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30 / SOUL SISTER Dr. Mabel John Visits Her Hometown 46 / HONEST FOOD Cory Bahr is a Trailblazer Whose Newest Venture, Parish Restaurant & Bar, Recently Opened Its Doors In Monroe 68 / SIMPLY GRATEFUL The Beauty and Bounty of the Season 78 / A BENEVOLENT SPIRIT Dr. Uma Rangaraj’s Next Chapter 96 / SOUP’S ON Nothing Beats the Warmth of a Hearty Harvest Time Soup to Satisfy. We’ve Pulled Together Some Autumnal Favorites That Can’t Be Topped.

112 / THE AMERICAN PIE Delicious Pies from Area Restaurants That Are Sure to Make Your Family Thankful!

188 / KITTY DEGREE With Hard Work, Kitty Degree Built a Fortune, and with Dedication, She Gave It All Away

122 / THE VIDRINES Local Folk-Rock Band, The Vidrines, Debut Their Newest Album

196 / BAYOU ARTIST After a Long Career Behind a Desk, Jason Byron Nelson Has Taken Off His Corporate Hat and Embraced Life as a Full-Time Artist

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144 / REACHING HIGHER BayouIcon Jane Watts Lives at the Intersection of Faith, Service and a Mother’s Devotion to Her Son’s wLegacy 164 / IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING Northeastern Louisiana is a Generous Community, and the People Who Give Play a Vital role in the Organizations They Support

222 / ESTATE PLANNING The Seegers’ Updated Home Combines Favorite Estate Pieces with Contemporary Updates 232 / MY FAIR LADY From Rainbow-Hued Sweaters to Ball Gowns, This Carnival of Fashion Celebrates the Season’s Best Looks


IMPLY GRATEFUL. THAT’S THE theme of this month’s issue. Brené Brown says this, “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” I love this quote because whenever I do live purposefully and with intention, my life seems more joyful. This season of Thanksgiving, I’m making a concerted effort to really enjoy the little things – listening to my six-year-old reading books, watching Vivian dance around the room, spending quality time with my husband and family, having that lunch date with my friend and volunteering. I get such a rush from “practicing gratitude,” and this Thanksgiving I’m asking our readers to do the same. Whether it’s donating your time to the PTO or volunteering at a local non-profit, this is the season to be authentic, to live with purpose and to give with your whole heart and to live a more meaningful spiritual life. Make an imprint on someone’s life this holiday season by giving your time and financial contributions to deserving non-profit organizations. On pages 202-221, you’ll find several charitable organizations throughout the north Louisiana region. Whether you are making a personal donation or looking for a deserving group to volunteer your time, these non-profits make a difference in the lives of our friends, neighbors, children and more. When you get creative folks together like Taylor Bennett and Kelly Moore Clark, magic happens. I can spew off ideas and then these two über talented people make it reality – better than reality. When we saw that the Ark-LaMiss Fair was coming to town, these two approached me about doing our fashion shoot there. There were a million different reasons it could have gone totally wrong, but instead has turned out to be one of my favorite shoots to date. We want to

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thank Mike Shields and all the folks at the West Monroe Civitans for helping us pull this off. See our “My Fair Lady” shoot on pages 232-240. I met Jane Watts a few years ago when I walked into The Exchange NLA in Ruston. We started talking about her charming store and charity, The Ross Lynn Foundation. It was through our conversation that I learned about this mother’s devotion to her son’s legacy, service to the community and ultimately the faith that has driven her through the years. Read about our BayouIcon on page 144. As a graphic designer by trade, I have always admired Jason Byron Nelson’s work. When he told me that he was working on artwork for a solo show at Flying Tiger Brewery, I knew that we needed to feature him as this month’s BayouArtist. His exhibition, called CAMP, will be on display starting November 8th. Read about Nelson on page 196. My staff has an amazing ability to make our jobs seem effortless. I’m so thankful for Melanie, Amanda and Ashley for helping drive our company forward, inpiring others, and for exuding patience, especially when their boss doesn’t. I’m thankful to my family – for my husband who takes care of me and our littles. I’m thankful for my parents and my McElroys, my Navarros and Brennans. I’m thankful for our readers, advertisers and contributors who help make BayouLife what it is. We hope you enjoy reading this month’s issue of BayouLife Magazine.


THE AMERICAN PIE, PAGE 112 photo by Kelly Moore Clark

PUBLISHER Cassie Livingston EDITOR Maré Brennan ART DIRECTOR Melanie Moffett ADVERTISING MANAGER Ashley Hubenthal ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVE Amanda Singley CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Meredith McKinnie Steven Atchison, MD Dr. Timothy Mickel Maré Brennan Guy Miller Dan Chason Laura W. Clark Evelyn O’Neal Kenny Covington Georgiann Potts Thomas Ritter Shannon Dahlum Vanelis Rivera Lou Davenport Cathi French-Roberts Michael DeVault James DuPont Delia Simpson Cindy Gist Foust Joyce Sims P. Allen Smith Grant Glover, DDS Mary Tyler Storms Lori French April Honaker Beatrice A. Tatem Phil Trahan Val Irion, MD Judy Wagoner Paul Lipe Erin Love CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Scarlett Garcia Brad Arender Kelly Moore Clark Andrew Bailey Sarah McElroy ON THE COVER Thanksgiving Tablescape Styled by Taylor Bennett Photograph by Kelly Moore Clark BayouLife Magazine is published and distributed by Redbird Publishing, LLC. Circulation: 13,000 copies monthly. Postal subscriptions ($30) can be ordered online at www.bayoulifemag. com. BayouLife Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited photographs, manuscripts or other materials. Reproduction of contents without express written permission is prohibited.



Alumni Spotlight ULM Alum: Talitha Smith Elliott


GRADUATE OF NEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL IN ‘99, TALITHA Smith Elliott debated between two universities close to home. She decided on ULM, but at the time wasn’t sure what she really wanted to major in. Intrigued by math and science, she chose radiology for the one-on-one interaction with patients. She fell in love with the subject matter and her professors. Dr. Jerry McNeil acknowledged the stress for college students and brought joy to the classroom. He had a laid back teaching style and broke complex methods down in a fun way. Mr. Allen was her “no nonsense professor,” which at the time she didn’t necessarily appreciate. However, looking back she realized being in the medical field is a serious matter. Your decisions can affect someone’s life, and so you have to strive to be your best at all times. Mr. Brett Bennett had a true passion for radiologic technology. Talitha claims Bennett, was demanding but relatable, “He talked to us, as if we were already his colleagues,” something she truly appreciated. It helped her remain focused while in school, and she utilizes that same mentality now. Admittedly a shy freshman, it was a communication class that brought out Talitha’s warm, engaging personality. Now Talitha’s husband Courtney says she can “talk to anyone,” and has that special quality of giving people her genuine attention. It makes her work all the more meaningful for her patients, providing that personal touch sometimes lost in the medical field. Pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) submersed Talitha in campus life. Many of those relationships built in college remain vital to her current social network. The sorority showed her the power of giving back. One of her favorite memories is participating in a mentoring program at one of the area’s elementary schools. Receiving the kids’ warm hugs and seeing the appreciation in their eyes is something she will never forget. She held several offices in the sorority, including president, which was demanding, but her favorite. She also found time to work at Victoria’s Secret and also an organization called Girl Power, a non-profit organization that mentored hundreds of girls in the surrounding area. Shortly after graduating ULM, Talitha was offered a position in the radiology department at a new after hours clinic in West Monroe. Working twelve hour days was tiring, especially after she became pregnant with her first son, Aiden. Talitha always knew she had more to offer and recognized she had reached her ceiling at the clinic. She wanted to attend a specialty school, expanding her education. Her dad suggested looking into chiropractic care. While shadowing a few local 8 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

chiropractors, Talitha found herself giddy every morning, “like a little kid,” talking about her work incessantly. After family talks and prayer, she decided to attend Parker University in Dallas. Her acceptance to Parker was conditional. She was missing one organic chemistry class and lab, but she was determined to start in the fall. So over the summer, while Aiden was just a few months old, Talitha would drive the thirty minutes to school, leave the baby with a friend on campus because her husband was working, and drive back just in time to prepare dinner and study ahead for her next day in class. They got through organic chemistry together, proving no life situation can get in the way of a woman with determination. Talitha states chiropractic school was tough. The hours were long; she had twins the second year, but this wasn’t the first time she had a lot on her plate, so she knew what to do. The lessons she learned from her professors at ULM provided a solid foundation that allowed her to push through and finish her doctrine in 3 ½ years. She was also 1 of 9 students chosen to finish her clinical requirements in Bogota, Colombia, where she worked with their Olympic athletes for 4 months. After graduation she moved back to Monroe and began working for a Chiropractor, while she finished her boards. She branched out and opened her own clinic, New Health Chiropractic in 2014 and is in the process of opening up a second location in Shreveport. Talitha is proud to be a graduate of ULM, along with her husband Courtney. She’s sees the school’s marketing efforts and the upgrades to campus. She would love her four children: Aiden, Taylor, Paige and Grace to attend their parents’ alma mater. Opportunity is right at their fingertips, in their own backyard. Anytime the family walks into banks or restaurants, ULM’s presence is clear. She appreciates her school investing in its community. ULM provided Talitha the education and experience to excel, and she brought those talents right back home. The ULM Alumni Association reaches, connects and celebrates alumni and friends to build lifelong relationships, and commit to the university’s missions of academic freedom, scholarship, diversity, excellence, integrity and service. We represent alumni who honor the traditions of our university and who share a sense of achievement and pride. We create a network of professionals, establish scholarships and advocate for our University through community engagement. Members of the Alumni Association support countless initiatives, and annual memberships are just $35. To learn more or to become a member, please visit our new alumni network at


Taking Flight

‘Flying Tiger’ is Building “Community”…One Brew at a Time


T’S BEEN A BUSY TWO YEARS FOR Flying Tiger, northeast Louisiana’s first production microbrewery. They’ve successfully launched a new brand of beer, created one of Monroe’s hottest gathering spots and become an integral part of the efforts to draw more people downtown. And along the way, they’ve also raised thousands of dollars for local charities, arts organizations and the University of Louisiana-Monroe. It’s an important part of Flying Tiger Brewery’s identity, according to Flying Tiger’s Rob Brewer. “When we started Flying Tiger, we set out to create a brand that was about more than just making great beer,” Rob says. “We wanted to create something our community could be proud of, somewhere that they could bring friends and family visiting from out of town, that draws attention to all of the amazing things we have going on here in northeast Louisiana. That’s why we chose ‘Flying Tiger’ as our brand.” Gen. Charles Chennault’s squadron of P-41s shares close ties with the region. Gen. Chennault lived in Monroe after the WWII, there are numerous facilities named for him – including a golf course and city park – and his granddaughter Nell Calloway heads up an aviation museum named in his honor. Drawing on the legacy of the Flying Tigers squadron just made sense. At the same time, Rob says it connected their brewery to another gem of the region, the University of Louisiana-Monroe. “We knew that we wanted to find a way to spotlight on the amazing things happening at our university, the growth and


transformation that’s been happening there,” Rob says. That’s one of the reasons they developed Flying Tiger’s Warhawk Kolsch, a traditional German brew they named for the iconic fighter plane. In creating the brew, they also partnered with the ULM Foundation to support student scholarships, and 5% of all Warhawk Kolsch sales are dedicated to funding scholarships. “It was a way for us to highlight the amazing students at ULM and bring some attention to the incredible asset ULM is for our community.” In addition to the ULM-themed brew and the scholarship, this year marks the first year that Flying Tiger is an official sponsor of Warhawk Athletics. For Flying Tiger, they’re not just giving to the university; they are investing in the community they’re working to build up. “We’re the only full production craft brewery in northeast Louisiana, producing and packaging all beer on site, and 1 of 2 in the state north of Baton Rouge,” Rob says. “But even today, many of the people who visit the Flying Tiger Taproom don’t realize my partner and co-founder James Simpson is brewing all these beers, right here on the premises.” The brewery has 16 large stainless steel vessels used for brewing, fermenting and carbonating beers, as well as a canning line. Flying Tiger offers brewery tours, educational events about the beer-making process, and beer tastings. Flying Tiger’s offerings are divided into two broad categories: flagship beers and specialty beers. The flagship beers are brewed and canned for retail sales in stores across the state, while the specialty beers are unique creations available in the taproom with

limited retail distribution. In the taproom, patrons can buy any of the flagship beers and specialty brews. But it’s the canned beers where Flying Tiger is building their future. “The majority of our business model is based on manufacturing and canning beer for retail distribution,” Rob says. “Most of that has been in northeast Louisiana with our local distributor Choice Brands, but we just recently began selling our flagship beers in the Baton Rouge market with an additional distribution partner, and that is an important step in the life of Flying Tiger.” Ultimately, Flying Tiger aims for their beers to be available throughout the state and to be the brand associated with northeast Louisiana. Flying Tiger is fast becoming a destination for tourists seeking out a great brew, an educational experience and a good time with friends and family. That’s not to say the Flying Tiger Taproom is not vital to the business. On the contrary, in fact. The Taproom has become a hub for community events. Flying Tiger has hosted dozens of fundraisers at the facility, raising money for animal shelters, veterans’ groups, the Chennault Museum and even the Monroe Symphony. Deep roots in the community is one of the points of pride for the brand, and that’s not going to change, Rob says. So, under the watchful gaze of Gen. Chennault peering from over the bar, the Flying Tiger team is building the community they call home, one beer at a time.


Gratitude is More Than an Attitude Practicing Gratitude As A Way of Life BY BEATRICE TATEM, PH.D., LPC-S, NCC, ACS


AVING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE IS POSITIVE, and yet gratitude is more than an attitude. Gratitude is more than a quick expression of thanks, when something pleasing has occurred or merely a short lived concept we acknowledge in November, the month associated with giving thanks. Gratitude is a mindset that has been scientifically proven when practiced helps to nourish the mind, body and soul resulting in greater physical and mental wellness. According to Robert Emmons, the father of the science of gratitude, gratitude is “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness and appreciation for life.” Research indicates that gratitude is linked to happiness, improved sleep, a boosted immune system, reduced depression and lowered stress. The practice of gratitude lends itself to our being more optimistic, compassionate, kind and able to enjoy the moment, to feel more alive and to recognize the goodness in our lives. The challenge is remembering to practice it daily, especially during the rough times. Most people would agree that there is a lot to be thankful for, and yet the negative can override the positive. With all of the unrest, uncertainty, controversy, negative news, division across numerous lines, Mother Nture awry and craziness happening in the world, I have observed in a number of clients an increase in apathy, anxiety, depression, irritability and emotional heaviness that has been hard to shake. As one client stated, “Society is in turmoil; my life is in turmoil.” Despite all the things not going right, there remains much to be grateful for lest we forget. I was personally reminded of the goodness in society ,for which I am grateful. Recently, when yielding I was hit from the rear. The gentleman pulled off the road and sensing my nervousness began to assist me. I was grateful for his honesty, his decency and integrity. I was appreciative of his concern, patient manner and desire to do the right thing. I was most thankful that we were not injured. Recognizing more damage could have been done we were both grateful that we could resolve the situation amicably. As I drove off, I recalled thinking, if I had to be hit today I am grateful that it happened the way it did. Ways to feel, show and practice gratitude. Know the benefits of gratitude and the difference it has made in your life. Imagine your life filled with reasons to be grateful; reflect on the many things you have to be grateful for and incorporate gratitude into everything you do. Make an effort to focus on gratitude. Feelings of gratitude helps us to focus on the good, when we focus on the good things in our lives, we train our


brains to see the positive. Gratitude helps us to appreciate our lives and reminds us of the here and now; make it a daily practice of reviewing the things, circumstances and people enhancing your life. Take time to be grateful for the small things you may over look. Appreciating the little things in life helps you to recognize all you do have. Thinking about all you have to appreciate can improve your overall sense of well-being. Every morning think of something you are grateful for. During the day take a break to focus on a spirit of thankfulness. Every evening, give thanks for what has happened. Life throws us curves, reflect on times of adversity and be thankful you survived the curve and were able to bounce back. In times when you feel less than grateful, remember no matter how difficult life may be, there is always something to be grateful for…acknowledge bad times it makes you appreciate the good times. Be grateful for mistakes you have made and obstacles you continue to experience, overcoming mistakes and obstacles make you stronger. Include others directly into your expression of gratitude. Bring to your mind the people for whom you are thankful. Breathe life into a strained or failing relationship by thanking them for being in your life. Exemplifying gratitude is attractive and empowering; build others up with gratitude and make sure gratitude not only builds inside of you but in others as well. Gratitude is reciprocal; share it freely and receive it openly. Reasons to be grateful are all around us. Sometimes the reasons are grand and obvious; sometimes the reasons are found in the little things and occur when we least expect it. Gratitude can be shown unconditionally yet regrettably can be taken for granted. There are times when feelings of gratitude come after surviving times of hardship as a result of turmoil, when what little we have is enough, when we become grateful for what we have because of what we have not had, grateful for what we gain because of what we have lost, grateful for what we have become because of failures. Gratitude influences our attitudes, balances our perspectives, shapes our decisions, impacts our relationships, improves our lives, builds resilience, fosters hope and helps us to cope. Be thankful for the endless opportunities to be grateful and make gratitude a way of life. For more information on counseling and outreach services contact Dr. Beatrice A. Tatem at Wellness Initiatives, LLC 1900 North 18th Street, Suite 414, Monroe, La 71201, 318-410-1555 or at


Experience Counts…

1500+ Mako Robotic Total/ Partial Knee Replacements and Counting BY STEVEN ATCHISON, MD


N 2010, MY PARTNERS AND I AT SPECIALISTS HOSPITAL Shreveport invested in a new robotic technology: MAKOplasty- a robotic, arm assisted system for partial knee replacement, and I would be the first surgeon in Louisiana to perform a MAKOplasty, partial knee replacement in July 2010. In 2013, Stryker Orthopedics acquired MAKOplasty and combined Stryker’s market-leading implants (US) with Mako’s proprietary robotic arm technology and began a partnership with orthopedic surgeons from around the world (including myself) to create the surgical application of Mako Total knee replacement. Having performed hundreds of Mako robotic partial knee replacements, I was excited and intrigued by the MAKO Total Robotic Knee application and worked closely with Stryker Orthopedics to grow the application. In December of 2016, I was again, Louisiana’s first surgeon to perform the Mako Robotic Total Knee at Specialists Hospital Shreveport. One of the greatest achievements in total joint replacement is the Mako robotic total knee replacement. Robotic technology has been utilized for years in orthopedics, primarily focusing on partial knee replacement and hip replacement, and we now have the technology to perform robotic-arm assisted knee replacement. As an orthopedic surgeon, precision and accuracy are key factors in a successful surgical outcome. Using the Mako Robotic arm assisted technology, the surgeon can better execute getting the implant in the pre-surgical plan position determined through an individualized CT (computed tomography) scan. Ideally, the more exact the implant is positioned, the better the function of the knee and the greater potential for the longevity of the implant… meaning the implant has the potential to last over a longer period of time. We have used numerous tools and instruments to insure implant placement before, but none are as precise and clear as the technology offered with the Mako robotic arm assisted robot. Mako robotic total knee replacement offers my patients a customized approach to their total knee replacement and provides the technology to insure proper implant alignment and placement intra-operatively with real-time feedback. Do keep in mind… the robot does not perform the surgery, rather it is a trained surgeon’s tool to insure accuracy and precision.


Any patient with osteoarthritis of the knee, that is significant enough to affect their daily activity level and function to warrant a knee replacement would be a candidate for Mako robotic total knee replacement. When a patient does come to see me, we’ve determined through x-ray and an evaluation that they are a candidate for knee replacement, and they assure me that they are ready for total knee replacement surgery, the next step is getting them scheduled. We will order labs and some preadmissions testing that need to be completed about three weeks prior to their surgery. One of those tests will be a CT (computed tomography) scan that allows us to make an individualized surgical plan that is customized to each patient. Once we obtain the CT scan, we can feed information through the robot, as to indicate the size and location of the patient’s bone, determine the size of the implant to be utilized and exactly where on the patient’s bone we will place the implant. For the most part, patients will spend one to two nights in the hospital following their Mako Robotic total knee replacement and be up walking just a couple of hours after surgery. While in the hospital the patient will work with a physical therapist to learn exercises that promote a strong recovery at home. Patients go home with a walker and generally progress to a cane and then walking on their own with full regain of function within six to eight weeks following their surgery. Keep in mind, every patient’s recovery is their own… you get out what you put in to this surgery! Mako Robotic total knee allows for surgical excellence… you’ve got a great new knee, but you have stay focused and dedicate time to your recovery to have your very best outcome. Steven Atchison, MD is one of the Nation’s leaders in Stryker Mako Robotic Partial and Total Knee Replacement and has performed over 1500 Mako robotic knee procedures since 2010. Dr. Atchison practices at Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana in Shreveport and Bossier City. To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Atchison, please visit: or call: 866.759.9679.


