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03/21/2015
Two weeks from today we celebrate Easter. For those with children/grandchildren around,  we will make preparations with them in mind.  It has become customary to think of the egg hunt. Yet what do we “hunt” during this time of year?
03/21/2015
Each year more than 500,000 people reportedly go missing. This is an occurrence I never dreamt would happen to a person I know. In the past few weeks, a young 22-year-old girl stopped responding to texts, phone calls and social media contact from...
03/21/2015
Generally, you feel better — more confident — when you’re sporting a new look. Sometimes, even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your attitude. Doesn’t your investment plan deserve the same kind of attention? After all, someday it’s...
03/21/2015
You might not think that 70 1/2 represents any particular milestone. But when you do reach this age, you will have to make some decisions that affect an important aspect of your life — your retirement income.
03/21/2015
Question: I have a kind of unusual question. I have been presented with the opportunity to take two different jobs. One pays much better, but I only think I would like it OK. The second one is really where my passion is, but the pay, while adequate...
03/21/2015
Can you believe it? I am thrilled beyond measure that spring has sprung. Even if it gets cold and damp again, it won’t feel the same to me. Have I ever told you how much I hate those last days of winter? It‘s like I’m worn out with it and another...
03/20/2015
We are excited to announce details about this year’s NCLAC Summer Arts Camps. There are changes in store for 2015, and we hope you send the children in your lives to experience camp with NCLAC for a fun, multidisciplinary arts encounter.
03/20/2015
Mama told me when I was young “Come sit beside me, my only son And listen closely to what I say And if you do this it’ll help you some sunny day” “Oh, take your time, don’t live too fast Troubles will come and they will pass You’ll find a woman and...
03/19/2015
Tickets were in hand. Dedicated readers know my appreciation and love for music festivals and music as a whole. Readers might remember my writing about my excitement about attending Buku Music and Art Project in New Orleans that occurred this past...
03/18/2015
They’re just small things, sometimes barely noticeable when you’re driving down the road at 35 or 45 mph. After all, the plastic rectangles measure only 6 inches high by 12 inches long. That’s not much reading space at highway distance. But then,...
03/16/2015
All around our country, colleges and universities are actively and intentionally engaged in creating campus policies needed to comply with the Jeanne Clery Act. You might be wondering what the Jeanne Clery Act is. If so, you would not be alone....
03/16/2015
These days, when everybody is looking to tighten their belts and bolster their budgets, where your money goes is of crucial concern for all. That includes students at Louisiana Tech University, who have to be feeling pretty good about where their...
03/16/2015
Homework is a tool to get students to continue the skills and lessons that they are taught in class, while they’re at home. Homework is a great way to teach students positive study habits, organizations skills and the importance of meeting deadlines...
03/14/2015
Ah, how sweet is the sound of rawhide meshing with a leather glove or the unique crack of the wooden bat delivering a timely hit past a diving shortstop? Baseball is back. Those familiar trademarks of the game let me know the national pastime is in...
03/14/2015
They were gathering for a party.  Actually the occasion was going to be a major feast. Suddenly things stopped.  The hosts’ world had been turned upside down.  One host died before the honored Guest arrived.  The hosts had no idea what was going to...
03/14/2015
I love a good jog down memory lane. Recently I was treated to a double-barrel of nostalgia that was both special and enlightening. It started with the pleasure of revisiting my first school. I wandered the halls of Cypress Springs Elementary...
03/14/2015
Three Adult Tickets: $56.65 Pizza: $17.98 Face Painting: $10 ATM Fee: $4.50 Cotton Candy: $3 ICEE: $3 Popcorn: $2 Elephant Ride: $10 Inflated Elephant Toy: $10 Total Price of Circus: $117.13 This past weekend I braved the Barak Shrine Temple Circus...
03/14/2015
Question: I am nearly 70 and have not purchased long-term care insurance. Is it too late for me to do that due to the cost? Is it still wise for me to consider? Answer: If you’re 70, you probably remember Clint Eastwood’s famous phrase, “Do you feel...
03/14/2015
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...
03/14/2015
We’ve just about arrived at spring, the time when many people spruce up their homes, yards and other parts of their surroundings. This year, why not extend that practice a little further and give your financial and investment environment a good “...