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Columns

06/11/2013
Teaching where jelly comes from can be an opportunity to launch an agritourism venture or just have a special time with the people you love. Either way, it will be fun. My first memory of berry picking was with a neighbor who lived nearby. She...
06/11/2013
There’s nothing more terrifying than receiving a phone call letting you know that someone you love is in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
06/10/2013
Men stop reading — you will probably soon become bored. Or at least pretend to stop reading. Although I plan to fill this column with very useful information and tidbits that everyone can appreciate, I have a feeling it’s going to dive off into the...
06/08/2013
I hated to see May end. Don’t get me wrong — it was nice to get the school year to an endpoint. And my compulsively organized self was relieved to see my office and desk take on a more respectable look. Plus my legs were especially glad to see the...
06/08/2013
For those who have been regular, law-abiding taxpayers, you might believe that the branch of our bureaucracy, the Internal Revenue Service, is doing its predictable outstanding job. After all, although we do not particularly enjoy paying taxes, we...
06/08/2013
On the bargain “aisle” for collegiate track and field coaches, there are few better buys than Gary Stanley and Bertram Lovell. Talk about the best bang for the buck, but the veteran leaders for the Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State...
06/08/2013
Question: I have some friends that I have had since high school, twenty years ago. Since then, some of us have made more money than others. I can tell it is starting to be an issue with one of my buddies. He is always commenting about some aspect of...
06/08/2013
It takes time and effort to build an investment strategy that fits your goals. But several factors can disrupt even the best-crafted plan. The simple day-to-day movements of the financial markets can pose a real threat to the health of your...
06/08/2013
Despite the soaring stock market of the past few years, some Americans are nervous about their ability to retire comfortably — or even retire at all. Consider these somewhat sobering statistics: Almost half of American workers report being “not too...
06/06/2013
For those of you brave enough to venture out into the blistering summer heat that has already been blasting North Louisiana for weeks now, there’s plenty of fun to be had in upcoming weeks. It all begins tomorrow as we head into Lincoln Parish’s...
06/05/2013
My friend Mary did her student teaching at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. That’s the school that was flattened on May 20 by a tornado that also killed some of the students. “Saddest are the little kids that were lost at the school,”...
06/04/2013
Looking for ways to keep your children busy this summer? The LSU AgCenter is offering summer workshops, which will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime. Youth can learn how to start a baby-sitting business and become the best baby–...
06/04/2013
I don’t consider myself to be a so-called “grammar Nazi.” Of course, being a writer and an avid reader, I do have an appreciation for the images that can be weaved with an artfully crafted sentence. But, I’m not the sort of person who turns livid...
06/03/2013
Although the temperature is rising, a midday stroll is still not out of the question. With summer quickly approaching, temperatures will soon cross the triple digit threshold and the only outdoors activity I will be interested in will involve some...
06/01/2013
As hard as it might be to believe, Congress has actually made progress in the last few weeks on farm legislation. First, there is a farm bill in the works that has a good chance of getting passed this year. Now, the Senate Judicial Committee has...
06/01/2013
The stories shared this week involve some statements actually made in my presence. From time to time there are humorous writings published about “sayings in court” that are borrowed from some other source. But today’s are original and funny; your...
06/01/2013
It’s unfortunate, but true: The elderly population may be the most vulnerable group in our society. In fact, in an effort to call attention to the problems of physical, emotional and financial abuse of the elderly, the United Nations has designated...
06/01/2013
Question: I got an email from the IRS. It says they need more information about the tax return I filed two years ago. I am concerned about sending my personal information to them over the Internet, but there was no number for me to call. Is it OK...
06/01/2013
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement that from...
05/30/2013
I realize that many might view this as a sports column, but the subject matter goes beyond the world of sports. We’re talking about something that will affect Lincoln Parish and especially Ruston economically — in a negative way. Wednesday news...