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02/28/2015
Renaissance Man is a marvelous description said of few. It is defined: “a person with many talents or areas of knowledge.” Such was Doug McGuire. On Tuesday, the funeral was held for this man of many talents and areas of knowledge. Passing at age 93...
02/28/2015
I made back-to-back trips through Shreveport last week and both days I found myself doing what I always do when I’m traveling west on Interstate 20. It’s almost like a reflex even though I always have the exact same thought every single time I hit...
02/28/2015
Most days I spend my commute listening to audiobooks. But, every once in awhile, I listen to whatever is on the radio, and I’ve become quite fond of a group of morning DJs. The music can be hit or miss, but I enjoy spending a few minutes each...
02/28/2015
The future holds many uncertainties, and your retirement is no exception: “What age should I retire?” “How long will I live in retirement?” “When should I start taking Social Security?” “How will rising medical costs affect me?” That’s why planning...
02/28/2015
If the Federal Reserve (Fed) raises short-term interest rates this year, as many financial professionals predict, what will it mean to you? As a consumer, you might experience the “ripple” effects if long-term interest rates eventually follow suit,...
02/28/2015
Question: I have been trying to save money but I am having a hard time. It doesn’t make sense for me to sell my house, my car is nearly paid for and I have cut way back on my impulsive shopping (you have no idea how bad I was!). But I am still not...
02/28/2015
My husband and I have had Golden Retriever dogs for most of our married life. In fact our first “child” was a Golden named Daisy. She, like others of her breed, was intelligent, affectionate, obedient, playful and well-mannered around all people...
02/28/2015
If all goes according to Hoyle, I should be back in my apartment when you read this and granddaughter Marnie should be back from Alabama, helping me to get settled in. You wouldn’t think that I could be so attached to four small rooms when I’ve only...
02/27/2015
The dictionary defines an eating disorder as any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. Most people hear eating disorder and immediately jump to anorexia — an emotional disorder characterized by...
02/26/2015
It took 22 years, seven months and 23 days to see my first winter wonderland. Before yesterday, I never once built a snowman, made a snowangel or caught a snowflake on the tip of my tongue. Now, I have seen snow before, but it either melted before...
02/25/2015
The homeland is secure. Let’s be honest, the good money says not too many people really, deep down believe that. With the almost daily renewal of threats against the U.S. mainland from ISIS, al Qaeda and even North Korea, why would people feel safe?
02/23/2015
As the Daily Leader went to press this morning, thousands of people in Lincoln Parish were looking out the window and wondering will it or won’t it. This time, I think it will, the only question is to what degree — pun fully intended.
02/23/2015
As an Air Force family, we moved around a lot. In fact, I attended 11 schools between kindergarten and high school graduation. My younger sister, Diane, was very shy and this was always very difficult for her. The “new kid” is an ideal target for...
02/22/2015
March Madness is upon us. And that means it’s time to start scribbling down notes and gathering information about where teams might land in the NCAA’s annual “Big Dances” for both men’s and women’s programs. Given my questionable ability to...
02/21/2015
Growing up in the south, I have always looked forward to spring and all it affords those who love to get into the outdoors to enjoy what the Good Lord has provided. For me, that always meant that I’m spooling new line on my reels, getting them...
02/21/2015
Snow.  Oh how I wished it had snowed this past week.  We heard some of the slightly “encouraging” weather reports and thought that it might. I know some of you don’t like it.  I can’t help it.  I think back to my school days when we heard rumors of...
02/21/2015
Some of you may recall that when the whole Common Core debate first started, I — like Gov. Bobby Jindal — was 100 percent for it. At that time, I didn’t understand the system — I’m not sure I really do now either, but I did understand that it was...
02/21/2015
Question: What do you think it will take for this stock market to ever get back to normal? Answer: And by normal you mean what? One wag has suggested that the only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well yet. The same might be said of...
02/21/2015
Many companies offer their employees a stock purchase plan, enabling them to purchase company stock at a discounted price and invest in the company they work for. While this can frequently be a great way to invest in the stock market, as an...
02/21/2015
On March 8, we observe International Women’s Day. On this occasion, thousands of events across the world will honor the cultural, political and social achievements of women. Of course, in many countries, women still face significant economic...