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07/19/2014
The other day, I ran into my favorite drug store for a quick purchase. On my way out, the aisle I incidentally chose to use to walk toward the checkout counter turned out to be the seasonal aisle. Already, it was half-filled with a selection of...
07/19/2014
If you’re in a marriage that’s ending, you’ll need to gather certain financial documents to help you evaluate your assets and understand the financial position you’re in. Some of the information may be at your fingertips, but some might require...
07/19/2014
Question: I got frightened during the last financial crisis a few years ago. I pulled my money out last spring and sat on the side lines for a very long time. I got back in, but I’m not sure when the markets might go back down. And I don’t want to...
07/19/2014
If you think back to your math classes in high school or college, you may remember that many of the problems involved the use of variables. Changing these variables around in any fashion would change the outcome of the problem. Similar situations...
07/18/2014
As I told you last week, my whole being was focused on my little turnaround trip to Ruston this weekend and at one point it appeared I wouldn’t make it, so I gave myself a pity party. Then I  read my daily devotion from Sarah Young’s  book, “Jesus...
07/18/2014
This summer has been an eventful one for us here in the NCLAC office. We’ve had a team of eager interns who have helped us in our endeavors, and since the summer is almost over, their internships will end as well. Tess Stickney has been working...
07/18/2014
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines hate as “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger or sense of injury.” By this definition, I hate to succeed — that is I channel what is normally seen as a negative emotion to fuel my...
07/18/2014
Who decided marijuana should be illegal? Who decided alcohol consumption should start at a certain age? Who decided that BPA was bad for you? Who decided the effects of cocaine could be detrimental to a person’s health? Before you read too much into...
07/17/2014
I wish the leader of the free world would act like it. At this point, I’m not even sure I care exactly what he does about the thousands and thousands of illegal immigrants flooding into our borders. I just wish he would do something — anything. “...
07/16/2014
When I was 10 years old, American history changed course. It had nothing to do with me. It had everything to do with the few seconds that it took President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The landmark legislation, enacted 50...
07/15/2014
The stresses of a hot summer take their toll on our gardens and landscapes, as well as on us as their caretakers. While many plants can thrive in the normal summer heat, lengthy doses of daytime temperatures in the 90s and low 100s coupled with...
07/14/2014
Eddie G. Robinson Sr. loved football, but his legend, a much-deserved one, runs much deeper than that. Coach Rob was about much more than football — one of his biggest ambitions was working with young people and coaching the game of life. And don’t...
07/12/2014
Pretty much everyone is aware that obesity is a big problem in this country. What people might be surprised to learn is that other countries are following this deadly trend.
07/12/2014
“They kept us safe. They are like family.”
07/12/2014
Baseball’s best players gather in Minneapolis this week to participate in the All-Star Game. If you’re a fan or even a “weekend athlete,” you can admire these players for their abilities, even if you — like the vast majority of humanity — can’t hope...
07/12/2014
Many women end up managing their finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many of them get involved with financial matters is during a crisis, such as a spouse’s death or divorce. We’ve prepared a list of thought-...
07/12/2014
Question: My business has recently taken off. My income is up dramatically. I really feel like this is going to last! But I want to be wise with the way I handle this new money. What do you suggest? Answer: Congratulations on your newfound business...
07/12/2014
Recently I had a great surprise. In fact, it was such a shock I thought I was hallucinating. As I walked down the hallway to the dining room, I came face to face with a duplicate of Kathy Barr, of Ruston/Choudrant. As I reached her, it was all I...
07/12/2014
Several headlines on the local sports beat while wondering whatever happened to former Louisiana Tech University wide receiver (and 1985 New Orleans Saints’ training camp participant) Mike Dellacano: BOUND FOR BAHAMAS: It may sound like some major...
07/12/2014
Mind-boggling. That is how I react every time I scan down the list of accomplishments registered by Trey Hadnot during his amazing (or mind-boggling) track and field career at Louisiana Tech University. It’s a long list that can stack up against any...