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08/10/2013
I’ve got it made, folks. It’s like having two homes about 20 minutes apart. In fact, I’ve made a decision. Life is too busy — I gotta calm it down a bit. Had lunch with friends, went home, wrote a lesson assignment for scribblers, washed clothes...
08/09/2013
Growing up in a household where food staples were rice or potatoes, some form of meat — usually fried — and a vegetable, you can imagine the surprise when I decided to change my diet for the better. Now — when I say diet, I do not mean something...
08/08/2013
Last month, I visited the Lincoln Parish Library for the first time in seven years. I have a lot of memories in the library, and stepping into the library after that long hiatus was refreshing.
08/07/2013
My first-grade experience would not have passed muster with modern educational gurus. Our teacher didn’t use the new cure-all Common Core curriculum, there were no such creatures as statewide learning standards and some kids were left behind in...
08/06/2013
In July, 4-H club members from throughout the state competed in the 4-H/FFA State Horse Show at the Ike Hamilton Expo in West Monroe. These 4-H members all qualified at district shows around the state for the opportunity to compete at the state...
08/06/2013
Earlier this summer, I learned something that to this day still blows my mind. My 15-year-old little cousin has cataracts on her eyes. I’m not a stranger to cataracts. When I was about 15, my grandmother — who was in her early 60s at the time — had...
08/05/2013
There’s no better way to beat the sweltering summer heat than a pool party with a bunch of your favorite friends. Especially if they’re man’s best friends to boot. That’s the opportunity Lincoln Parish residents took advantage of over the weekend as...
08/04/2013
The July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released today by the Agriculture Department shows no change in the projected corn and soybean yields this month. July’s WASDE report projected the 2013 corn yield to be 156.5 bushels...
08/04/2013
08/04/2013
Over the past couple of years, the economic picture has brightened for many cities and states — but some of them are still facing potential financial problems. As a citizen, you may well have concerns about these issues. And as an investor, these...
08/04/2013
Question: I have been using the same investment person for years. Lately it seems like my investments just are not going anywhere. I know the markets have been up and down lately, but I guess I was hoping for better. How do you know when it’s time...
08/04/2013
With the pace of higher-education costs consistently on the rise faster than the general Consumer Price Index (CPI), understanding the alternatives and opportunities you and your child or grandchild may have regarding financial aid is more important...
08/04/2013
The dog days of August are here, and that can only mean one thing. Are you ready for some football? You better be, because it’s all about to crank up for our area weekend warriors.
08/02/2013
It’s not often these days that I get to curl up with a good book and read cover-to-cover in only a day or so. I have my go-to authors who I can read over and over again — the same book mind you — that never gets old. I am enthusiastically delighted...
08/01/2013
At what point does sincerity not matter? Let me propose a hypothetical situation. Imagine a group or a club of children that gets together every summer. And for one of their programs, they go out and help people, whether that be raking their yards...
07/31/2013
I heard the Calypso music even above the roar of my lawnmower. The music seemed to be coming from about a block over, but there was no other evidence that any of the neighbors were having a backyard party. The melody stopped, then, started again,...
07/30/2013
If you planted zucchini this summer, you probably are still harvesting the vegetable. This summer we planted only four plants and have had an abundance of zucchini. Zucchini can be eaten raw, grilled or baked in a variety of dishes.
07/30/2013
Recently, I visited a hair salon, and while getting my hair cut, the stylist had a tale to tell. She informed me that she might not be working there much longer. At this point, I began to worry about my hair. I mean an angry hairstylist could...
07/29/2013
The pleasures of living in a small community occur to me all the time these days. In a big city, daily news gets lost in the large-scale and urgent life. In a small town like Ruston, people take note of the everyday needs of their neighbors....
07/29/2013
My wife thinks I’m crazy sometimes. She may be right, but I can’t help myself. You see, ever since I was a young child, I’ve always been fascinated by storms. Now don’t get me wrong. I completely understand how dangerous a big storm can be, and I...