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Columns

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...
06/24/2013
I get to meet quite a few public figures in my profession, but meeting a living legend had never happened — until last Wednesday. I received a call the day before the Squire Creek Peach Festival Luncheon scheduled for June 19 that none other than...
06/22/2013
You can get lucky by finding a parking meter with time left on it. You can “luck out” by having nice weather on your vacation. You can even be lucky at love. But when it comes to financial matters, you’re better off not counting on Lady Luck — and...
06/22/2013
Question: Do you think it is possible that the stock market could just go flat for a long time? If so, what alternatives do we have? Answer: It seems like predicting the direction of the stock market ought to be easy. After all, the stock market is...
06/22/2013
Often investors find that a significant portion of their assets may have accumulated in one particular stock. Perhaps you have a long career working for the same company, or you may have acquired stock through inheritance. If this is the case, it is...
06/22/2013
Any year now, I’m waiting for preseason football magazines to start reaching newsstands in February. Quit laughing. As it is now, they’re being run off of the presses with spring workouts barely having finished. No joke, the other day I was perusing...
06/22/2013
I’m both happy and sad today. Happy because so many interesting things are happening in my life and sad because I’ve lost my purse with my “life’ in it. I’ve always been absent minded, but it gets worse as I get older. And, if I don’t find my purse...
06/22/2013
When I was a young boy, attending church was a weekly practice in our household. My parents instilled within me the pattern of church attendance. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that some of my earliest memories as a child involve church...
06/21/2013
Each year Ruston is swarmed with people from different places and various backgrounds coming to enjoy the festivities that the Louisiana Peach Festival has to offer. If you have been following the festival details, I’m sure you know all about the...
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...