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Columns

06/28/2014
This coming Friday we celebrate Independence Day. Many prefer calling it our “Fourth of July” celebration. As is often true, historical accounts have been “re-created” to suit the fancy of the past writer or current reader. Facts are facts, yet...
06/28/2014
Question: Since I am so young (just starting out), am I too young to think about financial planning? I am not making enough money to save very much at this time, but hope to one day. Answer: The onset of financial planning in the life of a young...
06/28/2014
If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with...
06/28/2014
It’s almost the Fourth of July, the day when we celebrate our independence as a nation and the many liberties we enjoy as individuals. Still, we have to keep working to earn some freedoms — such as financial freedom. But by making the right moves,...
06/28/2014
How can this be? June is almost gone, but I have had an amazing round of events. The fun started when Mary Claire Smith and Diana Grigsby arrived for the weekend. I got to know these two back when I was in my early 70s. We were all on the Ruston...
06/27/2014
Being out of pocket for the past six weeks has given me an unearthly amount of time to browse the Internet via my phone at all hours of the day and night. Starting with Facebook as most people do, I stumbled upon numerous mothering or parenting...
06/27/2014
Apparently North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t have much of a sense of humor. Funnyman Seth Rogen’s “The Interview,” is set for release in October and according to North Korea, this will be an “Act of War.” The movie, which features Rogen...
06/26/2014
Gov. Bobby Jindal recently signed a bill that will release nonviolent drug offenders from jail one year early if they agree to participate in rehabilitation. Great. Then what? Although the idea of this new law is appealing to me I’m not so sure how...
06/25/2014
“Good things come to those who wait,” the saying goes. It looks like the Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative is going to have to wait a little longer. The ULRWSI is the bi-parish organization that wants to pipe water from Lake D’Arbonne...
06/24/2014
One of the advantages of growing your own herbs is being able to harvest fresh herbs when you need them for whatever the occasion calls for, cooking, potpourri, decorations, etc. Proper harvesting and preservation of herbs for future use allows...
06/24/2014
Amusement parks are fun but why not have a different experience this summer. Pack up your family for a series of road trips close to home that allow you and the family to get in touch with agriculture. These agritourism venues will provide memorable...
06/23/2014
The countdown is on! Ruston’s annual Louisiana Peach Festival presented by Squire Creek is set for Friday-Sunday and is always one of my favorite weekends of the year. Why? Let me count the ways (or reasons). 1.) The food. Who doesn’t love good old...
06/21/2014
Another well-deserving class was recognized with the state’s highest honor in sports on Saturday night in Natchitoches. Among the honorees: former Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball star Venus Lacy. Now, who’s next from Lincoln Parish to...
06/21/2014
This weekend is one of my favorites on the annual sports calendar. For someone who appreciates the tradition of athletics’ success in our state, it doesn’t get any better than being in Natchitoches in mid-June. It’s the 2014 edition of the Louisiana...
06/21/2014
“I wonder what would have happened if...?” In pondering history I often ask this question. Here are short examples. I wonder what would have happened if  Robert E. Lee had accepted the position as Chief General of the forces of the United States at...
06/21/2014
The other night, I was sitting at the dinner table about to get to the task of cleaning up, when all of a sudden I noticed that my foot was fiercely itchy. I looked down and saw a red bump somewhere between the size of a pencil tip and eraser. My...
06/21/2014
Summer is almost here — which means it’s officially vacation season. You may be looking forward to “getting away from it all,” but, as you know, vacations actually require a fair amount of planning. And it might surprise you to learn that some of...
06/21/2014
Question: I have been trying to turn around and start doing things right financially. But sometimes I get pretty discouraged when see how well off some of my peers are. How can I know if I’m doing well enough? Answer: Author Dan Sullivan points out...
06/21/2014
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part column about the basics of investment. The next portion will run in the June 29 edition. When you invest in a company, you become an owner of the company with a vested interest in the company’s...
06/20/2014
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the NFL’s Washington Redskins’ trademarks, saying they are “disparaging to Native Americans.” This isn’t the first time the federal trademark board has done this. In 1999, they chose to...