Family Feast for the Holidays Washington Wine and Spirits and Doe’s Eat Place


T’S HOLIDAY SEASON HERE AT WASHINGTON WINE and Spirits, so this month we are going to tell you about an incredible feast we are offering to make your holidays a little easier and a lot more delicious, an event that will certainly help you find your next perfect bottle or gift and let you know just where you should have all of your holiday parties! First off, Washington Wine and Spirits and Doe’s Eat Place are teaming up to bring you our Family Feast for the Holidays! This is an incredible pairing of mouth-watering portions to please the whole family. Included in this amazing package are the following items: • 1 Pan of Salad with your choice of dressing • 1 Pan of Meatballs or Tamales with Chili • 1 Pan of our Potato Au Gratin • 1 Whole Tenderloin or Ribeye • 1 Pan of Bread Pudding or Cheesecake • 2 Bottles of Wine handpicked by the experts at Washington Wine and Spirits(minimum value of the wine is $250 combined) Our feast will feed a family of 8-10 people. Spend more time with friends and family and less time cooking as this is sure to be a holiday treat for everyone to enjoy for years to come! All of these items can also be purchased individually. Please call (318) 816-5067 for pricing inquiries. All items will be par cooked with heating instructions, so all you have to do is preheat the oven and set your timer! Orders will need to be placed by 10:00 p.m. on Saturday November 17th for Thanksgiving Day. We would love to cater your holiday parties and dinners this year here at Washington Wine and Spirits and Doe’s Eat Place! Next up, we have our 3rd Annual Holiday Tasting on Thursday, November 29, from 4:30-7:00! There will be a $20 entry fee and you must be at least 21 years old with a valid ID to enter. We put on three major tastings in a year, so we like to make each one a little different and offer a wide variety of products, so you can get a great idea of what we here at Washington Wine and Spirits are all about. For this tasting we will be showing over 50 different products including some hard to find bourbons, whiskies and scotches, an array of wines that you may have not be able to taste before and an amazing selection of Champagnes and sparkling wines that will make your holidays even


more memorable. For this tasting we encourage our distributors to select a wild card item to showcase, so you never know what might show up on a table to try! This is an event you do not want to miss so mark it down on your calendars, make dinner plans at Doe’s Eat Place for when you get through tasting and come sample and purchase some of the finest products North Louisiana’s premier wine and spirits store has to offer! Last of all, we want to remind you about our private dining room and atrium that we have available for all of your family dinner and holiday party needs. Our private dining room seats up to 12 people and can be booked by calling (318)816-5067. This room provides an incredible private dining experience, with your own personal waitstaff, your choice of music and a 60 inch flat screen TV if you want to watch the next big game. For parties larger than 12 people, please call (318)737-7169 to inquire about our atrium available through Doe’s Eat Place. Dates are filling up fast so get your reservations in as soon as possible! Don’t forget that Washington Wine and Spirits offers the Doe’s Eat Place uncooked steaks to take home and put on the grill or for your next trip to the hunting camp! So stop on by and get your steaks, wine and spirits all in one stop! We are open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am-10:00 pm. 6 oz Filet - $9.75 14 oz Bone-In Filet - $39.99 20 oz Ribeye - $21.24 1.5 lb T-Bone - $20.99 2.5 lb Porterhouse - $39.98 2-5 lb Sirloin - $9.99/lb

10 oz Filet - $16.24 1.5 lb Bone In Strip - $20.99 2 lb Bone In Ribeye - $35.98 2 lb T-Bone - $27.98 3 lb Porterhouse - $47.97


Audibel, The Hearing Center Introducing A Hearing Revolution - Via® AI Hearing Aids


HEARING REVOLUTION HAS ARRIVED. BRANDnew from Audibel® comes the world’s first healthable hearing aid with integrated sensors and artificial intelligence. Able to track brain and body health, Via® AI puts your hearing health in your hands through a new mobile app – the Thrive™ Hearing app – and a suite of new wireless accessories. VIA AI IS THE FIRST… As mentioned above, Via® AI hearing aids are the first to feature integrated sensors and artificial intelligence. Thanks to this innovation, they are also the first to track physical activity and cognitive health as measured by hearing aid use in social situations. And, when paired with the new Remote Microphone + accessory, Via ® AI hearing aids are also the first to offer connectivity with Amazon® Alexa. UNIQUE FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF VIA® AI Via AI offers a suite of unique features and benefits to help users live their healthiest lives. The following are just some of these: • Understand and see the real-time health benefits of using hearing aids - NEW • Overall health and wellness tracking through the app’s combined brain and body health score (Thrive™ Wellness Score) - NEW • Personalized Control for customizable adjustments to sound and programs • Remote programming by users’ hearing professionals to put hearing healthcare in the hands of the users • Natural user interface tap control - NEW • Unprecedented, natural listening and speech clarity in the noisiest environments with the new Hearing Reality™ technology - NEW • Integrated language translation – NEW • Wireless streaming of phone calls, music, media and more • Universal connectivity to various audio outlets and accessories to stream TV and music YOUR HEARING HEALTH IS IN YOUR HANDS The Thrive™ Hearing mobile app also gives you the most control ever over your hearing health and hearing experience. Two 18 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

big features stand out here: remote programming and language translation. With remote programming, there’s no more need for in-office appointments for simple hearing aid program adjustments. Simply use the app to request a change by your hearing professional, then once the change is made, it’s sent back to your phone for approval and download. With language translation, traveling with hearing aids just got exciting. The new Via® AI hearing aids make communicating a breeze, by translating other languages via the app’s built-in-tool. UNIVERSAL CONNECTIVITY Finally, for those hearing aid users who have been wishing their hearing aids could connect to a mobile app and other wireless outlets, Via® AI is a game changer. Three new accessories are compatible with Via® AI hearing aids and enable streaming of audio from various sources including TV, music devices and more. The new accessories include: • TV • Remote • Remote Microphone + Via® AI hearing aids go beyond treating hearing loss, helping you to discover both better hearing and better living. ABOUT US Audibel The Hearing Center is Northeast Louisiana’s Audibel dispenser. Cherry Phillips “The Hearing Lady” has been serving this area for over 30 years. We offer free hearing screenings, free second opinions, extended warranties and repairs on all makes and brands of hearing aids. You can find out more by visiting our website and you can see more and like us on


Cool Season Veggies You Can Plant Now for a

Bountiful Autumn Harvest


ou would never guess my garden is winding down by looking at all the activity going on at the farm these days. We’ve started cleaning out the vegetable garden for our fall crops, which means lots of composting, weeding and bed preparation, activities you might more readily associate with spring. But our vegetable garden still has plenty of life left in her this season, and with a little advanced planning, your does too. When preparing for your fall crop, it is important to know the first average frost date for your plant hardiness zone. Here in Little Rock, which is zone 8a, that date is around November 7. I count back the days from then to know when I should plant specific vegetables I’m growing from seed. Other cool season vegetables that are perfect for starting by seed in late fall include broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, cabbage, green beans, lettuce and many others. Several vegetables fall in the “cut-and-come-again” category, providing multiple harvests. Lettuce, chard, and cabbage are vegetables that grow in rosette forms. By harvesting only the older, outer leaves, the inner leaves continue to grow and will provide you with a fresh harvest in a few weeks’ time. If you’d rather not bother with seeds but would still like to grow vegetables, you can always go to your local nursery and get some organic plant starts which are usually sold in six-packs. I’ll admit, this is a tempting way to start because it offers immediate gratification. With a few flats of six-packs, you can have an entire vegetable garden planted and “showing” in an afternoon -- how can you resist? Before digging, I recommend amending your soil with compost or aged manure, especially if you’ve cleaned up an existing garden bed and removed the leftovers of your summer crop. That soil has worked hard for you all season and is probably nutritionally depleted, to some degree. So do yourself -- and your vegetables -- a favor by removing all weeds and adding some compost, first.


After planting, don’t forget to refresh your mulch, or use an additional layer of compost as a top dressing. Mulch still plays an important role this time of year by suppressing weeds and conserving water. And speaking of water, pay attention to rainfall. Even though we’re entering the cooler autumn months, lack of rain can have a drastic impact on seedlings and plant starts. If you’re garden is not getting half an inch to an inch of rain a week, then do some supplemental sprinklering, or even better, set up a soaker hose. I always recommend watering deeply once a week versus a little bit of water every day or every few days. You want your vegetable roots to travel deeply to reach water, not stay near the soil surface. Pests are still a very real issue this time of year. I know firsthand the frustration of getting a beautiful vegetable garden started only to find that cabbage worms and slugs have beaten me to the punch. You can try row covers when plants are young to keep them clean, and beer-baited traps to foil slugs and snails. There are also a variety of organic, safe insecticidal soaps and insect sprays that can save you in a pinch. And stay vigilant. It’s much easier to contain a new pest problem then to try to contain an infestation that already has a foothold. Are you overwhelmed, yet? Don’t be! Your fall garden experience can be as labor intensive or low maintenance as you want. If all else fails, simply put a few large garden pots in a sunny spot by your back door and get busy. Many vegetables can be grown in containers and enjoyed for months. And maybe add at least one variety you’ve never tried before. I think it’s important for gardeners to strive to be as fresh and flexible as our vegetable gardens.

Top: Broccoli is one of my favorite cool season vegetables. I always plant plenty in the late fall and early spring (photo by Kelly Quinn). Bottom: Chard is one of my favorite vegetables in my garden (photo by Mark Fonville).


Fall Garden Planting Cheat Sheet

10-12 Weeks Before Your First Killing Frost

• S et out broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and kohlrabi seedlings. • Sow seed for bush beans, carrots, collards, leeks and scallion.

8-10 Weeks Before Your First Killing Frost • S ow seed for fresh cabbage, fresh bush beans, lettuce, beets, turnips, spinach, pac choi, chard and radish.

6-8 Weeks Before First Killing Frost

• S ow seed for fresh spinach, fresh lettuce, kale and bunching onions.

3-6 Weeks Before First Killing Frost • S ow seed for mustard greens and arugula. • Plant garlic now for next year’s harvest.

1 Week Before First Killing Frost

• D ig up and pot any herbs you would like to move indoors.

Moss Mountain Farm is an epicenter for promoting the local food movement and organic gardening (photo by Hortus, Ltd.).

The magic of planting a seed and watching it spring to life can spark a sense of wonder (photo by Caleb Rash).

P. Allen Smith is an author, television host and conservationist with a passion for American style. His show “Garden Home” airs on LPB, KLTM, KLPA and AETN. Check your local listings for “Garden Style.” Smith uses his Arkansas home, Moss Mountain Farm, as an epicenter for promoting the local food movement, organic gardening and the preservation of heritage poultry breeds. He created his farm to serve as a place of inspiration, education and conservation and provides visitors from around the country with tours of his property, which may be booked at


Material Things

For Your Holiday Home Décor and Gifting Needs


ERE WE ARE AGAIN-FALLING RIGHT INTO AUTUMN with Christmas and the New Year soon to follow! This has been a wonderful year for us here at Material Things. We have grown, not only with the product lines that we offer, but with all of the fabulous new customers that we have helped and met throughout the year. There are lots of exciting new things going on here at the shop before the end of the year and much more to come next year. 2019 is the tenth year that Material Things has been in business. WOW! I cannot believe it! It just seems like yesterday, when we opened in the little front space of the building on Park Avenue in October 2009. One of the most exciting things happening is our Holiday Open House. We will be hosting Andy D’Auria with Dismero. Many of you probably are familiar with him as being the face of the Italian clothing company, Dismero. He has now branched out with his own olive oil. We are proud to say that Material Things was the first in the United States to carry the olive oil that is considered by the Italians to be the “Gourmet oil of Italy.” Let me give you a little information and history on this fabulous new endeavor for Andy. You will definitely want to come by and meet him, as well as stock up on it for yourself and for gifts. This oil is in the superior category of extra virgin olive oil obtained soley from harvesting by hand and mechanical pressing. There has been a flourishing and famous tradition of olive oil production on the shores of Lake Garda since antiquity, where it is produced at its most northernly point in the world, thanks to the microclimate of this Lake. This is indeed a prestigious oil, light and fruity, rich in chlorophyll, sapid and harmonious to the taste. It gives balance and style to salads and brings out the taste of fish and meats. In addition, it lends a quality of excellence to sautéed vegetable dishes. You definitely will not want to miss out on tasting and sampling this olive oil, as well as meeting Andy. So, please save the date for Saturday, December 8. Along with this stand out product that makes a great hostess gift, we offer many other new items. Louis Sherry Chocolates is one of the most beautiful new options that we have. These ganache filled truffles, made in the traditional French way, were introduced to New


York City in 1881 by Louis Sherry. They are all packaged in collectable printed or solid tins that are a gift in and of themselves. We have offered the heavenly scented Nest candles in the past, but now have all of the seasonal scents that they have in their line of home scents. This includes the Pumpkin Chai for the Autumn season which is a blend of wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. The Classic Holiday is a sparkling blend of pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber. Birchwood Pine has the aroma of a majestic winter forest created by blending white pine, fir balsam and birchwood layered over a base of rich musk and amber. And, lastly we have Sparkling Cassis, which is the essence of sparkling ping champagne infused with hints of crème de cassis, frosted cranberry and wild fig. I know you are sure to find one that you will enjoy for yourself and to give. We are really proud to have brought in an extensive collection of books to the shop. Our titles include just about anything you might be interested in for yourself or as a gift. We have books on design, cooking and fashion, as well as books for men on cigars, watches and cars. All of our children’s titles have flown out of the shop! I absolutely LOVE to give and receive a book. You can inscribe a heartfelt note inside the cover and make it a most memorable and thoughtful present. And, as always, we have a continuous rotation of vintage and antique items for you to choose from. I am constantly on the lookout for unique and one of a kind, collected pieces. Hopefully, I have given you a few gifting options and ideas for the upcoming seasons. Please come by and let us help you with any of your home décor and gifting needs. Kindest Regards,




THIS COCKTAIL ENVELOPES FALL’S SEASONAL CHANGES one will suit any whiskey drinker - you can simply adjust your beet or apple juices to sweeter or less sweet. It remains a favorite for me, a signature, if you will. Fall evokes a whole new season indeed - rich in color, flavors and even a change in textures. “The Harvester” envelopes all of these with its striking deep, beet red tone, earthy-sweet mellow flavor and so-smooth taste. It’s an after-dinner, fireside sipper, to slow you down and help you relish the season. WHAT YOU SHOULD KEEP: XL ice cube mold (in the freezer at all times) muddler Wide mouth LOW BALL glass Old jar with lid (I keep wide mouth jam jars Bonne Maman) WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 2 oz. - Whiskey (one that you love) I currently love Kentucky distilled Pikesville Straight Rye, but Buffalo Trace, Bulliet, Makers ... are all smooth makers 2 oz. - Pure Beet juice 1 oz. - Pure Apple Juice 1/2 oz. - Lemon juice (if not fresh squeezed, a PURE concentrate) Fresh Tarragon or Thyme - a small “bunch” its flavor will be very mellow

A seasonal cocktail crafted from fresh ingredients article and photo by Heather Land


I first came across this concoction of a cocktail 5 years ago in Plano, TX at The Whiskey Cake. Intrigued by its listed ingredients and also naturally seduced by any verbiage that includes “whiskey,” I decided I had to try it. Here I am, years later crafting my own adapted version of it. I have juiced fresh ingredients, experimented with multiple whiskeys and bourbons and always find pleasure in both the process and the outcome. While the original includes an expensive, rather-hard-to-find chartreuse liquor, I have successfully done away with the “need” for it and chosen to replace the freshly juiced ingredients with the highest quality, pure juices (without all the extra artificial syrups, additives, sugars, etc). The best part is this

In your jam jar, muddle the fresh herbs. Add your liquids. Fill with regular ice. With the lid on tight, shake it. (This will help it both mix and chill.) Add one XL ice cube to your low ball glass Slowly strain your cocktail into your low ball FUN FACT for the Whiskey Drinkers: You should use a large cube for more stout, smooth, “sippers” like this one. It melts slowly, so that you never finish with watereddown whiskey. Instead, it just gets better. Heather Land is a modern-day, old-fashioned homemaker in every sense of the word. She lives by her five senses, creating memorable experiences from the simple and mundane of everyday. She loves to host, entertain, cook, and create craft cocktails that force you to slow down and savor each sip and all the moments in between.



DRESSED TO IMPRESS The surest way to impress your guests this holiday season is to create an epic cheese board. Cheese is one of the most universally loved foods, so when your guests come into your home and see a board filled with an assortment of cheeses and fruits, they are going to be ecstatic. It is the perfect start to any party. When entertaining, creating a cheese board will soon become one of your favorite parts of entertaining. S T Y L I N G B Y TAY LO R B E N N E T T P H O T O B Y K E L LY M O O R E C L A R K

What to Include On A Fruit and Cheese Board


Cheese. Brie, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gruyere and Gouda are all popular cheeses. Make sure to combine soft and hard cheeses. Fruit. Apples, berries, grapes, pears and figs are all great choices. Also, incorporate seasonal fruits like fresh cherries, peaches and pomegranate. Honey. A drizzle of honey adds that perfect sweetness to balance out the sharpness of the cheese. Place it in a small jar or bowl with a honey dipper. Dark Chocolate. A little bit of dark chocolate goes a long way. Chocolate pairs beautifully with the berries, apricots and cheese. Crackers and Bread. Set out an array of crackers and bread like crostinis, flatbread crackers, and thinly sliced crackers. Olives. Not those canned black olives from the grocery store. If you are serving olives on a cheese platter, grab some from the deli. Fig Jam/Spread. This adds a nice amount of sweetness and pairs beautifully with fruit, bread and cheese. Cured Meats. Bring in some more savory elements with the additions of salami, prosciutto and other Italian meats. Pistachios, Almonds or Walnuts, or Candied Nuts. Make sure to have plenty of knives, spoons and spreaders for ease of serving. Include at least 3 ounces of cheese per person. 26 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM


The Secret Is Out

The Woman’s Clinic Is Now Offering Expanded Services For Womewn’s Health and Beauty


O, THIS IS A NEW SPACE FOR YOU to see us? You know us; The Woman’s Clinic has been around for more than 50 years. One of us probably delivered your children or maybe you came to see us for a treatment that improved your quality of life. We’ve always been there for you when you needed us. So why are we here now? Well, it’s always been the mission of The Woman’s Clinic to provide total care for today’s woman. To live up to that, there are times we must expand the care we provide. In today’s world, confidence and lifestyle satisfaction are part of caring for today’s woman. With that in mind, we knew it was time to expand our services to provide that care. To decide the best way to help improve the confidence and lifestyle satisfaction for women in Northeast Louisiana, we wanted to offer a range of services that would be able to accommodate a variety of different patient needs. We settled on three treatment types that offer the range of services we were looking for. In a recent survey of American women, 70% worry about developing a tummy bulge. 81% are concerned about maintaining their body shape and 45% are afraid cellulite will remain a concern. To address this, we will be offering a non-invasive body contouring product called Velashape. VelaShape III™ technology combines infrared light and bipolar radio frequency. This type of system stimulates the growth of new and better collagen and elastin. Velashape has been clinically proven to work on a variety of different treatments including: • Cellulite Reduction • Body Contouring


• Shrinking of Fat Cells • Skin Tightening In clinical trials, the body contouring power of Velashape led to a reduction of one whole dress size after treatment. Each treatment lasts about fifteen minutes, and most patients describe the treatment as feeling like a warm massage. For many women, skin imperfections can impact self-confidence. We also know women considering facial rejuvenation procedures are inhibited by high cost, pain, downtime and side effects. We found that Sublative and Sublime skin treatments are an ideal solution. Sublative treatments improve the superficial imperfections of skin’s tone and texture by precisely directing bi-polar radio frequency into the skin. Healthy skin around the treated area accelerates the healing process of the skin and new collagen and skin cells are produced. Sublime treatments improve facial contour and overall skin quality by heating dermal tissue with combined bi-polar radio frequency and light energy, stimulating collagen production. Both treatments have been clinically proven to treat the following: • Stretch marks • Acne scaring • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles • Eye rejuvenation These treatments provide the results you desire without the worry of more invasive procedures. They penetrate more deeply than creams and peels and address your skin’s overall tone and texture more effectively than injectables. And while results with more invasive procedures may be dramatic, few are

willing to incur the cost, risk or downtime. While we’ve always been your go to place for gynecology, we are always expanding treatment there as well. No woman wants to lack confidence with intimacy. It is an important part of everyone’s satisfaction with life. To help with this, we will offer an in-office non-surgical treatment that uses laser energy in gynecological applications called CO2RE Intima. CO2RE Intima is a medical laser that delivers controlled CO2 energy to the tissue improving skin tone, texture and appearance. Among its many uses it has been proven to treat the following: • Mild to moderate urinary incontinence • Helps correct post child birth and menopausal changes • Non-hormonal treatment for dryness • Improved confidence with intimacy We know the thought of laser treatments in such a personal area may give some women pause. CO2RE Intima is FDA approved for a range of gynecological uses and patients experience mild to no discomfort with little downtime. If you would like to hear more about any of these options, please give us a call at (318)388-4030 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit us online at thewomansclinic. net and request a consultation. Be sure to like us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and information from The Woman’s Clinic, too. Pictured Above – Bottom Row: Dr. Erin Gullatt, Dr. Sara Klug, Dr. Dawn Pennebaker, Dr. Adrienne Williams; Top Row: Dr. Amber Shemwell, Dr. Jason Wilson, Dr. David Bryan, Dr. Terry Tugwell, Dr. Won Lee, Dr. Laura Petty


