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06/07/2014
Our two cents worth on various topics in the sports world (or maybe a quarter’s worth): LET’S HONOR DEAN: He is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Louisiana Tech University Hall of Fame. Now, it is time to...
06/07/2014
It’s hard not to feel just a little bit sorry for folks who didn’t grow up out on the rural route. People whose boundaries were defined by concrete and traffic lights grew up missing out on some of the best eating to be had anywhere. My brother,...
06/07/2014
I’ve been playing the piano since I was about 4 1/2 — well, since I was tall enough to sit on the bench and reach the keys. And I’ve always loved it. But if the truth be known, I’d give my right arm to play one other instrument — the drums. I’ve...
06/07/2014
In the purest sense of the word, I’m a feminist. To qualify that, I’ll define what that means in my mind. I believe, wholeheartedly, that no one should be able to tell me I can’t do something just because I’m a woman. On the flip side, I don’t...
06/07/2014
Question: After reading several articles suggesting that I do so, I recently looked into purchasing disability insurance. They sure don’t give that stuff away! How do I evaluate whether it is really worth it? Answer: I once worked with a 40-...
06/07/2014
June is a popular month for weddings. If you’re getting married this month, you no doubt have many exciting details to discuss with your spouse-to-be. But after you get back from the honeymoon, you’ll want to have another discussion — about your...
06/07/2014
In my second year of seminary, I took a class called Systematic Theology. The course was challenging in many ways, and part of the readings were about creation and God’s care and concern for all of the earth and everything in it. I have always paid...
06/06/2014
I’ve been thinking about these school shootings lately ­— wondering why it seems like all of a sudden troubled kids think shooting up their schools and killing their schoolmates is the solution to their problems.
06/05/2014
Most anyone who knows me knows I’m from Union Parish — and proud of it. Sure it has it’s quirks and, yes, even its cliques like any other small town does, but it’s actually a pretty great place. Lincoln Parish is too. This is my second time to live...
06/04/2014
It’s no great shock that 5th District Rep. Vance McAllister has evidently not totally ruled out a re-election bid after all. The first-term lawmaker, who some media outlets dubbed “the kissing congressman” in the wake of a surveillance camera video...
06/03/2014
Although late winter is generally the ideal time for pruning chores, many of our spring-blooming shrubs are best pruned immediately after flowers have faded. Observing the plants in north Louisiana, many of these have finished blooming and now is...
06/03/2014
Looking for some great learning opportunities for your children this summer? Summer workshops will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime. Myself and volunteers Beth Liberatos and Helen Boersma are presenting “Cooking with Kids,” a...
06/02/2014
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and its Ruston chapter issue the following statement about the May 23 tragedy in Santa Barbara, California: NAMI shares the sadness of other Americans over the Santa Barbara tragedy and extends our...
06/02/2014
If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, there is encouraging news from this year’s legislative session in Baton Rouge. Compared to last year, when shelters were threatened with drastic budget cuts which would have resulted in...
06/02/2014
As June 1 rolled around yesterday, the annual hurricane season kicked off. While we don’t have to have the same concerns as our coastal brethren in south Louisiana, experience has shown we can be affected by hurricanes here in the northern part of...
05/31/2014
Maybe there’s a lull coming up for Lincoln Parish sports with the summer months, but there is plenty to look forward to once the 2014-15 school year kicks off. Some of the topics that are due to be making headlines in upcoming months:
05/31/2014
If you read the Holy Bible today, I suspect you didn’t consider its compilation. I personally believe that the Canons of the Bible contents contain the inspired word of Almighty God. But where did they come from on this globe? How was our Bible...
05/31/2014
While they could try, I don’t think anyone could win an argument by saying that the Robertson family has had no impact on North Louisiana. Love them or hate them, millions of people across the country have eyes on us because of the family that loves...
05/31/2014
Question: I am getting close to retirement. Because of my experience with my parents, I am worried about what will happen to our finances if my husband or I should come down with Alzheimer’s. What can we realistically do to prepare for that? Answer...
05/31/2014
In many areas of your life, you’re probably aware that it’s useful to keep emotions out of your decision-making — and that’s certainly the case with investing. However, it can be difficult to keep your feelings from influencing your investment...