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06/21/2013
When asked why she allowed her then-10-year-old daughter to craft a Mohawk out of her hair, singer Jada Pinkett-Smith flatly replied that “girls are constantly reminded ... that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination...
06/20/2013
It’s a big couple of weeks for downtown Ruston, starting Friday with the start of the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival. The Peach Fest will officially begin at 8 a.m. Friday with citywide sidewalk sales, a North Central Louisiana Arts Council Fine Arts...
06/19/2013
Here’s a word to the wise: If you’re indigent or uninsured in Louisiana, don’t get sick. And don’t get shot, badly burned or need any of the other special, often top-notch services that Louisiana’s public hospitals have traditionally provided. The...
06/18/2013
Sometimes, you find out why old adages have managed to stand the test of time. The past couple of weeks have made me completely understand why people still say, “When it rains, it pours.” I spent the week before last camped out in the Intensive Care...
06/18/2013
“The Great Outdoors,” I consider this phrase a very common one, but trends of today would lead us to believe that today’s youth may not be quite so familiar with it. Youth today are more familiar with phrases like, “Just Google it,” “Facebook me,” “...
06/17/2013
The annual Peach Festival has arrived. Well, the final preparations are being wrapped up and the kick-off festivities are only a few days away, but for the most part, the Peach Festival is here and making its annual appearance within the Lincoln...
06/15/2013
Perhaps the kindest thing that can be said about the 2013 Regular Session of the Legislature is that it didn’t result in the need for a follow-up Special Session. After confrontation, consternation, confusion, and odd-couple coalitions festered for...
06/15/2013
Happy Father’s Day. I could write endless pages. But when writing I might remember Our Father, as He said through his scribe so long ago: “Train up a child in the way which he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6...
06/15/2013
With the pace of higher-education costs rising faster than the general Consumer Price Index (CPI), it’s easy to understand why saving enough money to fund a child’s college education has become a financial challenge for many parents and grandparents...
06/15/2013
At long last, summer is almost here — which may mean it’s time to put together your traveling plans. Still, while you and your family may enjoy going on a summertime trip, there’s one part of your life that should not go on vacation — and that’s...
06/15/2013
Question: When I retire from the state, I will be able to retire with a pension that covers all my needs — me and my wife don’t spend much money. Since I don’t plan to spend any of the money in my retirement accounts, how should I invest it? I plan...
06/15/2013
Some observations, notes and quotes on the sports beat with your Sunday morning cup of coffee: • June has opened with a bang for the Davison family of Ruston. Well, make that with a hole-in-one and a tournament championship.
06/15/2013
It’s been a good, but different, kind of week. Certainly not as glamorous as New York, but nice to be back home. At our monthly Young at Heart luncheon, which we do once a month, as we did at Temple, we go to different restaurants. This time we...
06/14/2013
In a little over a year I’ve had the chance to watch my family grow and change. Some were unexpected, while others we knew would happen in due time. That is sort of the approach that has been taken in the offices of lawmakers recently. We may...
06/13/2013
Maybe the extended cooler temperatures that lasted into late spring have spoiled me. But it really does somehow seem like we ought to be celebrating Independence Day this week. Why? Because it’s already as hot as the Fourth of July out there. Now I’...
06/12/2013
When I was a full-time reporter, my favorite Louisiana Peach Festival event to cover was the diaper derby. In a diaper derby, toddlers or crawlers are supposed to toddle or crawl a predetermined distance as fast as they can. Sometimes they do, and...
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...