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09/13/2014
Question: I grew up poor. I was the first in my family to attend college and I have a comfortable income. But I have never forgotten my roots. I tend to be very, very cautious with my money. Do you think this holds me back? Answer: It could. But it...
09/13/2014
It probably doesn’t happen as much as you’d like, but from time to time, you have some extra disposable income. When this happens, how should you use the funds? Assuming you have adequate emergency savings — typically, three to six months’ worth of...
09/13/2014
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other...
09/12/2014
God is so good, He’s so good to me. I know that is the first line of a children’s chorus, but it expresses my sentiments right now. Have you ever had such a great experience that you keep replaying it in your mind? That is what is happening with me...
09/12/2014
The hashtag #WhyIStayed has gone viral not just on Twitter, but in the various multimedia venues around the world. The prompting of this hashtag came after TMZ released a daunting video of the former Ravens’ NFL player Ray Rice’s February attack on...
09/11/2014
When it comes to foreign policy, things can get a little sticky. We, as Americans, want to protect the innocent, but I believe saving the world from complete communist domination in 1944, set a tone for our foreign policy today — a tone that, at...
09/10/2014
For the past several days my co-workers and I have been attempting to get in touch with each of the 76 candidates in the 23 races that will be on the Nov. 4 primary ballot. We’re trying to give them the opportunity for a little exposure in the...
09/09/2014
Iris are found in many landscapes, providing graceful flowers in an endless array of brilliant colors. The bold sword shaped foliage is also an excellent contrast to the more traditional or mounded forms of garden plants. There are hundreds of...
09/08/2014
It hasn’t hit in Louisiana — yet — but doctors warn that a respiratory illness that has already sickened more than 1,000 children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem. The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials...
09/06/2014
Our two cents’ worth of opinions and observations on all matters dealing with sports: TECH OMITTED?: Here we are, two games into the 2014 collegiate football season and predictions are already being made for the bowl games. Honest. I am not kidding...
09/06/2014
The Second Amendment follows the First. Sounds silly? Maybe to most, but I don’t think the national news media is aware. (Excluded are journalists “afflicted” with common sense.) It’s toward the top for a reason.
09/06/2014
For most of the past week I’ve been suffering from post travel depression. I’d like to say that’s a made up thing, but from my own life experiences, I promise it isn’t. By timing things correctly, I was able to enjoy a 10-day break from work during...
09/06/2014
Last month my husband returned from two grueling months on the road. For the first time, Tom was driving for a “core metal” band as it crisscrossed North America for the Mayhem Festival Tour. This was quite a challenge for a man who tends to...
09/06/2014
While there are many individuals who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have the...
09/06/2014
Question: Despite what everyone says, I do not think our economic hard times are over. I’ve been reading some things that say the Federal Reserve is actually hiding how big our problems really are and that the whole world could be on the brink of...
09/06/2014
Are you ready for this? September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month seeks to educate Americans on preparing for natural disasters and other types of emergencies....
09/06/2014
He could have chosen any one of three sports to excel in, but James Rodney Richard opted to choose ... Well, all of them. At least during his high school career, that is. And after that, it was a no-brainer. It was all about baseball then and J.R....
09/05/2014
I am a hugger. Most of the time and for most of my life, I have greeted people with a hug, or a pat on the back. For those of you who know me, you already know this about me — and you have probably heard me say that everyone needs at least 12 hugs...
09/05/2014
This has been an unusual week, since it started off with a really weird wreck. Thank goodness, no one was hurt, but you never saw a more messy bunch of cars. Just listen to this: It started out to be an unusually nice day. Granddaughter Susan had...
09/05/2014
“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” — Louis Nizer In this business not a day goes by where we don’t...