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10/17/2011
Four years, two U.S. presidents and six Congressional floor votes later, Louisiana farmers and ranchers are a giant step closer to realizing the nearly $2.5 billion in new agriculture exports projected with the implementation of free trade pacts...
10/17/2011
Q: My twin boys will be 3 years old next month. They sleep in the same room. They’ve recently taken to getting out of their beds (together, although one seems to be the ringleader) every night, over and over, for up to two hours. They make a lot of...
10/15/2011
Even the sports fan who admits to only a smidgen of knowledge about various teams, schools, players and coaches will likely have heard of Grambliing State University. Let me count the number of times that I’ve been out-of-state and somebody would...
10/15/2011
I knew I had this because my Papaw Fields had given me this long ago. Now, whether I could put my hands on it or not was an entirely different question. After a little bit of searching, I remembered where I put it and I found it … and I’m glad I did...
10/15/2011
Question: My wife and I are expecting our first child. The lady we bought our auto insurance from is suggesting a whole life policy for $100,000. Is that enough coverage? Too much? Is this the right kind of policy?   Answer: A $100,000 policy should...
10/15/2011
Several years ago, a book titled “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” was quite popular. As the title suggests, the book argues that men and women are vastly different from each other, particularly in their emotional needs and in the way they...
10/15/2011
Caregiving is seldom easy — it involves providing financial, physical, emotional and spiritual support to someone who is unable to live independently. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, approximately 44 million unpaid individuals (mostly...
10/14/2011
I’m back in Dallas, but still missing the whirlwind pace of my week’s visit in Ruston. Every day there, I did from two to four extracurricular things with friends. Never have I had a better time with friends. I especially enjoyed my visit one Sunday...
10/14/2011
The sluggish and struggling economy has made people cut back on a lot of things over the past few years, and it comes as no surprise that along with cutting back on amenities and wants, Americans are also slowing down their production of babies.
10/14/2011
LindaOne, my dazzling full-color mobile LED display, and I were invited to be a part of the Claiborne Parish Fair parade in Haynesville this week. The grand marshals were all area military veterans. They rode on the float behind me. A big banner in...
10/14/2011
Myriad articles abound analyzing Steve Jobs’ legacy, dissecting the “7 Ways He Changed the Music Industry” to “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Steve Jobs.” Not one has taken it in stride to ponder his effect on the average human being. More...
10/13/2011
It can make the difference between a good complexion and bad skin or a healthy body weight and obesity. The importance of proper nutrition cannot be overemphasized. There have been times in my life where I was smoking cigarettes regularly while not...
10/13/2011
October is Meet the Blind Month, a month the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has established as a time for communities across the country to come together with blind members of the NFB and learn about blindness, blindness resources and more (...
10/13/2011
Isn’t it funny how sometimes you can go somewhere and just the subtlety of a scent, or the sound of a voice just makes you remember “all those old familiar places.” I know it sounds cliché, but it is so true in my life how this happens. Just this...
10/12/2011
Sitting around a table, discussing the politics of the nation is a favorite pastime of many people I know. In fact, the best man from my wedding is even traveling across the country today to begin a political career as a campaign manager. However,...
10/12/2011
We call a man a pagan if he makes an idol of wood or stone by the works of his own hands, and then worships it. But what about the fellow who makes money by the works of his own hands, and then does the same thing? The wisest young woman of all is...
10/12/2011
If anyone had stood up in a crowd and said that the Detroit Lions would be 5 – 0 while the Indianapolis Colts were 0 – 5, they might have been tarred, feathered, placed in the center of a downtown area and laughed at from a good, hearty place by all...
10/11/2011
The other night we received two inches of rain in my gauge. I could not see any standing around. It all soaked into the ground. About two days later I met a friend/good neighbor coming into a store in Farmerville as I was starting to leave. He...
10/11/2011
Election Day, Oct. 22 (and earlier) Please vote. It is not often that I intentionally lecture or chide, but this is one of those times. Tens of thousands of good men and women have died for us to have the right to vote. Many in the military are at...
10/11/2011
It’s about that time that we will start seeing signs that say, “It’s Time to Winterize Your Lawn.” But in reality the sign should read “Take a soil sample to see if you really need to winterize your lawn.” We need to remember that just because the...