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10/02/2017
When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your...
10/02/2017
A key question most pre-retirees wrestle with in deciding when to transition into retirement is, “How do I know if my retirement savings will last through my lifetime? “ An important first step in answering this question is to get a good handle on...
10/02/2017
I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that one of my favorite outdoors activities happens each spring when I join a group of friends for a turkey hunting trip to Menard, Texas. It’s something I look forward to like a little kid waiting on Santa and I’...
10/02/2017
“Unpack that for me” — this is a fairly new saying that has meaning beyond someone unpacking boxes after moving to a new home or unpacking bags after a vacation. In fact, sometimes in a spiritual direction session or even in Bible study, I will...
09/30/2017
We have an internal storm brewing in our country which is gathering hurricane-like strength. It is not a weather event. The first time I ever saw this type of “storm” erupt was back in the 1960s.
09/30/2017
It’s good news for Lincoln Parish as Louisiana universities are reporting increased enrollment figures this fall. With Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities serving as major economic forces within Lincoln Parish, it’s a definite positive...
09/29/2017
Grassy knoll. For many Baby Boomers and those of the Greatest Generation, the words conjure questions surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone? Was there a second shooter behind the six-foot high...
09/29/2017
Since we began publishing what we call our “Pink Paper” — a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month — I have had the opportunity to hear the stories of women who fought for their lives against cancer. They were beyond inspirational. With October...
09/28/2017
Ask anyone in America and they will know the distance to a football field — 100 yards. Now take that knowledge and apply it to Louisiana coastal wetland loss. The state loses the equivalent to a football field of coastal wetlands every 38 minutes....
09/27/2017
Faith and spirituality can be very helpful components of someone’s recovery from mental illness. A place of worship is often a safe place for people, where they can feel welcomed and have an instant sense of support and community. For many...
09/27/2017
As a young girl, my mother collected stamps. She had 1-cent stamps, 2-cent stamps and stamps from countries that don’t exist anymore. For a while, I tried to keep up her hobby, but eventually gave our collection to a friend who was a serious...
09/26/2017
It’s about that time that we will start seeing signs that say, “It’s Time to Winterize Your Lawn.” In reality the sign should read, “Take a soil sample to see if you really need to winterize your lawn.” We need to remember that just because the...
09/25/2017
I was born in 1993. Each living generation has a name, and I am lucky enough to have been born in the time that would dub me a “millennial.” According to the Pew Research Center, people born between 1981 and 1997 are considered millennials. Being a...
09/25/2017
About this time each year the fine people of my hometown of Dubach gather in the streets of downtown to throw a big party in homage to the great bird that for so many years has brought local prosperity to our town — the chicken. A few years back; I...
09/23/2017
It’s a problem Louisiana legislators simply aren’t used to, at least not in recent years. Year and year the state has faced budget deficits, often facing midyear cuts in the process. Not this year. The quandry facing legislators now is how to spend...
09/23/2017
Today, women are playing an ever-increasing role in making important financial decisions —whether for themselves or for their families. While many of the basic rules of investing hold true for all investors, some life events affect women...
09/23/2017
Question: I am a reasonably successful professional who enjoys his work. I saw my father save and scrimp, only to die less than one year after he retired. It was such a waste. I am determined not to be that way. I do not ever plan to retire. My...
09/23/2017
If you want to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you don’t need to have been born rich or even to have earned scads of money during your working years. But you do need to make the right moves at the right time — which means you might want...
09/22/2017
Ole Miss football coach Billy Brewer told him he wasn’t big enough or fast enough or good enough to play college football in the Southeastern Conference. Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins leaned across Brewer’s desk and said, “If you give me a chance, coach...
09/22/2017
Simply put, they saved lives. With each name called during Tuesday’s early morning hours, a second chance for life was given to area shelter animals. More than 100 dogs and 30 cats were selected to be a part of a transportation project that would...