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07/04/2015
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” — William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet” They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I get that — I do. There is no way words can depict the feelings behind...
07/04/2015
It’s that time of year when many of us hit the road for a summer vacation. If you are fortunate, you will be joining them — after all, “all work and no play” is a difficult way to live. But while you may not think it beneficial to work all the time...
07/04/2015
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other...
07/04/2015
Question: I’m nearly 40, married with kids. I make about $40,000 a year and am trying to pay off over $50,000 of student loans. I pay about $500 a month on them. My rent is $550. I just got a raise and I’m trying to figure out whether to try to buy...
07/04/2015
Another Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction class is in the books. It’s ironic, but so fitting, that the above sentence included the word “class.” Because, once again, that’s the best way to describe the latest group of honorees for the state’s...
07/04/2015
For the better part of the past four decades, Mike Wood has been the main source I turn to when I want to know something about freshwater fisheries as it relates to our area lakes. Wood retired recently after logging in 37 years as a biologist with...
07/04/2015
My Daddy died three weeks ago today. He suffered from colon and liver cancer for almost three years. He fought so hard to stay alive and throughout his illness he kept a strong, deep faith in God. He knew that God would take care of him and that...
07/04/2015
No one my age should be having such a good life. I have old age problems but they are minor. Somehow God has spared me from the atrocious diseases and pain so prevalent among the elderly. Of course, I realize that could change anytime, but that...
07/03/2015
Hate in our country is at an all-time high and the last couple of weeks have only made it worse.
From the Charleston shooting to the Confederate flag debate and to the same-sex marriage ruling, it is time to stop preaching tolerance with intolerance...
07/03/2015
June 26, 2015 will go down in history as a day of true equality for love. On this day, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage across the nation. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued the official 5-4 ruling....
07/02/2015
It is official. I experienced my first Louisiana Peach Festival, and it did not disappoint. Between hanging out with a band, witnessing a Guinness World Record and getting to hang out with family and friends, it truly is too hard to pick which part...
07/01/2015
When Gen. Russel Honoré burst on the state and national scene in the days following Hurricane Katrina, he was loud, direct, opinionated and in charge. That was almost 10 years ago. Some things never change. Honoré, 68 and now retired, is still loud...
06/29/2015
Human trafficking. Internet crimes against children. Sexual harassment. Almost everyone has heard these phrases, but most people acknowledge that they aren’t quite sure what each one means. They seem taken from the TV show, Law and Order.
06/29/2015
It’s over. My family and I came, we fested and we had fun. Ruston’s annual Louisiana Peach Festival, held over the weekend, is always one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Let me count the ways (or reasons). 1.) The food. Who doesn’t love good...
06/27/2015
Fast Facts: • More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 7 (14 percent) are unaware of their infection. • Gay and bisexual men are among those affected by HIV. • By race, blacks face the most...
06/27/2015
After a year off following a bit of a critical slump, Pixar is back with “Inside Out,” as original a concept as it’s had in a while. The film is sweet and funny and brimming with creativity. That creativity is its greatest strength and its greatest...
06/27/2015
When I was in high school, I had an opportunity to do something that many people dream of — I got to be in a feature film. Now, before you start to think that this was a starring role in a major motion picture, let me explain. There was a movie...
06/27/2015
I hear the Peach Festival has come and gone once more. I may be a little late talking about it, but I’d still like to reminisce about my connections to it. I have so many memories all the way to the first one.  Over the years, my daughter, Becky,...
06/26/2015
After the mass shooting on June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, claimed nine African-American lives, the state voted to remove the Confederate flag from the capitol building. Since then, other states...
06/25/2015
On an excruciatingly hot morning — that melted the rubber on the bottom of my shoes — families from around Lincoln Parish gathered under the shade to watch the Juneteenth parade march down Main Street in Grambling. While the parade ran, the sounds...