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Columns

08/24/2011
Have you ever fantasized about the things you would change in life, if you were somehow miraculously given the chance to “do it all over again?” Well, I have. In my case, I like to think that the second time around the Good Master would endow me...
08/24/2011
The first time I received a utility bill from the City of Ruston, my mother was amazed at how cheap my water bill was. Her own water bill — though I might interject that I’ve always lived in a duplex or small apartment in Ruston while she lives in a...
08/23/2011
By the time I go to the printer, I may be late. I often write these a week or more ahead of release but this will give my readers some options I have not talked about. Unless we have had major changes in the outside weather conditions it may be time...
08/23/2011
Outdoor recreation numbers indicate that 1.2 million Louisiana residents and nonresidents over the age of 16 enjoy hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. To help grow this industry the LSU AgCenter and Mississippi State University’s Natural...
08/23/2011
“Coach.” A title used every day. A job sometimes taken for granted. Yet a job and title with potential profound influence. I lost a coach the other day; many of us did. And when I heard the news, I wept, knowing that this special coach had now left...
08/22/2011
How far would you go in the name of love? That was the question posed in of the most recent books I was reading. Which led me to dwell on the idea of marriage and how it has changed over the years. Most have heard the statistic that 50 percent of...
08/22/2011
It’s all part of the excitement of NFL training camp. Yes, practice after practice can be a tedious thing, especially for the players. And while I love watching preseason games on television, I approach them in a totally different way than a regular...
08/20/2011
My morning changed with a simple question: “Have you done your article for the paper yet?” That was on Friday morning around 9:30 a.m., and I usually get this to our editor no later than mid-afternoon of that day. So, what I was concerned about...
08/20/2011
I was hoping I wouldn’t have to write this column for today. Rather, I wish I was penning some thoughts about some of the tight Major League Baseball pennant races, the scandal revolving around the Miami Hurricanes or the New Orleans Saints’...
08/20/2011
You don’t need to have young children to be keenly aware that we’ve reached that “back-to-school” time of year. Whether you’re shopping for school supplies or not, you may want to take a cue from this season to think about getting a little more...
08/20/2011
Question: How difficult is it for a person to become rich these days? How hard is it to become a millionaire? Answer: There’s an old joke where the straight man asks, “How can I make a small fortune with the XYZ Brokerage Company?” Punch line: “...
08/20/2011
“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” If this everyday piece of advice comes to mind when thinking about your investments, then you may already understand the importance of a diversified portfolio. But even the most carefully composed investment...
08/19/2011
Is there ever a time when life is not busy? Not around here, for sure. However, it is a tiny tad cooler, so we’re grateful for that. Sometimes it’s good to have a doctor in the family, even if she is a baby doctor. Susan just left on her way to work...
08/19/2011
Writing has always been easy for me. I learned to read at a very young age and was creating my own newsletters by the time I was in first grade. And that’s what made this decision so hard.
08/19/2011
This June, I had the pleasure of making a trip up to Baltimore, Md. and the lower New England states. I was up there for a history competition and made a few college visits while in the area. But mostly, I soaked in the people and culture. For it is...
08/19/2011
The kids are not doing just fine. The Institute for American Values’ new updated report, “Why Marriage Matters: 30 Conclusions From the Social Sciences,” is signed by an impressive list of family scholars ranging from professor John Gottman to...
08/18/2011
Parents have many options for helping prepare their children to start school again this week. They can assist the student in getting organized by setting aside a certain place in the house where children should have their bookbags packed and ready...
08/18/2011
Legend says it started over the desire of some barefooted rebels to get a pair of shoes. They approached the small Pennsylvania town and accidentally encountered the enemy. A skirmish started when a few Confederate brigades tangled with a few from...
08/18/2011
I have heard as you get older you tend to forget things. I do know two things they say you never forget is how to tie your shoes, or how to ride a bike. I tend to believe that theory. I can still tie my shoes. And as a matter of fact, I took up...
08/17/2011
If you’re ever tempted to make a mountain out of a mole hill, just remember, even Mt. Everest has been scaled successfully more than 100 times. And not by some kind of mythological “supermen” who were incapable of failure, but real, flesh-and-bone...