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03/22/2017
“Growing old isn’t for sissies,” Mrs. Giles would say every Sunday morning as she lowered herself into the pew behind my mother and me at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. Mama, probably then in her 60s, would nod in some sort of semi-agreement...
03/20/2017
The other day, I happened to glance at the odometer, and there the numbers sat in all their radiant glory: 111,111. Instead of being annoyed that the miles were multiplying on my vehicle, I instead savored their symmetry. I’d never before seen that...
03/20/2017
Burroughs’ Bunch is the hottest ticket in Ruston these days. And when they play an unbeaten or nationally ranked opponent, forget it. The fans start lining up quickly. Not since the exciting era when Louisiana Tech University’s program was guided by...
03/18/2017
I’ve always been a dreamer. And as a child, one of my dreams was to join the circus. Maybe it’s because I love playing the clown and entertaining and making people laugh — especially children. Or maybe it’s because I’m really still a kid at heart....
03/18/2017
Believe it or not, there’s a good thing about having a stroke. At least it has been for me, crazy as it might sound. First of all, I don’t wish a stroke on anyone. It’s that unexpected and unwanted territory that nobody wants to discover. But for me...
03/17/2017
While the weather decides what it wants to do, there are plenty of upcoming events for residents of Lincoln Parish to enjoy. First up is the Lawrence Gibbs and The Little Big Band concert this evening beginning at 7:30 at the Dixie Center for the...
03/16/2017
Some may call me a mutt. My father was born in Managua, Nicaragua, but raised in Granada, Nicaragua, while my mother was born in Dallas, but raised in New Orleans, the culture mecca of the United States next to New York City. I was born and raised...
03/15/2017
For years, communities around the country have been experimenting to find the best ways to reduce the jail and prison populations and help potential law breakers live balanced, healthy, meaningful and crime-free lives.
03/15/2017
Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker is 65 years old and will tell you that until January, he never recycled anything. It wasn’t that he didn’t believe in it; he did. It’s just that recycling has never been easy in Lincoln Parish, despite various governmental...
03/14/2017
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines volunteer, a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service. The LSU AgCenter Area Nutrition agent, Master Gardeners, and Louisiana Tech University students have been part...
03/11/2017
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, managing director and senior global equity strategist for Wells...
03/11/2017
Question: My sister and I got in a fight over Mom and Dad’s estate. She thinks they should give us most of their assets so they can qualify for the government paying for their nursing home one day. I think that’s wrong. What do you think? Answer:...
03/11/2017
Spring is in the air, even if it’s not quite there on the calendar. This year, as you shake off the cobwebs from winter and start tidying up around your home and yard, why not also do some financial spring cleaning? Actually, you can apply several...
03/11/2017
Mudbugs. Crawdads. Crayfish. Yabbies if you live in Australia and langostino if you live in the Caribbean. Whatever you call them, for many of us native Louisianans one of the best things about this time of year is the start of crawfish season. And...
03/10/2017
The funny thing about laughter is that it does more than just leave you with a smile. Laughter has been proven to lead to better health. Who knew? According to research from California’s Loma Linda University, there are pretty convincing health...
03/09/2017
There’s certain hours of the day where a call comes through and nothing good will come out of the conversation. The type of calls to put a lump inside your throat or make your heart drop when you see who is calling. I received that type of call at...
03/08/2017
Cool things happen after dark. Like the night Louisiana Tech University art teachers Nick Bustamante and Whitney Causey sketched the design on the south wall of the Rainwater Building for Ruston’s first downtown mural. Work on the 9-foot-tall by 40-...
03/07/2017
Registration for 4-H summer camp began Feb. 21. for all fourth, fifth and sixth graders. Because 4-H Summer Camp is one of the most important events that 4-H offers for youth, planning has to start early. Camping is one of the most valuable...
03/06/2017
All this Oscars brouhaha has set me to thinking about my love affair with classic movies. If you’ve known me a while, you’re aware of this fascination. My perceptive students at Louisiana Tech observed Humphrey Bogart posters on the door to my...
03/05/2017
My mom and I had a great, loving relationship. Seldom — I can count the number of times on one hand — that we ever had an argument that reached the heights of, say, Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield or Charles Barkley vs. anybody. Several reasons: 1...