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06/20/2017
It’s summer time and many kids are home. How do children prepare their lunches? Children, college students and adults alike like a quick meal in minutes. Many of us use the microwave for this task, “meals in minutes.” I teach a cooking class for...
06/19/2017
There is a news article from Utah that tells the story of an 8-year-old boy hopping his neighbors’ fence to retrieve a ball that had gone over into the other yard. When the boy landed in the yard, three pit bulls attacked him. He was bitten and...
06/19/2017
I was having lunch the other day with my childhood-friend-turned-billionaire, Ty “Tycoon” Pendergrass, when the subject of the baseball park in Dubach came up. “You do realize that we had one the finest baseball parks in the state of Louisiana. It...
06/19/2017
Time for another “Buddy’s Blog Banter.” Today, we put the highlight marker on various individuals with local connections who have been making news in the sports world: DOUG WILLIAMS: Finally, after months of speculation, Doug Williams received a...
06/17/2017
Father’s Day is always special for me as a day I set aside time to spend with my daughters and treasure the value of family time spent together. But it’s also a day I treasure for remembering my dad and the father-like figures who have played such a...
06/17/2017
Question: I am the father of two children. Just to be blunt, one is a giver and the other is a taker. My wife and I own a business they both work in and I am worried that when we are gone, our taker will overwhelm our giver. How do we keep that from...
06/17/2017
Father’s Day is here. Dad will probably like any gifts you give him, of course, but this year, why not go beyond the ordinary? By presenting your father with an appropriate financial gift, you can bring him some benefits that can keep on giving.
06/17/2017
Which one is right for you? With the decline of corporate pensions and the aging U.S. population putting stress on the Social Security system, the burden of saving and planning for retirement falls increasingly on individuals. This is especially...
06/16/2017
As a wee tyke, my Dad took me to College Town Barber Shop where Vernon Whitlock gave me my first haircut. Until I was 12, it was the place where I got every haircut. Mr. Vernon was Dad’s barber, though I never really understood why. By the time I...
06/16/2017
Summer has officially begun and we all know what that means — family vacations. Two-week adventures are not all there is to the summer months, and if you plan carefully, there are several locations right here in Lincoln Parish that can offer your...
06/15/2017
While Juneteenth is a celebration of the enslaved becoming free, it feels much bigger than that. Time travel to any point in history and try to find a significant amount of time where the average African American did not face some sort of hardship....
06/14/2017
One year ago this month, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen decided to spend $50,000 to hire a local engineering firm to create and maintain a web page specifically designed for residents to be able to keep track of the progress of Moving Ruston Forward...
06/13/2017
As a parent, one of the things we strive to instill in our children is a good work ethic. We know that it is important to start this training early with age-appropriate tasks. We might assign them “chores” to do around the house or we might...
06/12/2017
Summer vacation used to fill me with such a sense of excitement. The next few months lay ahead, filled with endless possibilities for fun and freedom. For working parents, however, the summer holds specific challenges, namely planning safe,...
06/12/2017
His NFL address may have changed a couple of time zones, but Andrew Whitworth has the same role. For the former West Monroe High and LSU All-American, it’s still all about continuing as one of the most respected elder statesmen in the league for...
06/12/2017
It is no secret that texting and driving is a problem. It’s something that a lot of us are guilty of, myself included. According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles website, Louisiana has a statewide ban on “the use of wireless devices for...
06/10/2017
It’s not just the sky being the limit for a new press box/luxury suites that will stretch from one end of Lincoln Parish to the outer fringes of Jackson Parish. Excuse the exaggeration, but such is what prompts us members of the ink-stained...
06/10/2017
I was recently going through pictures on my phone and ran across some I took while in Memphis last year. It was the opening of the Guest House at Graceland where Tom and I had VIP seats to all kinds of extraordinary events. Being the music freak I...
06/10/2017
While the Louisiana Legislature’s failing to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year was what Gov. John Bel Edwards deemed “an epic failure in leadership,” forcing a special session to be called, state lawmakers did do some good during the...
06/09/2017
I was born late in my parent’s lives. So late, in fact, that my mother was a grandmother before I came along, a fact that made me an uncle the instant I was born. Both my parents were married before they became Mr. and Mrs. Rainwater, and each had...