Archive for June, 2012

Start Sun Protection at an Early Age

Posted June 2012

Years of exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun can have damaging effects on the eyes later in life.  It can also negatively affect the skin around the eyes.  Melanoma is considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and can even occur on the iris (colored portion) of the eye.  Since the facial […]

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Hurricane Season Can Increase Fraud In Louisiana

Posted June 2012

June 1st marked the opening day of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and the office of the Attorney General wants you to be well prepared in the event a storm threatens Louisiana’s coastline.  Caldwell warns that when disaster strikes, consumer related fraud can increase.  “Hurricanes can cause much more than physical damage,” stated A.G. Buddy […]

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Coming and Going

Posted June 2012

I remember my trip home from Saigon to California in 1971. Seems like it took forever to get home, but what a good feeling it was to land on the U.S. shore. It may be somewhat different now that there is Skype and internet, but I am sure some of the same joy and relief […]

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The Reality of Investing During Retirement

Posted June 2012

As retirees live longer, their portfolios need to be stronger.  Decades ago, the “typical” retiree left work for good between age 60-65, and typically passed away at about 70-75. Retirement lasted 10-12 years for many Americans. Now, the picture has changed: some of us will spend 30, 40, perhaps even 50 years in retirement. Imagine […]

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Teaching Your Children Good Money Values

Posted June 2012

The book The Financially Intelligent Parent: 8 Steps to Raising Successful, Generous, Responsible Children, by Eileen and Jon Gallo, focuses on the idea that the way in which parents spend money sends messages to their children about their values and priorities. It helps you become more aware of the values communicated to children through your […]

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Happy Father’s Day Daddy

Posted June 2012

I think someone forgot to tell my dad that he had two daughters and not two sons. He raised us to believe, without saying it, that girls could be totally independent.  He taught us to play football, not just the rules of the game, but how to physically play the game—tackle, without pads, no crying […]

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ATV Injuries and Deaths In Adults and Children

Posted June 2012

ATV riding is a popular form of recreation in the United States, with over 8 million of them in use.  Louisiana, as a “Sportsman’s Paradise,” has a significant number of such vehicles.  Although they are popular, they are not a risk-free form of recreation, especially for children.  The Regional Child Death Review Panel of the […]

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Don’t Let Accidents and Injuries Ruin Your Summer Fun

Posted June 2012

It’s probably not on your to-do list when it comes to having fun during the summer, but restocking the first aid kit could save you time, grief and perhaps your life.  “Emergency rooms see a spike in visits during the summer as people spend more time outdoors and pursue activities they don’t have time for […]

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First Annual Avoyelles Arts & Music Fest

Posted June 2012

The hottest festival ticket this July 4th is in downtown Marksville as the Avoyelles Arts Council presents the first annual Avoyelles Arts & Music Fest! Nestled between Main and Washington streets off of Highway 1 on the grounds around Fresh Catch Bistreaux, this festival combines everything every self-respecting Louisianan loves; great music and great food […]

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Chicken Little Was Right!

Posted June 2012

Early in 1998, my wife and I traveled to Italy to study in Rome. During our stay, we took a day trip to Assisi. Many of you will remember the devastating earthquake in Italy, September 1997. The epicenter of that quake was Assisi. The upper church of the double Basilica of St. Francis sustained the […]

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