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01/03/2014
I grew up in the Texas Panhandle where there are not many trees, much less fruit trees. I am often intrigued at watching a tree bear its fruit and having the opportunity to witness its growth from the beginning tiny flowering buds all the way to the...
01/03/2014
Every few days, Asher and I go for a walk around our neighborhood and visit with the animals at the top of the hill, as well as the immediate neighbors we have adopted as grandparents. When we visit them we always discuss a variety of topics, but...
01/03/2014
It’s time to kick off New Year’s resolutions and start 2014 off right. As people are putting their resolutions into play there are quite a few that are among the most popular every year. According to usa.gov, the most popular New Year’s resolutions...
01/01/2014
Today is New Year’s Day. For most people that means food, football and maybe a few well-intended resolutions. But for local political junkies, today begins the official countdown to the 2014 election season. And what a year it’s shaping up to be....
12/31/2013
Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 7 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest. The contest offered five divisions that...
12/30/2013
During the past two weeks, I have seen Christmas Spirit poured out on DART from all over this community. I have watched as so many different people and groups stepped out to support families they had never even met before. The Lady Techsters...
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...