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05/13/2017
What is a “miracle?” It has been partially defined as an “extraordinary event in the physical world ascribed to a supernatural cause,” or, an “event manifesting or considered as a work of God.” Have you ever seen or been in the presence of a miracle...
05/13/2017
It’s been well more than 12 years now since Barbara Jean Peters Boatright left this Earth for her heavenly home. Mother’s Day has never been the same since my mom passed away in October of 2004. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending Mother’s Day with...
05/12/2017
With spring quarter coming to a close as finals week quickly approaches, most of us come to the end of another school year at Louisiana Tech. While many students are anxious for summer break and ready to hit the beaches with our fellow semester...
05/12/2017
Sunday is Mother’s Day. Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early...
05/11/2017
At the height of Fox’s show “American Idol” more than 132 million record breaking votes were cast in the final showdown between blues guitarist Phillip Phillips and the singer-songwriter Jessica Sanchez. At least one family member, friend and...
05/10/2017
“You don’t watch YouTube?’ the young teenager asked, a somewhat incredulous, though polite, tone in her voice. “No,” I said, and almost added, “I don’t watch much of anything. I work.” But I figured that might be too intellectually taxing for the...
05/09/2017
At the beginning of the Masters Golf Tournament this year, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus honored their great friend, Arnold Palmer. In one of the articles I read, it talked about Arnold Palmer’s great love of etiquette — not just golf etiquette —...
05/08/2017
DART’S 16th Annual Radiothon sped by, to the tune of classic country hits on the Q 94.1, the unmistakable voice of Bob Day, and the steady arrival of guest speakers, each sharing why they believe domestic violence is a threat throughout our...
05/08/2017
Have you ever had a dream when you were sure it was caused by something you were watching before you went to sleep? I have. Especially when I was a kid, I’d get nightmares if I watched a scary movie before I went to bed. I would see that same...
05/07/2017
Leftover thoughts, from a Lincoln Parish and area perspective, on the NFL Draft: CATCHING ON: You shouldn’t have been shocked that wide receivers received the most phone calls among parish candidates from NFL teams on draft day. The five-mile...
05/07/2017
For someone who’s been dead for 172 years, “Old Hickory” sure has been in the news a lot lately. “Old Hickory” being the nickname of our seventh U.S. president, Andrew Jackson. In 2015, under then-President Barack Obama, the U.S. Treasury announced...
05/06/2017
Leaving for work Monday morning, I struggled to get my “game face” on. I was feeling a little under the weather. The weekend storms had caused the temperature to drop, so I was cold, and it just seemed so dark outside. I sat there, engine idling,...
05/06/2017
Last week I suggested: “Government is established for the purpose of providing and maintaining basic order for all or as many people as possible. Government is not and cannot be all things for all people all of the time regardless of the cost.” I...
05/06/2017
Question: Recently my wife and I have been arguing a lot about money. When I try to explain things to her, she just clams up. But honestly we are spending too much money and she has to be part of the solution. How do other people deal with their...
05/06/2017
Parents often worry about how they’ll save for their retirement years after juggling years of paying for food, education, and other expenses related to their children. But childless retirees may face different obstacles when it comes to retirement...
05/06/2017
With Mother’s Day around the corner, you might wonder if you should go beyond chocolates and flowers this year and give Mom something that can help her far into the future. What sort of financial gift can improve her life?
05/06/2017
In our culture we are constantly putting up boundaries and setting certain limits by which to live. Many times we do this in order to protect ourselves and those we love. We teach our young children to stop at the edge of the sidewalk, so they don...
05/05/2017
Before I left for college, I was given three very important pieces of advice: have fun, study hard and most importantly, don’t become a liberal. Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize all of those things are easier said than done these days.
05/05/2017
Some of the first conversations I remember having with my father were about family history. I was raised to believe that it is important that one know where they came from. After all, as my dad likes to say, if you don’t where you have been, you can...
05/04/2017
On New Year’s Eve back home in Metairie, my mother preached for roughly 30 minutes on the importance of not drinking and driving. I ensured her that no one in my party would drive because we were taking an Uber to downtown New Orleans. That was the...