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Columns

08/17/2013
If you’re starting out as an investor, you might be feeling overwhelmed. After all, it seems like there’s just so much to know. How can you get enough of a handle on basic investment concepts so that you’re comfortable in making well-informed...
08/16/2013
In this day and age everywhere you look a person can be seen with their head in a cell phone, tablet or other electronic device. A recent study from South Korea found that individuals who rely heavily on technology may suffer a deterioration in...
08/16/2013
Have you ever had somebody you loved and respected very much teach you a lesson that you still remember to this day? I have. My lesson giver was my sixth grade teacher Ms. Flora Colvin. This was back in Dubach in the 60’s before the all-white...
08/15/2013
Last week I wrote a column about my appreciation for the Lincoln Parish Library. About my memories there growing up and about my gratefulness for the programs they host and the standards they uphold to this day. For that I am truly appreciative, but...
08/14/2013
The evening of April 20, 2010, was like most other spring evenings in the Gulf of Mexico, until 9:45 p.m. when, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, a fiery explosion triggered the worst oil-spill in U.S. history. One mile beneath the Gulf’s surface,...
08/13/2013
Most agritourism businesses are diversifications of existing businesses. If someone has a farm, they may open the farm for educational field trips for school-age children. The farm may have a pumpkin patch, u-pick-em or Christmas tree plantation....
08/13/2013
Here in Lincoln Parish, there is a huge focus on water. On top of water activities being a beloved pastime of those of living in the warmer climate of the Deep South, most everyone is aware of the importance of preserving water locally. Frequent...
08/12/2013
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-New Orleans) probably said it best. “It’s hard for many people in Louisiana to believe we have a water scarcity because we’re surrounded by water,” she said as she attended a roundtable discussion concerning the Sparta...
08/11/2013
It is August, midway through the second term of a term-limited governor. The Legislature isn’t in session. Ordinarily this would be a period of political doldrums in which little attention is drawn to the teeming swamp of Bayou State politics. The...
08/11/2013
Some recent cases in which I have been involved have prompted my writing today’s thoughts, and they are cases that could very well affect any of us. I have recently been filling in for a vacancy in the First Judicial District Court in Caddo Parish...
08/10/2013
Money can be a topic people are reluctant to discuss, but having an open, transparent dialogue about your finances should be the goal when it comes to your relationship with your financial advisor. An integral part of the client-advisor...
08/10/2013
If you have children, you’re keenly aware that it’s getting close to back-to-school time. Today, that might mean you need to go shopping for notebooks and pencils. But in the future, when “back to school” means “off to college,” your expenditures...
08/10/2013
Question: My husband and I pulled out our car insurance policies the other day ... what a mess! I’m not sure what we need. Can you help? Answer: Buying automobile insurance ranks right up there with doing your taxes and writing thank you notes....
08/10/2013
Preseason football practices and especially scrimmages, especially early on in the process, are often used in finalizing depth chart position. But the starting spots behind center for both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State seem firmly set, with a...
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...