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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...
06/07/2018
“Juneteenth is not just African American history. It’s American history as well.” That’s a direct quote from Grambling Mayor Ed Jones about the annual celebration of the first slaves finding out the Civil War had ended and they were free. The quote...
06/06/2018
It’s 9,324 miles from Willaura,Victoria, Australia, to Ruston, Louisiana. That’s about 19 hours flight time, give or take a little bit. Karen and Graham Robinson have made the trip 15 times, the latest in December of 2017. They rented a car and,...
06/05/2018
The smile. It could dismantle the cruelest of cynics, the nastiest of naysayers, some of whom clung to the outdated belief that girls shouldn’t be playing in “boys only” sports, much less excelling in them. But this girl had game. She was a “baller...
06/02/2018
An old adage goes “Think before you speak,” because once your words are said, they might be forgiven but not forgotten. The same holds true for what you type, as we’ve all seen multiple times over the past week. It seems like much of the country was...
06/02/2018
Does this scenario sound familiar? • When the market is up, an investor feels good and buys stocks. • When the market is down, that same investor gets scared and sells. Although reacting like this may feel right at the time, the problem is this...
06/02/2018
Given the complexities of the investment world, you might consider working with a financial professional to help you move toward your goals, such as a comfortable retirement. You’ll want to establish good communication with whomever you choose, and...
06/02/2018
Question: My wife and I work together and she’s great at so many things. But when it comes to money, she can be so emotional. About everything really, not just money. How can I get her to see that? Answer: See what? That she’s emotional? Buddy, she...