THE RETURN OF DR. MABLE JOHN The first time Lesli Rambin, Host and Producer of Byway Blues, saw Dr. Mable John’s name on a compilation CD, she was at Memphis-based Stax Records. John’s soulful delivery of “Your Good Thing (Is About To End)”—originally recorded by John in 1966 and later recorded by Lou Rawls in 1969—prompted Rambin to explore the woman behind the voice further. She learned that John, a blues and R&B artist, is the first female solo vocalist signed to Motown’s Tamla Label; she later joined Ray Charles (co-publishing 52 songs with him) and became a performing member and director of the Raelettes—the American girl group formed to provide backup vocals for Ray Charles. John’s list of accolades, including publishing three books with Penguin Random House and winning a Grammy and an Oscar, cement her as an unquestionable legend, and still, her humble Louisiana roots remain the driving force to her next undertaking, which ushers her to return home. ARTICLE BY VANELIS RIVERA



n November 3, 1930, Dr. Mable John was born in Bastrop, Louisiana to Lillie and Mertis John. Though her family moved to Arkansas when she was almost three months old, the memories her parents shared with her about Bastrop remain a part of her history. Her father narrated the tedious hours of working at a paper mill—submerged in water in rubber boots, he’d roll logs with his feet into the mill for slicing. Her mother would tell of the time she carried two month old John to the Methodist Church (a building that recently collapsed) for Baptism, making “good” with a promise she made to God when told by “every doctor in Louisiana” that she would not be able to conceive. John is the eldest of nine siblings; sister of the late-great Little Willie John, one of the greatest R&B singers of his time. “I cannot have a landmark and not go back to that beginning,” says John, who has a pointed reason for returning to the largest city of Morehouse Parish. “I want my city, Bastrop, to become a city that in one identification that everyone knows.” John tells of her experiences with customs agents who never fail to ask, upon viewing her passport and birthplace, “Where is Bastrop?” She adopted the response her father would relay to her: “Across the street from Monroe.” Stories of Bastrop, particularly from her father, kept John interested in coming back. “I’m coming there, so I can learn Bastrop,” she exclaims. Specifically, John is coming back to look at properties, have meetings with past and present city officials, and to select a working board for her legacy, one wrapped around music and education. Legacy to her means making sure the city doesn’t forget that she was born there as well as establishing her history through service to the youth of the area. “I’m coming back to bring industry back,” she says. The plan is to establish a recreational center that caters to the arts, music rights, community enrichment and interceding for at-risk kids through educational programs and scholarships, informs Rambin. It’s important to John that the future voices of change and progress come from Bastrop. The center will be named the Mable John Bastrop Music and Educational Center, and John wants it to stand for two hundred years. “You’re never separated from your roots,” says Rambin, who views John’s visit as a way for the artist to get to know her roots on another level. It’s a rediscovery and reunion for John and an opportunity for the city of Bastrop to become acquainted with one of their own who has never failed to claim them. The Bastrop community plans to meet-and-greet John through a series of events—some open to the community—during her four-day homecoming. The most significant events are the 88th birthday celebration that they have planned for their returning daughter, as well as a screening of the Academy and Grammy Award-winning 2013 film “20 Feet from Stardom”—documentary by filmmaker Morgan Neville that shines a light on the significant contributions of longtime backup singers. The screening will be held at the historic Rose Theatre in Bastrop, an intentional pick, because of the historical significance it holds for the Northeast Louisiana community, says Rambin. A building erected in the late 1920s, it wouldn’t have been a place that John nor her family would have been allowed to attend. And after desegregation, her family would have only been allowed to sit in the balcony. The implications of screening the incredible success of women like John, as well as co-stars Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer and Merry Clayton, not only promote the importance of preserving the building, but also progressing a heritage rooted on some of the South’s unsavory history.

“This project has legs,” says Rambin, echoing the importance of preserving Northeast Louisiana culture through a figure like Dr. Mable John, especially for young people’s sense of pride in their community. “I want [young people] to realize that they are capable of amazing things,” says Rambin, adamant that John’s story is representative of the adage, “It doesn’t matter where you are from.” Lots of people have beautiful voices, but Rambin credits John’s success to a tenacious spirit. “I hope [her story] can redirect people’s lives,” says Rambin, expressing her own admiration for John and the seemingly unstoppable momentum that she carries. “The blues or any music can’t die, because it comes from God. And anything made by God lives forever,” attests John, giving her own testimony through the blanket attestation. To Rambin, John is like the tall pines that would end up at the feet of her father, who would end up trekking them through water—“her roots have been severed, removed and she’s been transformed.” Though you should dive into John’s impressive discography, you don’t have to be into her music in order to appreciate her message. Now living in the Los Angeles area, John is Pastor of “Joy in Jesus Ministries” with an evangelistic outreach called “A Place to Pray,” where she feeds the hungry and gives clothes to the needy. Her purpose is significant, and she’s bringing it to Northeast Louisiana. We wait with open arms for a piece of history to touch the grounds of her birthplace. BayouLife welcomes legend Dr. Mable John! Dr. Mable John will be in Northeast Louisiana from October 30th to November 4th. On November 1st starting 11 a.m., she will present a lecture about her path to stardom and success, hosted by the University of Louisiana School of Visual and Performing Arts. The event is open to the public and will take place at the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall located at 200 University Ave, Monroe, LA. Her birthday celebration, also open to the community, will be held on November 3rd starting 2 p.m. at the Evans Business Center located in 710 South Washington, Bastrop, LA. That night at 6:30 p.m., 20 Feet from Stardom will be screened at Rose Theatre, 102 East Jefferson Avenue, Bastrop, LA. Sponsorships are available for $200 and include 4 tickets to the showing. Individual tickets to the screening are $15 and are available by calling the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber office at 318-325-1961 or at the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce community calendar: WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM | NOVEMBER 2018 31





s I sit here on vacation in the Great Smokey Mountains, it is not hard to get still and quiet and have a real sense of being thankful. Anyone who has ever traveled into the various sites across America, you not only get a sense of what it took to build this great country, but what it takes to continue to grow in the pursuit of prosperity. I had never been to this area before. I had been into the Ozarks in Arkansas many times but to see this beautiful place reminded me of what our Forefathers withstood and overcame to conquer a New World. I am not a good traveler. Even in a modern vehicle that pretty much drives itself, sitting in a car for 10 hours is not my idea of a good time. It is hard to fathom that our grandfathers made these treks in a horse and wagon with no GPS, cell phones or modern conveniences. Just think about some of the bare necessities needed as there were few or no roads, no maps, no medical care and no where to find food other than off of the land. 32 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

I visited the old homes and settlements in the Pigeon Forge area and was amazed at the marvels of ancient technology. Making corn meal, flour or even just preserving meat was a process. Our process today is so very easy compared to those days. I looked at the cemetery markers and saw just how many people never survived past 2 years, or how many young adults perished due to hardship and diseases. We are so blessed today to have what we enjoy, but so very few of us stop and really think about it in our fast paced world. This trip made me think of the young Dan, pedaling his bicycle down a country road with a Zebco 33 strapped to the handlebars. I had a passion for fishing at an early age. It was what kept me out of major trouble but also gave me a path that I have followed for my entire 57 years. While Fishing for anything that swam, each day I was learning valuable lessons that I would use for most of my life. The same went for hunting. Most of my “hunting” was with a BB gun early on. But there were valuable lessons learned in those

early days as well. How to stalk, how to read animal behavior but most importantly the hard lessons I learned about eating what you harvest. I can still taste those nasty cedar wax wings my Dad made me clean, cook and eat. But we hustle to work, we hustle to the deer camp, hustle in every walk of our lives and then wonder why we suffer health problems. I cannot tell you how therapeutic it is to just sit by a rolling mountain stream or water fall. No conversations, no phone, no disturbances. Just you and nature. I get the same feeling at home when daylight cracks. Sitting in my deer stand and watching the woods come alive. The whistling wood ducks, a lone doe walking out into my food plot and the occasional black bear stealing my corn. All of these small things can be overlooked. All of these things are there to enjoy. I was amazed on this trip, and we took the typical tourist trip and went into the National Forest. There were vehicles from every state in the Union. There was a wad of cars pulled over and all of us in our group just knew there was an elk or bear to view. Not so. These folks were stopped and taking pictures of horses. I guess if you live in an asphalt jungle, a horse is a pretty big deal. Then there was a large group of walkers all piled up, as if Elvis was making an appearance. What they were amazed to be viewing was of all things, a hog trap. The same kind that we use on a daily basis at home. It kind of makes you realize and appreciate Louisiana. We see things every day that most people drive thousands of miles to view. But the one thing I could not escape was the fact that I am truly blessed. I am blessed with a great wife, kids, grandkids, friends and extended family. I am blessed with good health, a great rewarding job and most of all a peace in my heart with my Creator. I searched for happiness in many ways, but as I get older, the little things make me very happy. Watching my wife “check” the water temperature of a mountain stream....listening to her sister as they discuss how they grew up and how today we have it so much better. And they are right. I remember all of the things I have taken for granted in the past. It makes me make an even deeper commitment to be a better father, husband, brother and friend. The blessings I have received are not deserved. I am as excited now about this hunting season, as I was my very first time I walked into the woods. The difference now is that it is my time to share it. I look forward to time with my kids and grandkids in the deer stand and duck blind. But most of all, I look forward to what God has in store for me and my family this year. Join me in this season of thanks. And spread the wealth. Take a kid, vet or friend hunting. And share the blessings you have for generations to come.


Stella Artois 600 Years of Belgian Heritage


HE FOLKS AT STELLA ARTOIS® are extremely proud of their Belgian roots. Their story can be seen on every bottle of Stella Artois. If you look closely, hints of their origins are proudly displayed. By 1366, roots of Stella’s brewing tradition had been established in the city of Leuven, Belgium– which is also where the original Den Hoorn brewery was founded. Den Hoorn laid the foundation for the quality taste and standard Stella Artois is known for. The symbol of the Den Hoorn Brewery is proudly displayed in Stella Artois’ cartouche to this day. Sebastian Artois Sebastian Artois was admitted to the Leuven Brewer’s Guild as a Brew Master in 1708, and only nine years later purchased the Den Hoorn brewery. In memoriam, you can find his last name on the brewery and every bottle of Stella Artois around the world. Originally Brewed for the Holidays The Artois Brewery was so beloved internationally and locally, a special batch was created as a Christmas gift to the people of Leuven. That special batch was the first to officially include “Stella” in its name. “Stella,” meaning star in Latin, pays homage to this original occasion, accompanied by a star on every bottle. So next time you see a bottle of Stella Artois, take note of the rich history paired with the rich flavor on and in every bottle.


How to Pour Perfection The Stella Artois® 9 Step Pouring Ritual Pouring the perfect Stella Artois® is key to enjoying the perfect Stella Artois®. The brand’s time-honored nine-step ritual helps ensure that consumers everywhere are served as they would be in Belgium. After hundreds of years of brewing experience, there is only one way to pour a Stella Artois®, and it is important that all those who serve Leuven’s gold standard lager pay as much attention to serving Stella Artois® as we do to brewing it. The 9-step pouring ritual: 1. The Purification: Use clean and rinsed branded glass. 2. The Sacrifice: Open the tap in one quick action and let the first drops of beer flow away. 3. The Liquid Alchemy Begins: Hold the glass just under the tap without touching it at a 45° angle. 4. The Head: Lower the glass to allow the natural formation of the foam head. 5. The Removal: Close the tap quickly and move the glass away, so beer doesn’t drip into the glass. 6. The Beheading: While the head foams up and overflows the side of the glass, smooth it gently with a head cutter. 7. The Judgment: The right amount of foam is usually about 2 fingers. 8. The Cleansing: Clean the bottom and sides of the glass. 9. The Bestowal: Present the beer on a

clean beer coaster with the logo facing the consumer. Not only has it been proven that correctly-poured Stella Artois® results in satisfied consumers and increased brand loyalty, but bartenders, too, become true brand ambassadors once they have mastered the art of serving Stella Artois®. The annual Stella Artois® World Draught Master Competition – established in 1997 - heralds the importance of this pouring ritual. Bartenders from around the world compete to demonstrate their beer-serving prowess before a panel of distinguished judges who carefully scrutinize each and every step. Say Bonjour to the Simple Life Imagine the taste of... A soft, fruity sweetness paired with a crisp, dry finish made with hand picked apples from wine-growing regions. A perfectly balanced and blended cider to awaken your senses. That is Stella Artois Cidre, my friend. Host Beautifully Discover the art of hosting with tips from experts in the world of food, entertainment and style by visiting


N AV I G AT I N G A TA B L E S E T T I N G by Erin Sharplin Love


s it just me, or does it feel like the holidays came more quickly this year? Parents of young children have often told me that the days, weeks, months and years fly by when you have a little one. Now I am seeing for myself how bittersweet motherhood actually is. With each holiday comes new experiences and opportunities for my little family, and I always want to be prepared for whatever they bring. One thing I know for sure is that there will be many impromptu gettogethers, parties and dinners to attend, and that means that it is time to brush up on our table manners and setting skills. For many, the modern art of table setting can be quite overwhelming. Fortunately though, once you’ve mastered the basics, the rest of the table setting will fall into place effortlessly. Below are the rules that should be mastered: 1. The lower edge of each utensil should align with the bottom rim of the plate, which should be approximately one inch up from the edge of the table 2. There should be a one-inch space between the edge of the plate and the utensil on either side of it. 3. Set only utensils that are needed for the meal. For instance, if soup will not be served, there is no need to set the spoon out in the place setting. 4. Elbow room requires approximately fifteen inches between each place setting. 5. To avoid fingerprints on your silverware, hold each piece by the “waist” (the area between the handle and the eating


end of the utensil). In the “old” days, butlers would wear white gloves while handling the silverware. 6. Always place knives with the blade facing inward, toward the plate. 7. Never place more than three pieces of flatware to either side of the plate. The only exception would be if an oyster fork is necessary. 8. Navigate the utensils from the outside in. 9. A napkin should be folded and placed either to the left of the place setting or in the middle of the dinner plate. It may also be folded and placed under the forks. 10. If coffee or tea is served with the meal, the cup and saucer should be placed directly to the right of the knives and spoon.

the upper corner. *Tip – Remember to break your bread into bite-sized pieces to butter and place in your mouth. Butter Knife – The butter knife should be placed at the top of the bread plate with the handle pointing to the right and the knife blade facing inward. Water Glass – The water glass is always placed above each guest’s dinner knife. Dessert Spoon and Fork – These utensils may be included with the table setting or they may be brought out just before dessert is served and after all remnants of dinner are cleared. Below is a picture of what an informal place setting will most likely look like. This setting should be a breeze once you’ve mastered the formal setting.

Now, let me get a bit more specific with a formal place setting: *Note: There are a few different variations of a formal place setting. This is the most common. Bread Plate – The bread plate is always to the left of the place setting and is usually set in

Luckily, the mainstay etiquette rules for setting a table will not change, so what you learn now will last you a lifetime.


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he holidays are traditionally one of the periods of higher giving for nonprofits, charities, and volunteer organizations. It makes sense when you consider that the holiday season is often the time of year when we feel the most connected to those around us – and are in a giving spirit! Philanthropists come in all shapes, and philanthropy spans virtually all sizes, from the individual who gives just a few cents at the kettle for their community’s needy to the corporation that shells out millions to help end world hunger. Causes, too, vary greatly. Whether it’s education, the arts or the underprivileged, there’s plenty to be done in the world. Here are three books to help you figure out how best you can give back to your community. Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw In the world of philanthropists, few names stand out as much as Andrew Carnegie, the wealthy founder of U.S. Steel, who would give away more than $350 million in the last two decades of his life. It was quite the feat for a Scottish-born immigrant, who started out in as a telegraph operator. This is the story David Nasaw tells in Andrew Carnegie, a definitive biography of the magnate-turned-philanthropist. Through more than five years of intricate research, Nasaw reconstructs Carnegie’s life, beginning his story in his native Scotland. Nasaw traces


REVIEWS BY MICHAEL DEVAULT Carnegie’s first years in America, charts his meteoric rise to the highest levels of society, and recounts each of the decisions that would lead the man to become “America’s first philanthropist.” Through family correspondence, news accounts, interviews and Carnegie’s own memoir, Nasaw creates a portrait of a man driven to improve life in his adopted country. Andrew Carnegie is a testament to a man’s life, his work and the drive and passions that shaped his legacy. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein Changing the world doesn’t have to mean big headlines and splashy press conferences. In fact, some of the most influential people working behind the scenes today are anonymous and far from wealthy, as David Bornstein shows in How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. Bornstein weaves first-hand accounts, interviews and case studies of some of the world’s most influential and generous individuals into a narrative that unfolds the world of social entrepreneurism, a movement that combines social consciousness with business sense. Through looks at people like Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams, who received the prize for working to end landmines, Bornstein’s book is at once an inspirational story of changing the world and a how-to guide for individuals who want to be that change.

With dozens of stories to show the impact of social entrepreneurs around the world, Bornstein takes reader on a journey from Vermont, to Brazil, to Africa, and back again as he demonstrates change can be quite easy. It just takes dedication, work and a vision. Beggars or Angels: How a Single Mother Triumphed Over War, Welfare and Cancer to Become a Successful Philanthropist by Rosemary Tran Lauer Sometimes, life may seem a little too difficult to see how you could become a philanthropist. But if Rosemary Tran Lauer’s story is any indication, there’s always a way. After all, Lauer was only planning to be in Saigon long enough to say goodbye to her husband. Fate, it seemed, had different plans. Beginning with a forced evacuation by boat from the city, Lauer recounts the harrowing tail of her escape from the city as the U.S. evacuated. With just the clothes on her back and her two children, she made her way from Vietnam all the way to the United States, where she established her life in Virginia. Through hard work, the generosity of others, and a little bit of luck, Lauer moved from conquering the beauty industry to founding a successful non-profit focused on helping guarantee children a path from poverty. With humor, frankness and more than a little sorry, Lauer recounts her path in Beggars or Angels, a book that’s sure to make you thankful for the life you’ve had and inspire you to the life you know you can lead.


article by Kenny Covington


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Secrets? What Secrets?


ishermen like secrets. Having them to tell, having them to hide or just believing information they think others don’t know. In reality, when it comes to fishing, nothing is sacred or secret, any more. There is so much knowledge to be learned and so many outlets from which to learn it, there aren’t very many fishing secrets left, and if there were, there is just no way to hide them. I recently looked at a map of Lake D’Arbonne from the 1970s, and while deciphering the sketches and notes that were written on the map, I noticed the “secrets” that were on this lake’s treasure map were now community holes that have been passed down through the years. What took this particular fisherman years to learn and make notes of can be located in a matter of a few minutes due to modern technology. From social media, Google, fishing sites, magazines and the other sources that are readily available everything is now at your fingertips. Technique, lure, map study, nothing is hidden and easily accessible. So this brings us back to the original question, “When it comes to fishing, are there any secrets?” The answer, while not trying to complicate things, is both yes and no. Here is a good example of what I am talking about… Earlier this year, a friend of mine did well in a few tournaments and quite a few of his competitors were trying to figure out what he was doing to catch fish when they struggled. After the fever over his catches had calmed down, I saw him and asked, “So what were you doing to catch those fish a few months back?” He looked at me, smiled and said, “I was catching them on a Yamamoto Senko. You know I like throwing one, so I am surprised you asked me.” I then followed up with, “Yes, I know what you were throwing. What I want to know what you were doing with it. What’s the secret?” 40 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

He wasn’t using a secret lure, but what he was doing with it was. He was simply adding a small spinnerbait blade attached to a small swivel to the end of the Senko, so that it would give it a different look as it fell vertically by the trees he was flipping. The movement of the blade gave the fish a look they hadn’t seen, thus, it became his secret lure. It is our lack of thinking outside the box that keeps us from seeing these types of possibilities. A lure or a technique is only a secret, when other fishermen don’t know or think about it. Everyone knows that chartreuse/black is a great color crappie jig in our area and a popular choice of crankbait, but how many of you have ever tried that color spinnerbait? Or maybe taking a shad colored 200 Series Bandit crankbait and throwing it in a couple of feet of water, stirring up the bottom to catch bass feeding on crawfish? Tell me, when was the last time you Texas rigged a Zoom lizard and fished it around boat docks during the summer? These are ways to catch fish that I know have worked in the past several years. Secrets? Not hardly, but since no one else was doing these things, it sure seemed like it. Let me say again, when it comes to bass fishing, there are no secret lures or fishing spots. It usually comes down to being open minded and not being afraid to experiment with what you may already know. Maybe you have caught several fish from an area on a spinnerbait and they quit biting, why not try a Chatterbait? Or maybe you have an area where you can catch a small limit of fish on a worm, why not throw a jig to try for a bigger bite? These simple adjustments can make your success on the water. And there is nothing secret about them. All of the good fishermen I know are good about tweaking lures or techniques to fit the areas they are fishing. It is what makes them as good as they are and also tough to beat in competitive situations. They catch fish behind other fishermen, because they do things differently, maybe throwing something lure wise that those fishing ahead of them haven’t tried. Chances are the other boats have the same lures but they don’t recognize the opportunity to use them. Years ago in the middle of our five consecutive Angler of the Year run I was asked, “What do you attribute your and Glynn’s success to? What’s the secret?” Without missing a beat I answered, “We prepare to fish better than everyone else. Believe it or not, that’s our secret.” As he turned away, I could tell from his body language and facial expression that he didn’t believe me. I knew our “secret” was safe. If color really mattered, then how come at the end of a tournament you can ask the other fishermen their color of choice and you will usually get a half dozen answers. I have never bought into the “this is the only color we could make them bite” theory. Chances are the color they had the most confidence in was their fish catcher. When you have confidence you create the secrets to your success; when you lack confidence you wish you knew everyone’s secrets to theirs. Pretty simple when you think about it. So how do you go about finding or creating your own fishing secrets? It’s really quite easy, and here is what you need to do… the noted “community holes” but fish them with fresh eyes. Change out your hooks. Add some color to your lures. Try lures that shouldn’t work. Fish areas that don’t look very good. Go to the back of the creeks. Fish nasty looking water. The opportunities are only limited to what you allow yourself to think, and that is no secret! Well, it looks like we have run out of space again for another month. I do hope you will take advantage of the cooler temperatures and enjoy some time on the water this fall. To all of my hunting friends, please be careful, while you are in the woods. I promise, as I am throwing my favorite “secret” spinnerbait going down the bank, I will be thinking of you. Take care, and we will see you next month!


