014
Of all the issues with which municipalities must deal, zoning may be one of the trickiest. That’s because when it comes to telling somebody what they can and can’t do with their property, things can get mighty personal real quickly. Ruston has had...
01/21/2014
There are many Lincoln Parish 4-H Club programs that offer opportunities to young people. The important thing to remember about 4-H programs is that the key component is the benefits that they bring to our young people in the parish. The number one...
01/20/2014
Laughter through tears. It was something I experienced a lot over the past weekend — something many journalism types from all over the country experienced as they paid tribute to one the field’s giants — late Louisiana Tech journalism department...
01/19/2014
As my plane sped along the tracks from the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, I smiled. One day after Christmas I flew to Washington, D.C., for the winter leadership conference hosted by American Israel Public Affairs Committee. My...
01/19/2014
This is what I call a cold, dreary, lazy day here in Dallas. I’m not sure how it will be when you read this. It’ll be different — that’s for sure. Every day here is. People are dying here from the flu, so except for church, I am trying to stay in. A...
01/19/2014
This time a year ago, Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen and Quinton Patton were like so many other folks around the country: gearing up to watch the Super Bowl. Today? They’re on the verge of playing in the world championship game. Allen and his New...
01/18/2014
“The spoken discourse may roll on strongly as the great tidal wave; but, like the wave, it dies at last feebly on the sands. It is heard by few, remembered by still fewer, and fades away, like an echo in the mountains, leaving no token of power. It...
01/18/2014
Success is a journey, not a destination. This year Choudrant High School received the school letter grade of an “A,” and we must remind ourselves that this success is part of a journey, and not our destination.
01/18/2014
As recently as 2006, when I transferred to Louisiana Tech University, the tour for potential journalism students included a stop in Wiley Hilburn’s office to view his own personal “Hall of Fame.” Upon that wall hung the photos of past Tech Talk...