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05/01/2013
Back in 1933, a casual stroll through Railroad Park resulted in the idea that led to the planting of a rose garden that for years was the signature spot in downtown Ruston. The beds were the length of the city block between Vienna Street and Trenton...
04/30/2013
I pledge my head to clearer thinking; My heart to greater loyalty; My hands to larger service; And my health to better living; For my club; My community; My country; And my world.
04/30/2013
Though the nugget of wisdom may not come until a long time down the road, I believe that each experience in life teaches us something about either life in general or ourselves. I mentioned recently that my husband is currently on the job hunt,...
04/29/2013
Lincoln Parish was in a mad dash this past weekend — literally. There were so many events to cover during the morning hours on Saturday the weekend staff here at the Ruston Daily Leader was stretched thin trying to make our rounds. Along with Jolis...
04/27/2013
I have a huge trunk filled with concert T-shirts. And because each has an indelible memory that goes with it, I’ve kept them as if they were photos in a scrapbook. So when we got a new trunk for the bedroom, I took advantage of the opportunity to...
04/27/2013
These thoughts are not written in the context of anger but wonderment. Well, maybe some irritation is at the core. The wondering is where we have come from, where we are and our ultimate safety in this country. One may know only scant history to...
04/27/2013
Question: I am frustrated with my financial person. I put some investments with him a few years ago, but I never hear from him and it is hard to get him to call me back. Are all you people like this?
04/27/2013
Summer isn’t here yet, but it’s getting close. And for many people, the arrival of summer means it’s time for swimming at the local pool or lake. If you’re just a casual swimmer, you probably don’t have to adjust your diet before jumping in. But...
04/27/2013
For many Americans, careers no longer carry an expiration date that coincides with a 65th birthday. Leaving the workforce and a steady paycheck to rely on entitlement benefits and retirement savings can seem daunting in the face of uncertainty...
04/27/2013
If the old adage that says “when it rains, it pours” is true, then followers of the Grambling State University athletics’ program may been fell like it’s been flooding since September. This has been one tough, difficult and patience-testing school...
04/27/2013
Although the recent cold temperatures might demonstrate otherwise, spring has indeed arrived. Trees and flowers are beginning to bloom. Much to the dismay of yard maintenance-challenged folks like me, springtime also means the burden of lawn care....
04/27/2013
On last Sunday evening, as any grandparent knows when one of your own does something extra special, I got an indescribable surge of joy and pride. This had to do with Matthew Newman Irby, my youngest grandchild.
04/27/2013
Ear infections are common among young children, and if not properly treated, can have long-term effects ranging from hearing loss to delayed speech development. In fact, three of four children in America will have an ear infection before age three,...
04/26/2013
Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, dawned as an ordinary day in Dubach. Following church services and lunch, four teenage girls walked south, down Route 167 to the large bridge crossing over D’Arbonne Creek. Normally there was little car traffic on this section...
04/26/2013
If you are active on Twitter, you have probably seen #stopCISPA all over your feed in the past week, and like many other people, have no idea what it is about. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a bill recently passed by...
04/25/2013
As an Eagle Scout, I know all about the importance of being prepared. We’re fortunate that here in Lincoln Parish, there are many people who feel the same way. That showed Tuesday as area emergency agencies conducted a mass casualty drill at the...
04/24/2013
Here we go again. Another bombing, more people dead, more disfigurement, more lives instantly changed forever, more places that ought to be places to enjoy, now bloodied by incidents that will mar them forever. “Why, why are people so cruel?” one of...
04/24/2013
There is good news and bad news for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The good news is that it is nearing full implementation next Jan. 1. The bad news is that the legislation remains unpopular with the voters, and it is highly likely that the...
04/23/2013
Here it is in early spring in Louisiana and most homeowners have been working outside cleaning up weeds, raking leaves, mowing the lawn and enhancing landscape beds in the yard. But, what about all of those sticks, twigs and leaves? What should we...
04/23/2013
On Monday afternoon, the City of Boston observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the terror that tore through the city one-week prior. As of right now, there are still so many questions left. Why did this happen? Why did the bombers choose to...