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Columns

12/08/2014
The first week of December has ended, and all over our community, people are reaching out to DART. We have gratefully received gestures of compassion and kindness from so many different groups of people.
12/07/2014
On further review, and based solely on monetary reasons, I should have picked another profession. Had I followed the advice, suggestions or even pleadings of various relatives and friends, it might very well have happened. My grandfather on my Dad’s...
12/06/2014
In basic terms, a mutual fund is a company whose main objective is to professionally invest a pool of money in securities and earn a positive return for shareholders. In this way, these companies allow you to “mutually” share the rewards and risks...
12/06/2014
As 2014 draws to a close, you may want to look back on the progress you’ve made this past year in various areas of your life — and that certainly includes progress toward your financial goals. At the same time, you may want to make some end-of-year...
12/06/2014
Question: I have never asked my parents if they have long-term care insurance or anything like that. Would it be wrong of me to ask? Answer: Tim Berry wishes he had. When Tim’s father announced his open heart surgery, Tim was assured his father’s...
12/06/2014
Memories of history can be overcome with the glitter or glamor of the present. We know that we are in the “Christmas season.” Not many of us think of from where we have come. We are caught up with the inundation of advertising and “must have”...
12/06/2014
I’m going to be honest, what I don’t know about sports could fill up the Grand Canyon. And, what I do could barely fill up the sink in most bathrooms. The most athletic activity I’ve ever engaged in — barring the strict workout routines I’ve...
12/05/2014
I’m sorry about last Sunday. My column seems to have gotten lost in transit. Hopefully I won’t let that happen again any time soon. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We had a super good time with family, especially enjoying daughter Becky...
12/05/2014
The annual flurry of holiday activities blew in with Monday. Be sure to mark the following programs on your calendar in order to create a most “feel-good” season for you and your family. This weekend continues the run of “The Best Christmas Pageant...
12/05/2014
What are the two times a year most people love? The answer — Christmas and their birthdays. But what do you do if a loved one’s birthday falls during the holiday season? Well with a quarter-century of birthdays under my belt I have quite a good bit...
12/05/2014
African-American culture has always seemed to be in the spotlight. Whether it be for something positive or negative, the attention flame shines much brighter when the person of suspicion is of color. One thing that is undeniable is the impact we’ve...
12/03/2014
I’ve always wondered how reindeer fly. Do they have invisible propellers hidden under their hooves so as to stay aloft? Or are there teams of tiny elf volunteers holding the reindeer up as they jet Santa around the world on Christmas Eve? Somehow...
12/02/2014
Have you put up your tree, yet? This year I’ve noticed trees going up in homes after Halloween. Before Thanksgiving some towns had decorated for the Christmas holidays and had hosted open houses in their local businesses. Christmas season is more...
12/01/2014
The Thanksgiving holiday may have just ended, but at DART, we are savoring an entire season of thanks. We could not exist, grow and meet the particular needs of bruised and frightened families without the kindness of our friends and supporters. It...
12/01/2014
It’s Dec. 1. So it’s past the point for all you Scrooges and Grinches to complain. Like it or not, the Christmas season is here, and Lincoln Parish is ready to begin celebrating. Actually, the celebrating began a few days before Thanksgiving with...
11/29/2014
There’s this classic scene in the movie “City Slickers” where Billy Crystal and his friends are sitting around the camp fire at an Old West dude ranch, and the subject of baseball comes up. Phil Berquist and Ed Furillo were passionately debating...
11/29/2014
Question: I know I have a bad habit of overspending during the holidays and pay for it with a lot of credit card debt. What can I do to avoid that trap this year? Answer: I’ll let you in on Moore’s First Law of Christmas Gift Giving: “The expense...
11/29/2014
Like everyone else, you have financial goals. To help achieve these goals, you may need to invest — and when you invest, you’ll need to take on some risk. But the more you understand this risk, and the better you are at managing it, the greater your...
11/29/2014
A new grandchild arrives. Your son moves across the country for his new job. The family home requires more maintenance than your travel-intensive lifestyle allows. A health challenge arises. Whatever the reason, expenses that significantly affect...
11/29/2014
Time travel. This concept is generally associated with the entertainment industry. Maybe some in the scientific world think it possible. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time or maybe the future? This upcoming...