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11/03/2011
When thinking back on childhood, I can remember my mother reading to my sister and me at night. In fact, it seemed like going to bed was a pleasant experience because we had the opportunity to escape into the imaginary world of fiction. We learned...
11/02/2011
I’ve been a New Orleans Saints since I could understand what football was. After Sunday dinner, in my grandmother’s house, our whole family would be glued to the TV screen while the beloved home team battled for supremacy. The years have not been...
11/02/2011
My husband and I use an online budgeting tool that helps you keep a handle on your monthly expenses. Within this program, there is a section that measures your net income. It gives you the option to put in debt, such as student loans, as well. Since...
11/02/2011
Herman Cain is virtually tied with former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts in Iowa and South Carolina. He’s running second in New Hampshire. Some polls have him ahead of Romney nationally. Everybody’s examining 9-9-9, Cain’s simplified tax system....
11/02/2011
Now, to be completely honest, it was not quite as bad as the title of this column implies — but it came close. My driver instructions had been limited to a few quick, nonchalant demonstrations by a somewhat amused uncle. He tossed me the keys after...
11/01/2011
Now is the time to treat some of our plants, especially house plants that we have had outside. Our average first freeze is Nov. 12, so we need to move the tender plants inside before then.
11/01/2011
We are in the middle of football season, especially in Louisiana and Alabama. The Saints aren’t doing badly. Most loyal fans are steeled and accustomed to collapses of the past. Yet for those without a myopic view of the world of sports, there are...
10/31/2011
Q: My husband won’t allow our 17-year-old daughter to date. She is an excellent student, very involved in activities at school and church, and has never given us any major problems. A rather brave boy has tried repeatedly to ask my husband to date...
10/29/2011
It’s time for another adventure of Captain Klutz, also known as your country lawyer. I visited with you about this before, and here it comes again. As I age, I seem to get clumsier and I never cease to surprise myself about how inattentive I can be...
10/29/2011
Question: My husband and I pulled out our car insurance policies the other day ... what a mess!  I’m not sure what we need. Can you help?   Answer:  Buying automobile insurance ranks right up there with doing your taxes and writing thank you notes...
10/29/2011
Late fall marks the beginning of the holiday season, which probably means that you’ll have a lot going on over the next couple of months. However, busy as you are, you’ll want to take the time to review your employee benefits package, since November...
10/29/2011
Editor’s note: This is the first article in a two-part series by Bobby Conville. The second part will run Nov. 6. It may be the subject matter — death, incapacity and taxes — that causes us to avoid estate planning. However, the fact is that, no...
10/29/2011
Random thoughts along the sports beat while wondering if managers Tony LaRussa of the Cardinals and Ron Washington of the Rangers are scheduling blood pressure tests this week after a nerve-wracking World Series: • Lots of my friends — I will leave...
10/29/2011
Does it not make you a bit jittery when somebody tells you he has good news – and bad news for you? When this happens, which do you prefer to hear first? I usually like to get the bad stuff out of the way so I can look forward to hearing something...
10/28/2011
Boo! It’s Halloween, right? I decided at my age, it’s about time I knew exactly what we were celebrating. I’ve always known it had to do with witches, ghosts, goblins and evil spirits, but never really knew why it was faithfully observed every year...
10/28/2011
Driskill Mountain, named after James Christopher Driskill, is the highest natural summit in Louisiana. I learned that in my seventh grade Louisiana History class. That’s also where I learned that my home state had been shopped around a little before...
10/28/2011
Former Georgia Chief Justice Leah Sears (on the short list for Obama appointments to the Supreme Court) and family relations professor William Doherty have teamed up to produce what they call, without irony, a modest proposal to reduce “unnecessary...
10/28/2011
In the midst of Homecoming Week, it hit me that there was something different about the atmosphere surrounding the campus. It was something that I was not used to feeling when on campus, and it was not something that I would normally feel when Tech...
10/28/2011
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council announces three exciting and very different opportunities for November. These workshops are part of NCLAC’s goal to expand our hands-on artistic classes to the residents of Lincoln parish and our surrounding...
10/27/2011
The creepiest holiday of the year is right around the corner. Oct. 31 marks Halloween, a time when children traditionally dress up in costumes and go knock on doors throughout town asking for candy. Additionally, youth and adults alike commonly...