Historical Impressions



uring the month of November Americans are reminded to be thankful for all of the blessings that we are given. Thoughts of what we really do have to be thankful for often encourages us to want to share our fortune by offering support to those who are in greater need. Usually we accomplish this one of two ways- either by donating to an organization whose mission is near and dear to our hearts or to an organization which itself more globally funds a number of other worthy causes. There are several well-known national organizations, which perform the global funding function, and also some whose focus is to provide wider funding on a more local basis. Surprisingly, there are also organizations which seem to fit in the “individual mission” category but which upon further investigation are actually found to be supporters of a number of external needs as well. The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is one such local organization. You might be surprised at the breadth of non-museum functions this organization supports. What makes investment in a variety of services all the more remarkable is the Chennault itself does not depend on government funding but is a privately funded 501 (c) (3). Most museums support youth education but the Chennault carries it educational efforts quite a bit further. Yes, school groups both local and from as far away as other states are always welcome and are given age-appropriate guided tours. Visiting students have the opportunity to learn, explore and participate in fun activities, such as scavenger hunts and hands-on “exploration stations.” But the Chennault also provides free, downloadable STEM lesson plans (science,


technology, engineering and mathematics) that can be accessed by teachers anywhere in the world. It also offers students the chance to earn a scholarship that pays for travel to Normandy, France to participate in a National History Day tour. The Chennault has already sent two students to Normandy, who competed in various categories, such as web design, social studies, performance art and documentary development. One of the more unique services offered at the Chennault is the filming of veterans’ oral histories. Oral histories are videos of veterans talking about their military service and experiences in their own, unscripted words. Copies of these videos are not only available to family and friends (at a small cost for extra copies) but a copy of each oral history is also sent to the Library of Congress in Washington and will eventually be accessible on demand via the Internet. My father and my fatherin-law have both given their videoed military histories at the Chennault even though one lives in Missouri and the other lived in Texas. Perhaps you have relatives or friends who might be interested in preserving their stories for descendants and others to watch long into the future? A Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter was formed at the Chennault and helps veterans with benefits, medical travel, employment and other needs. The museum gives the DAV a place to meet at no cost, including for “neutral ground” private consultations with Service Officers. The founder of the Chennault Chapter is so respected by the state and national DAV organizations that he first became a Louisiana State DAV officer and now serves as the National Deputy Chief of Staff. Similar but unrelated to its DAV

support, the Chennault hosts PTSD support group sessions that are run by a local doctor of psychology. The psychologist is himself a combat veteran and opens his sessions to all combat veterans of any branch, any conflict. Given its natural focus on veterans’ efforts, the Chennault also partners with other local and national organizations that serve a wide variety of veterans’ needs. The museum’s support could include joint sponsorship of events, donation collection efforts, talks and presentations or other appropriate collaborative efforts. Many local and regional service and social groups benefit from using the Chennault as a convenient meeting location. These groups cover a wide variety of functions- from garden clubs to community service organizations to “alumni” meetings to women’s philanthropic groups. People have even booked the Chennault for birthday party tours. As if all of the above was not enough, many members of the Chennault staff, board and volunteer corps are very active in other community organizations such as Scouting, the arts, charities, and resources for minorities. To offer just two examples, the Chennault Board Chair is also a major in the Civil Air Patrol and the museum Director serves on the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council. Of course it goes without saying that when not involved in all of the above, the Chennault is also a museum with over 11,000 artifacts of historical military and aviation interest. Perhaps 90% of the exhibits relate to local citizens and strive to tell their stories through personal artifacts and written documentation. If you live in northeast Louisiana you are likely to see familiar names in the museum display cases. During this month of November, please remember to be grateful for the blessings that you are given. Please also think about sharing your fortune with others who have greater needs than yours. And if you choose to offer monetary support as a form of thanksgiving, do some research on how your donation would actually be used. Your largesse may go farther than you think if given to a privately funded organization like the very surprising, very philanthropic Chennault Aviation and Military Museum.

BY GUY MILLER Vice Chair-Chennault Aviation and Military Museum


Cathi French Roberts & Lori French

A Room is Born


e do love a well-rounded room and a home with layered personality, but perhaps we can all step back and analyze the importance of all this “stuff.” There are many ways to do this and you could easily start with your window treatments. Are you hiding gorgeous moldings and light filled rooms with heavy, dated drapes? It is simple to update with window shades in natural fibers and materials of many different variations. Let your eye rest on the outdoors and its beauty rather than dusty fabric that has long seen its pop-star fade. Objects are essential to creating interest to the many surface spaces throughout our home. Boxes, figurines, bowls, vases, frames and candles are just a few of the many things we display. Look around. Do your objects have meaning or were they just picked up at random to fill a space? Try cleaning off anything that does that not have significance for you or that is not valuable. Every table or bookshelf does not have to be completely filled and many times less is more. Genuinely have a goal going forward to collect items of personal (not commercial) value. Do you ever visit a home and literally have nowhere to sit on the sofa due to the sheer number of pillows? It is like a display in a furniture store and not a place where friends and family are meant to perch and visit. We all adore pillows, because they are an easy way to dress-up and change-up a room…but just like Ally’s glossy sparkle eye shadow and sequined dresses in A Star is Born, maybe a little goes a long way. Look for down filled pillows that have movement, and fabrics and prints that will stand the test of time. Your home is a shining star. It just might need to be pared down a bit, though, for others to see its true appeal. Don’t be afraid of going back to the original authentic version of your personal space… it was and still is beautiful.

Maybe like the many metaphors that are so skillfully intertwined in the new film, A Star is Born, we can all learn and grow from the different transformations in our lives. In relationship to our homes, sometimes the more natural, authentic version can be more interesting than the glossy, popstar visual. Sometimes we have to look at the big picture, and take away what does not showcase our personalities in the most important place in our lives. If our home is where the heart is, are we showing our hearts, or are we showing what the latest issue of a magazine or home improvement tv show has led us to believe?







does it mean to be from Louisiana? What makes Louisiana unique?” Cory Bahr—restaurateur, outdoorsman, culinary ambassador for the state of Louisiana, and many other splendid designations—has trudged through the obvious answers and landed on the one that led him to the name of his new restaurant. “We have parishes! Every other place has counties.” Not only was the name available for a LLC, the building has a sign built upon the roof which stands like a monument. Imagining ‘Parish’ glowing in the sky to guide customers to his restaurant was a serendipitous moment. Driving by the alligator-green neon sign at night is like stumbling upon a daydream. Expect its electric eye to press you into a space that gradually becomes something between restaurant and movement. Bahr needs no introduction. From TV’s Food Network Star to Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef,” he’s a local trailblazer, whose exposure has garnered the attention of top names in the culinary world. Even after taking two years off after spending his entire twenties and thirties in the kitchen, multiple offers continue to arise to open restaurants in several major US cities, but Louisiana keeps calling him back. “Monroe is always home,” he says. As a chef, Bahr’s driving force is his passion for food that he believes extends beyond the restaurant. Through Parish Restaurant & Bar, he wants to give Monroe the type of place and food he thinks the city deserves. Though it would be merited, he claims, “It’s not the Cory Bahr show.” Since the restaurant’s conception, his focus has been scouting for the right team and building everything around the capabilities of that


team. “They are what is most important,” says Bahr, “This may be my restaurant, but it’s not about me.” It’s about staff, like the indispensable front house leader Victoria Smith, the self-titled “therapist, mom, bandaid, pep talker, ass kicker.” If there is a fire, Smith puts it out. If there is a birthday, Smith readies the birthday candles in her just-in-case fanny pack. Initially, when she heard Bahr was in search of a dream team, Smith applied for event coordinator. She didn’t expect to have a significant role in the restaurant. She didn’t even really want to get involved in the restaurant business after witnessing the strain it put on her sister and mom. But after only one conversation with her, Bahr, inspired, offered her the leadership position. “I saw it in her that this is what she needed to do,” Bahr says. Only two weeks in and working overtime, Smith attests this is the most challenging job she has ever had. There were moments when she thought, “I can’t do this.” When everything that could go wrong did, Bahr kept encouraging her. “We’re a family, and I would go to bat for anybody,” says Smith. Learning and teaching one another has been the key to such camaraderie. “This restaurant is here to last, and I want to build a family here. If the staff loves this place, so will the community,” affirms Bahr. With this philosophy, a family meal is served before the Parish doors open with the intention of keeping the staff as comfortable as guests. Worth the cost and effort, Bahr explains that he wants his staff to receive a hardy meal in case they are not able to adequately fuel before for the long work nights. While most restaurants begin at the door, Parish begins outdoor, specifically the right wing of the building. At night, a string of globe lights illuminate four raised garden beds growing tomatoes and herbs.


44 Farms double double burger with American cheese, special sauce, bread and butter pickles, homemade bun and duck fat fries.


A Sea Island Forge fire pit centers the space, awaiting cooler temperatures and promising toasted marshmallows. Tucked toward the back of the building is a mini orchard of fig, Meyer lemon, peach and banana trees. But most unexpected and impressive is Parish’s very own beehive, courtesy of Jennings Apiaries. “The restaurant is a partnership between a lot of people and the community,” says Bahr. The culmination of many people’s hard work is even more apparent in the building’s interior. Sleek African mahogany wood tables and chairs were custom crafted by Kyle Snellenberger, owner and founder of Ouachita Antique Woods. The egg-white walls carry contemporary mishmashes of eclectic portraits and dreamlike mixed media pieces from local and regional artists such as Butch Anthony, Jason Byron Nelson, Sue Sartor, and Courtney Wetzel. Bahr’s attention to detail, assisted and executed by designer Gregory Hudgins, plays with texture and whimsy. The main dining area nods to the building’s conserved 1950’s mid-century mod framework while also mixing in contemporary references, for example: in the lounge area, original Eames Zenith chairs gather around a mod-style wood table which stars a gilded, roaring T-Rex centerpiece. Smith, originally from California, finds Parish’s intricate space refreshing, because it represents nuanced and exciting ideas; ones that only serve to enhance the beloved ‘Roe City. “The building told me what the restaurant wanted to be,” says Bahr, who worked with developer Jason Thomas to preserve the outstanding building, including the garage and garage door, now a second dining room area. Being in the building gave Bahr a sense of possibility. From décor to utensils, “it all goes together,” he says. Happenstance and serendipity guided his decisions in creating a small and focused restaurant with a fresh, fun and fluid menu. At 4:15 p.m., forty-five minutes before the restaurant opens, Bahr’s staff, armed with a notepad and pen, huddle around him and a plate of Parish’s signature 44 Farms Double Double cheeseburger. Bahr describes the dish—layers of meat, bacon jam, grilled onions, American cheese, special sauce and house-made bun grilled with beef fat—and then finishes with: “Y’all, get in there and get yourself a bite.” An eager staff have-at-it. “This is what animal style burgers wish they could be,” comments a Parish server. The idea is to educate the staff about the dishes, the simple ingredients, and how the food is sourced and transformed. It’s also important that the staff is excited about the food; “To do that food wiggle that happens when you eat good food,” adds Smith. “Our customers are second right now,” says Bahr. “You can’t put your customers first until your crew is fully in love with what you’re doing, and I think we’re getting there.” You better believe the love is there! All of Parish’s ingredients are honest, and the menu is true farm-to-table, tweaked and changed daily based on what is locally and regionally sourced. Smith categorizes the food aesthetic as “simple ingredients singing,” a fact not to be taken lightly especially when Parish’s yellowfin tuna is dropped off directly from a ship boat captain. Bahr’s food mantra—“just make delicious food with no boundaries”—is represented in every dish. Multi-national and regional cuisines meet at the center of perfection and ingenuity. When it comes to the menu, each ingredient is given its due. No dish has a signature name; customers just read a list of ingredients. Sous Chef and self-

T HR OU GH PARISH R E S TA U R A N T & B A R , CHEF CORY WANTS TO GIVE MONROE THE TYPE OF PLACE AND FOOD HE THINKS THE CITY DESERVES. proclaimed “kitchen nerd” Katy Aker recommends the iceberg appetizer: two wedges of iceberg lettuce, onion, blocks of bacon, tomato, ranch and dill. “I can wax poetic about the different dishes, but I’m massively in love with this crunchy iceberg salad. It’s eleven out of ten for me,” she says. Sous Chef Jamie Ryan King, whose food motto is “whatever it takes,” highly recommends the in-house smoked meats, particularly the pork belly, which goes on top of a kimchi fried rice, grilled Chinese broccoli, spiced peanuts and sambal. The short rib, another 44 Farms delicacy, is served with Peruvian chili, crispy sweet potatoes and cashew dukkah. Bahr is particularly proud of his pasta dishes, mainly because Parish pasta is made from scratch, daily. Try BayouLife’s favorite: pappardelle, duck sugo, roasted mushrooms, and Grana Padano cheese. Attention to detail does not just stop at the food. Their wine menu is a full page (front and back) of “by the glass” wines, “bubbles,” rosé, whites and reds. Cory and Victoria have tried every wine on the list, so customers are encouraged to ask for recommendations. They barrel-age their own whiskey, filter their water and ice and serve artisanal sodas, including Mexi-Cokes! Down to the Third Coast coffee that should accompany any of their desserts, try the lemon pie, pecan crust, toasted meringue or raspberry sorbet; Parish is about letting the product stand out. “People need to expect more from the area. This includes its restaurants,” says Smith. “People should expect more so that every restaurant is held to a higher esteem.” Smith believes dining is about having an experience in order to build a culture of food. WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM | NOVEMBER 2018 51

Parish Restaurant & Bar Contributors: Cory Bahr - Owner Nicky Russ and Joey Russ - Russ Builders Frederic Bennet - Architect Gregory Hudgins -Designer, In Great Detail Jason Thomas - Developer Jeff Mayo - Cabinetry Mary May - Wallpaper and Decorative Paint Kyle Snellenberger - Ouachita Antique Woods Jo Tiffany Faulk - Sleepy Hollow Katie McCormick - Coburn’s Kitchen and Bath Showroom Brandon Brown - Monroe Blind and Awning Ben Pinnix - Copeland’s Electric Michael Durham - Custom Carpets Lennon Inabnet - Bayou State Commercial Services James Hewitt - Bayou State Custom Cabinets


When Bahr thought about places he wanted to embody, at the top of his mind were Doyle and Yvette Jeter, owners of Enoch’s Irish Pub & Cafe. “They always built a great culture. I want to be a place like that, where the people are as important as the business,” says Bahr, emphasizing that Parish is a place to grab a cocktail and appetizer, meet friends, enjoy life. It’s art, culture, drink, food and a good time. An entity in its own right, Parish wants to become an exception. “We’re here to take risks,” says Bahr. They may be in the restaurant business, but they are doing more than just cooking. They are breaking all the stereotypes for the sake of reinvention. Become a parishioner of Parish and congregate around honest and meaningful food. Parish Restaurant is located on 318 North 2nd Street, Monroe, LA. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see the daily source ingredients of their menu. Keep an eye out for brunch, wine tasting, gluten-free fried chicken and venison and other game dishes in the near future. Make a reservation online via or call 318-376-2423. Ask about renting the garden or garage room for private parties.


Affinity Health Group The New Faces of Affinity Medicine


FFINITY HEALTH GROUP (Affinity) has a mission: bringing new faces to medicine in Monroe. We believe by bringing in new medical professionals from different areas we can increase the quality of medical care for locals by offering a diversity of expertise and care options. Doctors with years of varied experience outside the Monroe area offer a different perspective on the community, and doctors who have recently graduated medical school are prepared to implement the newest and most effective medical technologies. Each doctor provides new eyes with which to view the medical condition of our town and surrounding areas, and each viewpoint is essential for a well-rounded, healthy community. These providers’ commitment to their practices as well as to the city of Monroe, and Affinity itself is a testament to our growing, healthy region. Meet the new faces of Affinity medicine! Dr. James Extine comes to Affinity from Tennessee. With over 20 years of experience in sports medicine, treating football players from junior high to college, he has a true passion for orthopedic medicine. “When people come to me,” he says, “I get to see them from their worst point, the point when the injury is at its worst, to their complete recovery, so I get to be a part of that entire healing process, which is very rewarding.” Dr. Extine works closely with his wife, Kimberly, who has over 20 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner. They’re excited about Monroe’s potential. They chose Monroe over other locations and job opportunities because of the community, and they look forward to being involved 54 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

in the city’s many events and development programs. Dr. Paul Murphy, a leading Urologist, believes the Monroe area is a forward-facing community. When it comes to Urology, he says confidently, “Any kind of urologic issue, we have the tools to fix it right here. You don’t have to drive all the way to Texas or Arkansas; we have everything you could need in our town.” Dr. Murphy’s enthusiasm for the future of medicine in Northeast Louisiana makes him a valuable part of the Affinity team. Dr. Ross Smith is a Cardiologist from the Ruston area, passionate about diagnosing and healing heart deficiencies in his patients. He says, “I always wanted to move back to North Louisiana to establish my practice. When I started looking at all my options, Affinity Health Group appealed to me, because of their patient centered approach and community involvement. I hope to become an established health care provider in the area and establish relationships with my patients and provide quality health care.” Taking into consideration that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, Dr. Smith is dedicated to reducing risks and pushing for healthy outcomes. Before taking a position as Monroe’s newest Audiologist, Dr. Melissa De La O practiced in Shreveport, La. Considering her family’s educational needs and her long commute, she wanted to settle down in a city that felt like home. She says, “As a family we always did all of our shopping and dining in the Monroe area, and really loved the small town feel of it but with a lot of great options.” Dr. De La O’s goal is to improve the Audiology coverage in our area; only five licensed doctors of Audiology currently practice in Monroe. “I

hope to bring awareness regarding not only Audiology and all it encompasses, but also to the negative effects of hazardous noise exposure on both our youth and adults.” She also looks forward to helping more patients communicate with their loved ones through sound amplification. Between our new medical providers and the veterans of Affinity, Monroe is in good hands. Entrust your medical care to someone who is not only invested in you and your health, but also your community. Call 8074900 today to schedule an appointment! Affinity providers and their staff serve over 20 clinics in north Louisiana. Affinity employs a total of over 500 medical and administrative professionals. Affinity is committed to service, patient satisfaction, healthy solutions and overall wellness of patients. For more information about Affinity Health Group, visit www.myaffinityhealth. com or call 318-807-7875. Affinity complies with applicable Federal and State civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex or any other legally protected characteristic. ATTENTION: If you have limited English proficiency, language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1-866860-7510 (TTY: 1-866-524-5144). ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-866860-7510 (TTY: 1-866-524-5144). ATTENTION: Si vous parlez français, des services d’aide linguistique vous sont proposés gratuitement. Appelez le 1-866-860-7510 (ATS: 1-866-5245144).


