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11/05/2016
How much money will you need in retirement? To arrive at an estimate, you should consider various factors, such as where you’ll live, how much you plan to travel, and so on. Not surprisingly, you’ll also need to think about health care costs, which...
11/05/2016
Does the thought of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances — or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home — fill you with anxiety? You are not alone. However, you can’t afford to delay this conversation. As...
11/05/2016
Question: I’ve always made financial plans every few years. Looking back, none of them have ever worked out like I planned. So why plan? Answer: I think you know why, but I’ll take the bait. Twenty years ago, Bob Castiglione told me, “Money is not...
11/04/2016
We all know those people. They’re the ones who are sure to pop up on social media feeds any time an event of some controversy arises. They’re the ones you can always count on to throw in their two cents about the random hot topic of the day. The...
11/04/2016
With the early votes in, the people of Louisiana have only to wait for Election Day to see who will become our next commander-in-chief. But, with the polls as close as they are, what happens if there is no definite winner? What if neither candidate...
11/03/2016
We made it, America. The 2016 presidential election to decide our nation’s next leader is only a mere five days away. Seems like just yesterday candidates were pouring in from left and right to announce their bid. Ted Cruz, the Republican senator...
11/02/2016
The summer I finished eighth grade, my friend Alan sneaked me into Ruston High School. He was going to be a sophomore that coming fall, and me, a lowly freshman. Alan figured if I knew where my classes were and the most direct route to get from one...
11/01/2016
4-H is an amazing youth organization that offers youth the opportunity to showcase their variety of talents in so many diverse ways. One of the opportunities we offer Lincoln Parish 4-H Members is the opportunity to perform their talents. Each year...
10/31/2016
The hubby and I were watching the movie “The Tooth Fairy” the other day — not for the first time, I must admit. We’re fans of such fare. I also must admit that I can watch a movie repeatedly and still be surprised by some of the lines and scenes. I’...
10/30/2016
Terry Paxton Bradshaw is everywhere. Fox NFL Sunday. A comedy reality show titled “Better Late Than Never.” Shingles commercial. Late night talk shows. A sit down with popular Golf Channel interviewer Dave Feherty. Terry may be just shy of his 70th...
10/30/2016
Every year without fail it’s going to happen. I write stories for Louisiana Sportsman about big bucks and I get a tip about someone who has downed a trophy buck, I schedule the interview and the information the hunter shares with me has all the...
10/30/2016
In recent years we’ve heard much on how Louisiana Tech has established itself as a Tier 1 school and one of the leading research universities in the nation. Don’t be surprised if Tech garners even more attention in upcoming weeks and months because...
10/30/2016
There is a hilarious song that gets quite a bit of play on Sirius XM Elvis Radio — in fact I just heard it again today. You really need to be in the Jeep with the Boniols when it gets going because this is one of those times when both Tom and I...
10/30/2016
The other night I participated in a “Trunk or Treat” event at my church. Despite the fact that as I was dressed as “Captain Jack Sparrow” from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean,” there were some other scary ideas that were presented. I was glad...
10/30/2016
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, managing director and senior global equity strategist for Wells...
10/30/2016
Question: I was lucky that none of the flooding that took place earlier this year in north Louisiana (much less in south Louisiana) affected my family. But it got me thinking. What do I need to do to be prepared financially for a natural disaster?...
10/30/2016
Apart from death and taxes, few events in our world are consistently predictable —and investment returns are definitely not one of them. What can you, as an individual investor, do to cope with the ups and downs of the financial markets and make...
10/28/2016
There is something silently moving about candlelight vigils. It’s like the world outside just stops moving or making noise for a little while as you hold your lit candle and say a quiet prayer. That is the feeling I got when I stood beside the 200...
10/27/2016
Something scary is brewing. No, it’s not the United States presidential election, but I wouldn’t blame those who thought that. This type of scary is way more bearable. Halloween is Monday and people around the country will dress up as their favorite...
10/26/2016
Garbage and trash are about to clean up their act in Ruston and it’s partially because of their new partner, curbside recycling. Beginning in January, garbage collection drops to once a week, trash collection becomes more frequent — or not —...