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08/15/2015
Does the thought of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances—or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home—fill you with anxiety? You are not alone. However, you can’t afford to delay this conversation. As...
08/15/2015
Summer is almost over, which means it’s “back-to-school” time. If you have young children, you may be purchasing backpacks, pencils, notebooks and similar items. But one day, you could be shopping for colleges — and when you do, you’ll find the bill...
08/15/2015
Question: When we started our little business a few years ago we were just excited to be working for ourselves. Now it seems like the business is so busy that it owns us. What do we need to do to take back control of our business and our lives?  ...
08/15/2015
It’s not secret that I nursed both my babies. Since August is National Breastfeeding Month it seems only fitting that I share parts of my story. It was just a few weeks ago that I reached out to a young woman I went to high school with who recently...
08/15/2015
I’m still stuck in The Villages Rehab next to my apartment building at Churchill Estates, but I’m actually enjoying it. I’ve made friends with the therapists and interesting experiences have come out of it. I think you’ll enjoy what I’m about to...
08/14/2015
Fall brings several annual NCLAC programs, including ARTOberfest, our School Show Performance, Holiday Arts Tour, and our Membership Drive.
08/13/2015
I know this girl. She loves me as much as I love her. She is a great listener and she is always loyal. My mother met her in our front yard in New Orleans and she gets along with everybody in the family. Before she met my family; however, she...
08/12/2015
Sit back and hold on. It’s election season once again in Louisiana. Not that that’s any great news flash. Even though the primary isn’t until Oct. 24 — candidate qualifying is next month — this year’s crop of hopefuls has been lining up almost...
08/11/2015
My father-in-law, from Sabine Parish, served many years as the voice of the Many Tiger football team. During that time he coined the phrase “tough as woodpecker lips” to describe the team’s ability to produce under pressure. This phrase seems...
08/10/2015
In the three years that I have served as DART’s community advocate, I have written more than 140 columns for the Ruston Daily Leader. Sometimes I write about DART’s projects. These would include columns on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DART’s...
08/10/2015
It’s one thing to be hot. Being oppressive and dangerous is a whole other issue. And that issue is one we’re facing as you read this. Mother Nature has been especially boisterous in 2015 and she’s back to business today with dangerous weather. We...
08/08/2015
Of the many conversations that goes on at my house and amongst my family and friends is something we have dubbed as a dying breed. This breed we refer to are those people whose work ethic and outlook on jobs and people is vastly different from most...
08/08/2015
You might not think much about inflation. After all, it’s been quite low for the past several years. Still, you may want to take it into account when you’re planning your retirement income strategy.
08/08/2015
Question: My friend told me she’d heard that it is actually financially better to be married than single. That sounds like a myth to me. I’m single and marriage sounds very expensive. Is there any evidence to support one view or the other? Answer:...
08/08/2015
Graduations, holidays, birthdays and weddings are just some of the life events that can make us think about large gifts to children and grandchildren. “Often, we want the next and future generations to have a better and easier life than we’ve had...
08/08/2015
Yesterday, I had dinner on the patio here at The Villages, the rehab facility next door to Churchill Estates. The sun was setting so that it was not too hot, and the view surrounding a courtyard, beautifully landscaped, made it especially pleasant...
08/08/2015
Every five years or so, we get a new “Mission: Impossible” movie to prove that Tom Cruise can still carry an action movie. There are always a few things you can count on in these types of spy thrillers: cool technology, elaborate fights and chases,...
08/07/2015
Visitors to the Union Museum of History and Art are stepping back in time to about 12,000 B.C. when some of the earliest people to inhabit North America made their way to the land we now call home. “Tracing the Indians of Early Union Parish” is an...
08/07/2015
There is nothing I love more than curling up with a good book, and being that Sunday is National Book Lovers Day, I thought it worthy of a discussion. I love books of all kinds — fiction, nonfiction, biographies, poetry collections, plays. You...
08/06/2015
I have had the pleasure of meeting several superstar athletes since becoming a journalist. Each had their stories to tell — some good, some bad and some down right interesting — but the athletes I remember most, ironically, were when I was much...