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12/04/2018
A buddy and I were talking the other day. He was having some issues with a friend of his. He went on and on about his friend’s failings. After listening for a while — and I don’t know why the idea popped into my head — I stopped him and said: “Well...
12/04/2018
Q: Our 15-year-old daughter is very demanding and, to be honest, self-centered. One of the things she does is ask one of us for something and demand an instant decision, as in, “Can I go to the mall with my friends?” If she doesn’t get the right...
12/02/2018
Have you begun to panic or fret? Please don’t. Now “officially” in the Christmas season, despite good intentions, people stress over what to give and get. With “only” 22 shopping days left until Christmas, don’t panic. The Savior whose birth we...
12/01/2018
It really is the most wonderful time of the year, but that could quickly turn in the other direction if you aren’t careful when choosing and putting up your Christmas decorations. Each year hospital emergency rooms treat about 8,700 people for...
12/01/2018
Question: I will graduate from college this semester. I feel very fortunate to have a good job lined up. I want to be smart with my money. Do you have some basic financial tips for someone my age? Answer: Congratulations on separating yourself from...
12/01/2018
The holiday season is here, which means gift-giving is probably on your mind. In addition to making gifts to your family and friends, you also may be interested in contributing to charitable organizations. But before you donate financial assets,...
12/01/2018
Being asked to serve as an executor or a trustee for an estate is certainly an honor, but it’s also a considerable responsibility. And knowing and understanding those responsibilities can help you be prepared. Many people don’t realize what they are...
11/30/2018
For the past six years, the week after Thanksgiving has been my favorite part of the holiday season. The weather usually begins to get cooler, Christmas lights and trees are on full display and it becomes socially acceptable to sing holiday songs...
11/30/2018
A ho-hum election day. That’s what Louisiana voters experienced a few weeks back. Now a runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 8 with just a few choices for voters on the ballot. At the top of the ticket is the race to fill the void left by former...
11/29/2018
We will be holding our Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest Saturday. The contest is set for 10 a.m. and registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and will be held at Tractor Supply of Ruston. At the contest we are collecting “Puzzles for...
11/29/2018
About a month ago, I heard the remarkable story of local veteran Adolf “Wes” Wesselhoeft, a retired lieutenant colonel of the United States Air Force. Wesselhoeft’s parents immigrated to America from Germany in the 1920s, and when he was only 6...
11/28/2018
It’s beginning to look a lot like … election year? Yep. Only 34 more days and we’ll be there. 2019 is a big year at the local ballot box, starting with the Feb. 23 special election to fill the remaining year in former District 12 state Rep. Rob...
11/27/2018
I recently heard “Burning Love” four times within an hour. First it was in a movie that was on as I left the house. Then I turned on Elvis radio in the Jeep and there it was again. When I got to the office and turned on Sirius’ 70s channel,...
11/27/2018
They say bad things happen in threes. Three celebrity deaths in a row. Three plane crashes. Three natural disasters. But almost no one speaks about a trio of good happenings. Or a triad of funny experiences. Or a trilogy of weirdness. Yet three of...
11/25/2018
Is it too soon to start decorating for Christmas? Not for the Boatrights. Yes, it has started, and much of today at our house will be spent decorating our tree and getting into the festive spirit despite the fact that Dec. 1 won’t roll around until...
11/24/2018
Winter is here again — which may make you wish you were somewhere else. You might be thinking how pleasant it would be to become a snowbird and move to a warmer climate for the season. Of course, your stage of life will help determine if you are...
11/24/2018
Question: I’m not one of these people who gets up at 3 a.m. to go shopping on Black Friday, but I do like to get my shopping done early. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the moment and overspend. How much do other people spend on Christmas and...
11/24/2018
If you have a will, there’s a question you should be asking yourself: “Do I also need a trust?” You might be surprised. A revocable living trust can be a useful estate-planning tool for people at all income levels, not just the very rich, says Lisa...
11/22/2018
For many people, one of the regular parts of the annual Thanksgiving experience is an obligatory listing of the things and people one is thankful for. It’s almost a formality one goes through to justify the abnormal amounts of food to be consumed...
11/22/2018
What many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 as the religious separatist Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. The day did not become a national holiday until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln...