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Columns

06/10/2017
It’s not just the sky being the limit for a new press box/luxury suites that will stretch from one end of Lincoln Parish to the outer fringes of Jackson Parish. Excuse the exaggeration, but such is what prompts us members of the ink-stained...
06/10/2017
I was recently going through pictures on my phone and ran across some I took while in Memphis last year. It was the opening of the Guest House at Graceland where Tom and I had VIP seats to all kinds of extraordinary events. Being the music freak I...
06/10/2017
While the Louisiana Legislature’s failing to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year was what Gov. John Bel Edwards deemed “an epic failure in leadership,” forcing a special session to be called, state lawmakers did do some good during the...
06/09/2017
I was born late in my parent’s lives. So late, in fact, that my mother was a grandmother before I came along, a fact that made me an uncle the instant I was born. Both my parents were married before they became Mr. and Mrs. Rainwater, and each had...
06/09/2017
It is not unusual in Ruston to see cyclists either on the road, or on the sidewalk beside the road. Recently, the city opened the first segment of the Rock Island Greenway shared-use path in which cyclists and pedestrians are welcome to use anytime...
06/08/2017
When Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House, the two generals did not speak on their legacy. No, they “awkwardly conversed” about their brief meeting during the Mexican-American War...
06/07/2017
For years, communities around the country have been experimenting to find the best ways to help people who are diagnosed with mental health issues live balanced, healthy and meaningful lives. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one...
06/07/2017
Daniel Erspamer is moving back to Louisiana from Tennessee in hopes of helping convince the Bayou State to accept conservative principles. On the surface, that shouldn’t be too hard, given the current dysfunction in Baton Rouge. But first, the...
06/06/2017
One of the joys of summer gardening is watching insects flitting from flower to flower.
06/05/2017
I have always had a plan for my life. I was going to move away from home, graduate from college and then get a job that would take me out of Louisiana and allow me to travel. Recently, I have learned that not everything goes as planned. No matter...
06/05/2017
If there’s a more ideal spot for birds in North Louisiana than Minden’s Turner’s Pond; I’d like to see it. On any given day you can see mallards, Canadian geese, white ducks, crested ducks and egrets. I’m by means no bird expert; but I’ve been...
06/04/2017
Never did I envision this kind of season for my New York Yankees. Oh, I figured that these Baby Bombers would start experiencing consistent success a couple of years down the line, once the young talent began adapting to the challenges of The Show....
06/03/2017
My mama, God rest her soul, is responsible for putting me on a path that I still follow today. She loved birds and taught her three youngsters how to identify the feathered creatures that made their homes in an around our yard. Thanks to her, I’m...
06/03/2017
Don’t look now, but after weeks of bitter bickering and refusing to compromise, Louisiana lawmakers have appeared to be pulling together in recent days. They are finally making progress on finalizing a budget year for the fiscal year beginning on...
06/03/2017
What is “history?” Is it a recitation of past facts? Is it a fable-like spin on the truth to make it fit an agenda? I write today’s thoughts to the hate spewing “scholar” who lives with preconceived emotional thoughts, many of which are unsupported...
06/03/2017
Question: My husband and I don’t seem to have the discipline to come up with a budget, much less stay on one. So a while back, we just cut up all our credit cards, give each other a certain amount of money to spend each month and we sit down...
06/03/2017
It’s graduation season again. If your child is graduating from high school or college, you have reason to celebrate. But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts...
06/03/2017
Millions of Baby Boomers and others are finding themselves in a financial position to share some of the fruits of their life’s work with others. According to a study from Blackbaud, Boomers account for $61.9 billion per year in donations, or 43...
06/03/2017
We have an amazing Community Garden at LifeHouse Ministries. It has always been a place of peace and produced wonderful food. It seems to get better every year, as we learn more about what we are doing and have different master gardeners come in...
06/02/2017
If you take the driveway less traveled off of a small roadway out in the parish, you will discover one of the hidden gems of Lincoln Parish — the studio and home of Douglas Walton. Just like a comfortable, warm museum, Walton’s home is covered in...