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11/05/2011
These days, you can purchase just about anything you want on the Internet. However, you can still benefit from a human, face-to-face experience for some purchases — such as your investments. And that’s why you may want to work with a financial...
11/05/2011
Editor’s note: This is the second article in a two-part series by Bobby Conville about the importance of having an estate plan and documents legal counsel may recommend. The first part ran Oct. 30. 4. Living will. A living will expresses your...
11/04/2011
How about this weather? Ours is fabulous — not too hot, not too cold, but just right! This is a great week for me. Lots going on. Starting on Saturday night, we had a great family time and all the pizza you could eat. We even had Harold and Becky (...
11/04/2011
Growing up, I always had a gut feeling that I was somehow not related to my family. This feeling went on throughout my childhood, and even though I knew for a fact I wasn’t adopted, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I was. It wasn’t because my...
11/04/2011
Ask your doctor for the magical pill that will make all of your aches and pains disappear! TV ads for prescription medicines essentially suggest this — if you’re feeling down in one way or another, just ask your doctor, and he’ll provide a simple...
11/04/2011
Will social conservatives let the GOP nominate a candidate for the White House who has flip-flopped on life and marriage? No, I’m not talking about Mitt Romney; I mean Herman Cain. In the latest Quinnipiac poll, Herman Cain leads the field of...
11/04/2011
Cedar Creek has far more than a regular season football finale tonight. The Cougars (7-2, 2-1) will be on a mission to end a losing streak against an area rival. “We haven’t beaten Arcadia in over four years and it is a challenge that our players...
11/03/2011
I am about to travel to Utah to visit family for the holidays. I always have a little bit of anxiety before traveling. This is not because I’m afraid to travel. I went on my first airplane ride by myself when I was 10. But when I started using a...
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...