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06/13/2017
As a parent, one of the things we strive to instill in our children is a good work ethic. We know that it is important to start this training early with age-appropriate tasks. We might assign them “chores” to do around the house or we might...
06/12/2017
Summer vacation used to fill me with such a sense of excitement. The next few months lay ahead, filled with endless possibilities for fun and freedom. For working parents, however, the summer holds specific challenges, namely planning safe,...
06/12/2017
His NFL address may have changed a couple of time zones, but Andrew Whitworth has the same role. For the former West Monroe High and LSU All-American, it’s still all about continuing as one of the most respected elder statesmen in the league for...
06/12/2017
It is no secret that texting and driving is a problem. It’s something that a lot of us are guilty of, myself included. According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles website, Louisiana has a statewide ban on “the use of wireless devices for...
06/10/2017
It’s not just the sky being the limit for a new press box/luxury suites that will stretch from one end of Lincoln Parish to the outer fringes of Jackson Parish. Excuse the exaggeration, but such is what prompts us members of the ink-stained...
06/10/2017
I was recently going through pictures on my phone and ran across some I took while in Memphis last year. It was the opening of the Guest House at Graceland where Tom and I had VIP seats to all kinds of extraordinary events. Being the music freak I...
06/10/2017
While the Louisiana Legislature’s failing to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year was what Gov. John Bel Edwards deemed “an epic failure in leadership,” forcing a special session to be called, state lawmakers did do some good during the...
06/09/2017
I was born late in my parent’s lives. So late, in fact, that my mother was a grandmother before I came along, a fact that made me an uncle the instant I was born. Both my parents were married before they became Mr. and Mrs. Rainwater, and each had...
06/09/2017
It is not unusual in Ruston to see cyclists either on the road, or on the sidewalk beside the road. Recently, the city opened the first segment of the Rock Island Greenway shared-use path in which cyclists and pedestrians are welcome to use anytime...
06/08/2017
When Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House, the two generals did not speak on their legacy. No, they “awkwardly conversed” about their brief meeting during the Mexican-American War...
06/07/2017
For years, communities around the country have been experimenting to find the best ways to help people who are diagnosed with mental health issues live balanced, healthy and meaningful lives. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one...
06/07/2017
Daniel Erspamer is moving back to Louisiana from Tennessee in hopes of helping convince the Bayou State to accept conservative principles. On the surface, that shouldn’t be too hard, given the current dysfunction in Baton Rouge. But first, the...
06/06/2017
One of the joys of summer gardening is watching insects flitting from flower to flower.
06/05/2017
I have always had a plan for my life. I was going to move away from home, graduate from college and then get a job that would take me out of Louisiana and allow me to travel. Recently, I have learned that not everything goes as planned. No matter...
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...