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05/14/2016
If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More...
05/14/2016
We’re at the end of another school year. If you have younger kids, you might be thinking about summer camps and other activities. But in the not-too-distant future, your children will be facing a bigger transition as they head off to college. Will...
05/14/2016
Question: I enjoy what I do and I may not ever want to retire. Yet everything I read about financial planning assumes I am going to retire one day. Other than retirement, what’s the point of financial planning? Answer: There is a world of difference...
05/14/2016
Oh, if only all current and former athletes were like P.J. Brown when it comes to dealing with the media. I knew this long before Teddy Allen and I were assigned by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Doug Ireland to write the profile...
05/14/2016
It might take awhile for me to thank everybody responsible for making my recent trip to Toledo Bend a resounding success. I’ll start with thanking Johnny Wessler, Executive Director for Louisiana North, a marketing company that promotes tourism for...
05/14/2016
My world is not as bright as it was only a few days ago — I have lost a true friend. I only knew her for two decades, about 20 years, but I am forever wiser and richer for having known her as a friend and confidant. Even though she was about 25...
05/13/2016
As I have noted before in several of my columns, I was born into a family of readers. My parent’s living room — and now my brother’s unused room — is covered in bookshelves, floor to ceiling, with the exception of a wood heater that sits on a...
05/12/2016
City of Grambling Day travelers are currently experiencing a special treat. Residents, along with Grambling High School students, drove down to Baton Rouge this morning to attend a legislative session, speak with elected officials and watch how the...
05/12/2016
One of my most vivid preschool memories is about growing up with housekeepers. I’m not even sure if that’s what we called them back then or how — on our income — my family could even afford one. What I do know is that they were an important part of...
05/11/2016
It was just coincidence. Fifteen days after Ruston officials announced state transportation decision makers had given tentative approval to plans for the long-sought interchange at Interstate 20 and Tarbutton Road, a large hole appeared in the...
05/09/2016
The end of the school year has become a winning proposition for Louisiana Tech as university students continue chalking up victories in various competitions across the country. A total of $12,500 in cash and prizes were awarded two weeks ago to the...
05/08/2016
Kenneth Dixon’s tumble from a probable second-round selection in the NFL Draft may not be such a bad thing. The all-time leading rusher for Louisiana Tech University just might’ve landed with the right team. And the Baltimore Ravens may very well be...
05/08/2016
Turkey season has ended and it’s time to go fishing, or time to find other activities to do in the outdoors. One of the things many outdoorsmen do this time of year is to give their deer stands the once-over before the weather gets too hot and the...
05/07/2016
On Saturday, Slade and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary, and today we celebrate Mother’s Day. The two days fell the exact same way the weekend we were married. To some that may not seem like that big of a deal, but little did we know that...
05/07/2016
When I was young, I really wanted to be a Brownie. Seeing girls at school in their cute little brown uniforms on meeting days made me think that being involved with the group just had to be the best thing ever. However, when I asked my mom about it...
05/07/2016
 I wonder what Mother’s Day was like for Eve. The first one must have been somewhere between Genesis 4:1 and 4:8. Amidst and between both scriptural verses she gave birth to two children, one of who murdered the other. I suspect, though, that there...
05/07/2016
When you set up your investment portfolio, you probably also settled on an asset allocation strategy — for instance, 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds. You, perhaps with the help of your financial advisor, determined that this particular...
05/07/2016
Question: My husband and I are looking at buying a small lake house. The price is pretty good, but I am bothered because we still have some debt we haven’t paid off yet. He said you’ve got to pull the trigger on this kind of thing quickly or...
05/07/2016
If you have a medical appointment this week, you might want to wish your nurse a happy National Nurses Week. This annual event is designed to celebrate the important role nurses play in health care. Of course, while nurses and doctors can help you...
05/06/2016
First of all, be sure to mark your calendars for Monday as the Louisiana Tech University Percussion Ensemble will present their final performance of the school year. The concert will include a popular xylophone rag titled Triplets, which features...