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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...
10/27/2011
With another holiday looming up ahead, we are finally getting ready for the autumn rush. So there I was in the middle of candy corn — candy corn in shapes of triangles, candy corn in shapes of pumpkins; it really doesn’t matter as long as I can...
10/27/2011
Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health. Heart...
10/26/2011
With eyes as big as saucers, I looked at the National Football League scores and was blown away. This season is definitely an off one for the league. Case in point, the New Orleans Saints played the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and absolutely...
10/26/2011
I’d have to say the Halloween memory that sticks with me the most is the year when my mom took my younger cousin and I trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. Since I grew up in the woods — where people don’t live on top of each other in neat little...
10/26/2011
It sat there on your parents’ shelf, or maybe your grandparents’, alongside the six volumes of Winston Churchill’s chronicle of World War II and the 11 volumes of Will and Ariel Durant’s “The Story of Civilization.” It had two distinctions. One was...
10/26/2011
The blues ain’t nothin’ but a lonesome man down somewhere in a deep pit, a battered guitar in his hands and a long-gone lover in his heart. Woman, wife, lover, friend — you are all of these things to me, and more. As the soft moonlight sifting in...
10/25/2011
This column is not a place in which your writer may endorse any candidate, but after the fact, certainly remarks of congratulations and thanks are in order. It is mildly comforting to know that all of the statewide and most of the local races are...
10/25/2011
There are some advantages to fall and winter planting of ornamental or landscape plants. For instance, it allows the plant materials time to establish a root system in the new soil long before the hot weather approaches. Root activity takes place in...
10/25/2011
We are getting close to the end of another gardening year. Many people, including myself, have been disappointed in the results because of the weather. If we would have known what was ahead it could have been a better year.  Even shooting for dry...
10/24/2011
Bad things happen every day. Sometimes, it is the result of an accident or a bad choice. Other times, bad things occur because we let them occur, choosing to stay silent over speaking out on the situation. The second part of Ecclesiastes 3:7...
10/22/2011
Notes, observations and other tid-bits along the sports beat while remembering how gosh-awful the Texas Rangers’ pitching staff was once upon a time (and seemingly not all that long ago): • If you’ve been enjoying the success of the Texas Rangers...
10/22/2011
I do not know what will have happened between the time I am writing this visit with you on Friday morning and when you are reading this on Sunday morning. I have found, as I try to predict the future, that my crystal ball is foggy and has many...