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10/11/2014
I first saw this on the backroads of Lincoln and Jackson parishes. The warriors were the brave Veterans. On these backroads as a young child I was a passenger riding with one of them. We traveled at night, seemingly always during a hot or freezing...
10/11/2014
October always has been and likely always will be my favorite month. While the calendar shows that fall officially starts in September, let’s just be honest. In Louisiana, fall doesn’t even think about poking it’s head out to play until October....
10/11/2014
Question: Many years ago my son stole some money from us. He got caught and has since turned his life around. He’s now married and has a wonderful family. He’s a good person. But he has never paid us back the money. The subject just never comes up....
10/11/2014
If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees with retirement planning. For most closely-held business owners, a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account (...
10/11/2014
If you work for a medium-to-large company, you may now be entering the “open enrollment” period — that time of year when you get to make changes to your employee benefits. Your benefit package can be a big piece of your overall financial picture, so...
10/10/2014
I’m hyped up, wanting to tell you about a wonderful fun time I had this week here at Churchill Estates. We had an amazing National Night Out Block Party. I understand it is usually held in August, but because of the Texas heat, it was postponed...
10/10/2014
When it comes time for the seasons to change, most are usually glad to see cooler weather coming our way. But for me I love summer. I love getting to be outdoors and late afternoon walks with the boys. Fall brings earlier night times and by the time...
10/09/2014
Anyone who reads my column knows I don’t really write about personal things very often, but this week is different. I don’t want to talk about politics. I don’t want to talk about education. I want to talk about friendship. The older I get, the more...
10/08/2014
I am a cancer patient. I am a cancer survivor. For the rest of my life, I’ll have periodic oncology visits, blood tests and CT scans. Three years and eight months ago, I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma — kidney cancer. Like most folks with...
10/07/2014
Gardeners don’t have to wait for the spring season to establish an herb garden. Fall is a prime time for planting the hardiest herbs that actually grow very well in areas with mild winters. Cool-season annual herbs are hardy enough to survive our...
10/07/2014
Agritourism involves hosting curious visitors on our agricultural operations. Their unfamiliarity with operations increases the risk of injury and of course lawsuits. In response to the vulnerability for lawsuits and the problem with obtaining...
10/06/2014
Next month, area voters will receive the opportunity to make their voices heard during the Nov. 4 elections that will affect us all on the local, state and national levels. But before making your voice heard, the opportunity to listen is just as...
10/06/2014
The Ray Rice incident, with its brutal blow, then careless treatment of the unconscious body of then-fiancee Janay Palmer, has caused a riot of responses throughout the world. In the midst of the outrage, however, is a heightened focus on the issue...
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...