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07/04/2014
The Fourth of July is here and that means good food and sparklers for both the young and old. But before the good times get underway taking safety precautions is always a must. And for some people, that will have to start extra early. In recent news...
07/04/2014
Former President Bill Clinton said “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” The Declaration of Independence was signed 238 years ago today, and as we all prepare to celebrate with our friends and...
07/03/2014
I don’t think a horse has ever been beaten so much without dying but the beast that has become Common Core just doesn’t want to snuff out. I received an interesting letter in my email the other day containing a petition from several “prominent”...
07/02/2014
I don’t remember the first time I saw Elmore Mayfield. But I remember the last time. It was June 2, at what would be the final Ruston Board of Aldermen meeting that Mayfield would attend. He came in as usual, carrying a cold can of Diet Coke and...
07/01/2014
In recent years succulent plants have become popular additions to the landscape. Succulent (Latin: succos = juice, sap) plants from more than 60 families and 300 genera have evolved special thickened water-storage tissues. By making the most of...
07/01/2014
Farm weddings are gaining in popularity as couples seek to make their special day unique. Hosting a wedding on a farm is also another way landowners can share their beautiful surroundings with others and increase their supplemental income. So, what...
06/30/2014
Pre-schoolers at Emmanuel Baptist Day Care Center gather around simulated telephones and keyboard books to learn 911 Safety Training. They learn about what a real emergency is, how to dial 911 and what to say to the operator if they are ever in that...
06/30/2014
So close, but so far away. Believe it or not, that phrase describes the governing style of both President Barack Obama and Governor Bobby Jindal. That fact was proven in recent days. Last week President Barack Obama said he’ll keep acting on his own...
06/29/2014
Beryl Shipley’s induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame last weekend brought back some fond memories of arguably the best men’s basketball rivalry ever in the state. The Bulldogs hooking up against the Ragin’ Cajuns. I got goose bumps just...
06/28/2014
For the past several months, I’ve been exhausted. At first, with a coworker out on maternity leave and the strenuous exercise/weight loss program I’m on, people suggested I was just a little overstressed — in body and mind. Sure, I’ll admit it’s...
06/28/2014
This coming Friday we celebrate Independence Day. Many prefer calling it our “Fourth of July” celebration. As is often true, historical accounts have been “re-created” to suit the fancy of the past writer or current reader. Facts are facts, yet...
06/28/2014
Question: Since I am so young (just starting out), am I too young to think about financial planning? I am not making enough money to save very much at this time, but hope to one day. Answer: The onset of financial planning in the life of a young...
06/28/2014
If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with...
06/28/2014
It’s almost the Fourth of July, the day when we celebrate our independence as a nation and the many liberties we enjoy as individuals. Still, we have to keep working to earn some freedoms — such as financial freedom. But by making the right moves,...
06/28/2014
How can this be? June is almost gone, but I have had an amazing round of events. The fun started when Mary Claire Smith and Diana Grigsby arrived for the weekend. I got to know these two back when I was in my early 70s. We were all on the Ruston...
06/27/2014
Being out of pocket for the past six weeks has given me an unearthly amount of time to browse the Internet via my phone at all hours of the day and night. Starting with Facebook as most people do, I stumbled upon numerous mothering or parenting...
06/27/2014
Apparently North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t have much of a sense of humor. Funnyman Seth Rogen’s “The Interview,” is set for release in October and according to North Korea, this will be an “Act of War.” The movie, which features Rogen...
06/26/2014
Gov. Bobby Jindal recently signed a bill that will release nonviolent drug offenders from jail one year early if they agree to participate in rehabilitation. Great. Then what? Although the idea of this new law is appealing to me I’m not so sure how...
06/25/2014
“Good things come to those who wait,” the saying goes. It looks like the Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative is going to have to wait a little longer. The ULRWSI is the bi-parish organization that wants to pipe water from Lake D’Arbonne...
06/24/2014
One of the advantages of growing your own herbs is being able to harvest fresh herbs when you need them for whatever the occasion calls for, cooking, potpourri, decorations, etc. Proper harvesting and preservation of herbs for future use allows...