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08/26/2013
It’s probably safe to say that most of us don’t think a lot about our trash and what’s going to happen to it after we put it out. However, if someone considers taking our only source of getting rid of that trash away, we all might get a little...
08/26/2013
Spring is supposed to be the season of freshness and rebirth. But I’ve always thought differently than many others, and for me, fall fits into that category just as much if not more so than spring.
08/24/2013
Tom and I were recently in Nashville for a weekend with friends. I’d spent quite a bit of time there when I was working for our local radio station, but the three of them were making their first foray into Music City. So I was happy to serve as the...
08/24/2013
We pray for their safe return as we thank them all.
08/23/2013
Having a little one at home has made me rethink a lot of things that I hadn’t necessarily thought of in quite some time. For starters since he was a tiny baby we have been getting shots or immunizations for everything from polio and pertussis to...
08/23/2013
In the early 1940’s, long before Ms. Dorothy Jeanne Sallier (Dot) Colvin was our school librarian, she was a teenager growing up Port Sulphur. Located in the heart of Plaquemines Parish, Port Sulphur was a company town built in the 1930’s for the...
08/22/2013
I love competition. I grew up in a competitive environment, being one of six brothers in a single household, so it was only natural that it translated over into my social life. I remember in second grade, my class had a math competition that lasted...
08/21/2013
Who would have ever thought that so many people were waiting in the wings for 5th District Congressman Rodney Alexander to decide that he’s fed up with the partisan bickering in Washington, D. C., and isn’t going to take it anymore? Congressional...
08/20/2013
We have already had many parents and students asking about how to enroll their child in 4-H and when. 4-H enrollment will begin in September for Lincoln Parish Schools and we are looking forward to working with the youth of Lincoln Parish this year...
08/20/2013
The other night, I was sitting at home minding my own business when my smartphone — that device that so many of us can’t remember life without — made a noise. It wasn’t one of the usual suspects — a text, phone call or news alert from any of the...
08/19/2013
Yes, I’m probably old school — pun intended — but for me, it just doesn’t seem quite right. It’s 7:30 a.m. on a mid-August day, and school has already started. Whatever happened to school starting after Labor Day, and no earlier than 8:15 a.m.? It...
08/17/2013
Anyone who doubts that Hillary Clinton is already in fine fighting trim for a presidential run should consider her speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco. She assailed an alleged “assault on voting rights.” She took aim at the...
08/17/2013
Last week we shared some thoughts about a current, relatively new and dangerous phenomenon: identity theft. I mentioned that I would continue this topic, and I have received several comments from some of you asking me for more information. Let me...
08/17/2013
Question: I plan to own and work in my own business for at least 10 more years. But I would like to eventually sell it to my employees. I know that most small businesses do not last past the first owner. What should I be thinking about now to make...
08/17/2013
When setting your financial goals, you first need to know your starting point. That’s why Denise Winston, a financial expert and author of “Money Starts Here: Your Practical Guide to Survive and Thrive in Any Economy,” recommends that people take...
08/17/2013
If you’re starting out as an investor, you might be feeling overwhelmed. After all, it seems like there’s just so much to know. How can you get enough of a handle on basic investment concepts so that you’re comfortable in making well-informed...
08/16/2013
In this day and age everywhere you look a person can be seen with their head in a cell phone, tablet or other electronic device. A recent study from South Korea found that individuals who rely heavily on technology may suffer a deterioration in...
08/16/2013
Have you ever had somebody you loved and respected very much teach you a lesson that you still remember to this day? I have. My lesson giver was my sixth grade teacher Ms. Flora Colvin. This was back in Dubach in the 60’s before the all-white...
08/15/2013
Last week I wrote a column about my appreciation for the Lincoln Parish Library. About my memories there growing up and about my gratefulness for the programs they host and the standards they uphold to this day. For that I am truly appreciative, but...
08/14/2013
The evening of April 20, 2010, was like most other spring evenings in the Gulf of Mexico, until 9:45 p.m. when, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, a fiery explosion triggered the worst oil-spill in U.S. history. One mile beneath the Gulf’s surface,...