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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...
07/22/2017
Question: My wife and I both work hard and we like to travel to relax. We enjoy nice things, which until now has been fine because of our incomes. But I am starting to feel like we both work too much to enjoy the things we can buy. And we aren’t...
07/22/2017
Not all investments are created equal. Some are better suited for short-term goals, while others can help you build resources for objectives far in the future. As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and...
07/22/2017
In a twist of unexpected irony, the lives of Louisiana Tech University athletic icons Guthrie Jarrell and Fred Dean overlapped. It was within the span of only two days, Dean being announced for the retirement of his No. 70 jersey on a Tuesday and...
07/22/2017
The weatherman is just doing his job but his forecast for the next week or so does not make him the most popular guy on TV. He’s saying our chances at rain are dwindling as a big dome of high pressure settles in over our area. What that means, as we...
07/21/2017
Everyone has a breaking point. Cathy Hopkins reached hers last Monday. Living on Lake D’Arbonne for seven years, Hopkins had driven past a site thousands of times where the Union Parish Police Jury put trash dumpsters on North Spillway Road. That...
07/21/2017
A few weeks ago, my husband and I took a trip to Lincoln Parish Park to have a picnic by the lake. We were happy to see that it was back in its beautiful state full of water with the wildlife happily settled on its shores. Just a few months before...
07/20/2017
Michael Johnson, 14, of Monroe strolls through Camp Alabama with a smile from ear to ear on his face. Everyone at MedCamps of North Louisiana knows why he’s happy. “I’m going to shoot paintballs,” said Michael, pumping his fist in the air. Michael...
07/19/2017
Adolescence is a time of many challenges. Developing bodies and social and academic stresses can be difficult. Major depression in your teenagers can be serious. If left untreated, depression can lead to devastating consequences. Ongoing problems...