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Columns

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...
02/21/2015
Is there any place like Dallas, where one day the high is 35 degrees and the next is close to 70 degrees? I doubt there is a family here that has escaped a cold, bronchitis or pneumonia — not to mention the flu. I’m telling you, folks, if you come...
02/21/2015
Have you ever been surprised by a generous gift? Perhaps someone has shown generosity toward you that you did not expect. Or maybe you share my experience and have been the recipient of a “RAK.” Are you confused? I was too. I’ll explain as I share...
02/20/2015
There are three cultural activities coming up in our region that I’d like to let you know about. First, at 7:30 p.m. today at Howard Auditorium, Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Music invites you to the Jazz Ensemble’s Winter Concert....
02/20/2015
A few weeks ago I wrote a column that included several books that were to make it to the big screen. The two movies Slade, my husband, and I have seen this year were both adaptations of two very different books. While both books have their place in...
02/19/2015
Happy birthday, Mom. Today, as my present to you, I wanted to write about how much I love you and show my appreciation of you to everyone. My mom is my hero and I thought I should let you know why. A mother is there to nurture and care for you, my...
02/18/2015
When I was a kid, burning leaves in the backyard was one of my favorite pasttimes. Taking deep breaths of the wood smoke was just about as close to country in the city as one could get. The low-hanging, hazy cloud rising from the burn pile drifted...
02/16/2015
It appears, at least for now, that we’re going to dodge Mother Nature’s bullet. For days now those of us who pay attention to the weather have been watching predictions of snow and ice for our area tonight and Tuesday. At one point late last week on...
02/16/2015
When teenagers on the National Youth Advisory Board, comprised of teens from all over the country, were asked to finish the sentence, “Love Is…” the answers were sweet and sentimental. “Love Is … the closest thing we have to magic.” “Love Is … a...
02/14/2015
In a cliché, “I remember when,” sort of fashion, I can clearly remember exactly when I first opened my Facebook page. Being in college at the time that Mark Zuckerberg’s invention began to take off — when it started you had to be in college to get a...
02/13/2015
There is no denying that in life there is a double standard for men and women. With an older brother, I can vividly remember telling my mom how unfair it was that he was allowed to do certain things on the weekends when I was not. I remember telling...
02/12/2015
On the corner of El Dorado Street and Houma Boulevard, in Metairie, my hometown, was always the sweet spot to catch the “Metairie parades,” which is what citizens of south Louisiana call them. It was the perfect place to catch the parades because it...
02/11/2015
How do you forget that the helicopter in which you were riding was not shot down by Iraqi ground fire? If that sentence sounds a bit convoluted, so is the thought. But that’s exactly what NBC News anchor Brian Williams would have us believe. That...
02/10/2015
On the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my pastor, James Skinner, stood up at the end of our church service. “I want to make an announcement that I am ashamed to admit I have never made before, during all my years of ministry,” he said. “I...
02/09/2015
Let me tell you about a high school couple I once knew. She was a cheerleader, he was an athlete. She was cute, funny and well-liked. He was handsome, outgoing and popular. He was also extremely charming. When they began to date and he was invited...