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Columns

08/23/2017
My parents never talked to me about the Cold War. The post-World War II tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union that heightened in the early 1960s were just something we lived with. Mama kept bottled water, extra clothes and...
08/22/2017
The mind is a wonderful thing. It begins when we are born and continues until we have to remember someone’s name. It may take years for that to happen, but it’s embarrassing when it does. Don’t be too alarmed. It happens to most everyone. The...
08/22/2017
Football season and fall go hand in hand. This season also reminds me it is time to get back into the garden. Do you recall that cool spell we experienced recently? It’s a promise of cooler days to come — and sooner rather than later we hope.
08/21/2017
I have always been an anxious person. I remember being young and wanting events that were completely out of my control to go smoothly, and being upset when they didn’t. I have always been a people pleaser, so I try my hardest to make everyone around...
08/21/2017
Today’s column is serving as a Happy Anniversary wish to myself. Oh, and to my husband, too. No paper will be printed this year on our actual anniversary, Sept. 4, because it falls on Labor Day, so I’m celebrating early— in print, anyway. Yes, 25...
08/20/2017
At least outwardly, the tension between the United States and North Korea has somewhat eased over the past week after N. Korea leader Kim Jong Un backed off his threats to test missiles by shooting them over Japan toward the U.S. territory of Guam....
08/20/2017
Is new light forthcoming on the JFK assassination? We continue about the newly released documents from the National Archives concerning the assassination of President Kennedy. I shared that according to a law passed in 1992, entitled the “John F....
08/20/2017
Question: How many mutual funds do I need to own to be properly diversified? Answer: A lot more than you might think. Your question tells me you are thinking about diversification in a very one dimensional sense. You need to diversify your thinking...
08/20/2017
Few of us have unlimited financial resources — which means that almost all of us need to prioritize our financial goals. Consequently, you’ll have some decisions to make if you’d like to help pay for your children’s college educations someday while...
08/20/2017
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...
08/20/2017
Being a competitive athlete can have its demands and be tough, regardless of the sport. In particular, it’s especially admirable when one competes within their “comfort” age group. Such as 60-something John Allen and Linzie Ledford Hebert in her mid...
08/20/2017
A group of folks in north central Louisiana has made a name for itself not only here in this part of the country; they’re turning heads across the nation, especially up in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. This is where headquarters for Whitetails Unlimited...
08/18/2017
Over the years, I’ve been complimented (at least I took it that way) by having people tell me (in a much more primal way) that I can tell you you’re likely to suffer eternal damnation in such a manner that you’ll almost enjoy the trip. (You’ll...
08/18/2017
While solar eclipses have happened since the beginning of time, there is a little still something ominous about our sun going dark — even if it is only for a few minutes. When researching Monday’s eclipse for a local story, I ran across some...
08/17/2017
State lawmakers can learn a thing or two from cursive writing. The script penmanship joins together letters and characters in a flowing manner generally used to make writing efficient. Wouldn’t that be rich? To see legislators joining together to...
08/16/2017
As schools, colleges, and universities open, there is an abundance of mental health facts that you may share with your family, friends, classmates, colleagues, churches, and communities. Remember: These statistics about children, teens, and adults...
08/16/2017
To hear the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry tell it, the majority of the Lincoln Parish legislative delegation is doing a pretty pitiful job when it comes to backing bills that protect business and support a strong economy. The lobby...
08/15/2017
According to the Emily Post Institute, “We can all be more cognizant of how we use our mobile technology and how our usage may impact others around us — at home, on the road, in the office and whenever we are in public.”  The truth is, I have a lot...
08/15/2017
What a great time to remind us about the benefits of eating family meals together. School is back in full swing. Life will be more scheduled less relaxed than summer time. There will be school activities, dance classes, scheduled sports activities,...
08/14/2017
As usual, there’s a large group of outstanding high school football players lined up to earn headlines on Friday nights in North Louisiana. The dynamic duo of quarterback Justin Rogers and wide receiver Terrace Marshall of Bossier City Parkway. Pass...