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10/10/2011
In an article recently published by yahoo.com in their Travel and Leisure section they compiled a list of America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses. Now although Louisiana Tech University was not on the list, I’m still partial to think that it...
10/08/2011
Recently my legs basically went “on strike,” and I was relegated to a position flat on my back. And while I’d rather be anywhere else, I do enjoy catching up on things I may have missed on TV. One of them is “Private Screenings” on Turner Classic...
10/08/2011
Well, I think I have finally managed to pry my size 9 1/2 shoe out of my mouth. I am such an idiot and sometimes it’s more glaring than others — like when I put my foot in my mouth and then compound it even more. While this is not going to be...
10/08/2011
You may not see it posted on your calendar, but Oct. 16 – 22 is National Save for Retirement Week. This annual event, endorsed by Congress, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement — so you may want to take some...
10/08/2011
So far, life has been good to you. The career and family are thriving and your quest for a financially secure retirement has been going strong for decades.  You’ve remained a diligent saver and maxed out your contributions to the 401(k) plans...
10/08/2011
Question: A few weeks ago you wrote about borrowing your own money to make major purchases. I already pay cash for most everything I buy. Isn’t this the same thing?   Answer: No. This reminds me of two guys freezing their earlobes off in Alaska one...
10/08/2011
And you thought Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” was long? One day, they might have a sequel to that famous novel based on Saturday night’s Louisiana Tech-Hawaii football game at Joe Aillet Stadium. Nearly four hours for the entire game, including a...
10/08/2011
I’ve been fascinated with the panther— aka puma aka cougar aka mountain lion— since 1949. That was when my dad, who worked in predator control for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries introduced me to one that was hanging around the...
10/07/2011
As I sat and watched my 2-year-old niece shut doors to every room in my parents’ house over the weekend, I slowly started to realize just how easily we are shaped at a young age. My niece can’t add numbers together, but she already understands that...
10/07/2011
Herman Cain’s star is rising. The unexpected Florida straw poll smash victory by Cain has led to voters taking a second look at the former pizza entrepreneur. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that Cain has risen into a tie for second place...
10/07/2011
This column has made the point repeatedly that one of the major drags on the U.S. economy comes from the uncertainty that the business community faces in determining how government laws and regulations will impact its costs going forward. One of the...
10/07/2011
During the month of tricks and treats the Dixie Center for the Arts has a real treat for guests of our historic theatre in downtown Ruston. A couple of years ago a group from Alaska known as Bearfoot stepped onto the Dixie stage for the first time...
10/06/2011
Walking has been a big part of my life for a long time. As a child, I used to walk barefoot up and down the sidewalks in my neighborhood. When I went to college, it became a means to stay in shape. Simply by picking up the pace and pumping my arms...
10/06/2011
Do you ever wonder why we get in such a hurry to get to the doctor’s office? Is it because we want to be first in line? Is it because we have an appointment time? I’ve discussed this with others I’ve sat next to in waiting rooms listening as the...
10/05/2011
You hear so many stories about cancer sneaking up on people. They have no family history of the disease, they’re healthy as a horse and they go into the doctor with a cough and come out with a cancer diagnosis (after several costly tests). It’s...
10/05/2011
I once read of an atheistic man (an ophthalmologist, by the way) who became a believer by simply being intellectually honest enough to consider a few irrefutable facts. Namely: the “Law of Cause and Effect,” which says, “Something (the universe,...
10/05/2011
The closer that it draws to Nov. 1, the more that National Basketball Association fans bite their nails. The reason for that is because this is the date that regular season basketball is to be played, but there are no hopeful signs from above that...
10/04/2011
On Oct. 15 Nature’s Hideaway Nursery in Bastrop will be holding their annual “Autumn Joys in the Garden.” Their location is on Naff Street in southwest Bastrop. They have held a fall and a spring sale and get together for several years. Local...
10/04/2011
When doing some research this past weekend, I noticed a couple of posted stories closely situated on the news page. The proximity made me think that there was a bizarre similarity.
10/04/2011
Agritourism is growing in Louisiana and many farmers are diversifying their operations to include education and entertainment for visitors. Farmers have always shown their farming operations to guests visiting their farms, but today farmers are...