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Columns

11/20/2018
The prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics has just released (November 2018) a policy statement claiming that “Aversive disciplinary strategies, including all forms of corporal punishment and yelling at or shaming children, are minimally...
11/20/2018
Some years back, I met a young man in a local Minden restaurant. He told me his name was Dylan. As we chatted, I learned that he had moved to Shreveport from Oklahoma and attended Southwood High School.
11/18/2018
Question: My children are coming in town for Thanksgiving this year. I always cut out your columns and send them to my kids. Can you write something that would be good advice for them? I just don’t want them to end up like me. Answer: Kids, you...
11/18/2018
Only you can decide if claiming Social Security at age 62 or waiting to claim later makes more sense. Lifestyle and philanthropic intentions, marital and employment status, and gender are all factors. When do you claim? If you’re in a position to...
11/18/2018
We’ve still got a couple of months left in 2018, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about some year-end investment moves that might benefit you. Here are a few possibilities (although not all will apply to your situation):  Add to your IRA....
11/17/2018
It’s still nearly a year away — Oct. 12, 2019. But news over the past week is already beginning to shape the 2019 Louisiana gubernatorial election that will occur that day and that is already drawing attention on a national level. There are only...
11/17/2018
The Pilgrims were right. Thursday is Thanksgiving. Many of us will celebrate in many ways. We will at least tell someone “Happy Thanksgiving,” whether the greeting is sincere. Cooking, eating, then more eating will be part of the celebration. For...
11/16/2018
We live in an age of instant gratification. Whatever it is we want or desire, we want it immediately. College students cannot wait to get out of school and begin their careers. Engaged couples want to fast-forward to the wedding. High school...
11/16/2018
There are certain things about this job that I do for free. Writing stories about groups like Hometown Heroes. Sharing with you why the temperature drops 10 degrees between the Marion Highway split off LA 2 west to Crossroads. There are other things...
11/15/2018
“A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man stands up for others.” When I read this quote on a website for gentlemen, I couldn’t help but note that it perfectly describes the premise behind DART’s Men Standing Strong campaign. We formed...
11/15/2018
I’ve always had an extremely active imagination. I would lie in bed at night as a kid and build fictional worlds, battles, and stories in my head until I fell asleep. One of the best ways my parents chose to feed this imagination was through the...
11/15/2018
Now that we’ve made it through another hot, dry summer, we’re finally enjoying cooler temperatures, colorful fall foliage, and fall mums. Though a sigh of relief is appropriate, remember, gardening is a year-round activity. While cooler temperatures...
11/14/2018
Back in the 1960s, NBC aired a live political comedy show titled “That Was The Week That Was,” or T3, for short. The show looked at the events of the previous week through a “you’ve-got-to-be-kidding- me” lens. Last week was a Week That Was for...
11/13/2018
It happened just like … that. Like snapping your fingers. Like the rug being pulled out from under you. Like a sonic boom. Like all those cliches that suddenly become reality. Three of my Piney Hills Harmony Chorus-mates and I were texting this...
11/13/2018
I love a good human interest story, especially those that inspire good in others and push us to remember the things in this life that are truly important. ESPN does a really nice job of presenting some of these unrenowned heroes to the public. A...
11/11/2018
Last Sunday, I ended with the words “It is not too early — and never too late — to honor these great persons,” referring to our living veterans, and to the fallen.
11/11/2018
I’m not nearly old enough to have served during the Vietnam War. But I’m more than enough to remember it. I had cousins I was close to — almost big brothers — who did serve during the Vietnam War. One was in the Army, the other in the Air Force. And...
11/10/2018
Question: We are nearing retirement and it seems we’ll have more than enough. We want to begin passing some of our wealth to our adult children while we are young enough to see them use and enjoy it. But we do have some concerns about one of the...
11/10/2018
Consistency is a key ingredient of success in many activities — including investing. And one technique that can help you become a more consistent investor is paying yourself first.
11/10/2018
Investment planning is like doing a jigsaw puzzle except the pieces don’t always come in one box — often you have to gather them from a variety of sources. When putting an investment plan together, you have to combine information on assets, debt,...