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Columns

09/24/2013
I find it sort of ironic that “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury is one of the Top 100 Banned and Challenged books from 2000-09. If you’re missing the irony, it’s because the book — one of my favorite mandatory reads in junior high school — directly...
09/24/2013
This summer in our “Cooking with Kids” workshop, we talked about using microwaves for cooking and some safety features. I was surprised how many of the youth use microwaves and how many were unsure of what not to put in the microwave.
09/23/2013
There was plenty of good news coming out of Louisiana Tech University last week — news that has the school poised for a bright future despite having to navigate the troubled waters surrounding higher education in the state. It was announced last...
09/21/2013
Question: I never knew much about money growing up. Are they doing much to teach kids about money in school? If not there, where do they learn about it? Answer: Good question — apparently not in enough high schools. The Jump$tart Coalition for...
09/21/2013
Over time, the value of stocks can go up and down. Bond prices fluctuate with interest rates, as do other types of fixed-income securities such as certificates of deposit and investments in money-market accounts. Predicting which investment vehicles...
09/21/2013
You probably have thought about what you’d like to do during your retirement years. But all your plans probably depend, to at least some extent, on your financial situation. What happens if you reach the age at which you wish to retire and you just...
09/21/2013
We’re predicted to get down into the 80s.The heat has been brutal here. Looking forward to the change. Right? As usual, this has been an exciting week. Thought I would get by with one completely free day, but not so. I just penciled in an...
09/21/2013
Several months ago, there was a strong rainstorm that came through Ruston which left a small amount of work for me to do. The high wind caused a large hickory tree in my front yard to drop several large limbs onto the yard. I was not incredibly...
09/21/2013
Ah, the beginnings of fall. There’s nothing quite as liberating as those first cool mornings sent to remind us that the oppressive summer heat won’t last forever. However, there are elements of summer we will soon miss as Mother Nature blows her...
09/20/2013
One of the better aspects of being in this line of work are all the fun, unique events we get to attend or at least know about a little more than the average person. Set to take the plunge at around 3 p.m. Saturday are the Outhouse Races in...
09/20/2013
Anthony Weiner, also known as his sexting alias of Carlos Dan­ger, has been a popular man in New York City and around the coun­try for the past few months, but for all of the wrong reasons. By now, you probably know all about his 2011 sexting...
09/19/2013
So, apparently, I have been living under a rock. At 6 p.m. Oct. 10, the third annual Wiggin’ Out dinner and fundraiser will be held at Squire Creek. I never knew what Wiggin’ Out was until I met with Vicki Caskey, founder of Wiggin’ Out, last week...
09/18/2013
Every September as the new school year gets underway, I am back in Mrs. Garrett’s freshman advanced English class at Ruston High School.
09/17/2013
4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of over six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H follows the philosophy of learning by doing. The fundamental 4-H...
09/16/2013
It was an unprecedented night in Ruston last Thursday. Nine Super Bowl rings, Three Super Bowl MVPs together on one football field. Other than Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, such is a rare sight anywhere, let alone Joe Aillet...
09/14/2013
Fall is almost officially here — and if you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering how summer went by so fast. Those trips to the lake or the beach are fading in memory now, giving way to helping kids with homework, raking leaves and the...
09/14/2013
Question: I find it very hard to make financial decisions. It’s like I think about it a long time and then I do nothing. Any suggestions? Answer: It sounds like you’re a “Cautious Thinker” when it comes to money decisions. I find that people...
09/14/2013
Bond market volatility is back. No, that’s not an oxymoron. But it is an understandable source of apprehension, and one that could tempt you to respond to short-term movements. Instead, focus on ways to prepare the fixed income portion of your...
09/13/2013
For a few minutes each day I take the time to scour the Internet in search of some odd or better yet interesting news that has happened across the country or world. I wasn’t as shocked as many people would be to see a Miss America contestant proudly...
09/13/2013
A beautiful fall day suddenly turned tragic. I was in Junior High at Carroll Gardens Community School in Brooklyn when it happened. I was only 10 years old and my sister had walked me to school about an hour before. Sept.11, 2001, is a day that I...