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05/24/2014
As an adult, summer doesn’t quite have the same appeal as it did when I was a kid. Back then, summer meant long, lazy days to enjoy in the pool, watching my favorite shows or, more likely, buried in a pile of books set to take me off to wondrous,...
05/24/2014
Preparing for retirement requires a plan, and that plan should consist of two important phases: the saving years and the retirement years. To achieve the goal of a financially secure retirement, you will have to make wise decisions during the...
05/24/2014
Like many people, you might not particularly enjoy thinking about your estate plans, but such planning is necessary to make sure your assets go where you want them to go. And it’s just as important to regularly review your plans with your tax, legal...
05/24/2014
Question: After the big crash a few years ago I moved all my retirement money into some kind of an annuity. Now I am not sure whether I made the right decision. But how was I to know back then if the market would recover? Answer: You could not know...
05/23/2014
Well folks, I had such a great visit with Erma Hudson that I am still enjoying the afterglow. When my niece Jane was here, I was recovering from my five days in the hospital, but we had a great time without doing much gadding about. But when Erma...
05/23/2014
Tomorrow, our nation will celebrate Memorial Day as we take time to remember those who have literally given their lives to serve our nation. Men and women, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters who signed up, served and sacrificed. The idea of...
05/23/2014
There was a stark contrast between my Dad’s war and mine. Theirs had Rosie the Riveter, rationing coupons, war bonds, Glenn Miller, Bob Hope and Betty Grable. We had Jane Fonda, Mohammed Ali, Abbie Hoffman and Country Joe and the Fish. He had Pearl...
05/22/2014
Illegal Immigration is a problem in this country. So is crime. Let’s release criminal, illegal immigrants back into society, shall we? This is what the Obama Administration did last week when Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as...
05/21/2014
I don’t like to travel. I like to sleep in my own bed, eat my own food — oatmeal and protein bars — and get my clothes out of the closet, not a suitcase. It’s a good thing both for Lincoln Parish and the state of Louisiana that most folks are not...
05/20/2014
The headline seems to be more of a science fiction movie title than a garden column title, but cicadas or what some call “locusts” can be a problem in gardens and in peak season of emergence a hindrance to peace of mind.
05/19/2014
The Ruston Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will celebrate its 28th Anniversary and National Mental Health Month. The program and dinner will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. May 27 in the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, located at...
05/19/2014
This week, DART received the welcome news that we could apply for a small amount of money from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, to be designated for training and awareness over the next six months. We leapt at the chance to specifically...
05/19/2014
I never served in the military. Focused on college in the early 1980s, there was no conflict going on at the time to stir those patriotic feelings that lead many people to enlisting in a service. But that’s not to say that I’m not patriotic, because...
05/18/2014
This wasn’t supposed to happen. A No. 12 seeded team finishing as a state champion? Nobody saw this coming. But Cedar Creek’s softball squad did the unthinkable recently by capturing the Class 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association title with...
05/17/2014
Nearly four years ago, I convinced my husband — who was my fiance at the time — that our lives would be better with a furry loved one.
05/17/2014
How does your foot taste? Not literally; recall the adage “putting your foot in your mouth.”
05/17/2014
Nearly 40 years. That’s the gap that exists regarding Louisiana Tech University’s connection to the coveted Brian Piccolo Award winner. Begun in 1970 to honor the late Chicago Bears’ running back by the same name, the prestigious award is presented...
05/17/2014
We’re having some really crazy weather. A few nights ago it stormed for a couple of hours. When I say stormed, I mean for real. My niece from New Orleans, Jane Newman, came in just before it fell apart. In fact, we were warned to take cover as a...
05/16/2014
Question: How can I be sure my financial plans will result in the future I want? The world is so uncertain now. There are so many unknowns to consider. How can anyone really know what is going to happen? Answer: Welcome to reality. People that reach...
05/16/2014
Did you know that many people spend more time planning their vacation than planning for retirement? Although there are many ways to save for your retirement, if you’re like most people, you aren’t taking full advantage of them. For example, do you...