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Columns

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...
12/16/2013
Anyone worried about the state of our youth and the future they’ll lead us to should have been at last week’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post monthly meeting. It seems our future might be brighter than we think if some of the shining lights presented...
12/15/2013
Usually in this Sunday Morning column, we wind up our offerings with a Random Thoughts section or, if you will, a variety of sports items. Today, you will be served up with a full plate. Super Saints: I will go record right now. The Saints will...
12/15/2013
So what do you want for Christmas this year? Santa has already come at our house and he brought me a brand new knee, something I’m struggling with but wanted more than anything. It’s funny how struggle can go hand-in-hand with your heart’s desires....
12/14/2013
Where does time go? Seriously, I woke up this morning, looked at the calendar and realized that this year is speeding toward its demise far too fast.
12/14/2013
Money can be a topic people are reluctant to discuss, but having an open, transparent dialogue about your finances should be the goal when it comes to your relationship with your financial advisor. An integral part of the client-advisor relationship...
12/14/2013
When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other...
12/14/2013
Question: I am not interested in becoming a rich person. But I would like to one day be financially independent, able to retire and not be a burden on my children. With things like they are, how does someone do that these days? Answer: Other than...
12/13/2013
As I have written many times before, one of the perks of this line of work is getting to meet people who are passionate about something. According to Merrriam-Webster, passion is defined as having, showing or expressing strong emotions or beliefs....
12/13/2013
The first time I exited Interstate 20 exit 81 and came across the bridge, I had no idea what I was getting myself into riding front seat with the windows down into what appeared to be a town full of black and gold tiger fans and old school box...
12/12/2013
Nights are getting colder and longer as we are settling in for winter. With these long, cold nights come trips to local grocery stores and businesses later in the evening. With those late evenings comes a danger for travelers locally. Every day, we...