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11/01/2018
4-H is an amazing youth organization that offers youth the opportunity to showcase their variety of talents in so many diverse ways. One of the opportunities we offer Lincoln Parish 4-H members is the opportunity to perform their talents. Each year...
11/01/2018
I love a good story. Whether in books, movies, games, comics, or any other medium, a well-told story can draw me into it until I almost believe it’s real. Part of my passion for stories comes from the idea that the good ones, no matter how...
10/31/2018
My earliest memory of Halloween really isn’t a memory at all. It’s something I overheard from my mother years later. When I was 2 or 3, my father wanted to dress me in a red satin devil’s costume, complete with forked tail and baby horns on the...
10/30/2018
A conversation recently turned to assessment. Someone asked if we could remember the most challenging test we’d ever faced, and I didn’t have to think twice. It was a final exam I took one quarter at Louisiana Tech University. And no, it wasn’t...
10/30/2018
Using a little imagination, folks traveling the road that my sister and I recently took could envision themselves in a horror movie. You begin on a major U.S. highway, headed north out of Ruston. Everything is cool. Then after about 25 miles, you...
10/27/2018
Life is a gift. It moves quickly. In earlier years, particularly when reviewing the local press, it often occurred to me that many people were “old,” somewhat wondering how “they were doing” at an advanced age. Oh how wrong I was to have had those...
10/27/2018
Question: I was making an investment with my guy and he got me to fill out something called a risk tolerance questionnaire. It asked me questions like how much was I willing to have my account go down. At first I put zero, but he said I couldn’t say...
10/27/2018
Retirement planning can be challenging, but creating a timeline can help ensure your savings stay on track. Here are some expert tips for helping to ensure your retirement plans are on schedule at every stage.
10/27/2018
None of us can completely control all the things that happen to us. Yet, when it comes to achieving your long-term financial goals, including a comfortable retirement, you do have a great deal of power — as long as you follow a clear, well-defined...
10/27/2018
Last month my family had an opportunity to travel to Phoenix, Arizona, for vacation. We made a choice to make the drive, rather than fly, to reach our destination, because there were beautiful areas of our country along the way that no one in my...
10/26/2018
“Well, what in the world are you going to do with a liberal arts degree?” is a question I, and no doubt many of my liberal arts peers, have been asked a couple hundred times. And now, with less than a month left until I graduate, the question has...
10/26/2018
A few weeks ago, well-known economist and LSU Professor Emeritus Loren Scott released his Louisiana economic outlook for 2019 and 2020. The good news is the report was fairly positive about the prospects for growth in the coming year. In fact, his...
10/25/2018
It’s about that time that we will start to see signs that say, “It’s Time to Winterize Your Lawn.” In reality, the sign should read, “Take a soil sample to see if you really need to winterize your lawn.” We need to remember that just because the...
10/25/2018
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Milwaukee Brewers attempted a tactical maneuver in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series that can be described as unorthodox at the very least. After listing Wade Miley as the starter for the game, manager...
10/24/2018
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental health conditions. The local affiliates in communities across the...
10/24/2018
I still remember with some trepidation that Saturday morning during my junior year at Ruston High School when I trudged up the concrete steps into the old dining hall at Louisiana Tech University to take the American College Test, or ACT for short....
10/23/2018
As the current school year kicked off, I began hearing the same-old, same-old report from teachers and principals: children who have never lied. At least, that is what the parents of said children claim.
10/23/2018
Miss Bonnie had blue eyes. But not like any blue eyes. Hers were like small playing marbles. It was hard to speak to her and not be drawn to those eyes. She married a man with beautiful blue eyes — making it hard, I guess, not to pass those eyes on...
10/20/2018
Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas often make me feel like a child again, as memories of so many wonderful times with family and friends come flooding back into my mind. But Halloween is a different story. I loved the holiday as a child...
10/20/2018
Beneficiary designations can provide a relatively easy way to transfer an account or insurance policy upon your death. However, if you’re not careful, missing or outdated beneficiary designations can easily cause your estate plan to go awry. We...