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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...
06/01/2018
On Saturday mornings, there is a group of people who are up early arranging their vegetables and putting the finishing touches on their displays of homemade jams, jellies, salsa and other gourmet goods at the Ruston Farmers Market. These vendors are...
06/01/2018
Over the past eight years, I’ve been blessed many times to share the “truly a God thing” story of our adopted daughter. If it interests you in any way, get in touch through one of the methods listed below and I’ll fill you in. Even if he hadn’t...
05/31/2018
As a parent, one of the things we strive to instill in our children is a good work ethic. We know that it is important to start this training early with age-appropriate tasks. We might assign them “chores” to do around the house or we might...
05/31/2018
I was born to be a New Orleans Saints fan. Quite honestly, I really didn’t have a choice. My mother bred me to become one from the moment I entered this world almost 26 years ago. The “lovable losers” have been about the only constant in my life for...
05/30/2018
“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” It’s the proverb inscribed above the gates of hell in Dante’s epic poem, “Divine Comedy.” Some literary analysts say the meaning is literal; others say the adage is a warning about a hopeless situation from...
05/29/2018
A fantastic new documentary about Elvis came out in April. The two-part film debuted on HBO and provided what is possibly the most excellent recounting of the journey of a man who has been known globally since the 1950s, but perhaps never truly...
05/29/2018
The familiar childhood refrain of “I’m bored” sometimes hits us adults, too. In the winter, even in Louisiana, it’s sometimes too cold to comfortably go outside for activities. In the summer, well, we adultishly often feel that it’s too hot. So …...
05/26/2018
High temperatures in the summer are nothing new for this Louisiana boy. I can remember cracking an egg and literally frying it by dropping it on the sidewalk in front of my New Orleans home one July in the early 1970s. I remember tar that was used...
05/26/2018
We honor so many tomorrow. They paid the ultimate price. It is a time of sacred remembrance in our free country. We would not be free but for those who died for us. We also remember those living who served. Thankfully they survived. Yet they were...
05/26/2018
Question: I’ve worked for the same company for most of my career. Now they are offering me a retirement pension check or a lump sum of money instead. Which is usually better? Answer: The question you need to ask is, “Which option is better for me...
05/26/2018
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...
05/26/2018
Like most people, you probably know several organizations worthy of your philanthropy, and you may well have contributed to them, perhaps on an annual basis. In the past, when you’ve made charitable donations, it’s been a win-win: You were able to...
05/26/2018
Bass are easily fooled by soft plastic lures. Some bass prefer their worms Texas-rigged where the point of the hook is imbedded into the worm with a slip sinker bumping the head while others like theirs rigged Carolina style, floating free a foot...
05/25/2018
They figured since I was a reporter that would be my dream job. “If you could have any job you wanted, what would it be?” they asked. “The New York Times? The Washington Post?” My reply hung them up. We’re talking full-blown calf-looking-at-a-new-...
05/25/2018
When I was little, I can remember planting American flags in front of the gravestones of those who died serving our country. At the time, I didn’t really understand what we were doing, or why we were doing it, but I knew it was important to remember...
05/24/2018
Louisiana may soon turn back the clocks, quite literally, to return to a time before Daylight Saving Time. The state Legislature overwhelmingly approved a resolution during the recent regular session to study whether Daylight Saving Time or standard...
05/23/2018
Roll the dice and take seven giant steps backward. Yes, seven. That’s how many times the Louisiana Legislature has had over the last three years to begin fixing the financial predicament the state is in. And how many times it’s failed to do anything...
05/22/2018
It’s already been a shining season for Lincoln Parish’s college baseball teams. Even better, the Louisiana Tech Diamond ’Dogs are still alive and ready to battle for their second NCAA playoff appearances over the past two seasons. Not so for the...
05/19/2018
The last thing I told a co-worker as I left the Daily Leader late last Saturday night was “Don’t be surprised if I end up in the hospital by morning. I just don’t feel right.” She’s told me since that she didn’t take me seriously, and with good...