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12/10/2011
Christmas. When you say it, when you read it, do you feel the magic? To many, it’s a time of gift giving, present wrapping, shopping, office parties, neighborhood parties and functions to attend. For some, it’s midnight mass, Holy Communion,...
12/10/2011
To participate in the spirit of the holiday season, you may be thinking of making some charitable gifts. If so, you’ll no doubt enjoy helping a group that does valuable work.  
 But to begin with, it’s important to understand just how necessary your...
12/10/2011
Today, women are playing an ever-increasing role in making important financial decisions — whether for themselves or for their families.  While many of the basic rules of investing hold true for all investors, some life events will affect women...
12/10/2011
Question: I will be retiring in a few short years and I have some significant concerns. I will have to depend on income from my portfolio, but I am scared witless that another bear market will come along and wipe me out. How do people handle this...
12/10/2011
Her name was Susie. She was owned by the parents of my future son-in-law, Keith. During deer season one day long ago, I shot a doe, followed and lost the blood trail and was about to give up when I remembered Susie. I called Keith, he brought Susie...
12/09/2011
Newt Gingrich is now clearly the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination. I’m trying to wrap my head around this dizzying fact because, well, frankly, I share a lot of the concerns that are now being expressed about his record as a leader....
12/09/2011
When I was in school learning about the Wild West growing up, I heard about this thing called the Pony Express. Before cars, trains or planes, the mail use to take its time getting from one place to another. People would wait days on end just to...
12/08/2011
It’s that time of year again where many people are in a shopping frenzy trying to get ready for Christmas. They are making a list, checking it twice, adding on to it and watching it balloon into something that can seem intimidating. On most people’s...
12/08/2011
It is a great opportunity in life to have the chance to experience something in life that one would say is so “unimaginable” that it renders the viewer to take a second glance. I know for me, this is an experience that is not only welcomed, but it...
12/08/2011
Almost exactly two years after the unauthorized release of the “Climategate” emails from East Anglia University in England that stood the global warming debate on its ear, the leaker has struck again. This time the person who is releasing the files...
12/07/2011
The day I met Eddy Arnold was definitely one of the highlights of my life. As I recall, he only had a couple of records out at the time, but I had heard them on various Shreveport radio stations and juke boxes around town. Even on “first listen” I...
12/07/2011
Some people, like my college roommate, had parents who had saved money to make sure their children could receive a good education. In fact, in her situation, they had saved enough money to not only send her to undergraduate school, but to fund two...
12/07/2011
As a New Orleans Hornets fan, I’ve been spending my days biting my nails and patiently watching ESPN and reading sports blogs like crazy.
12/06/2011
Eating local fresh produce consumers can increase chances of getting the highest nutritional value possible. Based on data from USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging (Boston, Mass.), blueberries are among the fruits with highest antioxidant activity...
12/06/2011
The holidays have come early for U.S. farmers and ranchers. All indications are that 2011 will be a record-setting year for farm income. A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts net farm income will top $100 billion for the...
12/05/2011
After several weeks of maternity leave it is time to get back to work, although it’s not like I have just been sitting at home doing nothing. From 2 a.m. wake-ups, to staying up until midnight with the baby, I have a newfound appreciation for all...
12/05/2011
Someone recently asked if I agree with the currently popular parenting adage that “rules without relationship lead to rebellion.” No, I do not. First, as a writer, I am keenly aware that alliteration can be very misleadingly seductive. There have...
12/04/2011
Gathering up notes along the sports trail while wondering how long it’s going to take to beciome accustomed to the Houston Astros being in the American League: • I will be surprised if Louisiana Tech and Grambling State don’t sweep Coach of the Year...
12/03/2011
It should have been a typical holiday church service. We had gathered before church to prepare for the early service at Temple Baptist. A simpler and abbreviated service, it usually featured our minister of music providing a solo as the special...
12/03/2011
Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you’ll probably be enjoying time off, if you haven’t already. One of the last things that’s likely to be on your mind this time of year is your investment portfolio. But after you get some well-deserved...