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Columns

08/30/2014
It’s no secret to anyone that reads my columns that I’ve had a myriad of health issues. Some have been because of the atrocious genetic cards I was dealt. Some, I’m finally willing to admit, I likely contributed to with a bad diet and exercise...
08/30/2014
Question: I am past retirement age and widowed. My two adult sons still depend on me to pay some of their bills. One has a steady job. The other cannot seem to keep steady work. I am worried that when I am gone they will fight over my money, though...
08/30/2014
On Sept. 8, we observe National Grandparents Day. If you have grandchildren, they will hopefully mark this occasion by sending a card, making a call or, best of all, paying a visit. But however your grandchildren express their feelings for you, you...
08/30/2014
Protecting your retirement nest egg and sustaining your retirement income are challenging enough. Taking precautions to help guard your investments from fraud is important. People who are older can be common targets for fraud and financial crimes....
08/30/2014
My dad, T.E. “Doc” Harris died in 1976 after a 30-year career with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) as a predator control trapper. I still remember the name of his first supervisor, Joe Miller. I also remember his supervisor...
08/29/2014
I’ve done it again — put off writing my column until late at night. Here’s hoping my brain is not at sleepy as I am. I should have reminded myself earlier of my dad’s  admonition, “Procrastination is neither a Baptist doctrine, nor a virtue.”  OK,...
08/29/2014
Four male college students have invented a new nail polish that detects date rape drugs. The nail polish called Undercover Colors, changes color in the presence of common date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. Undergraduate students at...
08/28/2014
Sex sells. What does it cost? Your soul, apparently. The WE TV network is launching a show called “Sex Box” where couples who are having dating issues “work out” their problems in a box in front of a live studio audience. Yes. This is real.
08/27/2014
It’s time for Gov. Bobby Jindal to back off of 5th District Congressman Vance McAllister. OK, so the GOP political newcomer wasn’t Jindal’s pick in last fall’s special election to fill former Rep. Rodney Alexander’s unexpired term. Barring something...
08/26/2014
Firewood in August — green wood will burn, but too much internal moisture will greatly reduce its fuel value. The term seasoned wood (cut and left to dry) is often used. To achieve 100 percent of the heating value from firewood, cut wood should...
08/26/2014
We have already had many parents and students asking about how to enroll their child in 4-H and when they can. 4-H enrollment will begin in September for Lincoln Parish Schools and we are looking forward to working with the youth of Lincoln Parish...
08/25/2014
It’s that time of year again. Nine years ago this week Hurricane Katrina slammed into the southern part of our state, changing it forever and reminding us all, even in the northern part of the state, that we should remain ever vigil. And after a...
08/23/2014
Last week I said undue worry could lead to depression and perhaps worse. This was prompted by the death of an actor. I wrote words of warning. Many sent me kind comments. I do repeat that some worry can be good. It can keep us aware. Yet too much...
08/23/2014
For about eight months after I finished college the first time, I worked in Monroe and lived in Ruston. On average, I worked six days a week, and didn’t come home until 10 p.m. on early nights and 2 a.m. on late ones.
08/23/2014
A Sunday morning’s worth of notes, observations and tidbits from the sports world: • Former Louisiana Tech University football head coach Jack Bicknell has made yet another move in the National Football League.
08/23/2014
No more waiting. Football arrives at all levels the next two weeks. Many of the college teams — Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University included — kick off next weekend. On the following week, the high school competition begins...
08/23/2014
On Sept. 1, we observe Labor Day — a celebration of the American worker. Of course, you work hard at your own job, but, when you think of it, every worthwhile endeavor in life requires significant effort — and that’s certainly the case with...
08/23/2014
Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and...
08/23/2014
Question: We are a nation in decline. This president is a joke and the rest of the crew in Washington is going to legislate us into bankruptcy. Where do you see our economy going in the coming years? Answer: I’ve got some bad news for you and some...
08/22/2014
Life is settling down, except for a few happenings. My biggie was the party at the church for Earl and Lenda Thompson’s 50th anniversary. I’m telling you, these folks know how to party. The stars of the show were our pastor and his wife, Scott...