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08/09/2014
Question: I turned 50 this year. I’ve still got kids at home and one in college. The market kicked me pretty hard a few years back and I don’t see how I’ll ever save enough money to retire. I don’t know where my money goes, but I don’t feel like we...
08/08/2014
Spending six hours under the August sun of Louisiana fixing my Jeep was not how I planned my Wednesday. Then again, I didn’t plan on the radiator bursting and the replacement being a not so “exact fit” for my Jeep. Here’s the thing, it’s hot....
08/08/2014
I enjoy reading the investment articles written by Randy Fallin and Bobby Conville. They reminds me of some investment advice I received some years ago. The good news is I’m only seven years away from retirement. The bad news is, according to my...
08/08/2014
Bubonic plague. Malaria. Small pox. Yellow Fever. Measles. Influenza. Cholera. And now Ebola. These diseases have killed hundreds of thousands of people through the years, not only in the United States, but worldwide. With the most current — and the...
08/07/2014
I’m old enough to remember the days when we didn’t have cell phones and I find myself wondering now, “how did we make it through life without them?” Sure, I remember not having them and somehow life going on as it normally does. I don’t remember...
08/06/2014
I spent some time looking at trees the other evening. Not because I intentionally set out to look at them, but because lessons learned from nature was the topic of our Bible study group that day. And so we walked along some of the back streets that...
08/05/2014
When hot and dry weather dominates late summer, most experienced gardeners rely on the hardy lantana to maintain some color and greenery in the garden. Lantanas are tough, resilient plants that thrive in hot weather and bloom profusely from spring...
08/05/2014
Are you cooking for one or two people these days? Remember when you were preparing meals for your family? My girls and husband have favorite dishes that I prepare. It always gives me a sense of accomplishment when they rave about the dish and...
08/04/2014
Climate change can’t stop the dog days of summer in Ruston. Although it showed it could dampen the fun to some degree. That was the case for the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department fifth annual K-9 Pool Party held at the Municipal Pool.
08/04/2014
This past week, I have had the honor of attending Men Standing Strong kickoff luncheons in both Claiborne and Jackson parishes. Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s Claiborne Parish Rural Advocate Mary Ellen Gamble and Jackson Parish Rural Advocate...
08/02/2014
Last week I started sharing warnings to people about attempting to represent themselves in legal matters. For the critic, let me be clear: I am not protecting my turf; I’m trying to keep you off quicksand.
08/02/2014
When we decided to bring home an adorable little sister for our Lady Godiva, the individuals at the Heart of Louisiana Humane Society in Winnfield told us she was a Chihuahua and wouldn’t get much bigger than her 11-pound (fully grown) sister. Four...
08/02/2014
Did you know that in the 2012-13 academic year, more than $238.5 billion in financial aid (grants, federal loans, federal work-study and federal tax credits and deductions) was awarded to undergraduate and graduate students? And that those students...
08/02/2014
Question: I am pretty young and just out of college. I have an OK job, but I have a less-than-zero net worth. Where is the best place for someone like me to invest? Answer: In the mirror. Your comment that you have a less-than-zero net worth is not...
08/02/2014
Unless you keep close track of obscure holidays and observances, you probably didn’t know that August is “What Will Be Your Legacy? month.” Still, you might want to use this particular month as a useful reminder to take action on what could be one...
08/02/2014
For sports junkies and particularly those with a bent towards the history of the games, nothing beats two events in late July and early August. I am talking about the induction ceremonies for the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of...
08/01/2014
I’m taking a break from trying to decide what to take on my trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. When you read this, that is where I’ll be. It’s a resort that Susan and Jonathan have chosen to get the family together. It should be lots of fun. I spent...
08/01/2014
In the past few weeks, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be with some of my closest friends from my childhood and teenage years. It has really been a reunion of sorts, as I had not seen one friend in more than 15 years. Even though I was not...
08/01/2014
I can hardly believe it’s true, but it’s already time to sign up for the Holiday Arts Tour. The 17th annual event will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 20-23. As usual, this special weekend will feature visual artists and musicians,...
08/01/2014
It seems as if I wake up to a house full of young, bickering children every morning these days. The thing is, I don’t have any children. As most working Americans, I slowly drag my tired bones out of the bed each morning and begin my zombie-like...