Mid-Town Merry Christmas Holiday Open House Set for Thursday, December 6th | 4 to 7 p.m. PARTERRE Parterre is our area’s most unique garden shop. From jewelry, lamps, specialty gift items to concrete urns, fountains and statuary, shopping at Parterre is always a treat. They offer custom design services and fresh house plants, including the most beautiful orchids in north Louisiana. Visit them for something different, surprising and special. ARTISTIC DESIGNS Artistic Designs carries over 4,000 moulding selections and over 500 mat selections. They offer endless design possibilities for the most unique and personal presentation of your artwork. With 60+ combined years of experience to ask questions, they will listen to your needs and work with you to create the perfect design which you will enjoy for years to come. LEVEE GALLERY Levee Gallery showcases emerging and established contemporary artists in the Southeast region. Please join Levee Gallery for the following events this fall: On view until November 15: Lynda Frese and Babette Beaullieu: Sacred Vessels. November 10, A PopUp Brunch featuring Health with Hope Anderson. November 24, Bloom Bar with Moonbeam Fleurs. December 6, Opening Reception for Small Works for the Young Collector, exhibiting affordable works from a variety of regional artists.


RON ALEXANDER Ron Alexander Clothiers for Men is the premier destination for custom shirts, pants and suits and alterations for the well dressed man. The quality of clothes and selection is only second to their customer service and attention to detail. Some of the brands they carry include H. Freeman Clothing, Tommy Bahama, St. Croix, Michael Kors, Tallia, Cole Haan and Zelli. For the Open House, Ron Alexander’s will offer $50 off the first $100 of your purchase, not to combined with any other promotions or discounts. HEMLINE It’s holiday time at Hemline, and the staff is excited to get everyone dressed and ready for those holiday parties. Come visit their new location in the Murray Place Shopping Center, where you will be sure to find the perfect gift for your loved one and maybe even something for yourself! They carry designer brands such as Virgin Saints and Angels, Hudson, Kelly Wynne, Amanda Uprichard, Krewe, Lavender Brown and French Connection just to name a few. ARLETTE The holidays mean parties and pictures and more so Arlette wants to make sure you look your best. They are a full-service salon and have a wide selection of Aveda products. From Rose Brown, Bronzed Blonde and Glazed Ginger, Arlette offers colors perfect

for the holiday season. There is something for everyone on your list from our speed of light blow dry accelerator spray to our rosemary mint bath bar. They even have stocking stuffers that are buy three get one free in travel sizes. And check out the Aveda line of men’s products featuring shaving cream and grooming clay. LOUISIANA PURCHASES Louisiana Purchases has a gift for everyone on your list. From Challenger duck calls to John Folse cookbooks, they have all of the men in your life covered. They are an exclusive Kendra Scott retailer and have a beautiful collection of jewelry boxes. Plus, they have everyone to get your home holiday ready with seasonal candles from LAFCO and Rosy Ring. Stop by to see all of these items and more during the holiday open house! FIESTA NUTRITION CENTER Fiesta will have free samples, wine, snacks, unique gift ideas and door prizes. Gift cards will be “on sale” and gift-wrapped with a free fragrant soap. Register to win a $150 Fiesta Nutrition Gift Card. Check out the special Holiday menu in the Good Earth Juice and Salad Bar. Listen to live jazz by saxophonist Sean O’Pry and view the art show of local original paintings for sale by Tom Byrd, Pattie Guerriero and Anita Wilson. Plus, party favors to take home!


An Orthopedic Surgeon’s Guide to Fitness Tips to Staying Healthy and Happy at Every Age BY VAL IRION, MD


EFORE COMPLETING MY SPORTS MEDICINE fellowship at Ohio State, I was a high school athlete. Sports and fitness have always been a major part of my life and ultimately led to my choice of profession. After joining Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana and Specialists Hospital Shreveport, it became obvious I wasn’t the only orthopedist who had been a high school athlete or had an ongoing love of sports and fitness. There are 21 partners in my group. Our ages range from our thirties to our sixties, and most of us are former high school/ collegiate athletes. We are a mix of Cross Fit addicts, avid golfers and tennis players, runners, walkers, hunters and fishermen. We are the parents and grandparents of football players, soccer players, baseball/ softball players, basketball players, gymnasts, dancers, etc. Sports and fitness are no longer recreational pursuits of our youth, but now an important factor in maintaining our health and well-being. So, with a busy practice, a lovely wife and three active little boys, how do I maintain a healthy fitness level? Here are components of my personal fitness routine: • I train for events like Tough Mudder, a 10-12-mile obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces. Goals inspire motivation. Training to participate in events like Tough Mudder require one to focus on cardio and increase strength daily. Like Cross Fit, you become part of a community, which allows for greater accountability. • I coach for my boys’ teams and plan activities with my family. Sure, my boys are young, so the training may not be super intense but, running after these little guys propels me to stay in shape. • I’ll admit that I’m a living cliché… I’m a doctor obsessed with golf. In my rare but spare time, I strive to better my game, and if I am lucky enough get out on the course, I am happy to get a little extra cardio in by being my own caddy. • I practice what I preach… the better the shape I am in, the better resource I am to my patients. We are living longer and by maintaining a healthy level of exercise in our 30s, 40s and 50s, it can greatly assist in sustaining a healthy weight and muscle strength. Consistent exercise and healthy diet


throughout middle age is also a considerable factor in the prevention of hypertension and heart disease later in life. One of the most common excuses is that there is not enough time in our busy schedule because with middle age comes with more responsibilities and less free time. Another factor is injury or joint pain. Many patients come in for an evaluation complaining about joint pain- knee, hip, shoulder, foot or back pain. This hinders their ability to maintain a fitness regime because of this pain. Lack of exercise often leads to weight gain and muscle weakness. You may think they are too young for an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon, but if pain is interfering with your activity level, it’s worth scheduling an evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon. Today, with advancements in orthopedic care –both the nonsurgical and surgical - there are many options that allow for shorter recovery times and quicker return to an active lifestyle. So, I will end with a few suggestions: • Nike says it best, “JUST DO IT!” Whether it’s a walk around the block after dinner or walking with a co-worker at lunch, try to add 30 minutes of cardio into your day. Also, don’t forget strengthening exercises • Don’t necessarily believe the old adage, “No pain, No gain.” If pain persists and prevents you from maintaining a healthy level of activity, consult an orthopedic surgeon or your general practitioner. • Make fitness fun and incorporate opportunities to include family and friends. Stay active, and remember…If you are just getting back into any type of fitness regime, it’s always a good idea to consult your physician before doing so. Val Irion, MD is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medine- both surgical and nonsurgical approaches. Dr. Irion practices at Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana located in Shreveport and Bossier City. To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Irion, please call (866) 759.9679.


Holidays in CedarTown

Celebrating 29 Years as North Louisiana’s Premier Holiday Shopping Market!


E HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US NOVEMBER 8TH through 10th for Holidays in CedarTown! For the 29th consecutive year the Ruston Civic Center will be a holiday one stop shopping destination for area residents. Holidays in Cedartown, a project of the Cedar Creek School Parent Club, will provide North Louisiana with an amazing holiday marketplace that will allow you to jump start your holiday shopping. Our three-day market kicks off on Thursday, November 8th from 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. with exclusive shopping and the Take a Bunch to Lunch event sponsored by Origin Bank, LPI and North Louisiana Medical Center. Guests will be served a variety of delicious lunch bites provided by area chefs and restaurants that include Campatori Catering, Chick-fil-A, Crumbs Catering, Devine Wine & Spirits, Uptown Downtown, Newk’s Eatery, Railway Coffee and Ponchatoulas. In addition to sampling some of our area’s best food, guests will enjoy one stop holiday shopping in a convenient and festive location. Each Take a Bunch to Lunch ticket will be placed in a drawing for some amazing door prizes provided by our vendors. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance at Cedar Creek School or online – click on the Holidays in CedarTown logo. Entering the Ruston Civic Center, you will find an engaging holiday marketplace decorated by the Lauren Roebuck Design Team. Over fifty booths will be overflowing with holiday gifts for every person on your shopping list. We are pleased to provide a unique shopping experience that includes vendors from across the south: All About the South, All of us Soups and Dips, Believe Tees, Birdwell’s LLC, Cooktown Market Antiques, Cricket’s Grace Boutique, Forever Fit/Jennings Apiaries, Darling Dearman/Annors Boutique, Davinici Broom/Bucket Stool, Day Design LLC, Duke’s Honey, Garden Baby, Harp Strings, K-John Designs, Laura Glen Lawson, Lauren Roebuck Designs, Le Bain Soapery, Lexi Lou’s Sassy Boutique, Matilda Jane, Mr. P’s Tees, Muscle Club Apparel, North Forty Woodworks, OH! So Chic, Patton’s Ruston, Patton’s Downtown, Rodeo Boutique, Scentsy Fragrance, Senegence, Stella and Dot, Sue Paperie/Paperglaze, Surgeon, Usborne Books and More. Holidays after Hours is Thursday, November 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Music by DJ D-Smooth will enhance the evening of shopping and complimentary appetizers will be provided by


area restaurants and caterers that include BBQ West, Ben Christmas Catering, Beau Vines, Iron Cactus, The Keg Package & Cork Room, Portico, Roma Italian Bistro and Social Bites. Tickets are $15 and will be available for purchase in advance – click on the Holidays in CedarTown logo. A limited number will be available at the door. Of course, you will want to bring your little ones out Saturday morning for Jingles and Jammies between 9:30 and 11:30 featuring breakfast - compliments of In N Out Donuts, Valley Services and Oak Farms along with story time and photos with Santa. Each child will receive The Night Before Christmas Activity book. Admission for Jingles and Jammies is $10 and may be purchased in advance with a limited number available at the door. North Central Louisiana Arts Council will be on hand Saturday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to create an adorable Christmas craft with your children. Holiday treats will be provided by D Q Grill & Chill. Admission for this fun filled afternoon is $5 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. To show our support for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs as they match up against the Rice Owls on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. all Tech fans wearing their Tech spirit wear will receive free general admission Friday from noon till 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00p.m. Visit Holidays in CedarTown, and it may just be your lucky day! Make sure you purchase your raffle tickets for the iPad and Apple Watch package. The raffle is sponsored by DQ Grill and Chill and Durrett Law and Title. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and the winner receives both items. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the three-day event. Who wouldn’t be delighted to find both items under the tree. Please refer to the Holidays in CedarTown ad on the opposite page for specific event dates and times. Event and Raffle tickets may be purchased online – click on the Holidays in CedarTown logo. For sponsorship or merchant information contact Cedar Creek School 2400 Cedar Creek Drive ~ Ruston, Louisiana 71270 318-255-7707 ~ Cedar Creek School practices an open non-discriminatory admission policy.


Rain Offers Lift Lash and Tint Local Salon Excited to Offer Latest in Lashes


ASHES ARE THE DEFINITION OF FEMININITY. IF YOU think about it, they are the way Walt Disney distinguished Minnie Mouse from Mickey. Everyone strives to have beautiful, long lashes that look natural and are low maintenance. Impossible trifecta? Not anymore. Rain is excited to introduce the lash lift, the newest and hottest trend in the lash and beauty industry.

essentially a perm for your eyelashes, there is a faint perm smell, but you will barely notice it since Allison takes this time to give you a little hand treatment with Rain’s exclusive Oribe hand lotion, perfect for those dry winter hands we will all soon have. You may even nod off for a few minutes. Allison will remove the silicone shields and hand you a mirror, so you can see the instant results!

WHAT IS A LASH LIFT? A lash lift is a non-evasive lash service that uses cream solutions to permanently “lift” and tint the eyelashes. Lash lifting is essentially a new-age lash perm that curls natural eyelashes. You can say goodbye to those archaic lash curlers and save time attempting to get your mascara to work magic.

WHO IS IT FOR? The lash lift is perfect for the anyone on the go, who doesn’t have the time for lash extensions. With lash extensions, you have to get new lashes every two weeks. With a lash lift, the lift lasts up to six to eight weeks. If you have a good amount of natural lashes and just want them to stand out more, then the lift and tint will be your best friend. If you aren’t necessarily looking for longer lashes but want to give your natural lashes a boost, you will love the lash lift and tint. It is also great for a person that wants their lashes to look larger and more open. Basically, if you want to wake up looking like your face is “on” and don’t have the time, money or energy to worry with false eyelashes, eyelash extensions, curlers, gobs of mascara, then you will love what a lift and tint can do for you!

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Allison Hunt is the “lash lady” at Rain and is the one you will have your appointment with, which should last no longer than an hour. She will make sure all of your eye make up is removed and the lash area is clean. “Since your eyelashes are porous and absorb everything, we want to start with a nice, clean slate,” explains Allison. You will lay down in the tranquil room and close your eyes. And who doesn’t want to lay down and relax with their eyes closed for an hour? Allison will tape your lower lashes down with a soft paper tape to ensure they don’t get lifted. She will even put an eye gel mask under the eye, to give you a little treatment during the lift. Then, a silicone pad that acts as a sort of “curling rod” as well as guard is affixed to your upper eyelid with a gentle adhesive so it stays put. Allison will brush your lashes back to lay against the curve of the shield with a gentle adhesive so they all lay flat. Next, she applies the perm lotion that softens the bonds of your lashes’ natural pattern, the setting lotion which is what makes them take on the shape of the silicone shield and finally the nourishing lotion that conditions the lashes and leaves them feeling silky smooth. Then they are left to marinate for about 10 minutes. Since this is


WHAT IS THE COST? The Eyelash lift and tint is $100, and you can get the lift without the tint for $85. You will have to get them redone every 6 to 8 weeks but if you wait longer, it isn’t a big deal. The lift and tint is a lessexpensive and lower maintenance option than eyelash extensions. Whether you are spending too much time trying to get your lashes lifted to the sky or just want to wake up looking like a Disney princess, you will want to make an appointment with Allison at Rain to get the latest lash trend!









imple and sophisticated, bar carts bring a dash of Old Hollywood glamour to your home. There’s no limit to the number of roles this designer favorite can play in your home. They stash away easily and are always ready to roll. When you’re not using them, bar carts tuck effortlessly into small nooks, but thanks to their mobility, they can follow the party wherever it migrates. No matter your decor, there’s a bar cart to match. Here’s a little cheat sheet for a well-stocked cart:


Tools: jigger, shaker, strainer, bottle opener, corkscrew and ice bucket with tongs. Basic boozes: vodka, gin, rum, tequila and whiskey. Extra-credit boozes: vermouth, St-Germain, Campari and orange liqueur. Mixers: juices, sodas, tonic water and bitters. Serveware: highball and oldfashioned glasses, wineglasses, decanter and wine bucket. Other uses for Bar Carts: Consider using your cart as… • a towel holder in your bathroom. • a plant stand in your sunroom. • a nightstand in your bedroom. • extra, super-stylish kitchen storage space. • a mini media center with your TV on top. Thank you to Haven, Material Things, Sleepy Hollow, Palette House and Woodstock for allowing us to use the items pictured here. PHOTO BY KELLY MOORE CLARK STYLED BY TAYLOR BENNETT




Staghorn Fern No stags were harmed in the creation of these wonderfully wacky, mounted ferns that bring an air of whimsy to any wall. Staghorn ferns, with a little love and care, will bring joy no matter what the season. Here are a few tricks to keep your staghorn in tip top shape. Photo by Kelly Moore Clark. Styling by Taylor Bennett.

plant CARE S TA G H O R N F E R N S A R E E P I P H Y T E S Though you can find young staghorn ferns sold in pots, mature plants need to be mounted to a board or hung in a hanging basket. Why? Because, like air plants or tilandsia, staghorn ferns are epiphytic plants, which means that grow on other plants or trees in their natural growing environments.Their roots hold them in place, and they arbsorb water and nutrients through their fronds. HOW MUCH LIGHT DOES IT NEED? Staghorn ferns are native to the tropics, in specific to Australia. They need bright, indirect of diffused light to thrive, though they must be protected from the harsh rays of the direct sun. WAT E R I N G YO U R S TA G H O R N F E R N Your watering regimen consists of two processes: misting and soaking. 66 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

Misting your staghorn fern: Use a spray-bottle that emits a fine, ambient mist, such as a brass mister. Mist the entire plant, focusing on the underside of the antler fronds and the shield fronds. Soaking your staghorn fern: Dunk your staghorn fern in a sink or basin of water for about a minute, or until the plant’s roots are fully saturated. Alternately, place the plaque in a sink or bathtub, and allow room-temperature water to run through the root ball until it is saturated. Allow your plant to drip dry before rehanging. F E R T I L I Z I N G YO U R S TA G H O R N F E R N Fertilizing your staghorn fern will promote vigorous growth, especially in younger plants. Feed your staghorn fern monthly during periods of active growth. Use a balanced, watersoluble fertilizer (ration of 1:1:1). During periods of dormancy (fall and winter), reduce fertilizing to every other month.





T H E G R AT E F U L P U M P K I N A trip to the Farmer’s Market, grocer or garden mart will uncover some of the most beautiful varieties of gourds and pumpkins for Fall decorating. Express your gratitude this season by lettering your favorite word in metallic paint. Blessed. Gather. Thankful. Harvest.



Brown craft paper is an inexpensive way to bring more joy to the Thanksgiving season. Cut craft paper into placemat sized strips or create a runner down the center of your holiday table. Hand letter what comes to mind to be thankful for and let your children and grandchildren add their own colorful drawings and reasons for gratitude. Here we’ve chosen our favorite things to be thankful for and used calligraphy pen and white ink to set the tone.

THE THANKING JAR Mindful of creating a habit of gratitude, each day leading to Thanksgiving becomes an opportunity for expressing love and thankfulness in the simplest of ways. Take an extra large glass jar and place it where your family congregates every day. Cut strips of blank paper and keep pens handy for writing down at least one thing a day you are thankful for. At least once a day, put pen to paper, then place your little piece of joy into the jar. For an extra thoughtful Thanksgiving, take each piece of paper out and read aloud around the Thanksgiving table.


