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11/08/2011
Veterans Day is in three days — Friday, Nov. 11. In any way you can, at any place, and in the sincere way that you can, remember and thank a veteran.  He or she has earned it. The “thanks” is more than deserved. This is not the first time your...
11/08/2011
When it comes to being healthy, Louisiana residents don’t make the grade. Being more active and cutting back on calories can be the beginning of a healthier lifestyle. Therefore, the Lincoln Health Foundation is sponsoring a healthy walking program...
11/08/2011
The other day, when the first of the cold front moved through, I stopped for a cup of coffee at a local country store. Several men were around the butane heater talking about the change and the amount of rain they had gotten from it. I had almost...
11/07/2011
Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health. During...
11/07/2011
Q: My 1-year-old has started slapping us. He also screams a lot, often for no reason, or at least we can’t figure out the reason. He is a very busy little boy and won’t sit still for longer than a few seconds. Is it too early to begin disciplining...
11/05/2011
Random thoughts along the sports beat while wondering how many fans are really losing sleep over the NBA lockout: • The best sports city in the U.S. these days is Dallas where, if you include neighboring Fort Worth and Arlington, can claim a Rose...
11/05/2011
On Friday our country will commemorate Veterans’ Day, formerly known as Armistice Day and also referred to as Remembrance Day. Well, as I got to thinking about the significance and the sanctity of this day, I remembered a particular Tuesday...
11/05/2011
Everywhere I go, people ask me what I do. When I reveal my chosen profession — teaching English at Ruston High School — I often get grimaces, grumbles, sighs or shakes of the head (all coupled with comments about not being about to put up with...
11/05/2011
Question: My husband and I have been meaning to get a financial plan together, but we kept putting it off. My mother recently died and left us with some money. How should we get started in financial planning? Answer: My own pet theory of human...
11/05/2011
These days, you can purchase just about anything you want on the Internet. However, you can still benefit from a human, face-to-face experience for some purchases — such as your investments. And that’s why you may want to work with a financial...
11/05/2011
Editor’s note: This is the second article in a two-part series by Bobby Conville about the importance of having an estate plan and documents legal counsel may recommend. The first part ran Oct. 30. 4. Living will. A living will expresses your...
11/04/2011
How about this weather? Ours is fabulous — not too hot, not too cold, but just right! This is a great week for me. Lots going on. Starting on Saturday night, we had a great family time and all the pizza you could eat. We even had Harold and Becky (...
11/04/2011
Growing up, I always had a gut feeling that I was somehow not related to my family. This feeling went on throughout my childhood, and even though I knew for a fact I wasn’t adopted, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I was. It wasn’t because my...
11/04/2011
Ask your doctor for the magical pill that will make all of your aches and pains disappear! TV ads for prescription medicines essentially suggest this — if you’re feeling down in one way or another, just ask your doctor, and he’ll provide a simple...
11/04/2011
Will social conservatives let the GOP nominate a candidate for the White House who has flip-flopped on life and marriage? No, I’m not talking about Mitt Romney; I mean Herman Cain. In the latest Quinnipiac poll, Herman Cain leads the field of...
11/04/2011
Cedar Creek has far more than a regular season football finale tonight. The Cougars (7-2, 2-1) will be on a mission to end a losing streak against an area rival. “We haven’t beaten Arcadia in over four years and it is a challenge that our players...
11/03/2011
I am about to travel to Utah to visit family for the holidays. I always have a little bit of anxiety before traveling. This is not because I’m afraid to travel. I went on my first airplane ride by myself when I was 10. But when I started using a...
11/03/2011
When thinking back on childhood, I can remember my mother reading to my sister and me at night. In fact, it seemed like going to bed was a pleasant experience because we had the opportunity to escape into the imaginary world of fiction. We learned...
11/02/2011
I’ve been a New Orleans Saints since I could understand what football was. After Sunday dinner, in my grandmother’s house, our whole family would be glued to the TV screen while the beloved home team battled for supremacy. The years have not been...
11/02/2011
My husband and I use an online budgeting tool that helps you keep a handle on your monthly expenses. Within this program, there is a section that measures your net income. It gives you the option to put in debt, such as student loans, as well. Since...