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04/09/2017
Question: My husband and I want to start a family soon. We both work now, but we really would like for me to be able to stay home when we have a family. All of our friends say it’s really hard to do, but we’d really like to. What can we do? Answer:...
04/09/2017
Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be “myths” — which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice. Here are five of these myths,...
04/09/2017
Social Security is an important cornerstone of many retirement income plans. Yet, most Americans aren’t aware of the variety of benefit options and claiming strategies to consider — beyond deciding at what age to begin collecting benefits. This is...
04/09/2017
Lovable Cubbies? How about tough-to-beat Cubbies? As much as we would all love to remember them as a team we loved so much because they’d break our heart, the reality now is trying not to cry because they failed to repeat as world champions. That’s...
04/09/2017
Do you have a “bucket list”, stuff you’d like to accomplish before you “kick the bucket”? My list is rather short. The first one I recall is that I wanted to one day go to the north country in winter and ice fish. I got to pull that off five years...
04/07/2017
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” — Jawaharlal Nehru Adventure, by its definition, is an exciting experience or...
04/06/2017
I dedicate a lot of columns to talking about Millennials. I do so for several reasons, ranging from breaking stereotypes to showing new perspectives from younger audiences. Sometimes, I admit, I can write up a sensational version of my generation...
04/05/2017
Here we go again. Come noon Monday, the Louisiana Legislature convenes in its regular annual session. And if it seems like Yogi Berra’s famous “déjà vu all over again,” that’s because it is. Lawmakers have already met once this year in a special...
04/04/2017
Lincoln Parish 4-H welcomes the youth of Lincoln Parish to participate in a “learning-by-doing” environment where they are able to actively participate in hands-on experiences and make a lasting impact in their communities. 4-H focuses on the...
04/03/2017
By time you read this, I’ll be back from my chorus’ annual regional competition. In case you haven’t realized, let me explain. I’ve had a 28-year love affair with Sweet Adelines International and the local chapter, Piney Hills Harmony. The...
04/03/2017
Can Doug Williams come to the rescue again for the Washington Redskins? Given the current state of that beleaguered NFL franchise, they need some help. There’s been the loss and ensuing drama involving General Manager Scot McClouglan, the departure...
04/02/2017
In two weeks we celebrate Easter, hopefully recalling the sacrifice paid by our dearest, strongest friend ever. For those with family and friends, we will make preparations with them in mind. We might do the egg hunt adventure. And we might remember...
04/02/2017
Springtime in Louisiana … I love that sound. I like those three words, but mostly I love the sounds of the season as the Bayou State breaks out in song. Musical performances and festivals are a spring tradition in Louisiana, and we’re in the midst...
04/02/2017
Don’t worry too much if you haven’t heard, but April is National Stress Awareness Month. Of course, stress can present emotional and physical challenges to all of us, but if you belong to the “sandwich generation” — that is, you may be caring for...
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...