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Columns

11/10/2017
As a patron of classical music and/or blues, pop, gospel and country, put 7:30 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Thursday on your calendar for two outstanding events at the Dixie Center for the Arts. On Monday, the DCA proudly presents Lawrence Gibbs on...
11/10/2017
On Saturday, the nation will come together to honor those who have served in our armed forces. We will pray for the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and we will treasure those who are still among us. Growing up, Veterans Day was a...
11/10/2017
My sister called early one morning to tell me Mom was in the hospital. Mary got a call around 10 p.m. the night before when Mom wasn’t able to catch her breath. She lived very near by and went to check on her. She was concerned to the point she...
11/09/2017
The tough conversations about opioid usage in the country officially reached the White House. President Donald Trump recently pledged, “We will overcome addiction in America,” before declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency and...
11/08/2017
Talk is cheap, so the saying goes. Nobody knows that better than the people of Louisiana. For almost two years, the Legislature has known the state would face the $1.5 billion-plus shortfall that’s now just seven months away from sending us...
11/06/2017
I grew up in North Louisiana weather. Rain I get. Ice Storms I get. I’ve even seen some pretty heavy snows in my time. This was the first time I’ve ever been near anything that looked, or at least acted, like a tornado. One morning I was on the...
11/04/2017
Timing can mean everything. And unlike Tom Hanks’ character said in the movie “A League of Their Own,” sometimes there is crying in baseball. Football, too. Let me start by admitting that the Houston Astros winning the World Series will go down as...
11/04/2017
Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement. “Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and...
11/04/2017
Question: My mother is totally obsessed with not spending money. She never goes anywhere or spends anything or throws away anything. Her house literally stinks because of all the old newspapers and magazines she is keeping. My father left her with...
11/04/2017
As you know, we’ve been enjoying a long period of steadily rising stock prices. Of course, this bull market won’t last forever — and when it does start losing steam, you, as an investor, need to be prepared. Before we look at how you can ready...
11/03/2017
NCLAC’s third film of this year’s Southern Circuit Tour is next week, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dixie Center for the Arts. We’ll be showing “Romeo is Bleeding,” a documentary film directed by Jason Zeldes, that focuses on poets and students in...
11/03/2017
It’s that time of the year again, and this will be my first holiday season without any grandparents to visit. Both my maternal grandfather and my paternal grandmother passed away at the beginning of this year. As the season for spending quality...
11/03/2017
“Honesty is the best policy.” According to the interwebs, this jewel is attributed to Ben Franklin, who may or may not have borrowed it from another founding father, Thomas Jefferson, who in a letter to Nathaniel Macon, Jefferson wrote, “Honesty is...
11/02/2017
Almost everything in the Lincoln Parish community revolves around education. The parish is home to two universities, one of which is a historically black institution, a community college and several top-of- the-line pre-kindergarten -through-12th...
11/01/2017
On Veterans Day, Americans honor all American veterans, both living and dead, for their sacrifices in protecting the greatest country in the world. At exactly 11 a.m., each Nov. 11, a color guard, made up of members from each of the military...
11/01/2017
Halloween may be over, but Americans are still spooked by a long list of things that could go bump along the way. In fact, collectively, we’re more afraid of corrupt government officials, the start of World War III and possible extensive changes in...
10/31/2017
4-H is an amazing youth organization that offers youth the opportunity to showcase their variety of talents in so many diverse ways. One of the opportunities we offer Lincoln Parish 4-H members is the opportunity to perform their talents. Each year...
10/30/2017
Let me be the first to wish you a Happy 80th Anniversary of Orson Welles’ famous — or infamous — “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast. I feel pretty certain I’m the first to issue these wishes. You see, today is actually the event’s 79th anniversary...
10/28/2017
Time changes everyone and everything. Sometimes for worse, sometimes for better. If you want proof of that, just look at Halloween. Long ago, Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve — the day preceding All Saints Day) was supposed to have been a religious-type...
10/28/2017
Let this pass us by. We are familiar with the expression “a jack of all trades, and a master of none.“ Although I know that I am not a “master“ of many activities and disciplines, I believe that I have significant expertise in one area. In a way, I...