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Columns

11/27/2016
The mind is a curious and fascinating thing. Someone mentions something or you see a photo that in an instant, transports you back to an earlier time in your life. Such is the case when someone posted a photo on Facebook recently of a yellowed page...
11/27/2016
Thanksgiving Day got me to thinking about what I’m thankful about. Yes, I have a wonderful family and employment that I love. I’m very fortunate in that respect. But other things I love are old memories and a good life, and that all came together...
11/27/2016
There’s a frequent gag that goes on in the Boniol house. When Tom and I are playfully sparring I will hold up my right hand in a folded fist, thumb firmly against the knuckle of my index finger; this reduces Tom to hysterical laughter. You see, I’m...
11/27/2016
Another anniversary commemorates a turning point in world history. Reminiscing about history can be entertaining and a basis for which to give thanks.  I do not today refer to only the annual Thanksgiving Day. I was and am thankful, but my focus is...
11/26/2016
Parents often worry about how they’ll save for their retirement years after juggling years of paying for food, education, and other expenses related to their children. But childless retirees may face different obstacles when it comes to retirement...
11/26/2016
Question: Not everyone is rich. I would love more columns relating not so much to the wealthy but to the poor or average person. What could we do to live better? Answer: I have met individuals worth multiple millions who had no time, no love and no...
11/26/2016
Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose...
11/24/2016
A lot can be learned from the first Thanksgiving in our country. The commonly heard story about the Pilgrim immigrants and Wampanoag tribe gathering to give thanks is not as Disney movie friendly as we were taught in elementary school. Nevertheless...
11/23/2016
This is not your usual Thanksgiving column. I’m not going on about what I’m thankful for, or even what other people say I’m supposed to be thankful for. Nor am I going to point out — again — how the Pilgrims get short shrift between way-too-smiley...
11/21/2016
As Thanksgiving draws near, our entire country is setting aside time to gather with friends and family. Regardless of religious, political, or racial differences, there is one common practice at Thanksgiving. People often go around the table and...
11/21/2016
I don’t mean any disrespect, but sometimes I think the title M.D. may have once stood for mentally deficient — you know, before the AMA got together and unanimously voted to change it. The pharmaceutical industry isn’t much better. I think they’re...
11/21/2016
Pay close attention the next time the television cameras zoom in on the New Orleans Saints’ sidelines for a close-up of Sean Payton. That bespectacled, professor-demeanored gentleman standing near him, looking at game data? He’s Pete Carmichael, Jr...
11/19/2016
You deal with it, or you don’t. That’s just the way life is, at least in my line of thinking. But in this day and age of ever-prevalent social media, negative bloggers and talk show radio hosts who believe their feelings are the only ones that...
11/18/2016
The election is finally over. Or is it? After Donald J. Trump was announced as the 45th President of the United States, a large portion of the country felt like their votes did not matter and began to call for the dismissal of the Electoral College...
11/17/2016
The offensive mascot debate continues. The Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians and Florida Seminoles come to mind when thinking about that particular debate. However, one local university might find itself in the center of a mascot controversy...
11/16/2016
Somehow we are not surprised. When all the ballots were counted on election night, Louisiana said “no” to higher education. Voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have stripped the Legislature’s authority to set tuition and fees at...
11/16/2016
New Orleans is such a city of diversity, variety, culture and craziness. How could this happen? The city itself could be the source of so many wonderful nicknames of professional athletics teams. We’ve already had the Buccaneers, the Saints, the...
11/14/2016
Through the years we Hollises have accumulated a potpourri of sayings that we cherish and never tire of repeating. Some we coined ourselves; some we collected from other sources. It’s a shame, however, that when my generation passes away, most of...
11/13/2016
You can look at me and tell. One of my favorite things about this year is the impending cooking of pecan pies for the holiday season. Cakes are good, but behind only lemon icebox pies, there’s nothing sweeter than the taste of pecan pie on...
11/13/2016
Jump Start is the recently implemented Louisiana Department of Education program that shifts some major focus and attention to Career and Technical Education. Beginning with last year’s sophomore class, students were required to choose one of two...