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Columns

10/05/2014
There may be some readers out there this morning, when they see the above headline, who are saying, ‘Oh no, not another story on Derek Jeter.’” Bear with me. Yes, we’ve all probably been “Jeterized” by now, but that’s not such a bad thing, either....
10/04/2014
A woman is not a punching bag. A child is not a toy to be thrown around, abused and beaten.
10/04/2014
House-training my two pups was an interesting undertaking. I’ll admit, the responsibility has fallen a lot more on my husband than it has on me, thanks to the early mornings and late evenings of being a journalist. But, I’ve been there enough to...
10/04/2014
I’ve just moved into the most wonderful new office space. In fact, I have my own little building and I’ve discovered it’s the perfect area for working on all the partnership initiatives that ACHIEVE has under its expansive umbrella.
10/04/2014
As an investor, you may find that the elements of your portfolio that seem to draw most of your attention are stocks and bonds. After all, these investment vehicles, and others derived from them, provide you with potential growth and income...
10/04/2014
Question: I read a lot and get some good ideas, but I don’t seem to have the self-discipline to put them into practice. Surely others have my problem. What can we do? Answer: Get a coach! Management consultant Bobb Biehl says, “Nobody wants to fail...
10/04/2014
Preparing for retirement requires a plan, and that plan should consist of two important phases: the saving years and the retirement years. To achieve the goal of a financially secure retirement, you will have to make wise decisions during the saving...
10/03/2014
I don’t know what I might say here. I’ve never written a column when I was doped up on painkillers and 93 years old. That could be a calamitous combination, but I still want to give it a whirl. I’m back home in my little apartment, and although I...
10/03/2014
I have had the privilege to watch God birth LifeHouse Ministries right into the midst of our Ruston community over the past few years. It started with a vision and has grown into an actual ministry of spiritual formation and is housed in a real...
10/03/2014
It’s no secret that I hold our military very close to my heart. From my husband, numerous cousins, aunts and uncles — you name the family member I’m willing to bet I have one who has served our country, too. But when my husband showed me an article...
10/02/2014
What kids are into these days as far as technology goes is literally mind-boggling. I’d like to think that I am a fairly technologically savvy person, but in the back of my mind I’m afraid that any fifth grader with a tablet could probably outwit me...
10/01/2014
One of the most magical careers in Major League Baseball history ended Sunday as Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees took his final at bat against the Boston Red Sox. Fittingly, Jeter turned in an RBI-single in his final at bat, helping lead to the...
10/01/2014
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth wasn’t here in the 1940s, but Railroad Park was. And based on a couple of photographs and the recollections of several long-time city residents, the park wasn’t much. It had no ornamental fountain and no amphitheater...
09/30/2014
Saving vegetable and flower seed is gaining in popularity but obviously is not for everyone. The gardeners whose only aim is to grow a few backyard vegetables or who would rather purchase new plants or new varieties from local nurseries are...
09/30/2014
What really happens to that sandwich you eat after you swallow it? Students at Choudrant Elementary School will find out as they tour the Louisiana Body Walk exhibit Oct. 15. The Louisiana Body Walk is an exhibit that travels the state to teach...
09/29/2014
During a trip to Monroe Sunday afternoon, I encountered — more than once — something that’s all too familiar. It’s also against the law. I’m talking about slow drivers refusing to budge from the left lane — many going only 60 miles per hour on a 70...
09/29/2014
My favorite color is pink, I care what people think about me and I am emotional; I am a girl. Do these characteristics make me less of a professional or inferior to a man? Heck, no. Whether it be at work, in a social setting or even in athletics,...
09/28/2014
“What’s he (or she) like?” That’s a question I’m often asked about the numerous athletes I’ve had the good fortune of interviewing through the years. Well, keep reading and you’ll find out or, at the least, get a smidgen of an idea about the...
09/27/2014
Breast cancer, domestic violence and colon cancer. These topics may at first glance seem unrelated, yet they all deal with safety and health. There is a crying need for more safety. A first step is awareness. Breast Cancer On Wednesday, we begin...
09/27/2014
For the past five years I’ve visited with readers once a week. I’ll be honest, sometimes it’s a struggle to find something about which to write. Not to mention, five years is a long time. In the time I’ve worked at the Daily Leader, so far, I’ve...