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05/21/2016
Are you happy like a fat hound dog lying down in the summer sun? I know what that means, but I won’t say a hound dog ever told me so. Maybe the dog is miserably unable to move? Clichés — we often use and hear them, perhaps some wondering why.
05/21/2016
My husband Tom likes to say I’m a walking encyclopedia about music. And while there’s no way I could boast to know everything there is to know about music, I have to admit that my brain is cluttered with plenty of information and trivia about music...
05/21/2016
Pregnancy does a lot of different things to a woman’s body. As the uterus grows, organs shift and, of course, weight gain affects the ability to accomplish many of tasks. With this being my third pregnancy one thing is for sure — no two pregnancies...
05/21/2016
Question: We’re selling our house and downsizing. We’ve found a smaller place we both like, but it’s going to require some updating and other renovations. My wife is all wigged out about having a to-the-penny budget. My point is that we can’t...
05/21/2016
As your target retirement date gets closer, what was once an abstract concept may now feel more like a reality. This life event can provoke different feelings for different people. While some might feel excited about the possibilities the non-...
05/21/2016
If you have children who are finishing college or embarking on their first full-time job, you obviously want them to get off to a good start in their adult and working lives. And by virtue of your years of experience, you probably have some good...
05/21/2016
A serving of sports items with your Sunday morning cup of coffee: TECH AT THE TOP: Louisiana Tech University’s football team has helped boost the prestige and recognition factor of Conference USA the past two years. If some very early power rankings...
05/21/2016
Dressed in bib overalls, shock of gray hair askew, he saunters into Toledo Town mega-shop near the banks of massive Toledo Bend Lake. He takes a seat at a table in the restaurant and the waitress brings him a plate of bacon and eggs. At first...
05/21/2016
My world is not as bright as it was only a few days ago — I have lost a true friend. I only knew her for two decades, about 20 years, but I am forever wiser and richer for having known her as a friend and confidant. Even though she was about 35...
05/21/2016
The ministry staff from our church returned last week from a three-day planning retreat. One afternoon, our pastor left a three-hour time slot in our schedule for “team building” exercises. On prior retreats, we might have played bocci ball or gone...
05/20/2016
I watched as the jurors chatted with one another quietly, seated in the jury box in the large courtroom on the second floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse. They quieted as the judge entered and took his seat. He began to explain to those seated in...
05/19/2016
The 2015-16 Ruston High School Bearcat Motorsport Team consisted of Casey Baxter, Nathan Hegab, Madison Wooley, Kendall Carter, Micah Williams, Justin Griffin, Devin Rowland, Aaron Freeman, Trevor Morris and Daniel Cheng. Remember these names...
05/18/2016
Could it be? Could it really, really be that after years of talking — and even pleading by some residents — Ruston is actually going to have curbside recycling? Appears so. If all goes according to plan, the city will begin picking up paper,...
05/16/2016
If April showers bring May flowers, Lincoln Parish should be looking good for the next few months. That’s if we don’t float away. The incredible weather we enjoyed over the weekend inspired me to buy a bunch of plants Sunday afternoon to help...
05/14/2016
The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, better known as TOPS, has made headlines yet again. Except this time it isn’t because the state Legislature has saved a program that has sent thousands of college-age Louisianans on to further their...
05/14/2016
Politics 2016 — what just happened? Some call the political world distasteful. I have heard the term “blood sport.” Some might think it entertaining. This year’s theatrical production of national politics might be historically significant. We...
05/14/2016
If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More...
05/14/2016
We’re at the end of another school year. If you have younger kids, you might be thinking about summer camps and other activities. But in the not-too-distant future, your children will be facing a bigger transition as they head off to college. Will...
05/14/2016
Question: I enjoy what I do and I may not ever want to retire. Yet everything I read about financial planning assumes I am going to retire one day. Other than retirement, what’s the point of financial planning? Answer: There is a world of difference...
05/14/2016
Oh, if only all current and former athletes were like P.J. Brown when it comes to dealing with the media. I knew this long before Teddy Allen and I were assigned by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Doug Ireland to write the profile...