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Columns

07/14/2011
I did not grow up blind. Well technically I did, but I was pretty great at playing it off like I wasn’t
07/13/2011
Millions of people across the world have been under the spell of a young, British wizard for more than a decade now. On Friday (as early as midnight if you’re truly devoted and have no qualms about being tired at work on Friday morning), the last...
07/13/2011
It wasn’t a great start to a Friday. The latest employment numbers came out on July 8, and they certainly didn’t paint a pretty picture. According to the Labor Department, nonfarm jobs rose by only 18,000 in June, woefully short of the 90,000...
07/13/2011
The year that my best buddy’s folks tired of trying to eke out a meager existence from their rocky hill farm, they threatened to “sell out,” lock, stock and barrel and move to the “Delta Bottom.” It was the mid-30s, and their “asking price” for...
07/12/2011
The verdict in the Casey Anthony murder case rendered in Florida last week has caused quite a stir. For those who have not heard of it, this was the case in Florida in which a young child’s mother was accused of murdering her daughter. She was...
07/12/2011
It’s summertime and people are making plans for vacation. Many travelers throughout America will choose a vacation that involves agriculture and fun. With those criteria in mind, traveling to wine country might be just the trip for you and your...
07/11/2011
This is the second of a two-part column. The first part ran July 4. With the implementation of various programs and innovations, African Americans’ patronization rates for mental health services may be improved: • Programs in African American...
07/11/2011
Over the Fourth of July weekend I was incredibly busy, spending July 2 on the river with my parents and then July 3 at my great aunt’s house on Lake D’Arbonne. It was on our way home from the lake that I took off my shoes, as usual, and noticed...
07/11/2011
Let’s face it, we’re down to a two-minute warning for the NFL. But there’s still hope for a last-minute win for the league’s fans. For three and a half months now, since March 11, NFL fans have been held hostage by an ongoing lockout that has...
07/09/2011
All he wanted to do was to nab a foul ball to give to his son. Now that son is fatherless. Funeral services are set for Monday for Shannon Stone, a Brownwood, Texas, firefighter who died less than an hour after he fell headfirst over a rail out of...
07/09/2011
A Sunday morning’s worth of sports notes while sending out congratulations to Derek Jeter for reaching 3,000 hits and, even better, for being a class act: • Guess what is one of the best things about the late August “Jam at the Joe?” There won’t be...
07/09/2011
I grew up hearing: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” What a crock! How absolutely false and untrue that statement is; some of the longest lasting scars and biggest wounds which people have carried around are from...
07/09/2011
When the gun went off, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Dreux knew something was wrong. It was just before sunrise on July 5, 1861, and Dreux (“droo”) was hiding in some bushes by a road near Newport News, Va. The young officer had set up an ambush to...
07/08/2011
A good neighbor is one of the most effective crime prevention tools there is. So as a Lincoln Parish homeowner, I was very pleased when Sheriff Mike Stone called asking to meet in order to do a story about his plans to revive the parish’s...
07/07/2011
What if you could walk into a fast-food restaurant and order a beer with your burger? This is the direction some chain restaurants are moving to pick up sales amid a suffering economy. A recent article in USA Today reports that two Sonic restaurants...
07/06/2011
I hate cleaning. Even without children (though my cute, but rascally pups can create a mess bigger than most children in a matter of minutes)
07/06/2011
Now, it was not as though we were starving — or even particularly hungry, for that matter.
07/06/2011
The debate is raging in Washington about the looming debt limit witching hour, and the arguments are multifaceted.
07/05/2011
A quick meal requires planning. Planning helps tackle the challenge of preparing meals for the week.
07/05/2011
Last week I had a couple of days for a short visit to New Orleans, and we decided to check out some things that I had not seen before.