Commentary

Wed
19
Jan

Inflation, a Hidden and Regressive Tax on Americans

Inflation, a Hidden and

I am always optimistic about the strength, resiliency, and ingenuity of the American free market economy. However, this ec onomic strength and stability depends upon government creating a level playing field for free market competition, and even more importantly, not to handicap the economy through the imposition of unreasonable laws and regulations.

One of those handicaps includes the less visible, but very real effects of inflation on goods, services, and everything else. In fact, inflation in the U.S. increased faster this past year than it has in nearly 40 years—dating back to the administration of President Jimmy Carter. So, what exactly is inflation?

Well, economists tell us that inflation occurs when consumer demand in the economy rises more than the supply of consumer goods, describing this dynamic as “too much money chasing too few goods.” In the simplest terms, the result is a general increase in prices and decrease in the purchasing power of money.

Wed
12
Jan

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

When we choose to live a Simple Life, one of the first aspects we need to learn is the difference between being busy in a healthy productive way, and busyness for the sake of being busy.

Being busy is a good thing, if focused on our own priorities, passions, and the life we have chosen for ourselves. Busyness for the sake of being busy, on the other hand, can be detrimental to our health, happiness, and goals.

A healthy productive busyness means we are filling our planners with things that help us to reach goals, find quality time with our family and friends, and enjoy our life. It also allows for much needed quiet time where we can think about what we want in life, let ourselves dream, and find ways we can turn those dreams into reality.

Wed
12
Jan

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

One time, a group of Bible students approached me in DSW Shoes on Youree Drive. They wanted to ask me some questions for a project as they filmed my answers.

Back then, I wasn’t as “prepared to give an account” (as the Apostle Peter tells us to be) as I should have been, but this encounter made me recognize that fact.

One of the questions the students asked was simply: “Do you believe in God? Why or why not?”

Initially this seems like an easy question to answer, but most people end up answering in personal, subjective way. This isn’t wrong, but I wanted to also know how to articulate an objective response.

In my reading and researching, I came across ample objective evidence for God’s existence, including the fine-tuning of the universe, the intricacy of DNA, the existence of objective moral values, and many other philosophical arguments that point straight to the Creator.

I also read the following, which really sums it up:

Wed
15
Dec

America’s Adversaries Are Watching Her Closely

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If there was one area and set of issues upon which both political parties could make common cause and find agreement in this highly partisan time one would reasonably conclude it would be in matters of foreign affairs and national defense.

That is why, as I watch the Biden Administration, it strikes me that every American president, regardless of party, would seemingly recognize the great dangers to our country across the globe and the desire of ruthless nations to seize the opportunity and fill the vacuum when they sense American weakness, either because we are unaware or incapable of stopping their advances and aggression. In fact, that insight and experience was a major selling point of Joe Biden, as a presidential candidate.

That is also why I find troubling the actions taken by Russia, Iran, and China in the last year.

Wed
08
Dec

“Memories and Mile-markers”

“Memories and Mile-markers”

Memories and mile-markers.

They remind us of where we’ve been; but, we shouldn’t cling to them or let them determine where we’re going.

Yes, the past and present are two things we have in common. One (the past) helped define and refine us, i.e., helped make us into who we are. The other one (the present) is an opportunity to determine where we’re going—if we’ll let it.

In this day-and-age of “Cancel Culture”. . .where some are trying to remove any remnants of the past. . .or seeking to rewrite it by their own warped point-of-view. . .it’s important for us to remember the past and learn from it.

That’s why the tearing down of all of these statues is wrong.

They’re not idols people worship; they’re simply reminders of our past—albeit good or bad—so we’ll not forget where we’ve come from and can learn how to be (or not be), as the case may be.

Wed
08
Dec

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

I love experimenting with the old recipes I find that belonged to my ancestors. This one was found in a Duo-tang notebook that belonged to my Aunt Dot. It is a cross between bread and cake and is very delicate once it is baked. The flavor is ‘soft spoken’, so adding a dollop of whipped cream makes it even more delicious.

