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08/01/2017
What random acts of kindness have you done lately? Perhaps it is time for us to be more aware of how our behavior affects others. Kindness is contagious. You know how good you feel for having helped someone, and you make the world a better place —...
08/01/2017
I see that many home gardens that were started this spring are coming to an end this year. A few plants are still putting out but many have finished producing quality vegetables. Spring gardening has really grown in past years and many of us enjoy...
07/31/2017
A Florida man was recently charged with “transporting illegal aliens” after at least 10 people died in the back of a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, reports NPR. There were a total of 39 people in the trailer, all of whom were immigrants. Before I...
07/31/2017
Instead of choosing a career in sales, sometimes I wish that I had gone on to medical school and became a doctor. I don’t think the fact that I spent half my scholastic life on academic probation, and the only science class I ever passed was...
07/29/2017
It feels like a game of chicken by a schoolyard bully, but one with dangerous and international consequences. The “game” of chicken is a model of conflict for two players in game theory. The principle of the game is that while it is to both players...
07/29/2017
Question: The stock market is at an all time high. Does that mean it is a good time to get back in, or is it too late? Answer: As I am writing this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stands at about 21,500. Higher than it’s ever been. Is this good...
07/29/2017
When your children leave home and you become an “empty nester,” you’ll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation? Everyone’s story is different, involving a range of...
07/29/2017
Individuals who are married or in a committed relationship face the possibility they’ll end up managing finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many experience handling complicated financial matters alone is during...
07/28/2017
Other than Sweetie, Jerry Jones has been perhaps my best friend. The other Jerry Jones. Not the one who owns the Dallas Cowboys, but the one who retired as district attorney for Morehouse and Ouachita parishes last year. We became acquainted...
07/28/2017
Over the weekend, my husband and I went to my parent’s house to have a short staycation with my family. It is a short drive from my parent’s house to the beautiful Kisatchie National Forest in Natchitoches. More than 600,000 acres of forest,...
07/27/2017
Through the chaos and celebrations on the streets of New Orleans’ world famous French Quarter, former Times Picayune journalist Chris Rose weaves his Magical Musical Mystery History Tour to several historic landmarks. “This is unlike any tour you’ve...
07/26/2017
Every week or so Roderick Goldsmith makes time to go fishing in the pond at Mayfield Park. “It’s OK, if you can avoid the turtles,” Goldsmith said, after a short Monday morning excursion during which nothing so much as nibbled at the cricket on the...
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...