EMBRACE BOSSY article by Laura W. Clark


red corduroy skirt set me apart from my thirdgrade classmates on my first day of school in Brookings, South Dakota. It was the mid-1980s, and I had just returned to the Midwest following my father’s year-long teaching sabbatical in Arizona. While South Dakota was familiar to me, my new town, and thus my new school, was not. As most 8-yearold children would, I desperately wanted to fit in with my new classmates. I had an inkling I should not wear the red corduroy skirt on my first day of school—or ever—but my Southern mother insisted it was the perfect choice. My anxieties were confirmed when I walked into my school and saw nothing but jeans. The other kids were kind and didn’t say anything about my dressy attire. Fast forward a few weeks—and several skirts—later, I had managed to make some new friends. A small group of girls and I were playing the clapping game during recess. Excited about having something to contribute, I loudly exclaimed, “I have a new one! I learned it at my last school!” The girls froze, looked at each other, and looked at me. Then I heard my new friend Rebecca whisper to another little girl, “I don’t know if we like her. She is … bossy.” Bossy. My heart began racing, because I knew with absolute certainty that “bossy” was a label that would isolate me. I immediately feared I would be ostracized, and in that moment, I told myself, “Laura, don’t blurt out your ideas.” That playground experience was not unique to me. Georgetown University linguistics professor Dr. Deborah Tannen explains that girls tend to play collaboratively in small groups and build rapport through conversations, trusting each other with their precious secrets. According to Tannen, girls learn to focus on areas in which they are all the same and downplay ideas that one girl knows more than any of her female peers. Conversely, little boys play “King of the Hill” and other leadership games in much larger groups, with one or several boys viewed as the leaders. Boys with elevated status are expected to tout rather than downplay their positions, according to Tannen. When talking to one another, boys often try to outmaneuver each other to establish dominance. For example, if one boy brags about a trip to the state fair, another boy might boast about his trip to Disneyland, whether or not he actually went to Disneyland. 70 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

Tannen explains that these childhood play patterns significantly shape adult behavior in the workplace. Throughout my professional career, I have observed brilliant women soften their messages in professional settings. I have done the same. Instead of simply announcing executive decisions, we usually seek the opinions of our colleagues to promote the appearance of consensus. Instinctually, we want to project a feeling of agreement, so that we do not appear to be too aggressive, or “bossy.” To be clear, I fully believe in the power of collaboration, but I also believe there is a place for executive decisions and claiming one’s idea as one’s own, without feeling guilty. When sharing decisions or concepts, a woman commonly uses the pronoun “we” instead of “I,” even when she alone crafted the idea. A few years ago, my CEO complimented my new marketing imitative. While a lot of my work was collaborative, this particular project was not. I immediately responded, “Oh, well, thank you, but it was a group effort.” This woman was (and is) incredibly sharp. She responded, “Who helped you?” Long pause. I answered, “My…brain?” I had immediately said, “group effort” without even thinking. It was as if I was on auto-pilot. Reflecting on it later, I realized how uncomfortable I was at the thought of claiming that idea as my own. It is not always easy for women to articulate their ideas without fear of judgment or the repercussions of an aggressive reputation. I was fortunate enough to grow up with the positive influence of two strong grandmothers. Vivian, my grandmother who was raised in Monroe, consistently inquired about my progress in school. A schoolteacher herself, she always asked one question: “Are you raising your hand in class?” She was encouraging me to lean-in, to claim my place. Learn from mid-1980s Laura. Embrace the word “bossy” and recognize the label for what it is: a nod to your leadership skills. Claim your ideas without the guilt. Speak without apology. Wear the red corduroy skirt. Laura W. Clark, owner of Vivian’s Voice, LLC, a communications consulting company, can be reached at


I am so thankful for my husband, for all the things he does for our family, but especially things like taking the reigns for an entire week when the flu knocks me out and for doing the dishes that I refuse to do. I am thankful that my two-yearold is healthy and happy and that I am surrounded by an amazing family that helps out with him. I am grateful to work for a locally-owned small business/circus/family. And I am thankful for all of the things that make my life easier and help me survive ApplePay at Brookshire's, red wine stain remover, 90’s rap on Pandora, Chick-fil-A waffle fries, Insta-stories, Butter Bakery, Lash Lift from Rain Salon, GIFs and chicken pot pie from for His temple.


thankful. This year I am eternally grateful for all the small things that go unnoticed most days. I am grateful for opportunities that are given to me to work hard and provide for my family. I am so thankful for a husband that loves me despite my lack of boundaries and unfiltered mouth. I am grateful that I have two little boys that call out "Mama!" only 6,000 times a day each, and I’m thankful for the patience to answer them most of the time. I'm especially thankful for my in-laws, I’m not sure what I’d do without you guys. Also, for coffee, stretchy pants, daily phone calls from my sister, the occasional free food, wine, indoor plants I can keep alive and Netflix.

- Amanda I am thankful for... Reasonable people; Justice and the rule of law; My parents for teaching me to be fair and kind; My husband who I knew would be a great daddy to our children; My in-laws for sharing their family with me; My children for living unconditionally and pursuing their dreams; My friends whose lives enrich mine; Artists, journalists, conservationists, researchers and gardeners, who make our world more beautiful, free, healthful and sustainable.

- Mare

Around the BayouLife office, we talk a lot about, well, everything. We laugh. We cry. We celebrate triumphs and pick each other up when we experience valleys. Everyday we work hard to build up our community, sharing different ways we all bring something interesting and diverse in making Northeast Louisiana a great place to live, work, raise families and grow older. Here, our staff gets personal about what we are most thankful for.

I could write a novel on the things I’m thankful for. I have an incredibly loving husband whose support is unwavering regardless of my long hours at work or week-long girl’s trips (which I am also thankful for). I’m thankful for little girls who start my days inspired to be a better mother and more loving person. I’m thankful for my business and the people that I’ve met through it – employees, advertisers and readers. I’m thankful for a forgiving God, and lessons learned. I’m thankful for my family – my mom and dad, McElroys and Livingstons. This week I’m particularly thankful for IT departments, Zofran, my cleaning ladies, bubble baths, wine, baseball caps, York Peppermint Patties and all the gluten-free establishments.


I am thankful for my (sometimes) patient and – most importantly – healthy husband who supports me in all that I do. I am thankful for two beautiful, sassy little girls who call me "Mama." I am also thankful for my mama, who answers my phone calls, even though sometimes she'd probably rather not. I'm thankful that she keeps my babies and lets me rant.... or just tell her about what I had for lunch. I'm thankful for my dad and the endless amount of puzzles he puts together and books he reads with my girls. I'm thankful for DVR, pretty fonts, Livi Jo the camper, fried rice, Linda Lavender School of Dance, cherry limeaide from Sonic, prescription sunglasses, Christ Church and each of my girls' teachers.

- Melanie


Totally Tumbling Celebrates 15 Years Local Gym Offers Tumbling, Competitive Cheer and More


OTALLY TUMBLING IS LOCATED IN WEST MONROE and features classes on all levels of tumbling, as well as competitive cheer. They opened their doors with two mats and nine students on October 6, 2003 and started as a hobby for Denaira Johnston, while she searched for what she wanted to do for “a real job.” Upon graduating from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2002, Denaira worked at Bayou Gymnastics, where she loved her job and is grateful for her time there. She quickly realized that coaching was much more than just tumbling, she was instilling confidence in children, and she simply couldn’t give that up. Now, 15 years later, that hobby with two mats has grown into a passion and a lifelong career. The driving force behind Denaira and her success has been her husband of 15 years, Clint. “He has been here from the beginning,” says Denaira. “He helps behind the scenes like painting my first set walls of the gym bright yellow, to helping raise our children when I am working late. I wouldn’t be able to do it without him.” Denaira says their children, Josie and Madden, are the inspiration behind her drive to succeed. “I want them to see me working hard and know that they can follow their dreams and passions.” Denaira also credits her parents and brothers who have always stood behind her “hobby” and helped her grow in her faith, business and herself. For the past 15 years, Denaira says the staff of Totally Tumbling have given their all to help students do their very best. She is also thankful for the countless families that have come through the gym over the years. “After spending hours each week with some families, they have become more than just clients, they are family,” said Denaira. “It’s been such an exciting adventure, and we look forward to many more years to come.” There are a variety of classes at Totally Tumbling and there is something for everyone. The classes are small, well-staffed and fast paced. This combination keeps the tumblers progressing weekly. Denaira trains the staff to know each child’s strengths and weaknesses and pushes them to do and be their very best. At Totally Tumbling, they have a core set of values. They believe in coaching consistency and confidence, promoting a positive atmosphere regardless of environment and striving for 74 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

skills through compassion and patience for every child. It is these core values that have gotten them where they are today and the reason behind their success. Totally Tumbling has classes weekdays, Monday through Thursday. Classes include Beginners Tumbling, Intermediate Tumbling, Advanced Tumbling, Advanced II Tumbling, Intermediate Cheer, Back Handspring Class, Advanced Cheer and Pre-Team. They have also had Tumbling Clinics throughout the fall and upcoming dates are November 10th and December 8th. These clinics are on Saturdays and are for ages 5 and up. All levels are welcome, and they will focus on back-walkovers, back handsprings, tucks, layouts and fulls. And while Totally Tumbling was built on cheer and tumbling, that isn’t all they have! Totally Tumbling Allstar competitive program is entering its ninth year. The competition season starts in November and goes through March. There are currently four competitive teams ranging in ages from 5-18 years old. Each Allstar member is unique and brings fierce skills and sassy attitudes to their team and the program. These members practice hard every week and are striving to bring home all the first place trophies this year. If you or your child is interested in our competitive program, Totally Tumbling can get you on the track to be ready for tryouts in April. Feel free to stop in and check them out any Wednesday 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. You can sit in on a practice and see what they are all about! And if your child is obsessed with tumbling, they can now celebrate their birthday party at Totally Tumbling! They are now open for birthday parties and field trips. Call today to book your next adventure! Totally Tumbling 119 Julia Street, West Monroe 318-329-8244 Find us on Facebook and Instagram!


Two Businesses Under One Roof Derma MediQ and Spa Nouvelle Make The Ultimate Holiday Retreat


LOSE YOUR EYES. IMAGINE SOOTHING MUSIC playing in a calm, relaxing atmosphere that allows you to melt away and leave everything behind. Pleasant aromas fill the space, and an expertly trained staff is there to pamper you in a stateof-the-art facility with every convenience and amenity available. If this seems like a dream, wake up! It’s a reality at Spa Nouvelle and Derma MediQ. With two businesses under one roof, you are sure to experience an all-encompassing spa experience like none other offered in Northeast Louisiana. For the past thirteen years, Dr. Saidi Sowma-Fakhre has been providing medically supervised beauty regimens at Derma MediQ. Dr. Sowma-Fakhre is Board Certified in Aesthetic Medicine and Pediatrics. Her goal with each client is the creation of a rejuvenated and refreshed face which she achieves through a conservative approach. She provides non-invasive aesthetic treatments for teenagers and adults which includes Botox®, Juvéderm™, Radiesse, Kybella®, Bellafill, Restylane, Fractora, Lumecca, Diolaze, Thermashape, acne treatment, Sclerotherapy (for spider veins on legs), Obagi Blue Peel, Obagi Skin Care products, laser hair removal, permanent makeup, Photofacials and prescriptions for Hyperpigmentations. The staff at Derma MediQ not only has an eye for aesthetics, but the medical knowledge necessary to safely provide patients with the relaxed and rejuvenated look they want. Partners Mary Beth Dickerson, Ana Lopez Hale, Drew Farr and Wendy Newsom all have a passion for health and beauty. With an attentive approach to relaxation and skincare health, it’s no surprise that the staff of Spa Nouvelle has won top prizes in the BayouLife BayouBuzz Awards since its inception. Ward off the stress of the holiday season with one of the many spa services offered at Spa Nouvelle: massages, facials, waxing, microdermabrasion, airbrush tanning, body treatments, chemical peels, lash and brow tinting, SkinCeuticals products, DoTerra and essential oils and diffusers. Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Spa Nouvelle offers gift certificates to use with any of their services. A spa favorite is the Spa Day Escape. Have your spa experience tailored to your specific needs. Lockers, luxurious bathrobes, towels, showers and sandals are provided for use during your day. Three and a half hours of uninterrupted relaxation is designed to help you escape from stress. The experience includes a light lunch, spa day customized 76 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

luxury massage and spa day red carpet treatment facial that includes product consultation. Spa Nouvelle also will host a spa party. Whether it’s a day of pampering with your bridesmaids, a mom’s day out, or a staff retreat, they can accommodate the whole gang or just a few special ladies… or men. From beginning to end, the dedicated spa team at Spa Nouvelle will ensure that your visit enhances your well-being. On November 13th, join the staffs of Spa Nouvelle and Derma MediQ as they host their Holiday Open House celebrating 10 years of business. This event is anticipated all year and offers incredible specials and giveaways from both businesses. If you are someone who enjoys a massage every month, or are looking to get your first – or if you’ve had laser treatments and have interests in other medical spa services, this is a must-attend event. Dr. Sowma-Fakhre will be in attendance to answer questions and offer advice on available services at Derma MediQ. She’ll also be offering $100 off fillers, and $400 off Fractora treatments. They are also offering 15% off the popular Obagi Medical skincare line. This line of products are specially designed to help minimize the appearance of premature skin aging, skin damage, hyper pigmentation, acne, and sun damage. There will also be customizable laser packages available, and $50 off Botox®, permanent makeup, photofacials and microneedling. Spa Nouvelle will be offering $50 off Oxygen/Hydrafacial with Dermaplaning purchased during the event. The Oxygen/Hydrafacial is a customized, rejuvenating skin treatment that cleanses, exfoliates and targets congested pores, and infuses antioxidants, peptides and hydrating hyaluronic acid into the skin. This procedure combined with Dermaplaning softens the appearance of large pores, improves skin texture and tones and helps repair sun damage while exfoliating. Spa Nouvelle will also be offering discounts on massages, spa day escapes and 25 percent off SkinCeuticals and DermaBlend products. Along with amazing discounts on products and services, Spa Nouvelle and Derma MediQ will have incredible door prizes every hour (without being present to win). It is truly and event that you don’t want to miss. So whether you’re looking for a stress-buster gift amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays or the ultimate gift, visit Spa Nouvelle and Derma MediQ. Located at 1705 Lamy Lane in Monroe. Find them online at and Gift certificates are non-transferable between the businesses.




S P I R I T Rangaraj’s Next Chapter article by Georgiann Potts | photos by Emerald McIntrye




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chance meeting with the Dalai Lama when she was only an 8-year-old girl left a vivid impression on Dr. Uma Rangaraj. Her family was living in Gorakhpur near the Himalayan foothills, and her father’s colleague was dispatched to escort the religious leader to a refugee camp near the outskirts of town. At the time, the Dalai Lama was only 18, but was, according to Uma, “ . . . a much venerated figure. Hundreds of people lined up to meet him.” Uma still remembers when His Holiness greeted her and her brother with a smile. That small interaction was to have a profound impact on her later life. Uma’s childhood coincided with the early years after the British left independent India. The culture and infrastructure of the Raj were still very much in evidence, and Uma remembers visiting as a guest with her parents several of the Maharaja palaces. One Maharaja’s love for the cheetah particularly impressed the youngster. He had his own private zoo! As she rode her school bus through the marketplace, she would regularly see his cheetahs, blindfolded and on a leash, as they were walked through the streets by armed and liveried gamekeepers. “I’ve never forgotten that sight or the terror it brought to my young heart!” Uma explains. “Near the same year that I met the Dalai Lama, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were touring the Commonwealth countries,” Uma recalls. “Their plane had to refuel in a tiny airport outside of the city, and I was selected to present a bouquet to the Queen!” The plan was foiled, however, when the mayor’s daughter took over the honor. 80 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

None of these childhood memories influenced Uma as much as did the year she and her family lived with her grandfather in a small village in southern India. There she developed friendships with the village girls and learned firsthand the ways of village life. “This experience gave me an appreciation for that quality of life that comes from the heart, no matter whether one lives in a palace or in a hut,” Uma says.


Because of Uma’s father’s position with the railroads, the family was able to travel extensively throughout India. A special family treat was attending a wedding. Preparations took weeks, during which Uma and the other girls learned not only how to entertain, but also heard stories from Indian mythology from the matriarchs. Because of her father’s assignments, Uma attended six different schools before graduating from high school. These ranged from wellestablished private schools in the big cities to local Catholic mission schools struggling for funds. “I believe that it is the quality of the teachers and the discipline of the students that produced an excellent education,” explains Uma. “Not endless funding!” These early experiences helped Uma to develop an appreciation for religious diversity. In her schools, every day began with a morning prayer assembly during which no one religion was imposed on the mixed crowd. “It was truly a democracy,” Uma recalls.


Uma entered medical school in Madras at 17, experiencing a coed environment for the first time. Her inspiration for wanting to become a doctor came when as a child she had read the story of Dr. Albert

Schweitzer. “I was inspired at that moment to become a doctor one day and serve the poor.” For six years, Uma was trained under the British system of medical education --- excellent clinical training with passing each year dependent on answers to essay questions. At times, she would question her decision. “I actually wept with terror when I received my medical diploma,” she remembers. “I thought, ‘Oh, my God. Do they realize what a terrible mistake they have made?’” Uma was beginning a lifetime of straddling two very different cultures. When she would come home after class during her year studying Anatomy in Madras, her mother would make her come into their home through the bathroom that had an outside entrance. There she would take a bath and dress in clean clothes before coming into the home. “My mother could not stand the idea that I had touched dead bodies and would be bringing that impurity into her Hindu home,” Uma remembers.


Although her initial plan after graduation was to get a mobile clinic and travel the rural areas in India, her plan changed when she fell in love with a doctor, who was determined to continue his medical education in America. Off to New York City they went. The understanding was that they would return to India when their medical education was completed. Uma studied internal medicine and endocrinology at Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn (now Interfaith Medical Center). Her husband, the late Madura Rangaraj, specialized in rheumatology. Children arrived, degrees were earned, and the move back to India was put on hold.


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and culture of America’s Deep South. She did not want others rearing her children, nor did she want to abandon her medical career. The answer came when she joined the internal medicine faculty at E.A. Conway Hospital. She spent 16 years there, enjoying both the teaching and the clinical aspects of her position. Here she was able to work with many patients who were poor and who had limited access to health care. Her patient experience was very similar to that she had had in New York City’s Woodhull Hospital where she and others served immigrants in the heart of the Mafia District, often without adequate supervision. “We were forced to find ways to keep our patients alive through every kind of medical complication with very little modern equipment at our disposal,” she recalls. “This was the crucible that made a doctor out of me, and all of us.” Uma’s Conway experience was much better, because the hospital was well-equipped and had a staff of excellent doctors with the time to serve as mentors and advisors. Her mother had been disappointed when Uma remained in America to serve “with the rich people of America” instead of the poor villagers in India. “I assured her that the cause was not totally lost,” Uma explains. “Our patients here were also the rural poor.” In 2004, Uma moved into a private practice devoted to endocrinology. This placed her squarely in the arena as a warrior in the battle against diabetes, a battle that she thoroughly enjoyed.


Adjusting to life in America “ . . . without the intangible but very supportive back-up of family and family name . . . ” created what Uma calls a “rebirth” for her late husband and herself. She thought that she understood Western culture, but what she had no inkling of was what it would be like to be isolated as “different” in her new environment. She learned to be self-reliant while engaging as much as possible with her new “life.” “I was now on a journey of self-discovery which led to a deeper understanding of --- and appreciation for --- my own roots,” she explains. “This was essential for me to assimilate on my own terms. I wanted to be neither Indian nor American, but Indian American --- a global citizen!” 82 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

Uma has experienced the ugliness of discrimination in India, in New York and in Louisiana. Throughout these experiences, Uma has kept her dignity and has developed a deeper sense of understanding of -- and sympathy for -- others. “I have learned that human nature is fundamentally the same the world over. There are good people and not-so-good people everywhere,” she says. “Thank goodness the good ones outnumber the rest! Most people in this region are loving, kind and warm-hearted. As they got to know us, we felt included. Slowly Monroe became our home.” On a lighter but no less important note was the difficulty Uma faced when adjusting to Western dress. Here for a time she became something of a schizophrenic. She stitched her first pair of jeans on the flight to America to continue her studies in medicine. It would be two years before she would summon the courage to wear a skirt. She didn’t know where to shop and was too bashful to ask for help. “My friends and I to this day have roaring fun recalling the really terrible clothes we wore. I had a ghastly collection of polyester pants and shirts,” Uma says with a laugh. “I still don’t show the pictures to anyone, even my children!” Uma’s Americanization had to be subtle, so on return trips to India to visit family there wouldn’t be too much shock. “On my first few trips back home, I and other Indian women on the airplane would be struggling to change from jeans into saris in the tiny airplane bathrooms,” she says. “We felt it would be disrespectful to face the family in pants. The trips there and back were like going through a revolving door between two entirely different planets.”



fter a long and successful medical career, Uma finds herself looking toward her retirement years. Travel, since childhood, has been a passion of hers, and she plans to continue to experience the world in this way. Just recently she was in Iceland, a completely new culture to explore. She loves history (“History is time travel” she says), and she combines her knowledge of history with the sites she visits. Because she believes in reincarnation, at each place she cannot help but wonder if she has been there before. For Uma, travel is much more than sightseeing. She sees it as a way to better understand the world, its people and herself. Uma has always dreamed of being able to help others less fortunate. Perhaps her encounters with the Dalai Lama and the stories about Dr. Schweitzer that she read in early childhood helped form that thought. And perhaps her experience that wonderful year living in her grandfather’s village, absorbing village life, confirmed it. A review of Uma’s life shows that she has fulfilled her dream in both her professional life and as a good citizen, volunteering her time and talents to promote causes she embraced. But her lifelong dream of “ . . . working in the rural areas in India, uplifting people in their circumstances, and teaching them to appreciate beauty in their surroundings” has been delayed for decades. Now, at last, Uma sees a path before her that will lead her back to her ancestral home, the land of her birth. She is eagerly exploring the idea of serving in India with some non-government organization (NGO). In this way her life will have come full circle. Uma’s retirement path will also lead her to find new volunteer work among the poor in other parts of her adopted America. She has noticed that diabetes is prolific among those living on Indian reservations and believes that she might be of some help there. Wherever this life leads, Uma will be living every day to the fullest. And make no mistake --- she will be spending a large part of each of those days helping others. Hers is the very essence of a servant’s spirit.



