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January 4th, 2014

Resolutions bring results

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It is often difficult to comply with basic instructions that produce such profound effects.
Yet at this time of year, noting that some resolutions earnestly made have already been broken, we tend to labor under the self-imposed burden of New Year’s promises to ourselves and others made with the coming of the New Year.

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Resolve to be a school volunteer

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A new year is now beginning to settle into our minds as we date those checks, letters, memos, and other such documents that we are so accustomed to handling on an almost daily basis. As 2013 begins to gradually fade we anticipate new beginnings identified through resolutions, toasts and commitments made. It’s somewhat refreshing to think and believe that we can have a new start, acquire hidden enthusiasm and build upon a positive outlook that connects to accomplishment and success. Yes, a new year and a new beginning — it appeals to the senses.

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Public radio eases move to North Louisiana

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My wife and I moved from New Orleans to North Louisiana in 2000 and the transition, while slightly challenging, was made easier by a number of things.
First off, in addition to finding Ruston to be a great family-friendly town, we’ve found tremendous access to fried catfish, and we live to eat not the other way around.
Next, I’ve found many people very willing to help with my language skills. After a lifelong education in Nawlinsian, I’m proud to say I’m picking up on NELAease, of which, learning to say “Fawmuhvull” was just one rung on my newly adopted educational ladder.

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What’s your retirement vision?

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When you start out in your career, you’re probably not thinking much about retirement. At this point, your picture of a “retirement lifestyle” may be, at best, hazy, hidden as it is behind a veil of experiences you’ve yet to encounter. But as you move through the years, your view of retirement comes into clearer and closer focus — and this vision will have a big impact on your savings and investment strategies.
Consequently, to create and implement those strategies effectively, you’ll need to define your retirement vision by identifying its various parts. Here are some to consider:

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Simple wills can create complex problems

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Question: My husband and I had simple wills drafted 20 years ago, where we leave everything to each other. We just want everything to go to our kids when we’re gone. Do we need to have somebody look at our wills if that’s all we want to do?
Answer: Once upon a time a wife died after being married a long time.
She approached the pearly gates and asked St. Peter, “How may I enter in?” St. Peter said simply, “You must spell a special word. And that word is love.”
She spelled l-o-v-e and was ushered by St. Peter into the splendor of heaven.

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Time for family discussion on finances

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If the prospect of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances — or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home — fills you with apprehension, you are not alone. However, it’s the kind of conversation you can’t afford to delay indefinitely. As your parents get older, it’s critical to sit down with them and talk about their health and financial well-being — before urgent decisions are forced on you.

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Rite Aid honors Rowell with award

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Louisiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced Nov. 11, 2013, that Trevor Rowell with Rite Aid was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employee serving in the Louisiana Guard and Reserve. A Statement of Support Certificate was also signed by Rowell with Rite Aid to provide a visible reminder of the support of the troops. Along with the thanks of the committee, “My Boss is a Patriot” pins were also presented.

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Using lawn chair as deer stand a success

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Billy Barton, age 70, had grown tired of day after day sitting in his box stand near Atlanta in Winn Parish without seeing any deer. As he got out of his stand on Nov. 9, he spotted something, however, that caused a change in plans, a change that three days later, would result in an encounter with a huge 12-point buck scoring almost 180 inches.
“I hunt on family property near Atlanta in Winn Parish,” Barton said. “My box stand has lanes extending out so I can see several directions. However, I hadn’t seen any deer from my stand.”

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January 3rd

Tales that bind people of Ruston together

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OK folks. We’re beginning a brand new chapter in our lives — a chance to do many things different; yet, still not forget all the years we’ve already spent.
Monday is very special to me. Oddly enough on Jan. 6, all those years ago, my dad was laid to rest in the old Greenwood cemetery on West Alabama Avenue, next door to where the former Temple Baptist Church building was.

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Bearing fruit together on the journey

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I grew up in the Texas Panhandle where there are not many trees, much less fruit trees. I am often intrigued at watching a tree bear its fruit and having the opportunity to witness its growth from the beginning tiny flowering buds all the way to the beautiful fruit that can be harvested and eaten. In the backyard of LifeHouse Ministries, we have the blessing of a pomegranate tree. We realized this when we first moved to our current ministry location back in 2011.

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