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03/03/2014
If you are living with a mental illness (a consumer), do not despair. Millions of people are just like you. Numerous notable consumers have or continue to enrich our lives. You also have a contribution to make to society. According to the National...
03/01/2014
With 20-plus wins and honorable mention votes in the national polls in recent weeks, Louisiana Tech University’s men have been attracting large crowds at home and well-deserved media attention. Plus, this question from long-time followers of the...
03/01/2014
A couple of weeks ago, area television weathermen were facing the real likelihood of having to wipe egg off their collective faces when they predicted that north Louisiana was about to be encased in a winter wonderland. We rushed to the store and...
03/01/2014
What’s the first step in any weight loss or health plan? Examine those nutrition facts, found in that familiar rectangle on the side of food packages. Having been overweight my entire life, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t seriously consider...
03/01/2014
Happy Shrove Tuesday. I know what Tuesday is, but what does “shrove” mean? Most define this as “fat.” So, for those who are overweight, is this an annual day of celebration? Another definition: to impose penance or punishment on a sinner. That seems...
03/01/2014
It is quite the challenge to attempt to understand our state’s complex new system of evaluating and rating schools. At times we as educators feel as though we are aiming for a moving target as the rating system appears to change almost daily....
03/01/2014
It takes time and effort to build an investment strategy that fits your goals. But several factors can disrupt even the best-crafted plan. The simple day-to-day movements of the financial markets can pose a real threat to the health of your...
03/01/2014
On March 8, we observe International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements. Yet women everywhere still face challenges — and here in the United States, one of their biggest challenges may be to gain the...
02/28/2014
Well, you will never believe the things that have been happening to me this week. I am temporarily a resident in an assisted living place that is amazing. One of my friends said it was comparable to a 5-star hotel. Believe it or not, it is within...
02/28/2014
I would like to take this opportunity to express some concerns of mine as a student and soon to be alumnus. My initial intent was to voice concerns for the political science Department towards administration in the form of a letter in efforts to...
02/28/2014
Earlier this month President Barack Obama was noted for commenting the G.I. Bill fell under the same umbrella as welfare programs, and those who utilized it were no different. He received national attention for this statement and I’m willing to bet...
02/28/2014
Take it from someone who knows, Lincoln Parish Schools have got it going on. I’ve only been in this parish a few weeks. I came from Union Parish, so I still feel like the outsider looking in, and when I see everything going on with the school system...
02/28/2014
You know that exercise is good for you because it helps you maintain a healthy weight, manage stress, sleep better and increase your energy level. The great thing is that activity does the same for your pets. Not only will exercise help them live...
02/28/2014
My mother despised bad weather. Severe thunderstorms, ice storms, even ominous skies sent her into a dither, and usually also straight to the grocery store to load up on provisions. Truth be known, I think Mama was afraid of bad weather. Maybe she...
02/25/2014
I was driving through town last week and saw a gentleman spreading fertilizer on a lawn. I realize we hit temperatures in the 70s, but I’m thinking to myself that it’s way too early to be putting out fertilizer for any of our lawn grasses.
02/25/2014
The warmer weather has stirred-up many gardeners. Most have been patiently waiting for this time of year, a real chance to get some soil under the fingernails. Planting roses now is a way to diversify a landscape. Today, there are more than 6,000...
02/24/2014
One of the best things about living in Lincoln Parish is the way people here tend to look out for one another, and that showed again Saturday as the sounds of music danced through the air of downtown Ruston. Musicians, and fans of all things musical...
02/22/2014
Death and taxes. Like it or not, they are part of everyone’s time on this earth. I’ve been reminded of that since this year began. Seldom has a day gone by when some type of notice dealing with the annual (and dreaded) tax deadline of April 15 hasn’...
02/22/2014
If ever I have shared any thought that might in any way sound critical toward the efficiency of our government, certainly that must have been a mistake. We all know that our government at all levels is most efficient. Now I wish to again point out...
02/22/2014
Last week I was on my way to the scene of a car crash, one of my least favorite tasks, when I received a call and was alerted to something else interesting going on in the parish. After snapping some pictures, and sending positive thoughts up for...