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12/28/2018
There is something truly special about ringing in a new year. The second the clock strikes midnight, the calendar year resets, and our lives seem to do the same. We step into a shiny new year with all its adventures and opportunities waiting for us...
12/27/2018
Sometimes I hit a point in my column writing where I simply have nothing left to say to the world. It feels like none of my thoughts or opinions are strong enough or important enough to waste people’s time by trying to put them into words. However,...
12/27/2018
Lincoln Parish 4-H held the annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 1, at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest. The contest offered five categories that...
12/26/2018
Eighteen years, 11 months and 26 days ago, we wondered if tomorrow would come. After all, few people alive then and nobody in the power seats now were around when the century changed the last time. But there we sat, nearing the year 2000 with a...
12/23/2018
It’s always wonderful to be home for the holidays. That’s because of all the wonderful home-cooked meals we get to eat in the process. While turkey and ham have always been Thanksgiving fare in my family, when I was in high school, my mother...
12/23/2018
Roughly 23 percent of U.S. adults who are presently married have been married before. Due to those previous relationships, spouses may face complex wealth-transfer-planning and estate-plan questions. “It gets complicated when it’s a second or...
12/23/2018
It probably doesn’t happen as much as you’d like, but you may occasionally have some extra disposable income. For example, perhaps you have recently received, or will soon receive, a year-end bonus. Or maybe you will get a sizable tax refund in just...
12/23/2018
Question: My sister stole (she would say borrowed) some money from my parents years ago and never mentioned it again. She never paid it back. It wasn’t much, but it was the principle. My parents are now aging, and they have asked me to be the...
12/23/2018
I am the firstborn in my family. As young parents, my folks, especially my mother, didn’t want to lie and convince me that Santa Claus was real. They felt that any lie was wrong and my concept of the Christmas holiday shouldn’t be built on...
12/23/2018
I detest writing Christmas columns. There’s nothing new to say. It’s a well-established fact that the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge are my favorite Christmas characters. Don’t even approach me with a Santa Claus or anything resembling the jolly old...
12/23/2018
“A Christmas Carol” is a true classic novel, but in all honesty, how many people nowadays can imagine a Christmas without “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” or “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” dancing like sugar plums through...
12/21/2018
Last weekend, I had the honor of standing beside one of my closest friends on her wedding day. The ceremony was beautiful, and the weekend was one that filled my heart with so much joy I was sure it was going to burst. By Monday morning, though, my...
12/21/2018
If you’re just tuning in for the third and final installment ... I was a drunk drug addict for 35 years. I got straight and sober and stayed that way for seven months until Mom died four days before Christmas 1993. Then I was not clean and sober for...
12/20/2018
Spring gardening may seem a ways off, but maybe it’s time to start preparing now so that you are not too late when the time comes. Many people call me right before they plant their gardens or even after asking me what they need to fertilize with and...
12/20/2018
When I was going through grade school, most of the time I was pretty good at not caring what other people thought of me. I was a weird little nerd, but I had strong enough self-esteem to not worry about changing who I was or what I did to please...
12/19/2018
The best part about Christmas when I was kid was going shopping with Mama at Morgan & Lindsey downtown on Trenton Street. The store had everything from nails to potholders and cap guns to flannel shirts. There were even jellied orange slices at...
12/19/2018
The holidays have been twice as bright in the Boniol house this year. Literally. When it came time to get our Christmas tree, we discovered where we usually purchase our tree was no longer offering the service. That meant a new plan all together....
12/18/2018
There’s been a lot of bullying lately. I’m sorry to say that I’ve been a bully. I’ve also stopped others from being bullied. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes. Jesus was bullied. Mosses was bullied. Gandhi was bullied. When you look at it that...
12/18/2018
Just about every marriage has its share of bad times; then again, some marriages simply go bad. The reasons for the latter include abuse, adultery, alcoholism (and other forms of chemical self-indulgence, such as addiction, and emotional and/or...
12/16/2018
It’s a shame that the “most wonderful time of the year” can sometimes bring out the worst in people. The unrealistic expectations of trying to create the perfect Christmas can often turn the best of us into instant Grinches, lashing out at anyone in...