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01/01/2017
Happy 2017! Just saying ‘2017’ seems unreal. In three more years we will close the second decade of the 21st Century, I will be halfway through my sixth decade on this planet plus closing in on a 40-year career. Time is flying and nothing seems to...
01/01/2017
Happy New Year.  Think simplicity, like black-eyed peas and cabbage.  Today is the “correct day” for the celebration, right? Maybe we take New Year’s day for granted because it is “always” just a week after Christmas. But remember, we know that...
01/01/2017
Question: 2016 was a really lousy year for me personally and professionally. I’m not exactly depressed, but I’m in no mood for a party either. What’s the best way to start over financially at this point? Answer: Resolved: no matter what happens in...
01/01/2017
Today we open the door to 2017, so you might be thinking about some New Year’s resolutions. What’s on your list this year? More visits to the gym? Learning a new language? Mastering the perfect beef bourguignon? All worthy ambitions, of course, but...
01/01/2017
Calculating your net worth is a matter of math — add up your cash, investments, property values, life insurance, financial interests in your business, and other assets such as rare collectibles and jewelry. From that total, subtract all debts,...
01/01/2017
If you enjoy sports, you’ve come to the right place today. A variety of topics to write about and ponder over, if you will: OH, WHAT A SEASON: It was a good life led by fans of Lincoln Parish college football teams in 2016. So good that one couldn...
01/01/2017
As the final pages are being recorded for year 2016, it’s time to take the wrappings off brand new 2017. Before we do, though, I want to flip through the pages of the year just ending and relive some of the experiences this scribe encountered over...
01/01/2017
Today is the first day of the New Year, Jan. 1, 2017. In our culture it is a time of great expectation for starting over, beginning again, finding “the new you” and making New Year’s resolutions to better ourselves and rid of old habits. It is a...
12/30/2016
Well, Sunday is the big day. A new year is upon us and it’s the time of year that we look back at the past 12 months and reflect. Well, let’s just be honest, 2016 has taken a lot more than it has given us — in my opinion anyway. I should have known...
12/30/2016
Saints fans will watch their 2016 season come to a close Sunday as New Orleans plays at NFC Champion Atlanta. But don’t think the Saints don’t have much to play for — both this season and next. First, it’s the Falcons. Enough said. This heated...
12/29/2016
On the fields of Eddie G. Robinson Memorial and Joe Aillet stadiums, there’s considerable history. Named after Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities’ legendary coaches, the stadiums represent a Lincoln Parish pastime — good ol’ fashioned...
12/28/2016
This is a Christmas story. Yes, I know Christmas has come and gone, but bear with me at least for a few more paragraphs. Several months ago, the 35 inmates participating in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center’s Department of Corrections re-entry...
12/28/2016
In this day and age of NFL being a big business, it really was a no-brainer. So Louisiana Tech football fans shouldn’t have been surprised Tuesday when redshirt junior Carlos Henderson announced his intentions on declaring for April’s NFL Draft....
12/27/2016
Louis Leo “Skip” Holtz, Jr., has now placed his name among the elite head football coaches in Louisiana Tech University football history. And when you’re speaking of a prestigious group that is highlighted by Joe Aillet and Maxie Lambright, that’s...
12/27/2016
Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 3 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the cooking contest. The contest offered five categories that...
12/24/2016
Merry Christmas.  May there be the meaningful and marvelous “Joy to the World” in your lives today.  Think about this: why?
12/24/2016
I am proudly New Orleans born and bred and spent many a Christmas morning opening gifts under the tree in our living room on St. Nick Drive in New Orleans. Yes, I really did grow up on St. Nick Drive. Valentine Court was right behind us and Easter...
12/24/2016
Most of us need to do some type of estate planning, but it’s especially important if you are part of a “blended” family. And the best time to start is now — before these plans need to be implemented. Estate planning can be complex, so you will need...
12/24/2016
When you set up your investment portfolio, you probably also settled on an asset allocation strategy — for instance, 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds. You, perhaps with the help of your financial advisor, determined that this particular...
12/24/2016
Question: What are you giving for Christmas this year? Answer: Each year there’s an “it” gift that everyone seems to want, yet it’s often hard to find. Who’s been able to get their hands on a NES Classic this year? As in economics, so in life …...