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09/10/2011
Some types of pears and other fruit don’t change color as they ripen. You have to feel the softening. If you wait too long, you’ll eat overly sweet fruit or have to throw it away. Similarly, if your will has been sitting in your desk or another safe...
09/09/2011
Since opening in 2007, the Enterprise Center Art Gallery has been dedicated to exhibiting and promoting the abundant artwork of Louisiana Tech faculty, staff and students. The gallery is very excited about the 2011-12 season because it covers such a...
09/09/2011
If there is one thing I can tell you about the current job market in the United States, it is this — things are tough. Between technology taking away numerous jobs previously held by individuals and a sea of workers eager to jump on any opportunity...
09/09/2011
The goal of the APP Palmetto Freedom Forum on Monday in Columbia, S.C., was a different kind of debate that would break new ground. Boy, did it succeed. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Congressman Steve King of Iowa and the founder of the...
09/09/2011
“One nation . . . indivisible.” It is impossible to believe that this September marks a decade since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Colloquially recognized as 9/11, every Sept. 11 commemorates a day of solemnity...
09/08/2011
My parents have discovered the joy of being grandparents. Since my nephew was born about eight months ago, they have uncovered a wonderland of delight. Look at baby’s curious expression! Is he smiling? See him moving his little arms. Many an adult...
09/08/2011
Labor Day has come and gone. For the third consecutive year, it was a time of considerable anxiety for America’s work force. Wages are stagnant while prices for basic commodities are rising. Housing values are depressed. Unemployment remains...
09/08/2011
I went back home over the weekend. It is always good to go back home. It helps you to remember who you are and where you came from. People can be forgetful of the little things that make you appreciate just why you go back. For me, it was my dad’s...
09/07/2011
Is running a race a goal that you have always wanted to accomplish? Ruston Parks and Recreation’s Start to Finish running programs can help you reach your goal. Using information, support, and accountability YOU can run a 5K this November. Yes, YOU...
09/07/2011
Expecting a baby? Ensuring that your baby boy or girl has a healthy start to life begins with good prenatal care. Prenatal care refers to the care you receive for yourself and your baby during your entire pregnancy. Following a prenatal care plan...
09/07/2011
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve never been more excited than when a letter or package with my name on it showed up in my mailbox. Even now when I see a piece of mail that I don’t suspect is a bill or another credit card offer, I am excited to...
09/07/2011
He was giant of a man — easily six feet five or better, with a muscular sun-tanned 245-pound frame to match. I eyed him curiously, there in the soft green and ivory décor of the plush mortuary, and somehow he seemed strangely out of place. Awkward...
09/07/2011
This summer, we saw the National Football League at a standstill and on the brink of not having a season. Once again, America is in the grips of a lockout and this time its the National Basketball Association. With basketball season right around the...
09/06/2011
What happened to summertime? I often go on a picnic and go fishing but this year I didn’t do anything like that. I didn’t soak one cricket. It was just too hot all summer long. I know it isn’t because I am getting too old: Age is that distance...
09/06/2011
Taking proper care of children is one of the most important jobs that a parent can do. One thing that parents should do is lower their baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the sudden, unexplained death of a child under the age of 1....
09/06/2011
Sept. 11. Anniversary — the 10th. 9-11 and 9-1-1; numbers stated differently, now with overlapping meanings. Images, numbers and words were seared in our hearts, minds and souls forever on this earth. Your writer will not have a column appear before...
09/04/2011
Finally, some football and not police reports. Thank goodness. For the past several weeks, I’ve found myself wondering if I’m reading the sports section or National Enquirer, given the shenanigans of various players located from Baton Rouge to Coral...
09/03/2011
Pssstt! All you younger parents out there; let’s talk. It’s been a while since I wrote down these words; I was a younger father when I found this in my writings so I want to pass it along to you who have children, you know, the little people who...
09/03/2011
Question: My brother is all into saving money and planning for the future. But life is short. Why save a bunch of money for the future when life is so short? Answer: When you consider all the things you want to do, places you want to see and people...
09/03/2011
Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 11 this year. While not as widely observed as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Grandparents Day nonetheless serves a valuable purpose in reminding us of the importance of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren...