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01/10/2015
Question: I am a young person and I see myself as more ambitious than most of the people I know, young or old. I am not going to be content to slowly work myself up some corporate ladder. Where’s the best place for a go-getter like me to get the...
01/10/2015
If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with...
01/10/2015
If you’re an investor, you probably had a pretty good year in 2014. But what’s in store for 2015? It’s essentially impossible to make precise predictions about the performance of the financial markets — but it is possible to identify those economic...
01/10/2015
I have started to really feel bad for Andrew Whitworth. I am beginning to wonder if he’s just flat out jinxed or is on a streak of bad luck. Maybe he’s not being cooperative with NFL beat writers, but that can’t be the case because he’s as media...
01/09/2015
In today’s media-driven society there isn’t a day that goes by when people of all ages are not impacted by technology. After an interesting email landed in my inbox earlier this week my interest was piqued. The email began, “With a technology-...
01/08/2015
My lower back is really starting to hurt. I tried an ice packet, a heating pad and even combining both to take away the pestering pain. Nothing seems to work. I guess lifting heavy boxes, sleeping on the couch every night and walking back and forth...
01/08/2015
On Dec. 6 Lincoln Parish 4-H Clubs held the 4-H Cooking Contest at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest in 12 individual divisions. The divisions were as follows: Beef...
01/07/2015
All right, that’s it. No more. I’m fed up clear to the top of my hunter’s orange toboggan hat. The very idea that north Louisiana culture is apparently being assessed nationwide — and maybe even worldwide — by the likes of so-called reality shows...
01/05/2015
Happy New Year! If you are like me, you are still adjusting to saying and writing “2015” rather than “2014.” I have had to correct the date on several letters and checks since New Year’s Day arrived. But while I struggle to remember that we are in a...
01/05/2015
Thinking hard about making New Year’s resolutions, I realized there are many I could try: • The old standard of getting fit and in better shape • Cutting down on my soft drink intake, which is a big part of my “shape” • Better managing my time in...
01/04/2015
I’ve done it the last several years, or at least ever since they’ve clogged the December calendar page with more bowl games than commercials on car insurance. Yes, and I’ll express my discontent with teams carrying records of 6-6 or —honest — one...
01/03/2015
“What the heck!” The only thing unusual was the results from the pain medicine. First off — it burned something fierce, then — I went out of my mind — to a very unhappy place. I decided I was dying and being embalmed. They had some things on my legs...
01/03/2015
This is the season to be merry and celebrate the New Year. Accompanying this season is the season for flu, stomach bug, bronchitis, pneumonia and other weather-changing related illnesses. Well, this year I have experienced some of both seasons —...
01/03/2015
“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Some people attribute this quote to Buddha, some to Nelson Mandela and others to a disciple of Buddha. Regardless, it’s a quote that has been spouted in various...
01/03/2015
In a 1970’s “Pogo” comic strip Walt Kelly used a famous phrase: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” I don’t like enemies. I prefer friends or “pals.”
01/03/2015
Tomorrow school revs back up after the holiday break and things will get back to normal throughout schools in Lincoln Parish. And I suspect for our teachers and administrators that will come as somewhat of a relief after the craziness that occurs...
01/03/2015
If you are interested in saving for retirement, here’s some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an extra $6,000, up from $5,500...
01/03/2015
Question: Why do you think family businesses so often fail after the first generation? How can I prepare to make that transition with my own family business? Answer: Most businesses in this country — and in the world for that matter — are family...
01/03/2015
While there are many individuals who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have the...
01/02/2015
I have never been much of a TV watcher. I was always been more of a reader. But in recent years I have found myself latching on to a few television shows to the point that I would say is a tad obsessive. There is one thing in common with the books I...