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12/28/2013
So much for not being drafted high. Or, for that matter, being drafted at all. Jordan Mills and Ryan Allen are only a year removed from their careers at Louisiana Tech University, yet have become valuable members of their NFL franchises. Mills, a 6-...
12/28/2013
Question: Looking back at 2013, I think I spent most of the year waiting for the other shoe to drop. And it never happened. I’m not sure whether or not to think things are fine again, or whether that other shoe will drop early in 2014. What are the...
12/28/2013
Crises that buffet the financial markets have become commonplace in recent years: 2008’s banking crisis, the housing market implosion, credit woes at home and abroad, currency fluctuations, natural disasters. As a result, stock prices have been...
12/28/2013
­­­­Now that another year is ending, it’s a good time to take stock of where you are on your journey toward financial security. Of course, you could find many different “measuring sticks” to assess your progress, but you can certainly gain...
12/28/2013
Some of us — myself included — get up each morning, go to work, eat dinner, go to sleep and start again. Many of us get so caught up in the business of living that we forget about the art. Instead of working so we can live (a necessary thing in...
12/28/2013
We call it the “season to be jolly” in one of our holiday songs, but maybe it was also a season of expansion. “Expansions” can be positive or negative. Perhaps you can relate to some of these post-holiday thoughts and garner a smile. On the “good”...
12/28/2013
I didn’t actually write about Christmas last week, because my plans were so up in the air. My earlier plans got changed because baby Sydney and her mom Susan got really sick. Since I was recently out of the hospital with bronchitis I wasn’t too sure...
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.