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12/12/2014
On this Sunday afternoon, I’m having a special date with my church granddaughter, Lori James. The reason it is so special is because she has never been to a ballet. I’m amazed since she has traveled the world with her husband, Bobby, and seen sights...
12/12/2014
In recent weeks, I have gotten multiple phone calls and emails about scammers. Scammers main goal is to attempt to collect money from innocent bystanders. It is a travesty that people fall victim to these scams and do not realize what they really...
12/10/2014
Let’s face it, I’m a homebody. Maybe part of the reason is because when I was a kid, even the preliminary discussions of our family’s going out of town were, well, let’s start with agonizing. What was of paramount importance was that everybody be on...
12/09/2014
In my last article, I talked a bit about bed bugs. We talked a little about how those little guys can hitch hike into your house. I had said that buying/trading at garage sales, Facebook markets and Craigslist are now the No. 1 way that bed bugs can...
12/08/2014
It really is the most wonderful time of the year, but that could quickly turn in the other direction if you aren’t careful when choosing and putting up your Christmas decorations. Each year hospital emergency rooms treat about 8,700 people for...
12/08/2014
The first week of December has ended, and all over our community, people are reaching out to DART. We have gratefully received gestures of compassion and kindness from so many different groups of people.
12/07/2014
On further review, and based solely on monetary reasons, I should have picked another profession. Had I followed the advice, suggestions or even pleadings of various relatives and friends, it might very well have happened. My grandfather on my Dad’s...
12/06/2014
In basic terms, a mutual fund is a company whose main objective is to professionally invest a pool of money in securities and earn a positive return for shareholders. In this way, these companies allow you to “mutually” share the rewards and risks...
12/06/2014
As 2014 draws to a close, you may want to look back on the progress you’ve made this past year in various areas of your life — and that certainly includes progress toward your financial goals. At the same time, you may want to make some end-of-year...
12/06/2014
Question: I have never asked my parents if they have long-term care insurance or anything like that. Would it be wrong of me to ask? Answer: Tim Berry wishes he had. When Tim’s father announced his open heart surgery, Tim was assured his father’s...
12/06/2014
Memories of history can be overcome with the glitter or glamor of the present. We know that we are in the “Christmas season.” Not many of us think of from where we have come. We are caught up with the inundation of advertising and “must have”...
12/06/2014
I’m going to be honest, what I don’t know about sports could fill up the Grand Canyon. And, what I do could barely fill up the sink in most bathrooms. The most athletic activity I’ve ever engaged in — barring the strict workout routines I’ve...
12/05/2014
I’m sorry about last Sunday. My column seems to have gotten lost in transit. Hopefully I won’t let that happen again any time soon. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We had a super good time with family, especially enjoying daughter Becky...
12/05/2014
The annual flurry of holiday activities blew in with Monday. Be sure to mark the following programs on your calendar in order to create a most “feel-good” season for you and your family. This weekend continues the run of “The Best Christmas Pageant...
12/05/2014
What are the two times a year most people love? The answer — Christmas and their birthdays. But what do you do if a loved one’s birthday falls during the holiday season? Well with a quarter-century of birthdays under my belt I have quite a good bit...
12/05/2014
African-American culture has always seemed to be in the spotlight. Whether it be for something positive or negative, the attention flame shines much brighter when the person of suspicion is of color. One thing that is undeniable is the impact we’ve...
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...