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06/05/2017
If there’s a more ideal spot for birds in North Louisiana than Minden’s Turner’s Pond; I’d like to see it. On any given day you can see mallards, Canadian geese, white ducks, crested ducks and egrets. I’m by means no bird expert; but I’ve been...
06/04/2017
Never did I envision this kind of season for my New York Yankees. Oh, I figured that these Baby Bombers would start experiencing consistent success a couple of years down the line, once the young talent began adapting to the challenges of The Show....
06/03/2017
My mama, God rest her soul, is responsible for putting me on a path that I still follow today. She loved birds and taught her three youngsters how to identify the feathered creatures that made their homes in an around our yard. Thanks to her, I’m...
06/03/2017
Don’t look now, but after weeks of bitter bickering and refusing to compromise, Louisiana lawmakers have appeared to be pulling together in recent days. They are finally making progress on finalizing a budget year for the fiscal year beginning on...
06/03/2017
What is “history?” Is it a recitation of past facts? Is it a fable-like spin on the truth to make it fit an agenda? I write today’s thoughts to the hate spewing “scholar” who lives with preconceived emotional thoughts, many of which are unsupported...
06/03/2017
Question: My husband and I don’t seem to have the discipline to come up with a budget, much less stay on one. So a while back, we just cut up all our credit cards, give each other a certain amount of money to spend each month and we sit down...
06/03/2017
It’s graduation season again. If your child is graduating from high school or college, you have reason to celebrate. But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts...
06/03/2017
Millions of Baby Boomers and others are finding themselves in a financial position to share some of the fruits of their life’s work with others. According to a study from Blackbaud, Boomers account for $61.9 billion per year in donations, or 43...
06/03/2017
We have an amazing Community Garden at LifeHouse Ministries. It has always been a place of peace and produced wonderful food. It seems to get better every year, as we learn more about what we are doing and have different master gardeners come in...
06/02/2017
If you take the driveway less traveled off of a small roadway out in the parish, you will discover one of the hidden gems of Lincoln Parish — the studio and home of Douglas Walton. Just like a comfortable, warm museum, Walton’s home is covered in...
06/01/2017
Lincoln Parish trio and best friends Henry Futch, Dan Lindsey and Nicholas Slusher grew up side-by-side since they played together on the t-ball field as young boys. Now grown men, the three will go on their separate ways geographically, but stay...
05/31/2017
The new phone book arrived the other day — what there is of it. The 2017 AT&T “Real Yellow Pages,” which also includes the white pages for Ruston, Arcadia, Bienville, Choudrant, Dubach, Gibsland, Grambling, Ringgold and Simsboro, is exactly one-...
05/30/2017
Rude is a four-letter word. We often tell our children to not be rude, but do they really know what rude behavior is? I am hopeful that none of these applies to you or your children. (1) Telling racist or ethnic jokes is rude. (2) Using four-...
05/30/2017
I get a lot of calls this time of the year about poorly growing lawns. Many times when I take a look at the situation it appears that improper mowing may be the issue. Most of us don’t think about mowing until a little free time on the weekend comes...
05/27/2017
Another year, another million-dollar or more hit to taxpayers. It’s become a regular way of life for Louisiana taxpayers in recent years. But that doesn’t make that fact right.
05/27/2017
One hundred thousand. Whether this number is expected, routine, small, large or gigantic obviously depends upon circumstances. If one were looking at the budget of the federal government, or any level of government for that matter, the number is...
05/27/2017
As you set aside money for retirement, you’re probably thinking about planning for necessities, such as housing, food, and transportation. You may also be budgeting for some luxuries, such as travel, dinners out, and gifts for family members and...
05/27/2017
Question: Are young people managing to stay out of debt any better than their parents did? Our kids only use debit cards and worked their way through college. I sometimes think they do so well because they saw us struggle so much with debt over the...
05/27/2017
If you’re a certain age, or getting close to it, you might hear something like this: “Now that you’re older, you need to invest more conservatively.” But what exactly does this mean? For starters, it’s useful to understand that your investment...
05/27/2017
Frank Sinatra was right. New York, New York. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. How true. Just as it is with this little-known observation: if you are a sports fanatic looking to set up residence in Louisiana, you couldn’t go wrong...