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Columns

04/14/2017
I have always loved the water. Even before I could swim, I had the desire to follow my older brother into its sparkling depths. Because my parents raised my brother and me to have such an affinity for the water, most of our vacations growing up were...
04/13/2017
Maybe it’s our celebrations. Maybe it’s our food. Might even be our water. Whatever the reason, Louisiana set new records in tourism for the fifth consecutive year in a row — one of the only victories the state can be proud of. While no state is...
04/12/2017
What did we do wrong? In the last 12 months, 57 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes have been declared major disaster areas. Eighty-five percent of the state’s 4.7 million people live – or lived – in those areas. “Literally all four corners of our state...
04/11/2017
Most of us have waited and wondered for some time now if we were past the cold weather and able to start planting our spring vegetable gardens. On average we have our last frost somewhere around March 28 – April 1. So at this point I feel pretty...
04/10/2017
Imagine, if you will, a group of college football players, tall, large and muscular, taking one wobbling step after another in delicate high-heeled sandals or stiletto pumps. Imagine male engineering and business majors donning sequined evening...
04/10/2017
I’ve been seeing a nutritionist lately to try and lose some weight and get my blood sugar under control. I’ve always taken pride in my knowing what I’m going to die from eating. I always felt sorry for the healthy eaters who can only guess at what...
04/09/2017
It’s the kind of thing that pushes my buttons and keeps me up at night. When United States warships launched a missile attack on a Syrian base suspected of producing sarin nerve gas weaponry Thursday night (our time), I was immediately drawn in,...
04/09/2017
I recently had the pleasure of watching “Hello Dolly!” all over again. Without a doubt, I loved that movie when it first came out in 1969. However, since having the opportunity to perform in the musical along-side Metropolitan Opera and Broadway...
04/09/2017
Jesus’ friends did not know about the murderous plot until it was too late, but that would not have served any purpose. This close-knit group of Jesus and friends were about to be disbanded and devastated by death and despair. Yet the friendship of...
04/09/2017
Question: My husband and I want to start a family soon. We both work now, but we really would like for me to be able to stay home when we have a family. All of our friends say it’s really hard to do, but we’d really like to. What can we do? Answer:...
04/09/2017
Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be “myths” — which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice. Here are five of these myths,...
04/09/2017
Social Security is an important cornerstone of many retirement income plans. Yet, most Americans aren’t aware of the variety of benefit options and claiming strategies to consider — beyond deciding at what age to begin collecting benefits. This is...
04/09/2017
Lovable Cubbies? How about tough-to-beat Cubbies? As much as we would all love to remember them as a team we loved so much because they’d break our heart, the reality now is trying not to cry because they failed to repeat as world champions. That’s...
04/09/2017
Do you have a “bucket list”, stuff you’d like to accomplish before you “kick the bucket”? My list is rather short. The first one I recall is that I wanted to one day go to the north country in winter and ice fish. I got to pull that off five years...
04/07/2017
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” — Jawaharlal Nehru Adventure, by its definition, is an exciting experience or...
04/06/2017
I dedicate a lot of columns to talking about Millennials. I do so for several reasons, ranging from breaking stereotypes to showing new perspectives from younger audiences. Sometimes, I admit, I can write up a sensational version of my generation...
04/05/2017
Here we go again. Come noon Monday, the Louisiana Legislature convenes in its regular annual session. And if it seems like Yogi Berra’s famous “déjà vu all over again,” that’s because it is. Lawmakers have already met once this year in a special...
04/04/2017
Lincoln Parish 4-H welcomes the youth of Lincoln Parish to participate in a “learning-by-doing” environment where they are able to actively participate in hands-on experiences and make a lasting impact in their communities. 4-H focuses on the...
04/03/2017
By time you read this, I’ll be back from my chorus’ annual regional competition. In case you haven’t realized, let me explain. I’ve had a 28-year love affair with Sweet Adelines International and the local chapter, Piney Hills Harmony. The...
04/03/2017
Can Doug Williams come to the rescue again for the Washington Redskins? Given the current state of that beleaguered NFL franchise, they need some help. There’s been the loss and ensuing drama involving General Manager Scot McClouglan, the departure...