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07/17/2013
I admit I was a bit skeptical when the email arrived from Shawn Hatcher offering the services of Camp Minden’s Youth ChalleNGe Program cadets for the Louisiana Peach Festival. With all due respect to my teenage acquaintances, we’d tried using teens...
07/16/2013
Summertime proves to be a very busy time for 4-H which may come as a surprise to many. Many times people assume that the 4-H program slows down during the summertime just as school does but that is not the case. The 4-H program actually experiences...
07/16/2013
Earlier this year, when he was still looking for a job, my husband had the opportunity to interview with a company based in Seattle, Wash. He had never been that far north before, and he learned something while he was there. Apparently many homes —...
07/15/2013
When you’re a child, summer is supposed to be all about fun. But isn’t it great when learning is incorporated into that fun, too. Lincoln Parish youth received those kinds of opportunities this weekend with a pair of free programs that combined fun...
07/14/2013
The House last week did something many thought could never happen; it passed a farm bill that stripped the food stamp provisions from the commodity titles. Voting along party lines the House approved the new farm bill by a vote of 216-208. No...
07/14/2013
The two “Burgs.” No, this is not a commentary on food. I’m referring to Gettysburg and Vicksburg. (I would have shared this last week but the tribute to our firefighters was more important.)
07/14/2013
This week, Major League Baseball’s All-Star game will be played at Citi Field in New York. If you’re a baseball fan, you’ll enjoy the annual gathering of the sport’s best players. And if you’re an investor, you may be able to take away some valuable...
07/14/2013
Question: How does a regular person make it these days? With everything costing so much, it is really so hard to save any money. Do only rich people get to retire one day? Answer: In addressing the answer to this question, last week I promised to...
07/14/2013
The days when an employee would spend his or her entire career with the same company appear to be all but gone. Nowadays, beyond simply changing jobs over the course of a career, many workers even take on an entirely new career before they finally...
07/13/2013
I cannot believe all that has happened this past week. I know I am always saying that, but starting with last Monday, this week really has been busy and unusual. Jonathan had some free time, so he set out to help me get a lot done. For anyone who is...
07/12/2013
With my husband being in law enforcement, I often hear about the odd instances that happen while he is at work or things that other deputies say. Just this week I was informed that one deputy my husband works with was saying he didn’t understand why...
07/11/2013
In Tuesday’s Daily Leader, there was a story about Mrs. Ruth Sanderson, an 85-year-old lady who went parasailing, on a flight that took 45 minutes beginning from 850 feet up. But that one time didn’t satisfy her, she wants to return next year, for a...
07/10/2013
Solve this word problem: Jane lives just in Claiborne Parish, about five miles from the Arkansas line. She’s enrolled in Delhi Charter School in Richland Parish, about 100 miles away. Jane’s school bus travels 40 miles-per-hour. How long does it...
07/09/2013
When you’ve been overweight for pretty much your entire life, it’s easy to fall into the the trap of thinking that everyone who is thin is healthy. Sure, tons of thin people have assured me that being thin does not mean healthy. And, I’ve watched...
07/06/2013
In the eyes of the world, America stands for one thing above all: the promise of freedom. Even people who have never laid eyes on an American know of the promise our country represents. They know that promise means a better life, a life of freedom....
07/06/2013
Dear EarthTalk: I’ve read conflicting reports about the dangers of non-stick cookware. I have a set of older non-stick pans and am not sure if I need to replace them. Are they harmful to use, particularly if they have a few scratches? — Miriam...
07/06/2013
During this warm summer, after celebrating the Peach Festival and Fourth of July, your writer wishes to acknowledge and give special thanks to the firefighters of Lincoln Parish. There have been in recent days many events to which we are now...
07/06/2013
Question: How does a regular person make it these days? With everything costing so much, it is really so hard to save any money. Do only rich people get to retire one day? Answer: I wish I had some money. The most common thing for someone to say to...
07/06/2013
While changes in the economy occur regularly, what we have experienced recently is anything but a “normal” change. The challenges of the current economy haven’t been seen or experienced in our country in decades. Like most investors, you may wish...
07/06/2013
Every year in early July, thousands of people “run with the bulls” in Pamplona, Spain. While the event is exciting, it is also hazardous, and many runners have gotten badly injured over the years. As an investor, you may find that running with the...