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11/01/2010
Question: I promised myself this year that I was going to get my act together in the money department. Then I had $800 worth of car repairs I was not expecting. I get bummed out when this stuff happens. How does an average person get it together...
11/01/2010
I was grown, I believe, before it really got through to me that Halloween had a bad connotation in regards to its origin and celebration of evil. However, one of the fun things I remember as a child in New Orleans was dressing up in a spooky outfit...
11/01/2010
Observations on the sports beat while wondering if execs at the Fox Sports Network turned blue when a hoped-for Yankees-Phillies World Series went out the window:
11/01/2010
Appropriately enough, this one is going to be scary. The New Orleans Saints take on the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight, and the Who Dat Nation find themselves watching a team at a crossroads. A win will put the Saints firmly back in the hunt for a top...
11/01/2010
(Editor’s note: Because of requests and its timely nature, one of Glynn Harris’ column/radio broadcasts is being featured in the veteran outdoor writer’s weekly contributions to the Daily Leader). It had been years since I last saw my cousin, Billy...
10/29/2010
The purpose of this commentary is to discuss how our state and federal governments can remedy their deficit and debt problems. Fortunately, for us in Ruston and Lincoln Parish, our elected city, parish and school board officials have operated their...
10/29/2010
Though Ruston lacks the number of privately-owned galleries and art museums found in urban areas, this bustling college town offers more than meets the eye, especially for art enthusiasts. To those friends of mine who say, “There’s nothing to do in...
10/29/2010
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...
10/29/2010
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...