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12/23/2017
We’ve reached the end of another year — which means it’s just about time for some New Year’s resolutions. Would you like to study a new language, take up a musical instrument or visit the gym more often? All these are worthy goals, of course, but...
12/23/2017
When erroneous rumors of his demise reached Mark Twain, he famously responded, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Similarly, the estate tax’s impending death is often reported, but unless Congress acts, it’s still alive — at least for now.
12/23/2017
There is something special about the music of this season. The songs of Christmas are heard nearly everywhere — radio stations, shopping malls, concert halls, and sanctuaries. While secular songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Have a Holly Jolly...
12/23/2017
Trail camera photos of a mature buck in Jackson Parish revealed that he was a big deer. The fact that photos only showed him moving at night for the past two years, never showing himself during daylight hours, revealed the buck’s nasty attitude....
12/22/2017
Happy holidays, everyone. It seems like Thanksgiving was last week, and now here we are with Christmas only three days away. In the last month there has been a flurry of wonderful art activities going on in our area, including unique exhibitions,...
12/22/2017
When I was little, the first thing my mom would set out during the holiday season was an old ceramic nativity set. I loved that decoration, not only because it was so simple, but also because baby Jesus was detachable from the manger. I can’t tell...
12/22/2017
First, let’s define minor surgery: Any surgery done to someone other than yourself. Even if it’s minimally invasive, if it’s done to you personally it’s not minor. It’s great to have friends, particularly people who believe they have the gift of...
12/21/2017
Whether the tradition is Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanza, the holiday season represents all that we hold true to ourselves. It’s the celebration of life, family and the traditions that shape who we are. But sometimes the holiday season is not always...
12/20/2017
The National Alliance on Mental Illness defines major depression as a severe medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood, and physical health. It is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. Major...
12/20/2017
The only Christmas tree I remember my grandmother ever putting up was a short, scraggly cedar tree with old-fashion bubble lights on it. Mamaw didn’t have many Christmas decorations; what she did have were obviously left over from when my mother and...
12/19/2017
Even though it is December, spring gardening may seem a ways off, but maybe it’s time to start preparing now so that you are not too late when the time comes. Many people call me right before they plant their gardens or even after, asking me what...
12/18/2017
All I wanted was a rental car, nothing fancy, nothing flashy, just one that got good gas mileage and could get me safely to Tennessee and back to see my best friend Terry “T-bone” Presley. My local rental car dealer recently changed hands and all...
12/16/2017
Late last month I wrote a column following the death of Charles Manson about how I believed he was a strong example of the cost of long-term imprisonment of convicts and what that means to financially-burdened states like Louisiana. The point I was...
12/16/2017
Question: How much money do I need to save? Answer: Enough. What other answer makes sense? OK. But “enough” to do what? Enough to make you financially free during your working years and enough to make going to work optional as soon as possible....
12/16/2017
Winter is (just about) officially here — but you may soon be leaving it behind if you’re a snowbird. When you go, though, you’ll want to keep your financial situation from getting caught out in the cold. These are a few suggestions you may want to...
12/16/2017
Our company is committed to helping you succeed across all areas of your financial life. Here are five considerations to think about when it comes to tax planning. Five areas to consider at year-end: 1. Analyze your investment portfolio. • Review...
12/15/2017
I come from a town — well, technically a village — where the biggest holiday celebration was a few small decorations on the lampposts. Now, to be fair, there were only a total of 618 souls who lived there. Most of the celebrations look place in...
12/15/2017
Up front, I’ll apologize and tell you the word “economy” won’t work in trying to share another example — actually a series of examples — of how amazing God’s provision is for his children. A week before Thanksgiving, I was headed to Ruston from...
12/14/2017
There’s not many crevices or creases in the world where the Grambling State University brand is not known. But sometimes lost in the discussions of the historically black institute is the city it calls home — Grambling. Of course, Lincoln Parish...
12/13/2017
Darrius Stewart is a statistic. He’s an abused child — his mother, a crack cocaine addict for 20 years, “beat us with an extension cord to the point we couldn’t go to school the next day.” He’s also a high school dropout, a former resident of four...