This recipe takes a little more time, so you may want to use it on those occasions you are able to plan ahead for coffee with a friend. This is also a great coffee cake to use for a Christmas Breakfast Buffet!

How to Make: 2 pkgs. Yeast 3 Tablespoons Sugar 1 cup Buttermilk (warmed to approximately 100 degrees)

1/4 cup Milk (warmed to approximately 100 degrees)

2 cups Flour In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk. Add the buttermilk, flour and sugar and mix until ingredients are blended. Let stand in a warm place about 20 minutes.

1/4 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Butter, softened

4 Egg Yolks, well beaten

Wed
08
Dec

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

If you’re looking for a fun place to do a little Christmas shopping (or a lot!), Tyler, Texas is a good place to consider.

Of course, it’s about an hour and a half drive, but I would say it’s worth it.

Last Thursday, my mom, sister and I went to Mistletoe and Magic in Tyler, a three-day shopping event sponsored by the Junior League of Tyler and held at the beautiful Rose Garden Center.

There were more than 70 specialty boutiques and merchants from all over the country. Ticket proceeds raise financial support for nonprofits such as the East Texas Food Bank, the Literacy Council, and the Alzheimer’s Alliance.

After a merry time of shopping at Mistletoe and Magic (and complimentary fresh cinnamon rolls and coffee from Sola Bread Co. in Tyler), we headed out to the new shopping center in south Tyler called The Village at Cumberland Park.

You could happily stay at The Village for hours.

Wed
01
Dec

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

Geaux 318 Energy & Nutrition

Making a Christmas Gift shopping list can be tough. But with a Christmas Gift shopping list, you can still get the gifts you know you will need.

When I was doing my own planning for this column, the Country Boy told me he could easily write it – so, I gave him the chance. Here is his version of this post:

“Christmas shopping? Easy! Make a list. Now, give it to your wife. Done!”

Well, I hate to spoil his fun, but making a Christmas Gift shopping list just isn’t that easy! But it can still be a simple task to do, and the perfect thing to explore while curled up in a chair and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate!

Step 1 – Making a

Shopping List

Before you can shop for anyone, you need to know who you are shopping for. Keep in mind, shopping for Christmas gifts may not be just for family members. You may enjoy doing small things for your neighbors, a friend, and if you have children in school, teachers.

Wed
01
Dec

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

Last Thursday, we all gathered at the family hunting camp in Grand Cane for Thanksgiving.

It was the first time we had done this, as we usually go to Mom and Dad’s house in Mansfield.

There were “the sixteen of us”, as we call ourselves: Mom, Dad, my family of five, and my sisters and their husbands and families. Cousins galore.

All was going well. The Bears vs Lions game was blaring. Several of us were in the kitchen preparing and laying out dishes. There was the usual chattering and laughing.

The dressing, sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, yeast rolls, salad, and iced tea were all placed around the island in the kitchen.

Finally, someone said, “Well, where’s the turkey?”

Things suddenly got quiet.

People stood very still and got that deerin-the-headlight look in their eyes.

Stone-faced, Mama said, “I don’t have a turkey.”

“Quit teasing, Mama!” my sister Ashley said. “We know you’re joking.”

Wed
24
Nov

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

We all know that Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for the big stuff: family, friends, good health, food, job, and home.

But I also like to give thanks for those “little random things” that are easily overlooked.

This year, a few things come to mind, in no particular order:

The lifting of the mask mandate at LSU Baton Rouge. Now my college freshman son can finally live un-muzzled and free.

“Larry’s Chicken” at El Cabo Verde on Southern Loop in Shreveport. It is just perfection.

The YouTube channel “Eternal Call.”

Amazon. Need I say more?

4C Coffee in Grand Cane, and the upcoming Rhino Coffee on Southern Loop. (Hey, I’m just thankful for good coffee!) Our recent purchase of Blink home security cameras.

Our recent purchase of Blink home security cameras.

Reruns of The Golden Girls.

Cinnamon TicTacs being available after a decade of being discontinued.

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