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10/25/2014
Question: I have friends who just seem naturally good with money. Unfortunately, I am not like that. But I know I’ve got to get my act together and do better. Is this just a matter of being more disciplined to spend less, or is there more to it?...
10/25/2014
Whether you have young children or not, you’re probably well aware that Halloween is almost here. However, despite the plethora of skeletons and ghosts you might see floating around this week, you probably don’t have much to fear (except, possibly,...
10/25/2014
Today, women are playing an ever-increasing role in making important financial decisions — whether for themselves or for their families. While many of the basic rules of investing hold true for all investors, some life events will affect women...
10/25/2014
Remember the old song, “Young at Heart?” There’s a phrase in there that says, “Life keeps getting better with each passing day.” That expresses my feelings to a tee these days. I’m getting so well and strong and am having such a great time, that...
10/25/2014
One of the many interests I share with my Dad is a love of astronomy. At a very early age, I remember watching the night sky for meteors, picking out constellations and observing celestial wonders like eclipses and comets. Several weeks ago, I was...
10/24/2014
I try to eat healthy. I try to drink plenty of water. I try to exercise at least three times a week, though I would prefer more. But I am just like everyone else. I’m human. I don’t always succeed at my goals and unfortunately right now I am not in...
10/23/2014
Be forewarned: I’m about to rant. If you’re not into it, don’t read this column. Because the state has taken a slapdash approach to school scoring, two of the elementary schools’ overall scores in Lincoln Parish were blighted — causing the district...
10/22/2014
The same week that Gov. Bobby Jindal said it was officially OK for teachers to complain about Louisiana’s use of the Common Core standards, six of the nine men who want to be the 5th Congressional District’s next representative came to a meeting of...
10/22/2014
Photography, Bicycle Adventures, Lift Off, Micro Magicians, See Them Sprout, Play the Role ...can you believe these are 4-H projects that any 9 to 19-year-old can participate in when they become a member of the largest youth organization in the...
10/20/2014
Both Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities are promoting Domestic Violence Awareness Month by hosting events to increase knowledge and understanding of this issue. DART is pleased to collaborate with both universities on these projects. At...
10/20/2014
The truth is, folks, one week ago today we were very lucky. I know, because I know others who weren’t as fortunate and have witnessed the ordeal they are experiencing firsthand. The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes struck...
10/19/2014
By now, it’s become as much a part of sporting events as tailgating and halftime acts. Hardly does anyone give a second thought to it or, for that matter, voice their dismay over the latest “new” shenanigans. I am referring to the celebrations that...
10/19/2014
Jackson and Lincoln Parishes were the sites of my first visits with wounded warriors. I was only a child born 5 years after WWII. I started a learning process watching a World War II veteran caring for the wounded. I saw for the first time people...
10/19/2014
I took driver’s education more than 13 years ago. Still, when presented with a multiple choice question asking me if 10 and 2 or 3 and 9 was the appropriate hand position for driving, I confidently chose 10 and 2. Amazingly, according to the test, I...
10/19/2014
Tom and I recently celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. In doing so we had the absolute thrill of not only spending that special day in one of our favorite place — Memphis, Tennessee — but also seeing a musical legend in concert. And no, Elvis...
10/19/2014
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...
10/19/2014
Question: I started my own business a few years ago. I did very well last year, but my CPA just told me about what I was going to owe in taxes — I am in shock. I do not have the money as I have reinvested it in my business. My wife knows nothing...
10/19/2014
You won’t see it on the calendar, and it doesn’t inspire any greeting cards, but National Save for Retirement Week is here again. The goal of this week is self-explanatory, but what does it mean to you? Are you vulnerable to the possibility of...
10/19/2014
How does one measure the worth of running back Kenneth Dixon to Louisiana Tech University’s football team this season? Take your pick. On the ground, where his talent shines the brightest, he’s gained 519 yards and averaged exactly 5.0 yards every...
10/18/2014
This is my second attempt to do my column on a new computer, which I know practically nothing about. When they changed the format on Facebook, I had to quit using it — it was just too confusing for me. Evidently, learning new technology is...