Columns/Opinions

Tue
15
Jul

Life seen through eyes of old man

A subscriber sent me an article and poem, which he had received from an Internet friend. As the story goes, when an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in  an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value  
 
Tue
15
Jul

Computers in 1600s...more than 4 centuries ago?

A computer in the 1600s … no way! Right? Well that’s what I thought too until I was educated by this blog post from writer Debbie Lynne Costello. It’s just a reminder that words used now most likely carried different meaning 
in the past. “When most people think of the word computer, they think of it being a relatively modern term. 
 
Tue
08
Jul

Supreme Court quell Obama decisions

Two decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court in recent days should quell President  Obama’s use of executive orders to try to side-step Congress in doing what he wants to do regardless of how lawmakers feel on certain issues.
There is a reason for the three branches to government – checks and balances – and although I don’t always  agree with decisions handed down by the Supreme Court, it seems they got it right on these two rulings 
 
Tue
08
Jul

What’s with tradition around the world?

This writer recently celebrated her birthday and it was quite a memorable one with a nice meal, some  thoughtful gifts and spending time with loved ones. It’s interesting how we uphold certain birthday traditions within
our families and culture. I’ve been blessed to celebrate a few birthdays in other countries  and I find it fascinating to learn more about how others celebrate their birthdays around the world so here’s a little insight
 
Tue
01
Jul

Freedom is as precious as life itself

On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of America given to us 238 years ago by the founders of our great nation.  Freedom is as precious as life itself. But its true value is rarely appreciated by people unless it is either threatened or lost.
 
Tue
01
Jul

What’s the deal with a reception?

This writer is obviously still in the middle of planning my wedding so please just bear with me as we have another wedding themed column this week. This time it’s regarding the tradition of the wedding reception – and I
must say there is some fascinating history behind this tradition. 
 
Tue
24
Jun

More awards won in LPA contest

I have a very proud staff of employees after they learned last week that we had won fourteen additional press awards – including six first places – in the Louisiana Press Association’s better newspaper contest. Winners were announced at the 134th annual convention of the LPA held in Biloxi, Mississippi, last week 
 
Tue
24
Jun

The world and I watched action in Brazil

Unless you’ve not watched television or checked out the news in the last week or so then you’ve most likely realized that the world is currently celebrating the 2014 World Cup. It occurs every four years in an intermingling of countries converging upon the host to find out who rules the world in soccer (well football actually). 
 
Tue
17
Jun

Cantor’s loss is sign of things to come

As everyone has heard by  now, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican Congressman from Virginia, was soundly defeated in a primary election last Tuesday by an unknown Tea Partier Dave Brat. Various commentators from different news networks have tried to tie the loss to a dozen different things – amnesty support by Cantor, losing touch with his constituents, and other issues 
 
Tue
17
Jun

Wedding traditions: why June?

This writer may not be marrying in June, but there’s just something synonymous with the warm month that kicks off summer and weddings. I’ve never really known why this is until I came across a blog post by Christian fiction
author Cynthia Hickey, which was posted recently on the Christian Fiction Historical Society’s blog site (www. christianfictionhistoricalsociety. blogspot.com)
 

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