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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...
03/05/2017
The Bass Masters tour has been on the map for years with professional anglers from across the country with names like Dance, Martin and Van Dam having their success on the tournament trail splashed across the pages of outdoor magazines year after...
03/05/2017
Signs, signs — everywhere a sign. Mardi Gras has come and gone — all the purple, green and gold has faded away. Now we’re beginning to see the colors of our newest season — yellow and green. That fine, yellow dust lightly coating your vehicle. The...
03/05/2017
A good man helped me out of a ditch. I did not have a traffic accident. I am not speaking literally. I was sharing with him the plight that hits some of us when we assume, however feebly, the label of “writer.” It is the problem of “writer’s block...
03/05/2017
Question: I have done very well in my 401K this year. But I also have a lot of money in a savings account just sitting there. My plan was to have it as an emergency fund, but it’s earning next to nothing. Shouldn’t I find something more productive...
03/05/2017
If something were to happen to you, would your family have enough life insurance to continue living the way they do today? Experts say many families need 70-90 percent of their current gross income if something were to happen to the breadwinner. It...
03/05/2017
A few years ago, we did a Lenten study at LifeHouse during the summertime. (We don’t always follow the liturgical year exactly.) I am sure I have written about it before as it made a big impact on my life. The book is called “Simplifying the Soul...
03/03/2017
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” — Charles Dickens As I am sure some of you have heard, our current project at the Leader is a special section titled “Quality City: A Service Community.” It will entail stories...
03/02/2017
When Grambling Mayor Ed Jones was elected mayor, he knew one thing was for certain. Grambling presented itself with a unique opportunity that not many new administrations can say they have — a city that has all the characteristics of a small town,...
03/01/2017
One in five adults experiences a mental health condition at some point in their life. No American family is immune from risk. Many persons with mental health and addiction issues get involved with the criminal justice system instead of the...
03/01/2017
The Louisiana Legislature might do well to take a lesson from the Ruston Fire Department. The department has figured out how to hold the line on its $4.6 million budget, save money and provide the city residents the professional level of emergency...
02/28/2017
I was driving through town last week and saw a gentleman spreading fertilizer in a lawn. I realize we hit temperatures in the 70s, but I was thinking to myself that it’s way too early to be putting out fertilizer for any of our lawn grasses. After...
02/27/2017
My late brother Jimmy and I were talking on the phone one day and we got on the subject of spanking, or “whuppins”, as we called them in the South. We both agreed that in our house you quickly learned the difference between being whupped and being...
02/27/2017
This is Golden Era No. 2 for Louisiana Tech University’s football program. Or, if you will, of the Digital Age. Maybe you haven’t realized it or simply gotten so caught up in the Bulldogs’ success, but Tech’s Gridiron Nation is booming like the old...
02/26/2017
Scanning over various sports topics on this last Sunday in February: MOVING UP: Carlos Henderson knew he was making the right decision shortly after Louisiana Tech University ended its 2016 season. The New Orleans native decided to forego his 2017...
02/25/2017
Last Sunday I described this man in terms insufficient to adequately describe his talents, character, honesty, proficiency and his unparalleled impact in our home. Not identifying the subject, he was accurately described as unselfish and, quite...