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05/10/2014
Question: Has anyone ever tried to figure out how much you would have to pay someone to do all the work a mother does? Would it be different for working mothers and stay at home mothers?  Answer: “The phrase ‘working mother,’ author Jane Sellman...
05/10/2014
It’s easy to have confidence in investments made during bull markets: share prices climb and any losses from poor decisions are usually recovered quickly. But times of increasing market volatility tend to magnify mistakes, and many investors may...
05/10/2014
If we’re doing it right, throughout our lives we continue to learn, grow and improve. With that process, a lot can change in a short time. Five years ago, I couldn’t have told you what gluten was without looking it up on Google. Now, the definition...
05/10/2014
I don’t believe in our land that we have yet heard the end of this controversy, but for the moment, let us pray. I did not say “may” we pray.
05/10/2014
I recently revisited the entire “From Elvis in Memphis” album from start to finish. A perpetual presence on the “best of” album lists throughout the industry, this landmark 1969 recording saw Elvis return to his Memphis roots for the first time...
05/10/2014
This has been yet another week with things buzzing as usual. One of the things I enjoyed was the Elvis Presley impersonator who came to perform for us. He was really good and I believe he even outdid Elvis swiveling his hips. Plus — was kissing all...
05/09/2014
When I first started working at the Ruston Daily Leader I was given the task of covering an event at our local Boys and Girls Club. Since then the organization has held a special place in my heart, and I have sort of been adopted as one of their own...
05/09/2014
A buddy and I were talking the other day. He was having some issues with a friend of his. He went on and on about his friend’s failings. After listening for a while — and I don’t know why the idea popped into my head — I stopped him and said: Well,...
05/08/2014
One of the largest celebrations in the Americas just took place, but most of us don’t know why — I’m talking about Cinco de Mayo. The Hispanic culture has always intrigued me. Well, I say always. I was a Spanish major (also a journalism major) but,...
05/07/2014
You might think that softball was derived from baseball, but you would be off the mark. The game of softball originated in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day in 1887. A group of about 20 college men gathered in the gymnasium of the Farragut Boat Club in...
05/07/2014
Gov. Bobby Jindal never gives up. Despite the fact that his chances of being the 2016 Republican presidential nominee appear to be slim, Jindal keeps on trying. Take, for example, his recent flip-flop on the controversial Common Core education...
05/06/2014
Not many plants can grow in the low light levels cast by large trees, including southern turf grasses. In most cases it is better to plant plants that are shade tolerant, like many ground covers or the signature shade plant of forests — the fern.
05/06/2014
Livestock is still one of the popular projects that we have in 4-H. One of the important things to realize is that a livestock project can be for anyone. It’s not just about teaching young people to raise animals. In fact, the primary purpose of the...
05/05/2014
Don’t you love living in a small town? As a military kid, I moved more than 15 times and attended 11 schools before I graduated from high school. When I moved to Ruston in 1983, I was taken aback when people knowingly gazed at me as they asked, “You...
05/05/2014
I spent the first six weeks of my life encased in glass at West Jefferson Hospital, a suburb of New Orleans. Kind of like a fish in an aquarium, I had my own small living space surrounded by the real world located on the other side of that glass...
05/03/2014
A cornucopia of notes along the Lincoln Parish (and elsewhere) sports trail: • Add the name of Trey Hadnot to the list of outstanding athletes from Ruston High School. The sprint/relay star at Louisiana Tech University is winding down an honor-...
05/03/2014
Mike Green was ahead of his time. Oh, he perfectly fit into the era (1969-73) in which he played at Louisiana Tech University. It was just that he was one of those rare athletes who comes along maybe once in the lifetime of a fan, coach, teammate or...
05/03/2014
I had a speck of dust in the corner of my eye the other evening. I blinked trying to remove it. I then realized it was 35 years. I was thoroughly enjoying a reoccurrence and repetition of that which started in my life 35 years prior. And the events...
05/03/2014
Money can be a topic people are reluctant to discuss, but having an open, transparent dialogue about your finances should be the goal when it comes to your relationship with your Financial Advisor. An integral part of the client-advisor relationship...
05/03/2014
You didn’t see it on your calendar, but Tax Freedom Day fell on April 21 this year. So, why not mark the occasion by beginning to look for ways to become a “tax-smart” investor?