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11/10/2013
Maybe I’ll quit pinching myself a few weeks from now. Saturday was a special day in my journalistic life, being fortunate enough to be one of the 2013 inductees into the Louisiana Tech University Athletics Hall of Fame. I still find it hard to...
11/10/2013
At various times, many people may feel frustrated by the performance of their investments. For example, they expect growth, and they don’t get it — or they think the value of their investment won’t fluctuate much, but it does. However, some of this...
11/10/2013
Question: I know the stock market is getting on up there. I can remember when my 401K got whacked on the stuff I thought was supposed to be safe several years ago. I may have been in stuff that was too aggressive. I don’t think I have the stomach...
11/10/2013
Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and...
11/08/2013
My husband, Michael, sometimes playfully says that I run on “Cathy Time” in which he thinks I am not fully aware of the clock, of time ticking away. Oftentimes I have to rush in order to be early and on time — on the other hand — I am simply late....
11/08/2013
I have some biggies coming up — so glad to be well, so I don’t have to miss anything. This Saturday and Sunday, we at Meadows Baptist Church are in “high cotton.” We are celebrating 50 years since this church was established. That is not old, as...
11/08/2013
Here is a small history lesson for you: • 1948 — Law passed making women a permanent part of the U.S. military services. • 1975 — The Air Force puts the first woman on operational crew status. • 1976 — The first group of women enters the U.S....
11/08/2013
On Oct. 28 Athletic Director Tommy McClelland and Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice held a lunch press conference. At the luncheon, McClell and Guice revealed the next stage of the “Quest for Excellence” project, which will add an...
11/07/2013
Musicians should never forget that we’re blessed. We have a special gift that people can enjoy through us. We’ve had the good fortune to receive this and pass it along to others. — Ed Thigpen Nothing quite beats the feel of jazz. Yes, the feel. You...
11/06/2013
I’m almost finished with my first quarter at Louisiana Tech University … as a teacher. Go ahead and laugh. It’s OK. That’s what I did when Reggie Owens, head of Tech’s journalism department, asked if I’d ever thought about teaching as an adjunct...
11/05/2013
Christmas tree farms or plantations, as they are sometimes called, are great places to visit prior to the Christmas season. Many Louisiana Christmas tree farms also have activities for fall fun, too. So before or after you tag your tree, you can...
11/05/2013
A few months ago, I wrote about how my mother was in the Intensive Care Unit for almost an entire week. At my age — and more specifically my mother’s age — it was a terrifying concept. Barring tragic car accidents or similar, someone my age shouldn...
11/04/2013
In the crusade to stop domestic violence, the men of this community have decided to stand up and be counted. Literally.
11/04/2013
A solid crowd of more than 13,000 at Grambling State University’s Homecoming game last weekend shows the school’s alumni are willing to try and support the institution. That’s good news for GSU President Frank Pogue, who has gone on the offensive to...
11/03/2013
With November here we’re on the brink of the holiday season. However, the severe sugar overload we’re witnessing now reminds us that we just wrapped up one of the most highly anticipated holidays for kids of all ages. Yes, Halloween has come and...
11/02/2013
When couples live together in a committed marriage or partnership, domestic compatibility differences come to light — one leaves the cap off the toothpaste and misplaces car keys; the other may insist there’s just one way to load a dishwasher. We’re...
11/02/2013
November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month. And when it comes to long-term care — such as a stay in a nursing home or the services provided by a home health aide — you’ll want to plan for the potential costs involved.
11/02/2013
Question: Debt is such a big problem in this country. The government keeps borrowing more money. It seems like people are losing their houses and going bankrupt more than ever before. Has anyone ever thought about making debt illegal, or at least...
11/01/2013
On this day in 1512, one of the world’s greatest wonders was exhibited to the public for the first time. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome was one of Michelangelo’s finest works. According to history.com, said Michelangelo was called to Rome...
11/01/2013
She was my best friend. I didn’t understand why my parents didn’t like for me to spend the night with her, and I didn’t think twice when my mom had to take care of her mom after fights. They were just fights. Everyone’s parents fight. It took me...