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11/14/2013
A couple of weeks ago, while watching television a commercial came on from American Express. I thought it was a typical “pre-Christmas” push to get people to apply for credit cards and shop ‘till they drop during the holiday season. I will admit,...
11/13/2013
A couple of weeks ago on Halloween night, a zombie wobbled up the road and ran headlong into a miniature witch, a princess, a pint-sized pirate and a toddling red crayon. The next day they all hung Christmas decorations. Well, maybe not literally....
11/12/2013
When it comes to fall lawn care chores, are there some chores that you just can’t stand? I, personally, enjoy working outside. Raking leaves, planting annual color, planting cool-season bulbs that will bloom in the spring, and preparing the lawn for...
11/12/2013
During my time at the Ruston Daily Leader, I have written a lot about helping out various nonprofit organizations. Throughout the year, various organizations host events to raise funds and awareness for a number of different causes. I’ve personally...
11/11/2013
Like father, like son. Legendary Grambling State University football coach Eddie Robinson Sr. was a hero to many people over the eyes. Now his son, the late Eddie Robinson Jr., who spent years playing for and then coaching alongside his father, can...
11/10/2013
Maybe I’ll quit pinching myself a few weeks from now. Saturday was a special day in my journalistic life, being fortunate enough to be one of the 2013 inductees into the Louisiana Tech University Athletics Hall of Fame. I still find it hard to...
11/10/2013
At various times, many people may feel frustrated by the performance of their investments. For example, they expect growth, and they don’t get it — or they think the value of their investment won’t fluctuate much, but it does. However, some of this...
11/10/2013
Question: I know the stock market is getting on up there. I can remember when my 401K got whacked on the stuff I thought was supposed to be safe several years ago. I may have been in stuff that was too aggressive. I don’t think I have the stomach...
11/10/2013
Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and...
11/08/2013
My husband, Michael, sometimes playfully says that I run on “Cathy Time” in which he thinks I am not fully aware of the clock, of time ticking away. Oftentimes I have to rush in order to be early and on time — on the other hand — I am simply late....
11/08/2013
I have some biggies coming up — so glad to be well, so I don’t have to miss anything. This Saturday and Sunday, we at Meadows Baptist Church are in “high cotton.” We are celebrating 50 years since this church was established. That is not old, as...
11/08/2013
Here is a small history lesson for you: • 1948 — Law passed making women a permanent part of the U.S. military services. • 1975 — The Air Force puts the first woman on operational crew status. • 1976 — The first group of women enters the U.S....
11/08/2013
On Oct. 28 Athletic Director Tommy McClelland and Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice held a lunch press conference. At the luncheon, McClell and Guice revealed the next stage of the “Quest for Excellence” project, which will add an...
11/07/2013
Musicians should never forget that we’re blessed. We have a special gift that people can enjoy through us. We’ve had the good fortune to receive this and pass it along to others. — Ed Thigpen Nothing quite beats the feel of jazz. Yes, the feel. You...
11/06/2013
I’m almost finished with my first quarter at Louisiana Tech University … as a teacher. Go ahead and laugh. It’s OK. That’s what I did when Reggie Owens, head of Tech’s journalism department, asked if I’d ever thought about teaching as an adjunct...
11/05/2013
Christmas tree farms or plantations, as they are sometimes called, are great places to visit prior to the Christmas season. Many Louisiana Christmas tree farms also have activities for fall fun, too. So before or after you tag your tree, you can...
11/05/2013
A few months ago, I wrote about how my mother was in the Intensive Care Unit for almost an entire week. At my age — and more specifically my mother’s age — it was a terrifying concept. Barring tragic car accidents or similar, someone my age shouldn...
11/04/2013
In the crusade to stop domestic violence, the men of this community have decided to stand up and be counted. Literally.
11/04/2013
A solid crowd of more than 13,000 at Grambling State University’s Homecoming game last weekend shows the school’s alumni are willing to try and support the institution. That’s good news for GSU President Frank Pogue, who has gone on the offensive to...
11/03/2013
With November here we’re on the brink of the holiday season. However, the severe sugar overload we’re witnessing now reminds us that we just wrapped up one of the most highly anticipated holidays for kids of all ages. Yes, Halloween has come and...