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04/18/2014
Recently there has been talk of the Louisiana Legislature attempting to take a law off the books that was deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court as unconstitutional. On Tuesday, the House killed a bill that would remove Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law. In an...
04/17/2014
April is Keep America Beautiful Month. It’s also National Pecan Month, National Welding Month and International Guitar Month. Who knew? Although I can get down with pecans and guitars, I don’t know much about welding and keeping our country...
04/16/2014
The folks in Ruston’s University Hills neighborhood wasted no time when they decided they wanted their area to remain viable in the face of change. Even before city officials had decided what to include in Ruston’s newest master plan regarding...
04/15/2014
Beautiful plants are a common sight in and around the house. House plants, flowering garden plants and large ornamental plants can be an enjoyable way to liven-up the environment. One point always stressed when deciding upon which plant for a site...
04/15/2014
Let the fun begin! When my girls were young this time of the year we couldn’t wait to dye and decorate eggs. We would get several bowls and mix up all the pretty colors — blue, red, green, yellow — and sometimes pour all the colors together to dye...
04/14/2014
April is the traditional time for state domestic violence organizations to join together in Baton Rouge to meet up with our legislators. On Tuesday, DART staff members will participate in the annual Purple and Teal Reception at Juban’s. For those...
04/14/2014
Springtime brings a bounty of fun events every year for Lincoln Parish. Even better, many of those events are not only simply fun, but are uplifting, life-reaffirming events that can create memories that will last a lifetime. One of those events...
04/12/2014
Let all of the jokes and one-liners about Tyler Summitt’s youthful looks begin. Might as well get them out of the way before the 23- year-old coaches his first game with the Lady Techsters. They’ve been circulating ever since he was introduced as...
04/12/2014
In a recent span of only three days, Louisiana Tech University made what could be defining moments in its athletics’ history. And specifically with its basketball program. First, there was the hiring of Tyler Summitt as the head coach of the Lady...
04/12/2014
Today is my anniversary. Now before Tom goes running to the calendar to see what he’s missed, let me clarify. Today isn’t my wedding anniversary; it’s not the day I debuted on this planet nor is it the day I graduated at any time in my life. However...
04/12/2014
Sometimes I watch too much TV. Other times, a book transports me to such an interesting place with such interesting people that it would be tough to pull me away if a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse was going on outside. Lately, I’ve been...
04/12/2014
I believe that Easter and the Resurrection are the most important events in the history of man. Last week I ended with the question: Was the process of His trial legal?
04/12/2014
Designing your retirement: The new reality A new grandchild arrives. Your son moves across the country for his new job. The family home requires more maintenance than your travel-intensive lifestyle allows. A health challenge arises. Whatever the...
04/12/2014
As you save and invest for retirement, what are your ultimate goals? Do you plan on traveling the world? Purchasing a vacation home? Pursuing your hobbies? People often think and plan for these costs. Yet, too often, many of us overlook what...
04/12/2014
Question: My husband and I both work and stay very busy. We feel the need to do some financial planning, but it is easy to put it off. Also, times are so uncertain that we do not know if now is the best time to start. Do you have any thoughts on our...
04/11/2014
Man, this is living! Everything at your fingertips and lots of attention from family members and others. I even enjoy the therapists. This was last Sunday’s routine: Up at 6 a.m. to get ready for church. After breakfast at 7 a.m. Jonathan dropped me...
04/11/2014
I love movies. Independent movies especially. There is something inspiring about a person creating such an expensive thing as a movie from his own pocket. Now, calm down. This is not some hipster manifesto as to why independent movies are so much...
04/11/2014
For many people working out is something they decide to do sporadically and without much thought. With the mindset of “Oh, I ate that huge piece of cake, I need to go to the gym and get on the elliptical for an hour,” many results are not seen....
04/10/2014
Have you ever had something or someone pull at your heart? I didn’t understand what it meant when someone would use the phrase, “pulls at my heart” until I started spending time around teenagers. When I went to the Boys and Girls Club annual Pro Day...
04/09/2014
The way Reita Reeves figures it, if a friend hadn’t had a mini stroke and hadn’t told her about The Health Hut, she — Reeves — might not be around to tell her own story. “I hadn’t had any blood work in five years,” Reeves, a Ruston resident, said....