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01/09/2018
Monday fans around the world celebrated what would have been Elvis’ 83rd birthday. Rest assured that no celebration was any bigger than the one held in Memphis, Tennessee. And while Memphis is known for so many wonderful, historic, and even...
01/09/2018
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. No, we are not talking about weddings; we are talking about your garden. The joy of having a mature plant with its place established in the garden competes with finding a new treasure...
01/08/2018
The HuffPost headline hit me by surprise: “Why You Should Never Make Your Bed.” So it turns out I’ve been doing something good all these years and didn’t know it. This news was especially eye-catching after all the interest generated by the New York...
01/06/2018
“What you think matters.” I read this on social media during the holidays. It made me stop and think about how this is really true. All of our actions begin with our thoughts which make our actions happen. Our belief system begins in our...
01/06/2018
Question: I cut your articles out and send them to my children all the time. But it seems like they just don’t get it. What can I do to help my adult children not repeat the same financial mistakes I made at their age? Answer: Not a thing. There is...
01/06/2018
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being — but, at the same time,...
01/06/2018
Asset allocation is to investment planning what the foundation is to a house or the chassis is to a car. It’s what everything else is built upon. And just as important as constructing a house on a firm foundation, having the right asset allocation...
01/06/2018
As we roll straight out of the holiday season, we still get to continue to ‘laissez les bon temps rouler.’ Those good times will keep on rolling because of the early Mardi Gras set for 2018. Twelfth Night is also known as the start of Carnival...
01/06/2018
I worked with a slave. This is not a title to a short story or book. I actually worked with a slave. He was not from another country; he was born in the United States. He was, under the laws at that time, born in the station of someone else’s...
01/05/2018
Got a call Wednesday afternoon from my son Joshua. Heard his mom in the background ordering a Big Mac. No big whoop, right? Wrong. Very, VERY big whoop. Like every morning for the past 5.5 years, Joshua woke up Wednesday in custody of the state of...
01/05/2018
In my high school, we held regular prayer sessions — student guided, of course — and were open with our religious club meetings. This was normal in my school of 350 students. It was only when I was older that I learned that there was confusion in...
01/04/2018
From the beginning, the Teach 1 to Lead 1 program had all the right tools to become successful in Lincoln Parish. Former and current educators loved the idea, the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s office supported it and even community stakeholders...
01/03/2018
It’s election year in the city of Ruston. Four years ago this coming November, then-Lincoln Parish Police Juror Ronny Walker was elected the town’s 20th mayor, and voters dumped three of the five incumbent aldermen. Two went down in primary; the...
12/30/2017
Carousing through a pile of sports notes that have accumulated during the holiday season. • Five good reasons for Louisiana Tech University fans to be giddy about the 2018 football season: 1: If a 51-10 whitewash of SMU doesn’t get you excited about...
12/30/2017
Question: As I look ahead to 2018, what kinds of realistic financial resolutions can a regular person make? Answer: Only the ones you can keep. All the rest are just dreamy discouragement. Most of the financial resolutions I’ve ever seen can be...
12/30/2017
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...
12/30/2017
With the arrival of the New Year, many of us will pause and ponder the age-old question: “Who knows where the time goes?” And, as is always the case, none of us really do know. However, wherever the time goes, it will usually be a key factor in your...
12/30/2017
Writing this late Christmas morning, this eventful day so far has been “uneventful.” By that I mean nothing terribly unusual has occurred. I hope that I have not spoken too soon. I hope each of you has had a marvelous holiday season. Ours has been...
12/30/2017
As we head into 2018, there’s a mixed bag of both good and bad when it comes to looking at the state of Louisiana’s financial situation. The good news is that the state has a surplus of funds from last year and appears it will avoid a midyear...
12/28/2017
Good riddance, 2017. Hello, 2018. Starting a new year feels extraordinarily relieving this go around especially after the year almost everyone went through in 2017. Without harping too much on the negatives and anxieties, here are a few of the...