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Columns

12/27/2017
On the Friday before Y2K — it just happened to be New Year’s Eve — we double backed up all our news stories, printed out the Daily Leader’s circulation records, and made sure we put gasoline in our cars and a little money in our pockets just in case...
12/26/2017
It’s Dec. 26, the day after Christmas. I’m sure most folks awoke this morning recovering from a fog of unbridled noise, exploding wrapping paper, piles of food, the swarm of family and a breakneck pace that had been building for weeks. For them,...
12/26/2017
Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 2 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest. The contest offered five categories that...
12/23/2017
I got an early Christmas gift Thursday afternoon, one I’m not feeling too good about. Literally not feeling good about. As Thursday afternoon dragged on I felt, and my cough became, worse and worse. I had planned to go to the Lady Techsters vs....
12/23/2017
Merry Christmas! Tomorrow is “the day.” The last couple of times, challenges were issued to myself and others about how we might cause tomorrow, and for that matter, the balance of the holiday season, to make the celebration most meaningful to many.
12/23/2017
Question: My sister stole (she would say borrowed) some money from my parents years ago and never mentioned it again. She never paid it back. It wasn’t much, but it was the principle. My parents are now aging and they have asked me to be the...
12/23/2017
We’ve reached the end of another year — which means it’s just about time for some New Year’s resolutions. Would you like to study a new language, take up a musical instrument or visit the gym more often? All these are worthy goals, of course, but...
12/23/2017
When erroneous rumors of his demise reached Mark Twain, he famously responded, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Similarly, the estate tax’s impending death is often reported, but unless Congress acts, it’s still alive — at least for now.
12/23/2017
There is something special about the music of this season. The songs of Christmas are heard nearly everywhere — radio stations, shopping malls, concert halls, and sanctuaries. While secular songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Have a Holly Jolly...
12/23/2017
Trail camera photos of a mature buck in Jackson Parish revealed that he was a big deer. The fact that photos only showed him moving at night for the past two years, never showing himself during daylight hours, revealed the buck’s nasty attitude....
12/22/2017
Happy holidays, everyone. It seems like Thanksgiving was last week, and now here we are with Christmas only three days away. In the last month there has been a flurry of wonderful art activities going on in our area, including unique exhibitions,...
12/22/2017
When I was little, the first thing my mom would set out during the holiday season was an old ceramic nativity set. I loved that decoration, not only because it was so simple, but also because baby Jesus was detachable from the manger. I can’t tell...
12/22/2017
First, let’s define minor surgery: Any surgery done to someone other than yourself. Even if it’s minimally invasive, if it’s done to you personally it’s not minor. It’s great to have friends, particularly people who believe they have the gift of...
12/21/2017
Whether the tradition is Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanza, the holiday season represents all that we hold true to ourselves. It’s the celebration of life, family and the traditions that shape who we are. But sometimes the holiday season is not always...
12/20/2017
The National Alliance on Mental Illness defines major depression as a severe medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood, and physical health. It is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. Major...
12/20/2017
The only Christmas tree I remember my grandmother ever putting up was a short, scraggly cedar tree with old-fashion bubble lights on it. Mamaw didn’t have many Christmas decorations; what she did have were obviously left over from when my mother and...
12/19/2017
Even though it is December, spring gardening may seem a ways off, but maybe it’s time to start preparing now so that you are not too late when the time comes. Many people call me right before they plant their gardens or even after, asking me what...
12/18/2017
All I wanted was a rental car, nothing fancy, nothing flashy, just one that got good gas mileage and could get me safely to Tennessee and back to see my best friend Terry “T-bone” Presley. My local rental car dealer recently changed hands and all...
12/16/2017
Late last month I wrote a column following the death of Charles Manson about how I believed he was a strong example of the cost of long-term imprisonment of convicts and what that means to financially-burdened states like Louisiana. The point I was...
12/16/2017
Question: How much money do I need to save? Answer: Enough. What other answer makes sense? OK. But “enough” to do what? Enough to make you financially free during your working years and enough to make going to work optional as soon as possible....