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Columns

08/05/2011
Yes, I know I’ve already written about Mother Nature, but let’s face it, she seems angrier than ever this year and her most recent temperature tantrum has no end in sight. I don’t have to tell you. It’s been impossible for anyone to miss the fact...
08/05/2011
I was disturbed by remarks in some churches as they frowned upon various genres of music as if it is the reason for some of the youth steering away from the church. For me that was an insult because I sing various genres of music. But that’s not the...
08/04/2011
Campaign season is here. Already the Ruston Daily Leader has published several announcements for candidates seeking positions as state representatives or senators. If one looks around town, there are various little colorful signs beckoning attention...
08/04/2011
The girl next door could be a prostitute. In fact, your daughter’s best friend may be a prostitute. She won’t call herself that. She won’t even think of herself that way. “I needed the money for school,” a college student named Taylor told The...
08/03/2011
So far, one of the most challenging parts of being a newlywed is figuring out the financial bits, because even if you’ve been dating for a long time, getting married makes the money thing a lot more complicated. Suddenly, you have to be concerned...
08/03/2011
When consulting my dictionary recently, I was somewhat surprised to learn that the colloquial expression “tacky party” was not to be found there. Thus I suppose it would be in order (for the benefit of the uninitiated) to fill you in on just what a...
08/03/2011
The attempt to increase the debt limit is, in some ways, a curious exercise. Republicans say it must be done without tax increases. Many Democrats say entitlements shouldn’t be touched and any cuts must be accompanied by tax increases.
08/02/2011
People may call them “man’s best friend.” However, women find these dogs quite admirable. Children grow up with animals of all sorts as pets. However, as it stands the American Kennel Club (AKC) has a registered 150 dogs, and there are currently 164...
08/02/2011
We finally received some showers of rain. They were scattered. It depended on where you were standing on how much you received. It reminded me of a Justin Wilson story about a dove hunt he went on up in the “Miss-sippy” Delta. The weather forecast...
08/02/2011
Thinking about vegetable gardening this spring, what about raised bed gardening? Traditionally, to grow your own fresh vegetables we often thought that we had to have a back forty acres or some large area to plant, along with equipment such as a...
08/02/2011
(In the past two columns we have been examining what I prefer to call “life planning.” Last week I spent some time discussing having, or not, a last will and testament. We also discussed the need to examine your applicable insurance. In every event...
08/01/2011
At 27 weeks, almost the end of the second trimester, it’s kind of surreal at how fast everything is happening. It seems only a few weeks ago I was barely showing and couldn’t feel any movement other than the baby knotting up from time to time. But...
08/01/2011
While there are still some loose ends that need to be tied up, it looks to me like the New Orleans Saints have done a solid job of signing new players during the most frenzied free agency period in league history. Over the next few days I expect...
07/30/2011
Dear EarthTalk: Why can’t plastics of all types, instead of being initially sorted, simply be melted together to be separated later? It must be a monumental and error-prone task to separate truckloads of plastics.
07/30/2011
I remember how I learned to swim. Yes, I took swimming lessons and yes, Daddy worked with me and my younger brother. Mom, never having learned to swim, was deathly afraid of water and could not look, most of the time, when we would jump in the...
07/30/2011
Question: I’m in my early 50s and have only recently become very interested in my retirement. Like Moses, I had to wander for almost 40 years in the wilderness before I found my calling. I have the option of paying about $15,000 into a retirement...
07/30/2011
As a nation, we appear to be getting nervous about retirement. We aren’t sure if we’ll have enough money, and we don’t know if we’ll be able to retire when we had originally planned. That’s why you may want to review your financial strategy both...
07/30/2011
Life can be uncertain, especially in regard to managing your personal financial affairs. Some investors find themselves overwhelmed with information and conflicting advice. Others don’t have the time or interest to manage their personal assets and...
07/30/2011
I’m telling you, folks, there’s nothing much sweeter than hometown relationships. They run close behind God and family. I had a wonderful time today connecting with Holly Reed, Joanne Johnston’s youngest daughter.
07/29/2011
The art exhibition “Ruston En Plein Air” hosted by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) and 102 a Bistro (102 Monroe St.) will close Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. to make way for “Sifting the Exotic and Familiar,” which will open on at 5 p....