Meredith’s Musings Color Me Family |

By Meredith McKinnie


he visual landscape of the American family is shifting. Blended racial families are no longer rare, and now being celebrated. We’ve seen it in the media, but now it’s at our dinner table. It’s refreshing and overdue in the melting pot of America. I’ve witnessed this in both my families. I’m proud of racial diversity in my natural family and the one I married into. It gives personal stake in arguments that surround race and a front row seat to the effects of racial injustice. My cousin Claire has fostered four babies in the last two years. One Caucasian little girl they’ve adopted, two AfricanAmerican sisters are on the path to adoption, and the wee one has been with the family since her birth mere months ago. Having no natural children of their own, yet as far as they know, capable of getting pregnant, they chose instead to give homes


to the natural children of others, those unable to fulfill their role as parents. They trusted God to bring them the children they needed, the children that needed them. It’s a brave move being the first, not knowing how relatives will react, but believing in something enough to force the conversation. Another cousin, Abby, married an African-American man over a year ago, and they’re expecting a baby girl in November. I attended the gender reveal this summer and met many of his family members. What I saw was family, in the purest sense. We may look different, but we love the same. This little girl will grow up with two parents who bring dual experience and perspective. I’ve heard people say that mixed children do not have a place of their own. It’s a shortsighted viewpoint meant to curtail one from loving outside racial lines. And thankfully, it’s not working anymore. This little girl will have more than one place, more than one shade

of face. She is the physical embodiment of her parent’s focus on love, rather than artificial racial boundaries. My husband’s twin adopted five children of three different races. When I make Facebook posts from Texas, occasionally I’ll get, “Whose children are they?” People often see color first. And though we’re not colorblind, we are human-focused. They’re Smiths. They’re our nieces and nephews. They’re our family. I feel blessed my children will have a family infused with color from the beginning. It will feel familiar; it will feel like home. When they encounter bigotry or injustice, perhaps they will be more inclined to stand up for those that look different, because their people all look different. Racial intolerance is learned, and insisting racial separation exists in any form promotes that intolerance. Blending experiences and viewpoints enriches the fabric of our families. It’s what has made America strong, a focus on the value of others different from ourselves. Our country has always melded, learning how to live together, walk beside others who walk differently, valuing those who think differently, finding common ground, to make a more level walking path for all of us. One group is not better than the other, but made stronger simply by the presence of another. Childhood experiences affect the people we become. Keeping our kids isolated, whether by race or social class or man-made borders limits their perspective. Empathy is essential to a kind society. Resentment builds the more we stay in our bubbles, focusing on the differences instead of embracing the similarities. These kids will be surrounded by shared experiences, hopefully seeing skin color as no different than hair or eye color. The American family is beginning to look more like America. And for a country that places so much emphasis on the importance of family, encouraging diversity at our kitchen tables is imperative.








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What Do Women Want? The Gift of Beauty DR. GRANT GLOVER, DDS


LL OF US WANT AND DESIRE TO LOOK OUR BEST. There are so many ways that we all desire this from our hair, makeup, jewelry and clothing. Others include weight loss programs, plastic surgery including breast augmentation, tummy tucks, face lifts and Brazilian butt lifts-all of which have their merit and can look great. is a proven fact that the majority of people notice our face first. Sure, we all notice the entire body, but our face and smile are truly the most important. DON’T BE A BUTTER FACE! Have you ever see anyone who looked great but their face and, of course, their smile? So...what can be done about this? Let’s list and talk about some of the options you have that just happen to be quite affordable.

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CLEAR CORRECT ALIGNERS These clear aligners are comfortable, removable and best of all are almost invisible. Being easily removable, they allow you to take them out and eat normally and also the ability to brush and floss without having to navigate around cumbersome wires and brackets. Uncomplicated, convenient and inconspicuous, Clear Correct may be an option for you. And it’s also much cheaper than traditional braces!

Dr. Glover has over 30 years of dentistry experience in Louisiana. He graduated from Neville High School in Monroe and continued his education at Louisiana Tech University. It was then that he pursued further education in the field of dentistry at Louisiana State University. Patients range in age from 3 to 93. Dr. Glover began improving smiles and building confidence in his patients in 1987 and believes that there are three phases of dentistry: General, Cosmetic and Facial. Your smile is the first thing others notice about you, and a beautiful smile gives you confidence and self satisfaction.

BOTOX, JUVÉDERM FILLERS Yet another modem to enhance your looks. Have forehead wrinkles, frown lines or crows feet? Then, Botox is for you as I can easily have you looking 10 years younger. Want more full yet natural looking lips? Want folds removed below your nose and corners of your mouth? Then Juvéderm fillers could be for you. 88 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

Please call us at 318-322-5904 for you personal consultation and let’s communicate together on what your needs and desires are and the best way to achieve them.


Lefebvre Veterinary Medical Center A “Pawesome” Place for Your Pet


EFEBVRE VETERINARY MEDICAL CENTER, LOCATED IN Monroe, Louisiana, has proudly served the community for three decades. Our professional and courteous staff seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for our valued patients. We are committed to promoting preventive health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

IT’S NOT JUST ROUTINE TO US Our staff of compassionate and caring professionals will monitor your pet before, during and after surgery, taking exceptional care to ensure a safe and complete recovery. We take pride in providing unmatched care for patients, as well as their owners. From spaying or neutering procedures to higher risk surgeries, our team treats each operation with care and precision. No procedure is routine, and we give each patient personal attention to ease fears and recovery time. We focus on each patient’s safety, pain management and employ the most current surgical practices. LVMC is the first to offer minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to Northeast Louisiana and Southern Arkansas, allowing your pet an easier and quicker recovery than the traditional methods of surgery. HOME AWAY FROM HOME Conveniently located near Forysthe Avenue in North Monroe, our boarding facility offers lots of love and all of the comforts of home for your pet. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable in knowing that your pet will receive the highest quality care when boarding at LVMC. We do not take this responsibility lightly, and we pride ourselves in the special attention and love that is provided to each and every pet that is left in our care. Our guests are continually supervised by our veterinarians and monitored by trained veterinary assistants. Our boarding accommodations are not just for your K-9 family members. Our cat condominiums offer spacious room to sleep and play. Natural light, soft music, perching areas, connecting condos, toys and soft bedding are some of the added touches to help your furry feline feel relaxed during their stay. 90 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

SUMMER FUN SPILLS INTO FALL Our “Summer Fun Program” has been such a success at LVMC that we have decided to continue it all year long. Let your pets spend a day at our doggie playground for doggie daycare, and they will be sure to have a Pawesome Time! Remember, a day of pampering and play makes for a great gift for your pet anytime of year. Want to really get your pet into the holiday spirit? Consider one of our Holiday Spa Packages, which includes lots of love and attention from our friendly staff! November-Pumpkin Spice shampoo and conditioner with fragrance spray and a holiday treat. December-Peppermint Candy shampoo and conditioner with fragrance spray and a special holiday treat. BE A HERO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Could your dog be the next hero? There is always a shortage of blood for animals, and we are constantly looking for suitable donors. This is why we have set up the LVMC Blood Bank. If your pet is healthy, friendly and weighs over 50lbs, call us to schedule their prescreening and learn about the perks of our Canine Donor Program. OUR TEAM IS READY TO HELP Our goal to our patients is to provide the highest quality health care and wellness services available. We believe that this, coupled with your love and care, will help your pet live a longer, happier and healthier life. Our goal to our clients is to provide access to state of the art diagnostic capabilities, medical care, and surgical services. We also believe client education is the cornerstone of preventive medicine, and that we are your best resource for advice and answers to questions about your pet’s health, behavior and nutrition. Contact us online or over the phone. We offer flexible payment options. We accept Care Credit, Scratch Pay, a variety of pet insurances, and we are happy to set up a flexible payment plan.




essica Michelle Crain and Brandon Duane Sanders were united in marriage Saturday, August 25, 2018 at six o’clock in the evening in an intimate, beachside ceremony at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa in Destin, FL. Pastor James Ross officiated. Jessica is the daughter of Missy and Gene Crain, of Monroe, and the granddaughter of Mr. Willie Crain and the late Mrs. Dorothy Fuller Crain of Monroe, and Mrs. Sandra Pearson Hutson and the late Mr. Buddy Hutson of Monroe. Brandon is the son of Mr. Gary Lisenby and the late Anna Rose Lisenby of Kelly, LA and the late Danny Sanders of Winnfield, LA. Brandon is the grandson of the late Mr. Fount and Mrs. Jewel Sanders of Winnfield, LA, and the late Mr. Ed and Mrs. Elaine Brown of Grayson, LA. Escorted by her father, the bride wore a stunning ivory fit and flare ball gown. The gown of intricate lace was embellished with beading highlighting the sweetheart neckline with a chapel length, lace illusion train. Adorned with an ivory veil, Jessica carried a bouquet of white and blush Roses and Ranunculus with Gunnii and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus. The bride’s sister, Courtney Lee Crain of New York City, served as maid of honor. Courtney was radiant in a floor-length, off-the-shoulder chiffon gown in blush. She carried a bouquet fashioned after the bride’s. The groom’s brother, Cory Lisenby of Kelly, Louisiana, served as Best Man. The groom and his brother looked dapper in their tan, linen suits. Instrumental music for the ceremony was provided by cellist, Caleb Hernandez. Following the wedding, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before dinner in the beautifully decorated Emerald Ballroom. A four-tiered, red velvet wedding cake topped with fresh white and blush roses and ranunculus was served for dessert. The DJ entertained throughout the evening and kept the dance floor abuzz. Arrangements of white hydrangea, ivory and blush roses, mercury vases and three-tiered candles completed the elegant table arrangements. On the eve of the wedding, a welcome bonfire was hosted by the bride’s parents following the wedding rehearsal. Festivities were held on the beach at the Hilton Sandestin. The guests enjoyed cocktails and s’mores by the fire as they watched the sun set over the Gulf. The bride is a graduate of Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe. She attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe for her Bachelor’s degree and Louisiana State University for Law School. Jessica is a trial attorney for Allstate. The groom is a graduate of Caldwell Parish High School in Columbia. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Brandon is employed with the Social Security Administration. The couple have made home in Monroe. Photos courtesy of Gwyne Gray Photography.



Hard Work and Faith Lead to Success Faith and Jimbo Stephens Never Considered Themselves Victims


UDGE JIMBO STEPHENS IS NO stranger to adversity. When he was 11 years old he lost his right hand in an accident. He went on to play high school sports and even obtained his aircraft pilot license at 16. He graduated from LSU Law School and became an attorney. In 1991, Jimbo lost everything in a flood. That same year Jimbo lost his sister in a domestic violence tragedy. In 1992, Jimbo and his wife, Faith, started over, by tearing down the old family home and building a small 1,700 square foot home on the family farm. Jimbo became a district judge and is now a Second Circuit Court of Appeal judge. Today, Jimbo continues as the family’s fifth generation farmer who rides, ropes, hunts and fishes with his grandchildren. Eight years ago, Faith learned that she had breast cancer, but they faced that challenge with faith and determination to beat the cancer. This October, Faith placed her hand on the Survivor Poster (see photo) at the Relay for Life Glow Run, where she celebrated her seventh year as a survivor. But even after all of their challenges, Faith and Jimbo have never considered themselves victims. They credit their success in overcoming obstacles to hard work and their strong Christian faith. NEW POLL SHOWS JUDGE STEPHENS LEADS “I’m a wife, a working mom and a registered Republican. Twenty-six years ago, I made a choice to go through life with Jimbo and I’ve never regretted that choice. Jimbo is a devoted husband


and father and a doting grandfather. He’s never backed down from a challenge. He’s not afraid of making the sometimes difficult decisions judges face. Last year, Jimbo campaigned to fill the unexpired term of Judge Larry Lolley. The win was great! And since then people in Ouachita have come to know him better as their incumbent Second Circuit Court of Appeal judge. For the past year Jimbo’s office has been in the Vantage Building in Monroe, and he has been involved in civic and social activities, giving us a chance to get to know more people in the Ouachita area. Jimbo routinely travels to the Second Circuit Court in Shreveport to hear oral arguments and review cases on appeal from the district courts in 20 parishes across North Louisiana. I am disappointed that this year’s campaign has become so negative, especially with radio ads accusing Jimbo of being a Bernie Sanders Independent, and nothing could be further from the truth. Jimbo became an independent because he feels, just like Judge Kavanaugh, that a judge must be independent of party politics. Sadly, we are seeing our friends and supporters attacked in an Anti- Judge Kavanaugh-Like manner on social media about personal things that happened to them years ago. But the good news is that people are seeing through these accusations since the survey completed on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 shows that Jimbo leads the five parish Second Circuit race.” – Faith Stephens STEPHENS HAS THE MOST EXPERIENCE Judge Stephens is a constitutional conservative. He has experience in nearly 50 jury trials, while his opponent, a juvenile

judge, has very little jury trail experience. Stephens’ courtroom experience is the kind of experience that is needed to serve on the Second Circuit. Additionally, as the incumbent Second Circuit Court of Appeal Judge, Stephens is the only candidate in this race who has actual experience at the Second Circuit Court level. Judge Jimbo Stephens is an NRA member and a pro-life Christian with strong conservative values. He supports the Second Amendment, not just because he likes to hunt, but because he believes that the Second Amendment protects the rest of the Constitution. Some of Judge Jimbo Stephens’ Accomplishments and Organizations: • Graduated from the LSU Law Center in 1982 • Former President of Fifth District Bar Association • Served as the Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial District • Appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to decide on recusal issues • Member of Masonic Lodge #246 and New Hope Lodge #328 • Member of the Shriners • Member of the Experimental Aircraft Association • Member of the the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association • Member of the NRA and National Wild Turkey Federation • POST certified Concealed Carry • Guest instructor at Conceal Carry Classes for many years.


SOUP’S ON The days are a little shorter of sunlight and leaves are responding with gradients of brilliant crimson, gold and burnt orange. Fall’s rains bring crisper mornings, and as the sun goes down, nothing beats the warmth of a hearty harvest time soup to satisfy. We’ve pulled together some autumnal favorites that can’t be topped. Soup’s on — Enjoy!


A hearty seafood andouille gumbo made with succulent shrimp and crawfish



This mouth-watering roasted butternut squash soup is infused with bacon. Topped with thin apple slices, green onions and drizzled with curry sauce. STYLED BY TAYLOR BENNETT PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY MOORE CLARK


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Newk’s Wild Mushroom Soup features sliced portabella, shiitake and button mushrooms simmered in a buttery, creamy broth with shallots, garlic and the perfect blend of spices.



Chicken Salad Chick’s loaded potato soup features a rich, mouth-watering broth and all your favorite baked potato toppings, like bacon and shredded cheese.



This black bean and corn soup is made from slow-cooked black beans, fresh corn and chunky tomatoes seasoned with cumin, garlic and jalapeño and garnished with cilantro and green onion. (Located Inside Fiesta Nutrition Center)



Don’s Old Fashioned Red Beans is a hearty dish made with slow cooked red beans, smoked sausage and ground beef on top of a bed of rice. It’s a Weems’ tradition.






BOUNTIFUL BAUBLES From stunning stones to gilded golds, this bountiful harvest encompasses the season’s best baubles. Styled by Taylor Bennett and photography by Kelly Moore Clark.





I REMEMBER saying “thanks” to the One who has made it all possible a r t i cl e by PAUL L I PE

I REMEMBER how, in each one of the fifteen Presidential elections in So, November gives us the chance to exercise our right to vote and which I have participated, we voters thought it was so imperative that to thank those who gave so much to protect that freedom. These things we choose the right person for that high office. The thinking was that if alone make November an extraordinary month. But there is more. The other special day in the month is Thanksgiving. For decades, my candidate did not prevail, our nation would fall apart. The fact that the U.S. is still standing -- despite my 8-7 record in selecting Presidents the fourth Thursday in November has been set aside by Presidential – causes some question relative to our reasoning. However, I have no proclamation as a day of thanksgiving all across our nation. On that day, people in every part of our country celebrate Thanksgiving with family doubt that our nation would be far stronger had my record been 15-0! gatherings, turkey and football – that There is no Presidential is all very good, but is it possible that election this November, but there many of us are failing to esteem that is, nevertheless, an important midday as it was originally intended to be term election to determine which honored? major party will control the House Thanksgiving, in its purest sense, and the Senate. I suspect that most of was to be a time when the citizens of us have strong thoughts about how our blessed nation would pause to much better it will be if our “side” acknowledge the One Who has been comes out on top. As divided as our so good and gracious to the United nation is right now, this election is States and to express our gratitude to of extreme significance, and each Him for His benevolence. For citizens one of us should take seriously our to lose sight of this would be tragic, responsibility for casting informed especially when, in the public arena, ballots. opportunity for prayer is severely Personally, I am disheartened restricted. Yet is it not ironic that we – no, disgusted -- by the way the who complain that we cannot pray business of government is being at football games, at town council handled in Washington, D. C. meetings, and in our schools do Listening to national news (and I “LET ALL OF US WHO KNOW THE JOY OF not avail ourselves of the chance to am not too enamored with much HAVING GOD AS OUR FATHER DECLARE OUR offer our praise and thanks with our of the media) has become an ordeal APPRECIATION FOR ALL HE HAS DONE FOR US...” families in our homes? which I am about to discontinue. But On Thanksgiving Day, November November affords us the occasion when we citizens can express our feelings and desires at the ballot box. 22, let all of us who know the joy of having God as our Father declare our appreciation for all He has done for us: our salvation through His I encourage all of our readers to be informed and to vote. For me, however, the month of November has impact beyond that Son, His daily provision for our physical and material needs, family and of our voting opportunities; a couple of things come to mind. The first friends who add so much happiness to our lives, hope for our earthly is that Veterans Day is observed on November 11. (That date is also lives and expectation for eternity, and the happy privilege of expressing especially significant because it marks the birthday of our oldest child, our praise to the One from Whom all blessings flow. May this November be one of the best we have ever experienced as Mary Linda.) On Veterans Day, we who have benefitted so greatly from the service of our military folk can pay appropriate tribute to those we exercise our right to vote, as we express our gratitude to those who who have sacrificed to secure and maintain our freedom – we owe have selflessly served in the military, and as we humbly say “Thanks” these folks so much, therefore I encourage all of you to be looking for to the One Who has made these and other privileges possible. the opportunity to express your gratitude to those who have risked so much to keep us safe. 108 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM


Luxury Home on the Lake 373 Northwood Drive, West Monroe


OU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS AMAZING NEW French and Italian inspired custom built home. This three bedroom, three bathroom home sits on a 16 acre private lake in West Monroe, Louisiana. With views of the lake decorated with cypress trees can be seen through almost every window throughout the home. With hardly any neighbors around, this is one home that has luxury and privacy of the country just minutes away from all the amenities of the city. Through the beautifully decorative iron front door, an open floor plan greets you as you walk into the living room and kitchen. In the foyer lies a custom decorative tile and stone flooring detail from Eastern Europe setting the tone of the rest of the house. Ceramic tile flooring from Italy adorns the floors throughout the livingroom, kitchen area and bedrooms. The living room has a warm, inviting atmosphere perfect for any family. Ample windows can be found throughout the home creating unobstructed, beautiful views of the full lake. The custom built gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream. It can luxuriously accommodate a large family or guests for entertaining. It has two islands, making it easy to cook and serve, and is finished with granite counter tops and travertine for the backsplash on the kitchen walls. High-end LG appliances can be found in the kitchen along with soaring ceilings with wide crown molding and a large pantry. You get plenty of space to host parties, entertain family over for the holidays or simply cook dinner in peace without the kids underneath you. The master bedroom has an awesome view of the lake with private doors to the outdoor deck and porches. This room has a tray ceiling and the bathroom of your dreams. The bathroom has a large walk-in shower finished with a travertine mosaic. It also has a jet tub lighted by a chandelier and decorated with an artistic glass window. Every detail adds to the beauty and refinement. This is a must-see room in the home. Walk into your own private office through the immaculate large French glass door with a tray wood ceiling. The office is already set up with electronics to monitor surrounding property and home. This is the perfect location for concentration and peace and quiet, 110 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With plenty of storage all throughout the home, there is also an oversized laundry room. The laundry room provides lots of cabinets and granite counter space to accommodate whatever your family acquires. This home is equipped with two tankless water heaters, as well. The home includes a deck with stairs to a platform near the water. The home’s garage is large enough to fit two large vehicles with plenty of sufficient space to have a large shop for tools, a work table, a peg board and a sink. The lawn is easily landscaped and set with outdoor recessed lighting which adds to the quality of the home. Just six minutes away from Glenwood Hospital, the movie theater and all other amenities that come within the city, this home is in the perfect location. Walk-Ons, Crawfish City, Podnuh’s Bar-B-Q, and Chick-fil-A are just a few of the restaurants close by. George Welch Elementary School, Good Hope Middle School and West Monroe High School are some of the schools in this district for young families. So close to the city, while still in a secluded area for privacy. This home is listed for $649,000. If you can see yourself and your family in this home, please call Lily Mann at Century 21 for a tour. She would love to walk you through all of the charm this home on the lake has to offer. Lily is also fluent in Spanish. Hablo Español! Lily Mann, Realtor - GRI Century 21 United 3300 Forsythe Ave., Ste. A Monroe, LA 71201 Office - (318) 324-1444 Email - Licensed in Louisiana, USA Owned and Operated Individually


THE AMERICAN PIE Share the ultimate “comfort food” by giving the gift of pie to your family this Thanksgiving. While there are few things as American as apple pie, America’s pie tradition has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Here BayouLife explores delicious pies that are sure to make your family thankful! ST Y LE D BY TAY LO R B E NN ETT PH OTO BY K E LLY MO O R E CLA RK


All the deliciousness of German chocolate cake – in a pie. Made with Miss Kay’s homemade pie crust, it features a smooth chocolate center and is topped with sweet coconut and toasted pecans.


