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08/15/2018
I took the U.S. citizenship test the other day. Out of 100 questions about civics and American History, three stumped me: I couldn’t name enough of the original 13 colonies, didn’t know what year the Constitution was written (1787), and only with a...
08/14/2018
The husband of one of my friends at work brought their 4-year-old son into the office the other day. He had just had his “4-year-old shots.” I was waiting for him to be a little fussy or weepy because of the shots. Instead, he proudly showed me...
08/14/2018
As Archie Bunker used to say, my principal fought in “WWII, the big one.” In fact, Elwood “Dick” Lewis drove a tank during the Battle of the Bulge. It was Germany’s huge counteroffensive in Belgium that came dangerously close to turning the war...
08/14/2018
“Potty training is a nightmare.” So begins advice from Meghan Leahy, advice columnist for The Washington Post. More accurately, potty training has, of late, become a nightmare thanks to advice of the sort Ms. Leahy dishes. Her approach? Do nothing...
08/11/2018
Had one brief action — that one brief moment — occurred, our nation might not have been created when it was, if ever. This event, or maybe more accurately “non-event,” took place on what is now a memorable calendar date.
08/11/2018
For farmers and ranchers, it’s sometimes easy to get tangled and even strangled by bureaucratic red tape. Lincoln Parish peach grower Joe Mitcham knows all about it.
08/11/2018
Nobody likes unexpected tax bills or IRS penalties. So how can you minimize the possibility of errors on your return? And if an error does still slip through, what then? In both cases, it’s often a matter of paying close attention to...
08/11/2018
Question: My car is embarrassing. The paint is chipping, part of my bumper is literally wired on and it blows more smoke than a train. When I talk to my husband about getting a new car, he says we can’t afford one. But that’s ridiculous ... we...
08/11/2018
It is still summer, but we’re getting close to a new school year. One day, though, “back-to-school” will mean “off to college” for your children. Will you be financially prepared to help your kids cope with the costs of higher education?
08/10/2018
Can’t live with them. Can’t live without them. Used to be that was something said frequently about the opposite sexes. They’ve been replaced (thankfully) by computers and about everything related to them. For the life of me, I can’t figure why so...
08/10/2018
For the last few weeks teachers have been hard at work cleaning and designing their classrooms to welcome students back next week. However, most of the resources they use in the preparation and implementation of their classroom come from their own...
08/09/2018
Recently I heard from three different cattlemen in Lincoln Parish about the deaths of one of their animals. Although it’s not uncommon for a cattleman to lose a cow from time to time, there are some things we can do this time of the year to help...
08/09/2018
For the city of Grambling, it took only a little more than a week to get the bad taste of a recent audit report out of their mouths. The city was recently awarded the Community Achievement Award by the Louisiana Municipal Associatoin for Outstanding...
08/09/2018
It’s time! Beginning at 6 p.m. today, New Orleans Saints’ football is back. The Saints kick off the 2018 preseason on the road facing the Jacksonville Jaguars, and there’s plenty of intrigue surrounding preseason training camp this year. Most of...
08/08/2018
The best part about visiting my New Orleans grandparents was going to City Park and Audubon Zoo. City Park had a huge, old-fashioned carousel in a roundhouse. Audubon Zoo had a miniature train ride that took you all around the grounds and even went...
08/07/2018
Now that I’m on the slippery slope of senior citizenship, I’ve resolved to be a better steward regarding food. The epiphany occurred after a perusal of our fridge, freezer and pantry — and a subsequent cataloguing of items that had to be chucked....
08/07/2018
Question: I am stepfather to my wife’s only child, age 8, from her first marriage. My wife always and in every way puts her son before our marriage. We went through counseling several years ago and things got better for a while, but then began...
08/07/2018
Last week I wrote about the recent poll taken regarding today’s lack of etiquette. This week, we’ll go over the 20 more important manners according to a survey of parents, grandparents and teachers. The question is “Why should kids learn manners...
08/07/2018
DEAR ABBY: I am a 50-year-old woman. I have been married to my husband for 28 years and never cheated. We have a good life together, and our sex life has always been great, but I have recently fallen in love with another woman. I haven’t told...
08/04/2018
In this ever-evolving digital age in which we find ourselves, new terms and phrases are often rolled out as fast as technology itself is being upgraded. And over the course of the past year, the phrase “sports diplomacy” is being heard more and more...