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12/03/2014
I’ve always wondered how reindeer fly. Do they have invisible propellers hidden under their hooves so as to stay aloft? Or are there teams of tiny elf volunteers holding the reindeer up as they jet Santa around the world on Christmas Eve? Somehow...
12/02/2014
Have you put up your tree, yet? This year I’ve noticed trees going up in homes after Halloween. Before Thanksgiving some towns had decorated for the Christmas holidays and had hosted open houses in their local businesses. Christmas season is more...
12/01/2014
The Thanksgiving holiday may have just ended, but at DART, we are savoring an entire season of thanks. We could not exist, grow and meet the particular needs of bruised and frightened families without the kindness of our friends and supporters. It...
12/01/2014
It’s Dec. 1. So it’s past the point for all you Scrooges and Grinches to complain. Like it or not, the Christmas season is here, and Lincoln Parish is ready to begin celebrating. Actually, the celebrating began a few days before Thanksgiving with...
11/29/2014
There’s this classic scene in the movie “City Slickers” where Billy Crystal and his friends are sitting around the camp fire at an Old West dude ranch, and the subject of baseball comes up. Phil Berquist and Ed Furillo were passionately debating...
11/29/2014
Question: I know I have a bad habit of overspending during the holidays and pay for it with a lot of credit card debt. What can I do to avoid that trap this year? Answer: I’ll let you in on Moore’s First Law of Christmas Gift Giving: “The expense...
11/29/2014
Like everyone else, you have financial goals. To help achieve these goals, you may need to invest — and when you invest, you’ll need to take on some risk. But the more you understand this risk, and the better you are at managing it, the greater your...
11/29/2014
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 reason, expenses that significantly affect...
11/29/2014
Time travel. This concept is generally associated with the entertainment industry. Maybe some in the scientific world think it possible. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time or maybe the future? This upcoming...
11/29/2014
Even though Thanksgiving was Thursday, I find myself still swept up in such a sense of gratitude and thanks. Naturally I immediately focus on my many personal blessings — four incredible years of marriage, my wonderful family, the ongoing gift of...
11/29/2014
Chances are that the majority of us ate a few thousand too many calories over the past few days. With savory turkey and dressing and tables bulging with the weight of too many desserts, Thanksgiving is definitely a day on which many avoid counting...
11/28/2014
I’m sure many of you are just now dragging in from your festive traditions of Black Friday shopping. I, on the other hand, have happily been home with my boys baking cookies and pulling out Christmas decorations. Unlike many people I have seen on my...
11/27/2014
Today is Thanksgiving and although I have a lot to be thankful for, I’m a little sad because I have to say goodbye. I have decided to return to school and pursue a career in education and I know I should be excited, but I’m not there yet. I keep...
11/26/2014
In 10 days, Ruston residents will have a little bit better idea of what their new city government will look like. That’s when the runoff races for the three still-undecided Board of Aldermen seats take place. By the end of the evening on Dec. 6,...
11/25/2014
In keeping with the Thanksgiving spirit, I want to take this opportunity to thank so many wonderful volunteers for helping to make the LSU AgCenter programs successful. Our volunteers put in lots of hours, hard work, and shared resources. They do...
11/24/2014
You don’t bave to be a baseball player to help. On Saturday, former Ruston High School and LSU baseball standout Ben Alsup is conducting a baseball clinic to benefit former Louisiana Tech University football offensive lineman Ken Serpas, who is...
11/24/2014
My head is filled with so many different thoughts as I sit down to write this week’s column. I am thinking of the heartfelt and humble Christmas Angel requests we have from children who have lived with the fear and stress of family violence. I am...
11/23/2014
A varied helping of sports notes with your Sunday morning cup of coffee:
11/22/2014
It’s almost Thanksgiving, a holiday that once celebrated the harvest season. Although many of us today may not be directly connected to agriculture, we still gather on Thanksgiving with our loved ones to share whatever “bounty” we may have. But this...
11/22/2014
Bond market volatility is back. No, that’s not an oxymoron. But it is an understandable source of apprehension, and one that could tempt you to respond to short-term movements. Instead, focus on ways to prepare the fixed income portion of your...