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12/13/2017
Darrius Stewart is a statistic. He’s an abused child — his mother, a crack cocaine addict for 20 years, “beat us with an extension cord to the point we couldn’t go to school the next day.” He’s also a high school dropout, a former resident of four...
12/12/2017
Christmas is one of the most important celebrations for Christians around the world, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Take a break to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Ask your children why we are celebrating. • Christmas...
12/12/2017
I’m well aware that there may be some readers who are in the midst of a leaf battle right now and are cursing their trees. But let me just remind you to take a deep breath, put the rake down for a minute, and look around at the beauty that is...
12/12/2017
One of the sweetest things about the holidays is reflecting on wonderful memories from years gone by. Take the year we were building our home in the country.
12/09/2017
If the first weekend is any indication, December is going to be a month to remember. And I’m not talking about Christmas getting closer. It’s all the happenings that occurred in football during this time. By the time last Monday night’s ESPN...
12/09/2017
Ebenezer Scrooge, Charles Dickens’ creation, was not isolated in having a different perspective about the holidays. The “Bah humbug” pronouncement might have been over the top, but his portrayed lack of enthusiasm was not unique.
12/09/2017
Louisiana Tech has already put itself in position as one of Louisiana’s leading universities. But now Tech is going national. At a Thursday ceremony attended by Gov. John Bel Edwards, state and local dignitaries, along with members of the University...
12/09/2017
As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to review your progress toward your financial goals. But on what areas should you focus your attention?
12/09/2017
Question: My mother has a “friend” whose minister is trying to get her to invest in some land deal connected with his church. He is promising to make her lots of money and whenever she asks a question about it, he tells her to trust God and believe...
12/09/2017
If something were to happen to you, would your family have enough life insurance to continue living the way they do today? Experts say many families need 70-90 percent of their current gross income if something were to happen to the breadwinner. It’...
12/08/2017
On the outside chance that even one person will read and understand and accept this as it’s offered — to clear up apparent confusion — here we go. Regardless of what you read or hear otherwise, this is the truth. And no, I’m not saying it’s...
12/08/2017
The Christmas season is usually when people think the most about giving to a charity. Growing up, my parents taught me that it was better to give a gift than to wish for one. So, it is only natural that I, too, give charity when I can. Some...
12/07/2017
Almost every Grambling City Council meeting, Grambling Police Chief Tommy Clark sounds like a broken record. “Please remember to lock your vehicles,” says Clark with a sense of fatigue from repetition. “If you don’t lock your cars, things get stolen...
12/06/2017
Santa Claus makes me tired. It isn’t enough he’s been hanging out among the pumpkins and a couple of frazzled-looking, musket-toting Pilgrims standing guard at the local big-box discount store since Labor Day. Now, the Jolly Old Elf and his eight...
12/05/2017
Wow. I really feel loved when I go into our school garden schools. Students are so excited; they shout “It is garden day.” For the past six years students at Cypress Springs Elementary have participated in gardening. Cypress Springs was the first...
12/04/2017
Dairymen are different. I know this because I grew up a block away from Buster Delony’s dairy, manure and mosquito farm — and plus my father-in-law was one.
12/03/2017
Question: My mother’s friend is trying to get her into some business deal. I think it has to do with selling something, and she’s got mom convinced that she’s going to get rich by just making a few phone calls to friends and neighbors. She’s...
12/03/2017
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...
12/03/2017
Some people dream of retiring early. Are you one of them? If so, you’ll need to plan ahead — because a successful early retirement can’t be achieved through last-minute moves. So, if you’re determined to retire early, consider taking the following...
12/02/2017
Where do we go from here? Like it or not, it looks like North Korea has become a nuclear power after last week’s successful missile launch flew in a trajectory long enough to show that it could reach the East Coast of the United States. The good...