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04/02/2017
Preparing for worst-case scenarios brings peace of mind during the best of times. Here’s why. Tom was a healthy 43-year-old approaching the height of his earning power and living the happiest days of his life. He had a great job that fulfilled him,...
04/02/2017
Question: How do I get started saving money? Answer: Start saving money. The most important step to saving money is to start. The second most important step is to keep going. The third most important step is to not rob the bank. The late great John...
04/02/2017
Will next month’s NFL Draft be a banner day for wide receivers from Lincoln Parish? It is certainly shaping up that way. The parish that sent such outstanding receivers as Charlie Joiner, Roger Carr and Frank Lewis to the next level could have not...
04/02/2017
As an outdoor writer/broadcaster, I get to visit with a variety of interesting people from hunters and fishermen to biologists and experts in outdoors topics. Most interviews provide good information for my readers/listeners. Occasionally, I get to...
04/02/2017
“Don’t Look Back” is a song by Boston, a popular rock band back in the 1970’s when I was a little girl. Boston was a favorite group of mine, and my brother, Jon loved their music, as well. In fact, Jon even got to attend their concert when we...
03/31/2017
We all have our reasons for rising each morning. Some of us are the early-morning go-getters, the sunrise yoga-doers and the 8 a.m. class-attenders. My motivation, however, has nothing to do with birds chirping and the sun shining. Each morning, the...
03/31/2017
I grew up on four acres 30 miles from the nearest town and since I was three years old, there was always one major consistency in my life — I had a dog. My parents got two blue healer puppies from our neighbors for my brother and me so that we would...
03/30/2017
With social media expanding its reach to parts that did not seem feasible just a short decade ago, its no wonder that the political world has begun using its tools to communicate with audiences across the globe. President Donald Trump may be the...
03/29/2017
A few blocks from Ruston’s City Hall, shrouded in a thick stand of bamboo, is a tent. A homeless person lives there. Drive down the street a bit further and you’re in a food desert. There’s no sign; the topography is no different than any place else...
03/29/2017
In these trying times, you may be seeking a mental health service or care provider. Know what type of treatment or care you need, and then you will know what type of service or which provider to search for. Listed below are crisis helplines and...
03/28/2017
This is my favorite time of year. The birds are singing, the trees are greening up and the daffodils along the interstate have bloomed. Already I have noticed busy bees in my garden. The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners have predictably been...
03/27/2017
When your doctor comes into the room with the results of your blood work and all he can do is stare at it and say, “Hmm,” it may be time for you to get used to the idea that you may not be here forever. Once was when I found out I was a type II...
03/25/2017
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Nothing closer to truth could be said about Louisiana’s state budget. Different legislators. Different governors. Same old song and dance. The damage done to our state budget has been clear to...
03/24/2017
Most of my life has been spent in a little town roughly 25 miles north of Ruston called Farmerville. There are three stoplights, more than a dozen churches and a population of only 3,862 people. Because there wasn’t much to do besides hang out in...
03/24/2017
Growing up, my favorite subjects were always the creative ones — art and writing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can’t even draw a decent stick figure, but the fact that I had the opportunity to attempt to learn is not something to scoff at. With the...
03/23/2017
The climax scene of 1985’s Back to the Future film involves the protagonist, Marty McFly, covering a song titled “Johnny B. Goode.” McFly performs the song at a mid-’50s prom during the time-traveling flick where McFly, who traveled from 1985 back...
03/22/2017
“Growing old isn’t for sissies,” Mrs. Giles would say every Sunday morning as she lowered herself into the pew behind my mother and me at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. Mama, probably then in her 60s, would nod in some sort of semi-agreement...
03/20/2017
The other day, I happened to glance at the odometer, and there the numbers sat in all their radiant glory: 111,111. Instead of being annoyed that the miles were multiplying on my vehicle, I instead savored their symmetry. I’d never before seen that...
03/20/2017
Burroughs’ Bunch is the hottest ticket in Ruston these days. And when they play an unbeaten or nationally ranked opponent, forget it. The fans start lining up quickly. Not since the exciting era when Louisiana Tech University’s program was guided by...
03/18/2017
I’ve always been a dreamer. And as a child, one of my dreams was to join the circus. Maybe it’s because I love playing the clown and entertaining and making people laugh — especially children. Or maybe it’s because I’m really still a kid at heart....