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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...
04/22/2013
This past February, trying to lose some holiday weight, I began to tweak my diet a little in hope that I would consume foods that would give me more energy with less calories. As most know, calories are a source of energy, along with protein and...
04/20/2013
Every time I see a photo or read a story regarding Martin Richard, I get mad and angry. Either that or I want to cry. Whatever the emotions, “sickening” is an adjective that doesn’t do justice in describing the horrific events that transpired at the...
04/20/2013
April is Counseling Awareness Month. This annual observance — sponsored by the American Counseling Association (ACA) — is geared toward educating the public about the role of counselors who help individuals live healthier, happier, and more...
04/20/2013
April is Counseling Awareness Month. This annual observance — sponsored by the American Counseling Association (ACA) — is geared toward educating the public about the role of counselors who help individuals live healthier, happier, and more...
04/20/2013
April is Counseling Awareness Month. This annual observance — sponsored by the American Counseling Association (ACA) — is geared toward educating the public about the role of counselors who help individuals live healthier, happier, and more...
04/20/2013
Where do we begin our thinking of the latest horror in our country? Collectively, I believe, all of us were shocked in hearing the news of the bombing in Boston this past week, on Patriots Day in Boston, during the running of the Boston Marathon....
04/20/2013
There is no way around it — markets generally move in cycles. Although the past is no guarantee of the future, historically, the stock market has spent more time on bullish advances than on bearish retreats — which is why stocks have been considered...
04/20/2013
On Arbor Day, which we celebrate Friday, people across the country plant trees. Of course, trees provide us with many benefits, including beauty, fruit and oxygen, as well as protection against land erosion. But the act of planting and nurturing...
04/20/2013
Question: Would it make sense for me to start putting about $400 a month into a Roth IRA? I am 47 and am a school teacher. Am I too old to really build up money in this? Answer: You’ve got plenty of time to make a difference in your financial future...
04/19/2013
This has truly been one of the busiest and best weeks I’ve had in quite some time. I had something special happening every single day. I won’t bore you by telling you of all my adventures, but a highlight was the annual widow’s banquet the church...
04/19/2013
In the midst of winter/spring, it can be easy to forget those long, hot days of June, July and August. Even so, now is the time to start applying and planning to feed hungry children when the school year ends. More than 21 million children in the...
04/19/2013
I was having a mixed bowl of floaters and soakers on Sunday morning when a headline in the April 7 Monroe News Star jumped off the page. Milk was already splashing from my spoon after reading the more gripping saga about a little fat toad with the...
04/19/2013
As Americans, we are raised in a bubble, most unaware of the cruelty in the world. We think we have it bad but never consider that others, many others, have it worse. We complain about the simplest things — a lack of food in the pantry when the...
04/18/2013
The electronic age has done plenty of good for our way of life in the 21st century. But not always. Sometimes it does the exact opposite. That was the case Wednesday as news “broke” that a suspect in the Boston Marathon had been taken into custody....
04/17/2013
Nothing that’s even remotely tied to state government or Louisiana politics should surprise any of us anymore, but a bill before the House of Representatives that would prohibit public high schools from participating in the Louisiana High School...
04/16/2013
This is the time of the year that I will usually write about home gardening or lawn care. Seems that is what most people want to hear about when the weather starts to warm up. I can understand that because I tend to get the urge to work out in the...
04/16/2013
I will admit that some days, I don’t want to climb out of my comfortable bed and trek to work in the morning. While I love being a journalist — it is one of the most interesting jobs I think one could choose to have — there are of course days I’d...