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02/04/2014
Can you believe we are one month into the New Year! How is it going for those of you that made the New Year’s resolution to drop some unwanted pounds? Resolutions are hard to keep if you don’t have the support and encouragement from friends and...
02/04/2014
Recently, I went through the drive-thru at the Subway on California to order food for my roommate. When I was requesting what veggies she wanted on her sandwich, the server proceeded to tell me they were out of ranch dressing and tomatoes. Being...
02/03/2014
Sunday’s slow, steady rain had to look pretty good to area firefighters who spent much of January fighting grass fires that plagued a very dry Lincoln Parish in recent weeks.
02/03/2014
There have been numerous suicides reported in the national news. These two articles provide suggestions for recognizing and helping a suicidal person. The major source of this information was helpguide.org. The following are suggestions for spotting...
02/03/2014
As National Dating Violence Awareness Month arrives, DART is proud to be partnering with student groups on the campuses of Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University. Alpha Chi Omega will partner with us at Louisiana Tech and the BSW...
02/02/2014
In recent weeks, ESPN has been airing the must-see documentary called “The Book of Manning.” Of the many well-done programs included in the “30-for-30” series, this may the best. It chronicles the life and times of football’s first family, which is...
02/01/2014
Intermittently some of you request comments about special topics. I have formerly addressed the joys of grandparenting. Fellow grandparents, we have a camaraderie stemming from shared laughter. Yet I wonder: will my grandchildren one day ask “Why...
02/01/2014
Simsboro High School recently received the school performance score for the 2012-2013 school year and the faculty and staff at the school were thrilled with the results. Our school scored a 93 or “B” on our school performance score —the highest...
02/01/2014
I consider myself a lucky individual in many ways. One of those ways is that I’ve never felt even a slight desire to try any illicit substance, which is a blessing since so many people do fall into that temptation. I’ve also never (knowingly) known...
02/01/2014
If you’re in a marriage that’s ending, you’ll need to gather certain financial documents to help you evaluate your assets and understand the financial position you’re in. Some of the information may be at your fingertips, but some might require...
02/01/2014
If you’re a football fan (and probably even if you aren’t), you are aware that today is the Super Bowl. This year’s event is unique in that it is the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor, cold-weather site — New Jersey, to be specific. However, the...
02/01/2014
Question: My mother and father are nearing retirement age, and I know they aren’t even close to being ready. When I try to bring the topic up, my father says he is enjoying his freedom and wants to enjoy his money while he can. Is he crazy or am I...
01/31/2014
I just read a quotation from Abraham Lincoln that I never remember seeing before, but found it well worth repeating: Now I can’t remember it. Happens to old folks like me, but that’s all right, I’ll think of it when I wake up at two in the morning....
01/31/2014
I have been thinking about the ways in which we share as members of this planet and the ways we are called to share as children of God. Most of us are taught to share as small children. It seems that our first inclination when told to share our...
01/31/2014
I ran across an article earlier this week where the author talked about her experience of having long hair and then cutting it all off. Her response to why some women can pull off short hair and others can’t — confidence. I am all too familiar with...
01/31/2014
Wiley W. Hilburn Jr. was a giver of gifts. But not necessarily the kind received on birthdays or Christmas. He believed if you treat the people you care about well every day, you don’t need to create a big fuss one or two days a year. No, Wiley’s...
01/30/2014
Nothing ruins your day like getting a ticket. So there I was, minding my own business, on my way to Ruston on Saturday morning to meet my new landlord when the car in front of me slowed down and pulled over for no apparent reason. I looked around to...
01/29/2014
I was in the midst of writing a holiday letter to one of my best long-time friends and classmates, when I realized we’re turning 60 years old this year. Surely not. Surely we’re still in Mr. Laney’s eighth-grade class at the old A. E. Phillips lab...
01/28/2014
As the parent of a 14 year old daughter myself, I can relate to many parents out there that struggle with trying to make sure they are meeting the needs of their teenager so that she/he will grow into a confident and self-sufficient adult. We...
01/28/2014
Teamwork is one of those things that I feel is an underestimated tool. Putting your faith and trust in others is not always easy, but it can save a lot of stress and produce benefits that wouldn’t be possible with a solitary person.