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10/29/2010
Three strikes you’re out. I remember the oppressive heat of that Chicago July afternoon — the inexplicable bubbliness seeping off of my fellow sufferers. We trudged through the madness of a crowded subway station, down through the city streets like...
10/29/2010
I was listening but could not think clearly enough to comprehend. My hands were moist with sweat and could have been shaking slightly. When my turn arrived, it was like I was in a dream — it seemed unreal. Picking up on my hesitation, the guide said...
10/27/2010
Domestic violence does not only affect those who are being abused. Each day their friends, family and co-workers find themselves having to bite their tongues as they see obvious signs of abuse. These people are known by domestic abuse advocates as...
10/27/2010
Cheerleaders, dance teams and pep squads have supported their schools’ athletic teams and enhanced the experience of attending high school sporting events for many years. Cheerleading and related activities are in many circles, considered sports...
10/26/2010
Finally, some of us got a rain. I understand some areas got from 1/2 inch to as much as two inches. It is amazing how much difference rain can make in comparison to a sprinkler. The next morning, after my one-inch of rain, my Mexican petunias were...
10/26/2010
How beautiful, yet uncertain, is life. On Jan. 12, at 4 p.m., Jerry Gulley, an active Methodist missionary, was meeting with a number of people at the Hotel Montana located in Port au Prince in the Republic of Haiti. The purpose was to coordinate...
10/25/2010
What was that? After last week’s dominating win over Tampa Bay, it looked like the New Orleans Saints had finally turned the corner on the 2010 season. We didn’t realize a brick wall was waiting on the other side.
10/25/2010
There are few things in life sadder than when a helpless creature is abused. The news that a dogfighting ring was discovered Thursday on Turner Street in Ruston is shocking and deplorable. Hopefully, those living in the neighborhood who suspected...
10/23/2010
If you have young children, or even if you just have some in your neighborhood, you know they will soon acquire large amounts of free candy, obtained by impersonating witches, vampires and other scary creatures. As an adult, of course, you’re...
10/23/2010
It may be the subject matter — death, incapacity and taxes — that causes us to avoid estate planning. However, the fact is that no matter what your age or how much wealth you’ve accumulated, you need an estate plan to protect yourself, your loved...
10/23/2010
Question: I pay so much for insurance. but I’m not even sure if what I have is the right kind or amount. How do I lower my bill and make sure I have the right kinds of insurance? Answer: Imagine coming out of Giganto-Mart one day and not being able...
10/23/2010
The candidate was stumping for votes and happened upon a reservation full of Indians. He asked the chief if he could speak to the tribe and the chief graciously consented. Mr. Politician got to talking and each time he made a point, a loud shout...
10/23/2010
For many, there can be no better feeling than when the Ruston Bearcats beat the Neville Tigers in football. What a time for celebration! Having just come off the big rivalry win, adrenaline flows wildly with the anticipation of more Bearcat...
10/22/2010
There’s no doubt the worldwide economic downturn has been felt in Lincoln Parish the past couple of years, but we’ve actually been more fortunate than much of the rest of the nation. Think about all of the construction that’s gone on in Lincoln...
10/21/2010
You may have experienced those kind of slow motion seconds in which the brain somehow resolves itself to accept disaster. A few days ago as I was driving down Louisville in Monroe, an SUV of three 18-year-olds sailed through their stop sign on the...
10/21/2010
Hours after departing the Dixie Center for the Arts, a question floated around in my head. Which was sweeter? The red cake or the live theater production? It was a toss-up. I wasn’t in the line to receive a serving of the cake created by Sam Wheat,...
10/20/2010
Fall is officially here, and with its arrival comes another exciting kickoff to the 2010-11 season of Louisiana high school athletics.  Here in Louisiana, when the days get shorter and the weather starts to change, we think football. More than just...
10/20/2010
Most of us spend at least some amount of time considering how healthy the food we place in our mouths each day actually is – especially with the general societal focus on being thin, beautiful and living forever (or at least as long as you can)....
10/19/2010
There is sometimes a difference between a trip and a vacation. A trip is simply a physical movement to another location; a vacation has a connotation of an element of relaxation being involved. I have no wild guess as to before last Jan. 12 how many...
10/19/2010
All parents want their children to grow up healthy and happy, but when should parents start to take necessary measures to ensure they have the best chances of a successful future? Is it during infancy, toddlerhood? Parents can actually start their...