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06/14/2014
Scripture states: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) I often wonder how I’ve done. More than a birthday or Christmas, Father’s Day is my favorite day of the year. It stirs...
06/14/2014
Pineville and Ruston have a lot in common. So, like many kids who grew up in Ruston, I never saw a homeless person (or at least not someone I realized was homeless) until I took a trip to Washington D.C. in 10th grade. I’ll never forget that first...
06/14/2014
Question: I am very concerned that when I die, my children will have a fight over my estate. Everyone gets along so well now. What can I do to prevent a big fight from happening after I am gone? Answer: Many adult brothers or sisters are not...
06/14/2014
Are you thinking of investing in municipal bonds? If so, you may have good reason, particularly if you are in one of the higher tax brackets. After all, municipal bond interest payments typically are exempt from federal income taxes, and possibly...
06/14/2014
Nearly a quarter of all people ages report they have moved back in with their parents after living on their own. This may not be every parent’s dream, but those who find their once-empty nest a little more crowded can take heart: Your new housemates...
06/13/2014
Summer is definitely here — certainly in Dallas.  However, the weather can’t seem to make up its mind. One day recently, the temperature was 90 and by noon it had dropped to 68. By nightfall it was 77. Seems everyone has had a cold or a bout with...
06/13/2014
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that her family was “not only dead broke, but in debt,” when she and former President Bill Clinton moved out of the White House. She attributed the debt largely to lawsuits and legal...
06/12/2014
When I was a kid, the women on TV that I looked up to were not the ones running (and bouncing) up and down the beach on Baywatch. They weren’t the girls with the latest fashion and never-ending boyfriend drama on Beverly Hills 90210. They wore suits...
06/11/2014
I remember the night Operation Desert Storm began. It was Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1991. I was listening to National Public Radio as I drove home from tutoring a student in my study skills class. I was a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech University....
06/10/2014
The Louisiana Master Gardener program is a service and educational activity designed to recruit and train volunteers to help meet the needs of home gardeners while providing an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for volunteers.
06/09/2014
As Father’s Day approaches, we see images of fathers and children everywhere. Television commercials show young dads holding tiny babies or playing with sturdy toddlers, older fathers reaching out to aloof adolescents, grandfathers teaching simple...
06/09/2014
Officials working in Louisiana’s higher education system are breathing easier this week after the state legislative session ended on June 2. That’s because the ax didn’t fall on the higher education budget as it’s consistently done for years now....
06/07/2014
Our two cents worth on various topics in the sports world (or maybe a quarter’s worth): LET’S HONOR DEAN: He is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Louisiana Tech University Hall of Fame. Now, it is time to...
06/07/2014
It’s hard not to feel just a little bit sorry for folks who didn’t grow up out on the rural route. People whose boundaries were defined by concrete and traffic lights grew up missing out on some of the best eating to be had anywhere. My brother,...
06/07/2014
I’ve been playing the piano since I was about 4 1/2 — well, since I was tall enough to sit on the bench and reach the keys. And I’ve always loved it. But if the truth be known, I’d give my right arm to play one other instrument — the drums. I’ve...
06/07/2014
In the purest sense of the word, I’m a feminist. To qualify that, I’ll define what that means in my mind. I believe, wholeheartedly, that no one should be able to tell me I can’t do something just because I’m a woman. On the flip side, I don’t...
06/07/2014
Question: After reading several articles suggesting that I do so, I recently looked into purchasing disability insurance. They sure don’t give that stuff away! How do I evaluate whether it is really worth it? Answer: I once worked with a 40-...
06/07/2014
June is a popular month for weddings. If you’re getting married this month, you no doubt have many exciting details to discuss with your spouse-to-be. But after you get back from the honeymoon, you’ll want to have another discussion — about your...
06/07/2014
In my second year of seminary, I took a class called Systematic Theology. The course was challenging in many ways, and part of the readings were about creation and God’s care and concern for all of the earth and everything in it. I have always paid...
06/06/2014
I’ve been thinking about these school shootings lately ­— wondering why it seems like all of a sudden troubled kids think shooting up their schools and killing their schoolmates is the solution to their problems.