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08/01/2014
I’m taking a break from trying to decide what to take on my trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. When you read this, that is where I’ll be. It’s a resort that Susan and Jonathan have chosen to get the family together. It should be lots of fun. I spent...
08/01/2014
In the past few weeks, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be with some of my closest friends from my childhood and teenage years. It has really been a reunion of sorts, as I had not seen one friend in more than 15 years. Even though I was not...
08/01/2014
I can hardly believe it’s true, but it’s already time to sign up for the Holiday Arts Tour. The 17th annual event will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 20-23. As usual, this special weekend will feature visual artists and musicians,...
08/01/2014
It seems as if I wake up to a house full of young, bickering children every morning these days. The thing is, I don’t have any children. As most working Americans, I slowly drag my tired bones out of the bed each morning and begin my zombie-like...
08/01/2014
In the time Barack Obama has been president more than 150 — 183 to be exact — executive orders have been signed, and that was as of July 18. He has aimed to sign yet another executive order into action. One that will take action on illegal...
07/31/2014
I’ve never claimed to be much of a historian and I wouldn’t consider myself very sentimental either (although the older I get the more that changes), so I surprised myself when I saw something on the news the other day that made me cry. No, it wasn...
07/30/2014
I started my seventh-grade year at the old A. E. Phillips School with the longest school supply list ever: a compass, protractor, 12-inch ruler, two Schaffer cartridge fountain pens with extra cartridges, a brown Nifty notebook that opened at the...
07/29/2014
Nothing brightens up an indoor living area more than a fresh flower display. Floral arrangements can be utilized year-round to add color, fragrance and artistic creativity to any home, especially during the holiday seasons.
07/29/2014
I see that many home gardens that were started this spring are coming to an end this year. A few plants are still putting out but many have finished producing quality vegetables. Spring gardening has really grown in past years and many of us enjoy...
07/28/2014
There’s no denying it — I’m a dog lover. Which means the upcoming weekend is a big one for me and my dog Gumbeaux. At 9 a.m. Saturday many area dogs of different breeds, sizes and personalities and their humans will get together for the annual...
07/28/2014
When writing this, I had just returned to the office after having spent the morning with a group of the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s children. It was one of Child Advocate Shelby Lowery’s weekly Main Events, activities provided for the children...
07/26/2014
We have all heard and used this one: “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” There is another that I use from time to time: “anyone can put on a band aid but when you break a leg you need a doctor.” I call this the “Band-Aid theory”...
07/26/2014
Admittedly, while being a working adult, Gov. Bobby Jindal is the only governor I’ve known. But, it sure seems like Jindal gets sued a lot more often than other governors.
07/26/2014
If you want to send your children or grandchildren to college, retire comfortably and achieve other important life goals, you will have to invest — it’s that simple. But the process of investing can sometimes seem anything but simple. What can you...
07/26/2014
There’s a theory on Wall Street that goes something like this: If you follow the crowd and buy the hot investment of the day, chances are you’ll be scooping up shares when most others are about to sell. This natural “herd instinct” of buying when...
07/26/2014
Question: I think my parents tried to teach me how to manage money, but it never stuck. I don’t want my kids to make the same mistakes I did. How can I teach my children how to handle money properly? Answer: You can have a very positive influence on...
07/26/2014
Before you can shake a pom-pon with your favorite team’s colors, another football season will be upon us. There’s less than 40 days until Lincoln Parish’s two collegiate gridiron programs face campaign openers on the road. And fall training rituals...
07/26/2014
Here’s a scoop for anyone gathering information about Kim Mulkey: There’s actually a Hall of Fame awards’ ceremony that isn’t included on her lengthy list of achievements. Well, not just yet. But this time next week, you can add on that honor, too....
07/25/2014
In the earliest pages of scripture, we learn how God created the heavens and the earth, crafting with limitless creativity all the beauty and diversity we see on earth. But the crown of God’s creation was when He made man and woman. In Genesis 1:27...
07/25/2014
I had such a wonderful time in Ruston last weekend that I am still playing it over and over in my head. It was a short trip and I didn’t expect much except to spend one night with my daughter Becky and her husband Harold and the other with Erma...