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Columns

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...
06/08/2013
For those who have been regular, law-abiding taxpayers, you might believe that the branch of our bureaucracy, the Internal Revenue Service, is doing its predictable outstanding job. After all, although we do not particularly enjoy paying taxes, we...
06/08/2013
On the bargain “aisle” for collegiate track and field coaches, there are few better buys than Gary Stanley and Bertram Lovell. Talk about the best bang for the buck, but the veteran leaders for the Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State...
06/08/2013
Question: I have some friends that I have had since high school, twenty years ago. Since then, some of us have made more money than others. I can tell it is starting to be an issue with one of my buddies. He is always commenting about some aspect of...
06/08/2013
It takes time and effort to build an investment strategy that fits your goals. But several factors can disrupt even the best-crafted plan. The simple day-to-day movements of the financial markets can pose a real threat to the health of your...
06/08/2013
Despite the soaring stock market of the past few years, some Americans are nervous about their ability to retire comfortably — or even retire at all. Consider these somewhat sobering statistics: Almost half of American workers report being “not too...
06/06/2013
For those of you brave enough to venture out into the blistering summer heat that has already been blasting North Louisiana for weeks now, there’s plenty of fun to be had in upcoming weeks. It all begins tomorrow as we head into Lincoln Parish’s...
06/05/2013
My friend Mary did her student teaching at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. That’s the school that was flattened on May 20 by a tornado that also killed some of the students. “Saddest are the little kids that were lost at the school,”...
06/04/2013
Looking for ways to keep your children busy this summer? The LSU AgCenter is offering summer workshops, which will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime. Youth can learn how to start a baby-sitting business and become the best baby–...
06/04/2013
I don’t consider myself to be a so-called “grammar Nazi.” Of course, being a writer and an avid reader, I do have an appreciation for the images that can be weaved with an artfully crafted sentence. But, I’m not the sort of person who turns livid...