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08/31/2013
National Grandparents Day is observed on Sept. 8. And although this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it does remind us of the importance of grandparents. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you may be thinking of ways to...
08/31/2013
There is a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin that says, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” For all the phobias and fears that humans demonstrate, the fear of death is certainly common to most, if not all,...
08/31/2013
I have been across town in Lake Highlands with the grandchildren last week and this one. Son Wesley is still in Maryland, grandson-in-law Jonathan is coming home from Korea today, his mother Lynda is going back to Fairfax, Va., tomorrow,...
08/28/2013
Voters in the Ruston school district can save a huge chunk of change over time if they spend an even bigger chunk of change now. That’s the best educated guesstimate of bond attorneys upon whom the Lincoln Parish School Board relied when it decided...
08/27/2013
School is back in session. If you haven’t gotten back into a routine, which has never been one of my strong virtues, I want to share tips for controlling that morning madness: • Mornings go smoother if you get up at least a half-hour earlier than...
08/27/2013
Almost 100 years ago, women gained the right to vote. I get a lot of emails, and one such email alerted me to that fact about a week ago. So, with it also being voter registration week, I thought it would be a great time to encourage women to get...
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...