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07/25/2017
This year we have heard a lot of talk about ethics. We hear mostly about government ethics committees, ethical or unethical people in business, medicine, education, churches. My own definition was a bit limited: An ethical person is honest and of...
07/25/2017
Back in the day, Simon and Garfunkel sang about “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,” but the hit song I would record goes like this: Basil, dill and par-se-ley,Cilantro, mint and rosemary, These are the best herbs for me, Tra- la- la- la- lee! Yes,...
07/24/2017
Try, try again. One of life’s simplest and richest pleasures for me is to carefully unwrap the silver paper off a Hershey Kiss and pop it my mouth. I never chew — I just roll it on my tongue and let it melt in my mouth. Ahhhh, just thinking about...
07/24/2017
The topic of suicide is not an easy topic to discuss. This past October, a friend I grew up with took his own life. Our moms were very close so we spent a lot of time together growing up. Although we had grown apart, hearing the news of his passing...
07/24/2017
Mama’s birthday was Saturday. She would have been 104. For this reason — and several others, as you will see — the song “Help, I’m Turning into My Parents” has been on my mind. My Sweet Adelines chorus sang this song several years ago, and I’ve...
07/22/2017
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What does that proverb mean? It means that beauty cannot be judged objectively, for what one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another. That line of thinking definitely is true for me....
07/22/2017
A meal can be a simple sandwich, or it may consist of different items on the same dish. Normally my focus is on one topic. Today, though, I present a “meal” of different topics; none of them are broccoli or cauliflower. (I extend my apologies to...
07/22/2017
If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More...
07/22/2017
Question: My wife and I both work hard and we like to travel to relax. We enjoy nice things, which until now has been fine because of our incomes. But I am starting to feel like we both work too much to enjoy the things we can buy. And we aren’t...
07/22/2017
Not all investments are created equal. Some are better suited for short-term goals, while others can help you build resources for objectives far in the future. As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and...
07/22/2017
In a twist of unexpected irony, the lives of Louisiana Tech University athletic icons Guthrie Jarrell and Fred Dean overlapped. It was within the span of only two days, Dean being announced for the retirement of his No. 70 jersey on a Tuesday and...
07/22/2017
The weatherman is just doing his job but his forecast for the next week or so does not make him the most popular guy on TV. He’s saying our chances at rain are dwindling as a big dome of high pressure settles in over our area. What that means, as we...
07/21/2017
Everyone has a breaking point. Cathy Hopkins reached hers last Monday. Living on Lake D’Arbonne for seven years, Hopkins had driven past a site thousands of times where the Union Parish Police Jury put trash dumpsters on North Spillway Road. That...
07/21/2017
A few weeks ago, my husband and I took a trip to Lincoln Parish Park to have a picnic by the lake. We were happy to see that it was back in its beautiful state full of water with the wildlife happily settled on its shores. Just a few months before...
07/20/2017
Michael Johnson, 14, of Monroe strolls through Camp Alabama with a smile from ear to ear on his face. Everyone at MedCamps of North Louisiana knows why he’s happy. “I’m going to shoot paintballs,” said Michael, pumping his fist in the air. Michael...
07/19/2017
Adolescence is a time of many challenges. Developing bodies and social and academic stresses can be difficult. Major depression in your teenagers can be serious. If left untreated, depression can lead to devastating consequences. Ongoing problems...
07/19/2017
Now that we’ve had a little more time to think about it, maybe we should ask state Rep. Rob Shadoin’s question anew: “Did we not learn anything in the last 60 days?” The Ruston lawmaker’s query came two days after the Legislature ended a 60-day...
07/18/2017
In the long ago past, if a wedding was after 6 p.m., it was formal unless otherwise noted. That meant that you wore a long gown and your escort wore a tuxedo — period. That was “proper etiquette” right out of the book. A proper wedding invitation...
07/18/2017
Where did the summer go? School is starting soon. Are your children excited? There are a lot of concerns children have about their first day of school — riding the school bus, meeting new children, new teachers and other unpredictable worries....
07/17/2017
A devoted female fan wrote me not too long ago to suggest I improve my writing by adding more descriptive adjectives and adverbs. After I looked up those terms; I decided to give it a try. Here’s how I write now: Frank sat down on a damp park...