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Columns

08/01/2015
According to the National Cancer Institute’s website “ Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases.” In the human body, cancer can start almost anywhere. Cancer cells play a major role in helping the cancer form. The main difference...
08/01/2015
I grew up in the country. It’s not a secret. My parent’s home is 18 miles — yes that is correct — 18 miles from town. And even farther from the grocery store, let alone Wal-Mart. For years I looked forward to the opening weekend of squirrel season,...
08/01/2015
This has been one weird week. Until shortly after I wrote last week’s column — the next day in fact — I’ve been in the hospital once again. Sounds like a professional hypochondriac, right? The aides and nurses all know me well now. What’s odd, it...
08/01/2015
During the month of July, I was surrounded by lots of quiet. LifeHouse did not have much daily activity beyond our weekly scheduled classes. My afternoons and evenings with my family were somewhat quiet and relaxing, and my inner life with God...
07/31/2015
I hear it everywhere — the grocery store, the post office, the park, school events — literally everywhere. Some parents are constantly judging other parents, for whatever reason. I’m not one of these people. I believe everyone parents differently...
07/31/2015
North Central Louisiana Arts Council is seeking visual and literary artists for this year’s Holiday Arts Tour. On Monday, applications will be available for those merchants and artists who wish to participate in this year’s event. Holiday Arts Tour...
07/30/2015
Brace yourselves, everyone. The political rhetoric from our esteemed political hopefuls will soon — if not already — be plastered on television, radio and billboards. Hillary Clinton says this. Donald Trumps says that. “I promise this. I promise...
07/29/2015
Let’s face it. Being Louisiana’s lieutenant governor isn’t the world’s most heralded political job. Heck, it isn’t even the glitziest political job in Louisiana. The state didn’t have a lieutenant governor for the first 31 years of its existence....
07/27/2015
Even after decades of work in the area of domestic violence, it seems to be a crime for younger people. My internal image of an abusive relationship is one where both parties are no older than their thirties. Perhaps this mental perspective is...
07/27/2015
So long, Weymon Wart. You probably didn’t know Weymon Wart. To be honest; I didn’t either. But in our lives, we’ve always known people like him. After he died recently, my wife, Linda, reminded me of who Weymon was: “He’s the guy that would...
07/27/2015
To fear or not to fear — that is the question. And despite my initial reaction, I choose the latter. Yes, the wave of mass shootings in our country over the recent year in some way terrifies me — but that’s the point and the reaction the people...
07/25/2015
A total of 1,412 individuals have been executed since 1976. In years prior to 1976, the topic of the death penalty was up for major discussions, with death penalty laws being struck down because it was alleged states were using cruel and unusual...
07/25/2015
You don’t have to be a CEO or multimillionaire to benefit from a trust. In fact, many people gain advantages from establishing one – so it may be useful to learn something about this common estate-planning tool.
07/25/2015
Question: Twenty years ago my husband took out a $500,000 universal life insurance policy on himself. We thought, at the time, we could build a nest egg and the premiums would never go up like they do on term life. Now, I receive a letter saying...
07/25/2015
Generally, you feel better — more confident — when you’re sporting a new look. Sometimes, even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your attitude. Doesn’t your investment plan deserve the same kind of attention? After all, someday it’s...
07/25/2015
So many things happened this week, I’m not sure I can get it all straight. As you may or may not know, I write my column during the week before you read it, so this excitement happened a week ago, but it is still worth repeating. On Friday before...
07/25/2015
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...
07/25/2015
“Ant-Man” is the second movie this summer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which at this point pretty much means the world of The Avengers), and it serves pretty much the same purpose as last summer’s second MCU movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.”...
07/24/2015
I’m so pleased to write today that North Central Louisiana Arts Council has begun a three-week arts education workshop at the Methodist Children’s Home.
07/24/2015
Recently, anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress released an edited video of Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood, discussing obtaining fetal tissues when conducting abortions. The...