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Spotted Bass

Jan 23, 2017

Always in late February when the first white crawfish reached two inches in length, a ritual began in the D'Arbonne Swamp that included my father, his cousin, and me, an adolescent youth in those years a half century ago.  The object of the tradition was to procure "smallmouth bass" for the deep, black skillet.

 

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April 2nd starting at Squire Creek Country Club, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Northeast Louisiana is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Peachy Keen Caper. This adult scavenger hunt will ride out with style in limousines, shuttle buses, and party buses all around Lincoln Parish.

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What is your time horizon when it comes to your retirement planning?

Before you answer, check your calendar, your watch…or maybe your birth certificate. I’m guessing your time horizon is a lot longer than you might realize.

If, for example, you said that you have a 20 year time horizon, I’m guessing you mean the time until you plan to retire. So that would make you mid-forties (sorry to give that away).

You feel like you are at the base of your own personal financial Mount Everest and you’ve got a mere 20 years to climb to the top. Fine.

Attitudes

Jan 16, 2017

Since the founding of America, attitudes toward nature have changed and they continue to do so.  Early pioneers maintained a European mind-set, considering nature an entity to be conquered, civilized and rid of competing wild beasts as necessary.  The theory of manifest destiny reflected a theological belief that settlers were divinely appointed to "use" the earth for the enhancement of civilization, no holds barred.  Such attitudes eventually led to the decimation of Native Americans and the extinction or near extinction of several animals.

 

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Not everyone is rich. So, does the profession of financial planning have anything to offer to the average or even poor person? What could just plain old regular folks do to live better?

I have met individuals worth multiple millions who had no time, no love and no peace in their lives. I have also met others who could list all their possessions on the back of a napkin whose family, community and lifestyle were a constant source of joy to them.

So let’s begin with the understanding that wealth never made anyone rich and poverty never made anyone…well, poor.

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The Louisiana's Master Gardeners Club is holding the seventh annual January Gardening Seminar Saturday, January 14th at the West Monroe Convention Center. This event is in collaboration with West Monroe's annual Ag Fest.

The seminar is focused on local foods. According to Kerry Heafner, northeast Louisiana's climate allows for a diverse agricultural crop. Local farmers can grow sweet potatoes, rice, and various fruits along with harvesting local eggs and honey from Louisiana's numerous bee farms. 

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Project 41 is hosting the annual White As Snow Gala at the Monroe Convention Center on Friday, January 13 from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m.. The event is organized to raise awareness and educate the community on the realities of sex trafficking. 

Project 41 is a local non profit organization founded to rescue, value, and transform the lives of victims of sex trafficking. Co founder and executive producer of Project 41, Lindsey Nadler, shares that, "there are over 27 millions victims right now that are trapped in the sex industry. This is happening in every city, every town, and every state."

Carolina Parakeet

Jan 9, 2017

They were thought of as noisy mobs of rogues hell-bent on destruction.  They swarmed the grain fields and orchards of European settlers consuming the fruits of hard labor.  If they possessed redeeming qualities it was only after they were dead and skinned, either for decoration on women's hats or fried in lard for the table.  Linnaeus named them Carolina parakeets in 1758, and within that group there was a subspecies with slightly different colored plumage called the Louisiana parakeet.

 

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Sometimes the numbers seem to say one thing, but real life screams something else.

That’s the case when I talk to young people with lots and lots of college debt to pay off.

The voices in their head say something like this:

Box Turtles

Jan 4, 2017

That an old, time-marred box turtle in my hand today could be the same one held by my great grandfather on the edge of this swamp a hundred years ago infers a connection mystical if not spiritual.  Though unlikely, it is possible.

 

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