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04/04/2018
On the day before Good Friday, a federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment against the senior pastor of a Houston mega-church and a Shreveport financial planner charging the pair with conning investors out of more than $1 million. According...
04/03/2018
I’ve spent a huge chunk of my life going to concerts. People collect things, garden, engage in any number of hobbies — me, I go to concerts. While exhilarating, a good concert can actually help me decompress. And while not quite the same, listening...
04/03/2018
I’ve been cruising the roads this spring, what with chorus competition in Houston and my husband’s art exhibitions in Baton Rouge. Not to mention occasional trips to Monroe and Shreveport. Much of the time I occupied the passenger’s seat, so I got...
04/01/2018
Look out Peter Cottontail, Chicken Little has hopped onto the scene this Easter, no April fooling. And that’s because the sky is falling, or something from it, anyway. No joke.
04/01/2018
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most powerfully significant moment in the history of mankind. Neither before nor since that event has the Resurrection been paralleled in the earth’s history. No event can rival that day when the stone was...
03/31/2018
Question: When we were growing up my father constantly reminded us to be responsible with money. But I always got the feeling with him it was about much more than being responsible. He seemed to get a lot of validation out of how much money we had...
03/31/2018
If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you might be starting to focus more on investing to reach your financial goals. Because of this, you also may be more attuned to moves in the financial markets. Depending on your age, you may have only experienced the...
03/31/2018
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...
03/30/2018
Almost two years ago, something happened at the Union Parish Detention Center that seemed to be lifted straight from an episode of “No Law or Order.” An inmate from a neighboring parish, being held at the DC after his conviction in a rape case,...
03/30/2018
Growing up, we would go to my Mammaw’s for Easter. It was a tradition which consisted of being presented with dress created just for me, a big family lunch and an egg hunt. When my cousins and I got older, my grandmother stopped using the plastic...
03/29/2018
The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners are holding a plant sale for the sixth year. We will be open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 7 at The Bridge Community Church. This sale is an annual event serving to finance Master Gardener projects. Our...
03/29/2018
When will state lawmakers realize what a disappointment they are to Louisiana voters? Louisianans spent approximately $643,000 for a 15-day special session in late February resulting in nothing. The goal of the unsuccessful, and often times...
03/28/2018
My goal was to retire by the time I reached the age at which my father died. For a multitude of reasons, that didn’t happen. And maybe that was a good thing. Because now, when I retire in the city of my birth, I’ll be doing so in a Louisiana...
03/27/2018
The other day I was asked if I have a lot of etiquette books. The truth is, I have a library of old and new etiquette books. I love the old ones, and I’m going to quote part of one from the early 1960s when I was in college and still wearing white...
03/27/2018
To look at him or talk to him, you wouldn’t know that Bob Peel had anything to do with history. He and his wife Chris are friends of mine, two very normal people, who gather at our local watering hole in Plano, Texas. He’s a retired Southwest...
03/24/2018
Question: I decided I need a financial person so I’ve started talked to a few individuals. Frankly I’ve been less than impressed. I just get the feeling they want to sell me their thing, whatever it happens to be. It is always like this? Answer:...
03/24/2018
A key question most pre-retirees wrestle with in deciding when to transition into retirement is, “How do I know if my retirement savings will last through my lifetime?” An important first step in answering this question is to get a good handle on...
03/24/2018
The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer — so it must be spring. For many of us, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the “spring cleaning” concept...
03/24/2018
Louisiana said goodbye to one of its champions on Friday. as New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson was remembered during his funeral at Notre Dame Seminary before his interment at Metairie Cemetery. Yes, Benson meant much to his hometown...
03/23/2018
Every church has folks like Harry and Sonny. Some illness or misfortune befalls a member of the congregation, and their little digits get to digitizing. It’s like they take the church directory and enter into a contest to see who can call the most...