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Columns

07/06/2013
My family and I had the privilege of coming to Breckenridge, Colo., for our vacation, and it is from the beautiful mountains that I write. Warm sunny days hold the cool crisp air that refresh the mind, and the chilly evenings bring a sense of ease...
07/06/2013
Does time fly for you as it does me? Or is it an aging thing? Anyway, I seemed to be a day late and a dollar short these days just trying to get everything done on time. On July 1, my one and only daughter, Becky, and my one and only daughter-in-law...
07/05/2013
With healthy lifestyles taking everyone by storm these days, oddly enough July is National Blueberry Month. I’m all about blueberries — blueberry cobbler, blueberry ice cream, blueberry waffles and even blueberry muffins, though I am pretty sure...
07/05/2013
When I finally get myself together/I’m going to get down in that sunny southern weather/ And going to find a space inside to laugh/separate the wheat from the chaff/’Cause I feel like I owe it to someone. That lyric is from a song called “Almost...
07/04/2013
In the immortal words of Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” That’s certainly been the case with our Lincoln Parish Colleges over the past few weeks as we’ve seen the Dan Reneau era come to a close at Louisiana Tech and the Percy Caldwell...
07/03/2013
In the immortal words of Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” That’s certainly been the case with our Lincoln Parish Colleges over the past as we’re seen the Dan Reneau era come to a close at Louisiana Tech and the Percy Caldwell era end for...
07/02/2013
Whew! It is a hot one out there today! However, I must admit that north Louisiana has been blessed with relatively mild temperatures throughout the month of June, with the exception of a few days. We’ve also been blessed with abundant rainfall — I...
07/02/2013
For various reasons, in the past month I’ve clocked a lot of miles on my car. Pretty early on in our relationship, my husband and I learned that long car trips are not something we enjoy. But, sometimes we have to make long trips. Sometimes, we’ve...
07/01/2013
Two and half weeks ago I packed my trunk and left Ruston to go to the most magical place on Earth — Warner-Tully YMCA Camp in Port Gibson, Miss. Since I was five, I have missed only two summers there. I guess I was busy when I was six, and I tried...
06/30/2013
“What’s the ‘S’ stand for?” Lois Lane asks Superman in the new movie. “It’s not an ‘S’ ” responds the Man of Steel. “On my world, it means ‘hope’.” A symbol of hope for humanity: That’s how Man of Steel portrays the legendary hero. There’s plenty...
06/30/2013
Last week we began a discussion of some meaning and history concerning the Fourth of July, which we celebrate this upcoming Thursday. We mentioned some trivia. For example, the vote was not on the fourth but was on the second of July. All of the...
06/30/2013
Even if you didn’t take Economics 101 in college, just navigating through the past several years has given you hands-on experience with one of the course’s most valuable lessons: The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors...
06/30/2013
Question: My wife and I are still young, but we’ve started trying to do some things for our financial future. When is it time to get really serious about financial stuff? After all, we really don’t have much money now. Answer: Most of us fall into...
06/30/2013
NATCHITOCHES — That loud thud you might have heard Friday night could have been any number of Louisiana Sports Writers Association members falling to their knees on brick-paved Front Street. No, some of the aforementioned representatives of the...
06/28/2013
In recent headlines, I’m sure most have read about gay marriage being legalized in several states. Foxnews.com, published an article of 13 Surprising Facts about the history of marriage. Stephanie Coontz, author of “Marriage, a History: How Love...
06/26/2013
Of all the wonderful things my mother was, an exemplary housekeeper was not one of them. Yes, she kept things clean and neat, the laundry done and good meals cooked, but Mama liked stacks of stuff: magazines to read, bills to pay, pictures she could...
06/26/2013
The entrenched regime of racial preferences in American academia is a fit subject for study by the nation’s top psychiatrists. It’s never OK to discriminate on the basis of race in American life, except when it is. Schools lionize the 1964 Civil...
06/26/2013
This is an era when every question seems to have an answer — and when that answer is as close as your phone, your laptop or your tablet. But these implements, which answer so many of the questions that we did not know we had, also have raised...
06/25/2013
Eating healthy can be a challenge if you live alone. Part of the pleasure of eating is to have someone to share the meal, compliment the cook or help with the preparation. I really appreciate help with the clean up after the meal. Here are a few...
06/25/2013
I have had migraines since I was 2 years old. Every time I say that and I can see the person I’m talking to, a wince of pain crosses their face. I can understand why. Having had a lifetime of migraines, the idea of a 2-year-old having a migraine is...