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09/13/2010
I stuffed a fifth box today with my belongings in preparation for giving them away. It’s not that I’ve suddenly become altruistic, unless benevolence can also be defined as kindness to ones’ self. You see, I’m on a quest for what I’m sure is the...
09/12/2010
National Grandparents Day is today. If you’re a grandparent, this day is meant to honor you — but you can also celebrate by investing in your grandchildren’s future. Of course, much of their future success may depend on their ability to receive a...
09/12/2010
Question: I am fortunate enough to have a lot of money in my IRA. Is there a tax on the IRA when I die? My wife died a few years ago and I intend to leave my IRA to my children. I would like them to enjoy my money, not just look at it. Can’t I do...
09/12/2010
While there are many individuals who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have...
09/10/2010
The saying goes “Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Louisiana Tech and Grambling State football fans lived it last weekend at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. The Port City Classic featuring the first football game ever...
09/09/2010
One minute I’m enjoying beautiful scenery, and the next I’m jumping off the street to avoid an aggressive motorist ready to smash me flat into the ground. There are simply not enough sidewalks in this town. This is a problem not only for those...
09/08/2010
I’m not sure about you, but I personally hate to go grocery shopping. I‘m not sure if I somehow manage to do it inefficiently or something, but it always seems to take a minimum of two hours and costs way more than I would have liked (especially...
09/03/2010
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is now offering Academy arts classes for ages 3 through adult in seven-week sessions beginning Tuesday. Prices vary according to the age of participants and length of classes. NCLAC Executive Director Leigh...
09/02/2010
It’s like a game. A surprise of sorts. I sometimes tell people, “When I pick up my food at a restaurant drive-thru window, it’s interesting to see how close the food preparers get to what I actually ordered.” Earlier this week, I ordered a chicken...
08/27/2010
Once upon a time, working at a university in Lincoln Parish, or the state of Louisiana for that matter, made for a good, comfortable living for those who had worked hard, paid their dues and prepared for a good future. The story was once non-...
08/26/2010
Arrests for marijuana possession are nothing new in Lincoln Parish. As local police reports will indicate, at least one person a month typically racks up the charge. It frequently happens when they are pulled over for a traffic violation or being...
08/25/2010
At the risk of sounding self-serving, I didn’t realize until recently that my column, known as “The Wandering Eye,” has a cult following among a few people in Lincoln Parish. (I use the term “cult” as a figure of speech, not in the literal sense —...
08/23/2010
My husband has a joke he likes to tell: “I never thought that at 27 I’d say the same thing to my wife that I said to my mom when I was 10. ‘Come on! Just one more game.’ ” What he’s referring to is his preoccupation with video games. Unfortunately,...
08/20/2010
Showdowns between the mayor and the City Council are nothing new for the town of Grambling. Still, the latest skirmish is shaping up to be a doozy. And in the end, the real losers will probably end up being Grambling residents. Grambling’s City...
08/19/2010
Although it may seem shocking to some of us 25 and older, it’s apparently common practice for many young people to type in and read digital phone conversations while simultaneously operating a motor vehicle. But a new state law that went into effect...
08/18/2010
Years ago, before the federal government introduced the Do Not Call List, I had fun with telemarketers — none of whom apparently believed in extraterrestrials. Here was my routine: • Telemarketer: Hello. How are you today?
08/16/2010
The Saints preseason opener proved that a Two Dat won’t be easy for the Who Dats. But then again, defending a Super Bowl championship is never easy. The Saints knew that they had one glaring hole in the middle of their defensive interior, and the...
08/16/2010
The film “Eat Pray Love” premiered Friday, raking in $8 million. The movie title alone is enough to indicate to men that it’s geared toward women. Yet despite the “chick flick” theme, the film is peppered with shining nuggets of insight that anyone...
08/15/2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — In 2003, shortly after he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Leon Barmore said, “Well, I guess you’ll be back here a few years from now.” The former leader of Louisiana Tech University’s Lady...
08/12/2010
They probably don’t think about the chance of destroying their bodies, careers and families. The first snort, puff or injection could be just an experiment. In recent months, Lincoln Parish has seen more arrests for “harder” drugs, such as heroine...