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Columns

05/15/2015
Last Sunday was Mother’s Day — the day we said all the things we should be saying to our mothers year-round. We gifted our mothers flowers, chocolates and jewelry to show how much we really appreciate all they have done to not only create us, but to...
05/15/2015
The NCLAC office wishes to make a few announcements to readers today. First of all, a big thank you to this year’s Pick Your Picasso donors, and others who have donated specifically toward our Summer Arts Camp program: Jonathan Donehoo, KLS Physics...
05/14/2015
Everett Alexander, the late father of a man I recently interviewed, was a World War II veteran and was a part of what is widely considered the greatest generation in American history, the G.I. generation. The G.I. Generation was children of the...
05/13/2015
Whoa up there before you get too overjoyed. Just because Louisiana’s proposed capital construction bill contains millions of dollars worth of projects for Lincoln Parish doesn’t mean (a) the money is immediately forthcoming, or (b) that the funds...
05/11/2015
At the time my weekly column was due in to the Leader, I was at the 14th annual DART Radiothon at Super 1 Foods, listening to good-natured Bob Day of Q 94.1 FM as he interviewed local leaders and special guests. I was busy greeting visitors,...
05/11/2015
Progress has been made in the push to save the Louisiana higher education system from suffering devastating budget cuts heading into the new fiscal year. But there’s still plenty of work to be done before the end of the legislative session occurs a...
05/11/2015
If you were traveling through downtown Dubach headed in the direction of the old cotton gin, you passed the Butler’s home on your left. The building next to their home with the almost-always-open door was the cleaners they owned and operated. They...
05/10/2015
My two cents worth on all things sports: TAKE A BOW: Since it has enjoyed one of its most successful years in school history, it was only proper and fitting that Louisiana Tech University’s athletic department roll out the red carpet this week....
05/10/2015
Whenever Eddie Robinson looks down on his adopted home of Grambling, he is surely flashing his trademark smile. The reason? Well, there's a beautiful museum located in the heart of the town that Howard Cosell once aptly observed, "where the trains...
05/09/2015
I talk a lot about my boys and the many adventures that we go on, and while it may seem fitting for me to continue to talk about them and life as a mom, that is not my focus today. Tristan will turn one this week and Asher is inching closer and...
05/09/2015
Happy M Day. For the language experts or those with different focal points, this could be Happy Mother’s Day, or, Happy Mothers Day. It has been spelled both ways in various accounts, and I feel comfortable using both. For this column, I’ll use the...
05/09/2015
I was asked recently to do an interview about teachers from my high school experience. They wanted my focus to be on a teacher who had been “transformative.” So I was challenged to think about those teachers that really were agents for change in...
05/09/2015
If you’re a working parent, you know firsthand about the difficulties of finding quality, affordable care for your children. But eventually, your kids head off to school, and those child care bills go away, or at least diminish greatly. When that...
05/09/2015
The next time you meet with your financial advisor, you may want to discuss new ways to manage your portfolio. For instance, one increasingly popular option among individual investors is managed accounts. A way to tap into resources traditionally...
05/09/2015
Question: I’m pretty sure my parents need to do some estate planning, but money is never a thing we have talked about much in our family. My father has been very successful at what he’s done and I know he would hate for the government to get so much...
05/09/2015
I spent four days in the hospital and it’s behind me now. What caused my illness? I had a home health nurse who came to see me who changed my medicine, even giving me half of the subscribed blood pressure dose. Later in the evening, I was in the...
05/08/2015
Ruston is warm and green again. I confess I can only harbor warm feelings for cold weather and barren landscapes for so long. This has been one of those rare springs for north Louisiana. You know the kind, where we actually have a spring? I love the...
05/08/2015
On Thursday night, I attended Ruston Spring Art Crawl. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement. I have attended other art crawls in other cities, but I had never seen such life in a community as I did in Ruston last night. Through...
05/08/2015
This week the Internet has exploded with videos of people, guys and girls alike, placing a bottle over their lips and holding it there for 30 to 60 seconds or more. Once the bottle is released, the person’s lips appear massive and have doubled in...
05/07/2015
“The artists ask to respectfully not take photos or record video of the performance tonight,” the guy behind the soundboards said. The part I love most about concerts is the anticipation that builds before the artist or band comes out. Usually,...