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03/06/2015
It’s no secret, and my husband will tell you in an instant, that I am not a math person. He has even joked saying that I think 2+2=5. But I know I am not that bad at math. I’m actually quite good at balancing a budget to a “T” and knowing where...
03/05/2015
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to implement new net neutrality, or open Internet laws to ensure Internet service providers conduct all legal content, such as streaming videos, audio or other material, equally. Net neutrality...
03/04/2015
Talk about being between a rock and hard place, that’s where Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission found itself in February. At issue was a developer’s request for conceptual approval of a plan to construct a 2,700-square-foot building on South...
03/02/2015
Be careful of what you ask for. Last week’s dance between Mother Nature and Old Man Winter was a welcome sight for many people in our area. Yes, we had a little ice last year, but it had been many years since we had a heavy snowfall like we saw last...
03/02/2015
If you are like me, you are increasingly happy when you fill up at the gas station these days. My husband and I, as well as our daughters, have actually sent one another pictures of fuel prices as they have sunk lower and lower this fall and winter...
03/01/2015
I am going to make a confession this morning about one of the many great basketball players to come out of our neck of the woods. And before I proceed any farther, may I suggest you check out “Buddy’s Blog” in today’s sports section to get another...
02/28/2015
Renaissance Man is a marvelous description said of few. It is defined: “a person with many talents or areas of knowledge.” Such was Doug McGuire. On Tuesday, the funeral was held for this man of many talents and areas of knowledge. Passing at age 93...
02/28/2015
I made back-to-back trips through Shreveport last week and both days I found myself doing what I always do when I’m traveling west on Interstate 20. It’s almost like a reflex even though I always have the exact same thought every single time I hit...
02/28/2015
Most days I spend my commute listening to audiobooks. But, every once in awhile, I listen to whatever is on the radio, and I’ve become quite fond of a group of morning DJs. The music can be hit or miss, but I enjoy spending a few minutes each...
02/28/2015
The future holds many uncertainties, and your retirement is no exception: “What age should I retire?” “How long will I live in retirement?” “When should I start taking Social Security?” “How will rising medical costs affect me?” That’s why planning...
02/28/2015
If the Federal Reserve (Fed) raises short-term interest rates this year, as many financial professionals predict, what will it mean to you? As a consumer, you might experience the “ripple” effects if long-term interest rates eventually follow suit,...
02/28/2015
Question: I have been trying to save money but I am having a hard time. It doesn’t make sense for me to sell my house, my car is nearly paid for and I have cut way back on my impulsive shopping (you have no idea how bad I was!). But I am still not...
02/28/2015
My husband and I have had Golden Retriever dogs for most of our married life. In fact our first “child” was a Golden named Daisy. She, like others of her breed, was intelligent, affectionate, obedient, playful and well-mannered around all people...
02/28/2015
If all goes according to Hoyle, I should be back in my apartment when you read this and granddaughter Marnie should be back from Alabama, helping me to get settled in. You wouldn’t think that I could be so attached to four small rooms when I’ve only...
02/27/2015
The dictionary defines an eating disorder as any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. Most people hear eating disorder and immediately jump to anorexia — an emotional disorder characterized by...
02/26/2015
It took 22 years, seven months and 23 days to see my first winter wonderland. Before yesterday, I never once built a snowman, made a snowangel or caught a snowflake on the tip of my tongue. Now, I have seen snow before, but it either melted before...
02/25/2015
The homeland is secure. Let’s be honest, the good money says not too many people really, deep down believe that. With the almost daily renewal of threats against the U.S. mainland from ISIS, al Qaeda and even North Korea, why would people feel safe?
02/23/2015
As the Daily Leader went to press this morning, thousands of people in Lincoln Parish were looking out the window and wondering will it or won’t it. This time, I think it will, the only question is to what degree — pun fully intended.
02/23/2015
As an Air Force family, we moved around a lot. In fact, I attended 11 schools between kindergarten and high school graduation. My younger sister, Diane, was very shy and this was always very difficult for her. The “new kid” is an ideal target for...
02/21/2015
March Madness is upon us. And that means it’s time to start scribbling down notes and gathering information about where teams might land in the NCAA’s annual “Big Dances” for both men’s and women’s programs. Given my questionable ability to...