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10/17/2010
You may not see it posted on your calendar, but this 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 why not take some time this week...
10/17/2010
Question: How do you know when you have done enough financial planning? It seems you could spend all your time and money planning and never enjoy your life. Surely there is a good balance. Answer: Have you ever water-skied? If you are big and clumsy...
10/13/2010
Some people mourn the recent loss of recycling services in Lincoln Parish, and others are attempting to do something about it. Due to loss of federal funding, Trailblazer Recycling, Conservation and Development removed all of its recycling bins...
10/12/2010
Last Friday, I got the chance to hang out at the Ruston Fire Department Central Station with Buddy the Arson Dog; his owner Ric Abbott, a lieutenant investigator with the State Fire Marshal; and a bunch of kids from the Lincoln Parish Early...
10/11/2010
Everyone loves Girl Scout cookies, even though they aren’t made from real Girl Scouts, as Wednesday Adams once so smugly pointed out. My favorites are Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos. I’d like to say that every time I buy a box of the cookies I think back...
10/07/2010
The work of Lincoln Parish voters is yet to be done in 2010. In November, area residents will have the opportunity to vote on 10 state Constitutional Amendments and a library support tax renewal. Additionally, they can make their choices in multiple...
10/05/2010
My tribute to this man is well-deserved, in a way overdue but also quite timely. It is inadequate as I could write pages of tribute, but he would not have wanted that. And again, most of all, it is totally in order and justified. He was first and...
09/29/2010
There are numerous names instantly identified with Louisiana Tech University athletics. They are familiar to all who keep up with, and love, the success that the university has had in the sports arena through the years: Terry Bradshaw, Karl Malone,...
09/29/2010
The gentle hum of the exiting moviegoers was quiet for an instant. The noise started again with a question, “Is there a dog in here?” a confused girl asked. But, there was no dog in the lobby of the local movie theater. Instead, there was only the...
09/27/2010
What’s that saying about children; they keep you young? Or is it that they make you old before your time? Many of you might be surprised to learn that I have children — two, in fact. But they’re not the kind who come home from school with bad grades...
09/27/2010
That sound you heard Sunday evening was probably me. You see, I have to admit I hate the “Dirty Birds.” But those “Dirty Birds” did us in Sunday, as the Atlanta Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints in a thrilling overtime contest ARRGGGHH! And for...
09/22/2010
It’s amazing how the littlest of occurrences can truly get you thinking. A few days ago, I was completing a mini-project for my French III class. My task was to find a school lunch menu from a school in France, compare it to our own American fare...
09/22/2010
Most people think that Type II diabetes (the kind of diabetes that people are not born with) is for old, obese people who have led horribly unhealthy lives and deserve the disease (or at least that’s what it seems like when you listen to the...
09/21/2010
It’s about that time of the year to dust off the rakes and begin cleaning up all the leaves that fall from our trees. As we drive around, we’ll see people burning and bagging tons of leaves and sticks from their yards. It wouldn’t take much effort...
09/21/2010
Last week your writer was privileged to have been part of a ceremony that affected not only my business, if you will, but our way of life here. The ceremony, sponsored by the Lincoln Parish Bar Association, took less than an hour, but it was...
09/20/2010
Several times a year DART sends out various calls to the community. Sometimes we ask you for classic southern canned goods to feed our families. In the fall we ask you to support the Townsend House Annual Pumpkin Patch. At Christmas we ask for gifts...
09/20/2010
Wort, sparging, cold crashing — it’s the jargon men of the region are using these days when they gather in male camaraderie. If you’re one of those guys, then you know what I’m talking about. If not, I’ll fill you in. Homebrew — it’s the latest...
09/18/2010
Question: As I get older, I realize I have all the material things I want out of life. Part of me would really like to give away some of my money, but I am suspicious. How can I control how the money I give will be spent?
09/17/2010
The news spread quickly on Monday morning. It was often met with disbelief. That kind of news couldn’t have been coming from Ruston, our hometown. We’re fortunate in Lincoln Parish in that we’re sometimes lulled into a thought pattern telling us we...
09/17/2010
After speaking with Lincoln 21 ACHIEVE coordinator Cathi Cox this week, I thought, “Wow! I wouldn’t hesitate for a second about sending my child to school in Lincoln Parish.” Lincoln Parish schools are doing amazing things to enhance children’s...