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Columns

04/27/2015
These are the kinds of days where I truly “know what it means to miss New Orleans.” That’s because the first weekend of New Orleans’ annual Jazz and Heritage Festival just ended, and I’ve heard so much about all the fun going on there despite a few...
04/25/2015
Short servings of sports with your Sunday morning coffee: DANDY DEPTH: If the recently concluded spring drills offer any measuring stick, Louisiana Tech University has more than just one quarterback on its 2015 roster. Ever since his transfer from...
04/25/2015
In last week’s column, several of you have shared my pain as this season’s turkey hunting efforts had gone so bad I had to go back and recall something positive from a prior year. That column was not fun to write; the one this week, however, is....
04/25/2015
Today is a completion of comments about 150 years ago this week. Then I ask for a paragraph to share some great joy. Recently we have examined some powerful moments of 150 years ago.  These included the surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S....
04/25/2015
I recently had a dream where I walked right into Larry Gatlin and Randy Owen on the street. I immediately blurted out something that ended up being both unexpected and quite understandable. For those who may not be rabid music aficionados, Gatlin...
04/25/2015
Most of you know I am a mother to two very sweet little boys — a 3-year-old named Asher and an 11-month-old named Tristan. I tried desperately to potty train Asher before Tristan came along, I didn’t want two children in diapers if it was at all...
04/25/2015
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This month is designed to encourage people to follow a healthy, active lifestyle. You can take steps toward this goal, of course, but why not carry the concept of improving health to other areas of...
04/25/2015
Question: I have a few years to go until retirement, but I worry about the impact of higher taxes on my retirement income. Any way to know what to do about that? Answer: No one knows for sure what the future of tax rates is going to be, for retirees...
04/25/2015
Many women end up managing their finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many of them get involved with financial matters is during a crisis, such as a spouse’s death or divorce. We’ve prepared a list of thought-...
04/25/2015
With the arrival of spring comes the great joy of every man — yard work. Though I currently hire a yardman, there was a season in my life when I would undertake this task on my own. One spring several years ago, I bought an Echo line trimmer from a...
04/25/2015
How long ago has it been since I wrote my column in Ruston? But here I sit in my son-in-law, Harold Henderson’s home office trying to be careful not to hit a wrong button and blow the whole thing. If I do, I’m just stuck, because he’s at work in...
04/24/2015
Louisiana Tech University Theatre is sliding into home plate with its’ final production of the 2014-15 season with a wonderfully funny and toughing production of Brighton Beach Memoirs. Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first of a series that the...
04/24/2015
We live in trying times. No one ever said life was easy, but it is never the end of the world when things seem as if they could not get any worse. Unfortunately for some, there comes a point when things seem so bad that they choose to end their...
04/23/2015
Cars never interested me. I do not like the corny car commercial. The one sport I really do not watch is NASCAR and I drive an 18-year-old SUV that I do not plan on throwing away for at least another four years — that is, if it does not break down...
04/22/2015
Ask almost any health care provider what they think about Medicaid and chances are they’ll answer with some variation of Charles Dickens’ “best of times, worst of times” line. Since its start in 1965, Medicaid has become the nation’s main public...
04/22/2015
Ask almost any health care provider what they think about Medicaid and chances are they’ll answer with some variation of Charles Dickens’ “best of times, worst of times” line. Since its start in 1965, Medicaid has become the nation’s main public...
04/20/2015
I could hear the sleepy mutters of complaint early Sunday morning, blaring almost as loudly as the storm sirens wailing outside. OK, I’ll admit the mutters were my imagination at work, but I have no doubt plenty were being made by many of those...
04/20/2015
I can hardly contain my excitement over DART’s newly-adopted NO MORE campaign. In case you missed my column last month, I explained that DART has decided to incorporate the noted and powerful NO MORE campaign which was introduced by Law & Order...
04/18/2015
Rays of sunshine are making themselves a constant around the area, and with that comes one major concern: skin cancer. I will be honest, I am guilty of not wearing sunscreen. I am guilty of laying in the tanning bed. I am even guilty of donning the...
04/18/2015
Spring is here. So are multitudes of flowers and bugs. We at the Science and TechnologyEducation Center in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University get very excited this time of year. During this time, there is so much you can learn...