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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...
10/03/2011
In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week in October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s (NAMI’s) efforts to raise awareness of mental illness. This year, Mental Illness...
10/03/2011
Louisiana’s inspector general said Friday that he is investigating the cancellation of a training seminar involving one of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s little-known opponents within two weeks of her entrance into the governor’s race. “I can confirm that we...
10/03/2011
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between the way I and almost everyone else in my generation (I was born in 1947, the year the flying saucers returned … just a coincidence) were raised and the way today’s kids are being raised....
10/03/2011
For more than 100 years roadways have been graced by the presence of motor vehicles. Those of which ranged from the elite luxury and sports cars to the most basic model a person could purchase.
10/02/2011
A few years ago, the National Association of Professional Organizers designated the first week of October as Get Organized Week. And while you may have misplaced your notification of this event, it’s nonetheless a good time to see just how organized...
10/02/2011
A few years ago, the National Association of Professional Organizers designated the first week of October as Get Organized Week. And while you may have misplaced your notification of this event, it’s nonetheless a good time to see just how organized...
10/02/2011
Question: I own my own business. Several years ago my son came into the business. One day I would like for him to own it. Is it better to try to sell it to him now, or just leave it to him in my will? Answer: If your business is successful, good for...