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06/19/2018
My family was, and still is, full of music lovers. Most of us started at an early age. I’m guessing my big sister Jean was the first one to bring music into our house. She had a little box-shaped monograph record player that had a handle and folded...
06/16/2018
Father’s Day has slowly become different for me over the years as Father Time continues his march through my life. It was once a day to honor the man who has most influenced and inspired my life — the person known here in his hometown as Tommy...
06/16/2018
Happy Father’s Day. As with other “holidays,” on balance, a holiday is probably both enjoyable and a time for reflection. This can be a time for celebration, coupled with moments to reflect or improve. This can be a celebration of a past, thinking...
06/16/2018
Question: I like to consider myself as a positive person. I don’t want to be negative about myself or my future. But when I look around at what’s going on in the world and in our country, it’s hard not to be somewhat pessimistic. Is my newfound...
06/16/2018
Health care makes up roughly 18 percent of the U.S. economy and is expected to grow 5.6 percent per year through 2025. In fact, experts anticipate ongoing expansion in this sector no matter what happens with the broader economy — thanks at least in...
06/16/2018
Father’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children. Examples such as some valuable financial...
06/16/2018
I ran into a friend at the post office one recent morning and he asked me how my turkey season had gone. “I figure not so well since you haven’t written anything about how you did,” he said. He’s right; I hunted on my Jackson Parish club and never...
06/15/2018
If this happened 30 years ago, there would be a mound of crumpled paper surrounding a trashcan that had long overflowed. Time and again efforts to find a witty way to say something have failed. As is often the case, anytime your author tries to be...
06/15/2018
When one of my best friends — who lives in California — decided to upgrade her Fitbit, she sent me her old one. I was a little skeptical about the device at first, but after a day of continuous wear and all the little reminders to get up and move, I...
06/14/2018
Fortunately for many of us, waking up hungry will never be an issue. But for a larger than you think cohort of Lincoln Parish, many will wake up tomorrow hungry and in desperate need of basic nutrients. Many of those impoverished residents will turn...
06/13/2018
I was born on the first day of summer, the longest day of the year. I can only imagine how miserable my mother must have been that last month or so before I arrived, trying to beat late May and early June heat. There was no air conditioning in the...
06/12/2018
Did any of you see a crazy man recently running out into traffic on North Trenton Street? Suddenly stopping his Jeep and jumping out without even turning off the engine? Wildly waving his arms, bidding the traffic to stop as he darted into the...
06/12/2018
Ryan Allen is a survivor. The former Louisiana Tech punter wasn’t drafted by an NFŁ team following an All-American career for the ex-Bulldog. He was determined to play at the next level. Allen opted to become be a free agent and after several teams...
06/09/2018
What is the law? That might sound like a heckuva odd question coming from my type of work. For the unaware reader, or one who does not care (probably the latter), I have been at this craft of the law business since 1973. There are spiritual laws of...
06/09/2018
In the 1970s one of my favorite television shows was “The Odd Couple” starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. We’ll see a new version of the “Odd Couple” early this week in Singapore as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a summit with North Korea’s...
06/09/2018
Only you can decide if claiming Social Security at age 62 or waiting to claim later makes more sense. Lifestyle and philanthropic intentions, marital and employment status, and gender are all factors. When do you claim? If you’re in a position to...
06/09/2018
Question: We’re trying to get our budget reworked for when we retire in a few years. I know we’ll have Medicare and our costs for medical insurance will go away and that we’ll have Social Security coming in. Our debts should all be paid off. What...
06/09/2018
June is a popular month for weddings. If you are planning on tying the knot this month, it’s an exciting time, but be aware that being married might affect you in unexpected ways — including the way you invest. If you and your new spouse both earn...
06/08/2018
Being simple minded brings occasion for things to sometimes just plum evade me. Two people, respected by their peers for leadership, are leaving the Union Parish School System this month. Both have brought great accomplishment to their positions in...
06/08/2018
Beginning when I was around 8 years old, my parents encouraged me to volunteer during the summer. It didn’t have to be much, but they wanted to instill in me the value of giving back to my community. So, I would help with Vacation Bible School, lend...