This Classic Pecan Pie is made with organic ingredients like organic coconut sugar. It is both dairy free and gluten free.



This Louisiana Crawfish Pie is made with tails sautéed in the trinity - bell pepper, celery and onion - then mixed with heavy cream, mushrooms and flour and poured into a buttery, flakey crust.


This rich caramel pie is made with a graham cracker crust topped with fresh whipping cream, dark chocolate chips, toasted pecans and caramel drops


Celebrate the Season

Merchants of Delhi Holiday Open House Set for Sunday, November 11th


RIPP’S WORK WEAR OPENED IN 2010. It has been their focus to be able to sell quality work wear clothing without breaking the bank. They started as a Carhartt only workwear store but over time have grown to carry other brands, such as Carhartt FR, Rasco FR and Caterpillar work boots. Come in on November 12th to receive 10% off our your entire purchase. Tripps’ appreciates everyone’s business over the course of their operation and hopes to see you soon! New Attitude Hair Design/Boutique LaCour offers everything from beauty services and products to a broad selection of fabulous clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts for women of all ages and silhouettes. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for special holiday hours and events at New Attitude Hair Design Boutique LaCour. Whether you are searching for that special something or just your everyday spectacular, their fabulous team would love to help you look marvelous from head to toe! Champions Bistro combines Cajun American cuisine with an Asian flair. They’re known for their egg rolls, blackened catfish, seafood pasta and their burgers, but any dish you choose is sure to take you on a culinary adventure you won’t soon forget. With a patio that overlooks the beautiful Black Bear Golf Course, they can help you celebrate any occasion large or small. Come out to the Open House event and try some free samples and view their newly remodeled rooms at the Bistro and Lodge. This year E.W. Thomson has beefed up


their clothing lines with names such as Umgee, Jodifl, Easel, Kankan jeans, Yelete leggings and many more. They also have a great selection of handmade jewelry, lov pottery, Louisiana gifts from ROUX and have added a new local artist featuring one-of-a-kind pottery. Thomson‘s Christmas décor is a mixture of rustic and contemporary items to create an eclectic feel. During the Open House, 20% to 50% off the entire gift shop. The mission at The Mad Hatter Flower Shop is to redefine the classic floral design and create something spectacular, modern and stylish. Every arrangement is handmade with care using the highest quality roses and flowers to impress all of their customers. The Mad Hatter strives to create exceptional floral décor for any occasion. Owner Crystal Peters has had an appreciation for the floral arts since she was a young girl, and her love of flowers has led her to become a master of the craft – always ready for the latest changes and trends. Fall and Christmas have arrived at Philip’s Family Pharmacy and The Lil’ Boutique. One would not think to look this location for some of the most unique, elegant items Northeast Louisiana has to offer, but one visit will change your mind! You will find dazzling displays of Fall and Christmas decorations, one-of-a-kind gifts, home décor and more. If you are searching for a shop with a hometown feel, The Lil’ Boutique is the place for you. Please visit them at the Christmas Open House Sunday, November 11th. Delhi Health Mart is celebrating 42 years, in December, of serving the health care

needs of Delhi. Their unique gift boutique offers everything from greeting cards to that perfect gift for a child or adult. Candles by Swan Creek, Nouvelle and Fairhope Soy, Niven Morgan Bath products and Musee Bath Bombs are just a few of their gift lines. MySaint MyHero, Beaucoup Design Jewelry or one of their scarves will make the perfect accessory! Their infant and children’s department features WubaNubs, books, lovies, blankets and an extensive line of Melissa & Doug toys. The Brick and Brass Event Center is a full-service event planning center assisting clients with weddings, receptions, office parties, birthday parties, baby showers, family reunions, business meetings, etc. They offer soul food, cajun/creole, Mexican, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and lean and green. Enjoy a tour of the facilities while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres, other tasty refreshments, door prizes and a special raffle. Please contact us at 318-488-5065 or eventplanner@ Being a part of Delhi for years as a stylist, and formally located on Broadway Street, Glamour Cuts is proud to announce the addition of Adeline’s Boutique. In a brand new location, 250 Sun Rd. Suite B, they offer an eclectic variety of clothes, jewelry, jeans and gifts. Glamour Cuts is a full-service salon. Walk-ins are welcome, and they look forward to seeing you at the Open House. Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at The Merchants of Delhi’s 5th Annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, November 11th from 1 – 5 p.m.


BayouTrends This season mines the metallic trend with a celebration of all that gleams – gold, silver, bronze, hematite, copper and mercury, too. Mix your metals without fear. This season, heavy metals get soft treatment with use of geometric angles, sequins and animal prints, as well.





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Holiday Open House Join the City of Bastrop on November 11th from 1 to 5 p.m.


HE MARKET HAS A GREAT VARIETY OF GIFT ITEMS including candles, designer jewelry, bath products by Niven Morgan, PJ Harlow sleepwear and a variety of gourmet foods. They have clothing by Ivy Jane, Uncle Frank, Askari, Kut, Liverpool and CP Shades and shoes by OTBT, Sbicca, Diba True and Madeline. They also have furniture and a wide selection of unique home décor. As always, they will have refreshments. This year, they will be giving away handmade chokers to the first 20 customers to make a purchase during Open House. Christmas ornaments, home décor items, candles, party type foods, jellies, soup mixtures, Christmas frames, cheese platters, Christmas aprons for adults and children and Christmas tee shirts can all be found at Pearce Pharmacy. Whit’s Pharmacy will be displaying Christmas merchandise, including ornaments and indoor and outdoor décor for this year’s Holiday Open House. They carry men’s gifts, LSU gifts, baby gifts, Woodwick candles, garden flags, door hangers and windchimes. They are also an authorized dealer of Poo-Pourri, Gingersnaps, Michel Design Works, Snoozies for all ages and True North insulated mugs and cocktail glasses. Their boutique section also has an amazing selection of women’s fall clothing! Located in a little log cabin on the outskirts of Bastrop, you will find Bayou Boutique. Michelle Baker, along with her two daughters and niece opened this small business in February of 2017. They sell a variety of items such as boutique clothes (sizes S-3X), shoes, jewelry, home furnishings, candles, bath bombs and much more! They are so thankful to have been blessed with the opportunity to take on this adventure and to serve the community! Downs & Daughters events is a local, family owned event rental store. We handle rentals for parties, showers, weddings or any special event you are planning. With a wide variety of linens, tables, chairs and accessories they can handle any event. “Let our family take care of your family’s rental needs.” Arnett Jewelry, Inc. has everything you need to get ready for the holiday season. Christmas décor, ornaments and serving trays will help prepare you for friends and family coming over. They have 118 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

a wide selection of gifts, making it easy to shop for anyone. Custom monogramming is done in store! The Flower Tree has been delighting clients with their custom arrangements for homes and special occasions for over 40 years. In addition to fresh and silk designs, the shop features gift lines highlighting southern made décor. Antiques & Accents has a little bit of everything. As its name implies, you’ll find beautiful antiques in their original wood finishes along with hand painted, distressed furniture. Also, lamps, pictures and other “accents,” as well as gently used designer handbags and jewelry. For 41 years, Steve’s Jewelry has been offering high quality diamond jewelry at affordable prices. Their Holiday Diamond Event isNovember 8th - December 24th where you can save up to 50% off storewide. With your $100 purchase, register to win a 1CT Diamond Solitaire Necklace valued at $4,000! Add to your wish list a beautiful piece of jewelry from their designer brands Gabriel, Carriza, Natalie K, Henry Daussi, Alwand Vahan and many others. They can custom design a piece just as you wish! They are pleased to offer personal service, great savings, free gift wrapping and a chance to win a free $1,000 shopping spree, no purchase necessary. Drawings will be held December the 24th. Bethel Market, located at 1609 Park Loop in Bastrop, is a multivendor venue. Vendors include, Deirdre McGehee Designs bags and jewelry; Bayou Woodcrafters’ handmade cutting boards, children’s name puzzles, monograms, custom wood cutouts and more; The Gypsy Chick’s hand-painted artwork; Joe and Hannah’s Homemade Goods; BeBe’s Creations – bookmarks, gift card holders; Dusti’s Pepper Jelly; Wonderland Sweets’ gourmet cupcakes; and GreenLife Tees, a large selection of clothing, candles, shoes and more. Come enjoy the refreshments and register for door prizes! Stop by Roma’s Italian Bistrop located downtown, on the square at 124 S. Washington St., for a quick refresher while shopping. With their catch phrase, “Nothing fancy, just great Italian food” you know you are in for a treat. They serve fresh Italian cuisine and are a family-owned and operated bistro that prepares each dish cooked to order. Pastas, pizzas, subs, soups and more can be found at the little bistro on the corner. For any questions, call them at (318) 281-2382.


Pennington Financial, LLC

The Importance of Long-Term Care Planning with a Knowledgeable Professional


OR MOST AMERICANS, THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY may one day have to reside in a nursing home is very disturbing. In addition to giving up living independently, they might have to give up everything they have worked a lifetime to acquire. The reality is that out of the 40 million Americans over the age of 65, fifty percent will require some form of long-term care. Unfortunately, 93% of the current aging population has not purchased long term care insurance, it is likely they do not have an asset protection plan in place either. The cost of nursing home care is high. The average cost for nursing home care in Louisiana is approximately $5,000 per month, or $60,000 per year. It becomes very easy to spend a family’s life savings in a short amount of time which might bankrupt a healthy spouse living at home. The average senior American has no idea what it takes to qualify for government programs like Medicaid that can help cover the cost of nursing home care in most situations. Like most programs established by our bureaucratic system, the devil lies in the details. The majority of American citizens think that Medicaid only applies to the “poor.” Actually, for qualified persons, it’s also there to prevent impoverishment of families who have a loved one requiring long term care in a nursing home. However; in order to qualify, one should seek a professional who has knowledge of the detailed regulations to ensure that this program is fairly administered as intended for all. The Medicaid rules make it difficult for nursing home residents needing financial assistance to qualify for Medicaid. The most recent rule change modified the “look-back” period from three years to five years. This means that when you apply for Medicaid, you must disclose all gifts, sales and expenditures that were made within five years prior to the date an applicant applies for Medicaid. The penalty period was also modified under the most recent rule change; now the penalty period does not begin until you apply for Medicaid. To qualify for Medicaid, you must submit a comprehensive, multiple page application and provide detailed proof of all of your financial transactions (bank accounts, CD’s, stocks, bonds, income, expenses, annuities, gifts, etc...) for the previous 60 months. Medicaid applications have many pitfalls, and with the wrong answer comes unintended consequences.


The laws around Medicaid qualification are extensive without many exceptions. Often, hospitals and nursing homes will offer to help a patient/resident complete the Medicaid application. Even with the best of intentions, they often do not have the knowledge or licenses that are necessary to assist you and/or determine whether you meet the eligibility qualifications. This is where an experienced professional can really be of value. Often times, we are able to get you or your loved one benefits much sooner without having to experience the forced spend-down or be subject to unnecessary penalties. At Pennington Financial, LLC, we have over 40 years of financial experience and specialize in long term care planning with asset protection as a key part of our services. We encourage pre-planning, but we realize that unforeseen health events like major illness, heart attack, stroke and serious falls can happen. These types of events can potentially cause significant financial harm for the unprepared. For those that don’t have a long-term care plan in place, it’s not too late. At Pennington Financial, LLC, we offer free consultations and free quarterly public seminars to help educate the public about their options. You don’t have to go broke to provide your loved one with quality care during a healthcare crisis. Let our family help your family. Call today for your free consultation. This article was written and submitted by Chuck Barber of Pennington Financial, LLC. He has over 10 years’ experience as a highly qualified Financial Estate planner with a specialty in asset protection. Other services include Pre-Retirement planning, Post Retirement planning, Long-term Care insurance, Life insurance and Annuities, Registered Investment Advisor services and Notary Public. Visit our website for additional information: www. Pennington Financial, LLC is located at 1900 N. 18th St. #211 Monroe, LA 71201 (318) 855-4690 Investment advisory services offered through Brookstone Capital Management, LLC (BCM), a registered investment advisor. BCM and Pennington Financial, LLC are independent of each other. Insurance products and services are not offered through BCM but are offered and sold through individually licensed and appointed agents.



“THE ONLY THING CONSTANT IS DEATH, TAXES AND THE VIDRINE’S,” declares Billy Vidrine, singer, songwriter, and proclaimed “sweater” of seasoned local folk-rock band The Vidrines. Fifteen years in the game hasn’t weathered these players, known for their consummate suitwearing. Also leading the fray as frontman is Ronnie Vidrine, singer, songwriter, and a cross between Tom Waits and Ron Perlman. Guitarist Jamie Vidrine is the self-affirmed “momma bear,” corralling and keeping everyone on task. The “always on the pocket” guy is John Vidrine on drums. On bass, Nathan Vidrine brings “the fun” while his handlebar mustache carries enough personality for the entire band. After twelve years since their last album release—Put Your Mammal Hat On (2006)—the Vidrines have finally amassed an eleven track self-titled album of what Jamie calls “weird Monroeflavored rock.”


The Vidrines evolved from the open mic scene of Monroe circa 2003. Billy would attend open mic nights at a few coffee shops around town, like Cottonport Coffee, and perform confrontational stories. He played with story structure and fleshing out his characters, after finding a band called The Mountain Goats. Blown away by their music and the impeccable songs unhampered by the raspy vocals of the lead singer, Billy started a band with his cousin. The duo were making up songs together, when Ronnie joined the creative collective, thus, officially starting the band. As for the name: In an era of long, terrible band names, according to Billy, Ronnie started making a list of “strange and esoteric” names. An old punk rocker at heart, Billy believed in the garage band credo of “keep it simple, stupid.” No one kept it simpler than The Ramones, he considered. Whilst living in the Garden District, he passed a house with a sign that read “The Vidrine’s.” He floated the idea over to his band that they would all turn into Vidrines to grant each member a form of anonymity, and the ball rolled naturally. Their fan-following got so into it that someone once stole the sign and left it at Billy’s door. He had to take it back, “so please don’t steal that sign,” says Billy. Clearly gaining momentum, they began to “cherry-pick” local musicians in the scene, including Jamie. Throughout the years they’ve lost members, but the core folks— Billy, Ronnie, Jamie, and John—have been at it since the beginning. WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM | NOVEMBER 2018 123


amie became immersed in riffing ideas for the band. “I’d come home and just sit at the guitar working on stuff,” says Jamie. His compiled music came in handy when their piano player moved for work. They were able to seamlessly shift from a piano-based sound to a guitar-based one. Quickly realizing they weren’t locked down to any one genre, they began musically doing whatever they wanted. “It’s partially musical ADHD,” says Jamie, referring to the communal music table that’s developed from each of the players’ interests. For Ronnie, the album draws from a plethora of influences—post-punk, lounge, industrial, southern gothic, new wave, alt-folk, metal. “We treat each song as its own work, and each song is fairly different from the next,” says Ronnie. In the past he’s described their influences as somewhere between the Talking Heads and The Birthday Party. John also recognizes the band’s Talking Heads influence, adding The Butthole Surfers to the mix. Billy loves hip hop from Run DMC to the Beastie Boys. His “dueling stanzas” between him and Ronnie reflect their allure for the genre. Billy also draws from Bob Dylan and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. “Nothing is off [limits] in terms of genre,” says Jamie. “It’s been really freeing about the whole thing.” Birmingham, Alabama: Five guys in suits roll up to a music venue. Patrons are dismissive, but Billy and Ronnie go all out. Ronnie’s high-top curls teeter as Billy, arms clasped behind him, storms lyrics into the mic. At first, onlookers are confused. Intrigued, heads begin to bob to the wayward beats. Some on their way out stop and stare, as if entranced. It doesn’t take long for the lot to be converted. This, according to Jamie, is how most of their live gigs go. When it comes to Billy and Ronnie, Jamie says they are “necessarily indescribable.” They’re a two-headed monster of sorts, whipping through their lyrics in a melodic spoken-word kind of way. “Bad, both of them,” jokes Billy about his and Ronnie’s vocals. “I sound like a wounded child and Ronnie sounds deeper and more like the voice of a dispassionate or wrathful God,” he says. Though he exaggerates, Billy’s limited traditional vocal ability has allowed him to find his own style. Not only is there character in the front men’s vocals, their performance is akin to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “Just not sure who is who,” says Ronnie. “It depends on the lighting.” “I don’t know what the hell my songs are about,” says Billy. “Artist intention is dead. It doesn’t matter what I meant.” With a BA in English Literature, he never sought out to be a musician. Movies led him to music, actually. But musicmaking proved to be less reliant on resources. Billy is the story guy whose lyrics tell you a tale, while Ronnie’s lyrics are selfexamining, deconstructions of emotions and experiences, says Billy. “I love that, because I love ambiguity.” Ronnie approaches music from a writer’s perspective. His songs are “stripped down poems— often better than poems—lucky enough to get a soundtrack.” Once they start working on songs as a band, Ronnie tries to listen to the way sound can change a song’s meaning: “whether they follow the rhythm section or follow the guitar, how the delivery changes what they mean, and how what Bill is doing will also change the tone or the message.” Billy strives to create “ear-protein,” referencing film director Guillermo del Toro’s philosophy on creating movies that are eye-protein instead of eye-candy. “I’m trying to make music that keeps people alive after twenty-five,” he continues, a reference from the film The Breakfast Club. Billy considers it healthy to write.


If you’re examining the lives of others, “with any luck, you’ll look at your life, too,” he says. Most recording musicians attest that it’s hard to capture sound properly. “It’s like catching lightning in a bottle,” says Billy. You have to capture a song in pieces, put it back together, keeping it sounding the same when it was “alive.” Billy compares it to a funeral director, where the “song is the body you are preparing for an open casket wake.” In the case of the new album, Dan Sumner is the apt funeral director that kept their tracks alive. “This new album is the closest we’ve ever gotten to capturing us when we’re at our best, which is live,” says Ronnie. Practiced “chaos” and changes in delivery and timing have, historically, made it difficult for anyone trying to record them. For that reason, Ronnie is particularly grateful for recording with Sumner, not only because he’s the go-to professional in the area but also because he seemingly understood what the band was shooting for. “It’s one of those stupid things you say in an interview, but recording the 2018

THE VIDRINE’S NEW ALBUM IS A COLLECTION OF NEW AND WAY-BACK-WHEN SONGS, A WEIRD AMALGAM OF DIFFERENT TASTES THAT COMES BACK TOGETHER AGAINST ALL PRACTICAL REASONS. album was both the hardest we’ve ever worked, and the easiest time we’ve ever had doing that work,” says Ronnie. Jamie describes the album, a collection of new and way-backwhen songs, as a “weird amalgam of different tastes that comes together against all practical reasons,” but most significant are the songs based on Monroe. Inspired by artists rapping about their hometowns, Billy started pulling from his early memories and Monroe’s obscure history for content. The track “Forsythe After Dark” nods to Billy’s high school days, when he would take dates to Forsythe Park. His intention was to write a love song; though, he considers it took a “murder ballad” turn—figuratively. Lyrics like “And she said she’d always be there, with her almond eyes and chestnut hair… I guess beauty is a cross we all must bear” point to romantic ideals, taking the listener on an emotional roller coaster. In the works, there is a song about infamous William Stephen Wade, a black man who in 1909 bought a double barrel shotgun and fired at passersby in downtown Monroe. Former Mayor Forsythe was one of the men that shot him down. According to Billy’s research, citizens took the body and hung it in front of a drugstore and then set it on fire by the courthouse. As a result, there were a lot of late night raids in the southside. “This place is a neat little microcosm of the things that happen at a national level, but it’s all battered and deep fried,” says Billy. “It’s local history and stuff that we forget or are embarrassed by. Those who don’t know their history are always doomed to repeat it. I’m a living proof of that.” Guitar-wise, Jamie’s favorite track of the new album is “Flag on

the Moon,” a Ronnie and Billy experiment that they wrote together for the first time on the spot. The song is mapped from the 1961 black and white cult film The Beast of Yucca Flats. Most of the lyrics are pulled from the film’s dialogue, such as “There are secret pictures on the moon, never inside the Kremlin.” Jamie considers “Little Paper” to encompass what the band is all about—catchy hooks and guitar parts with weird lyrics. “Hardtop,” one of John’s favorites, is “straight up ska,” and features local saxophonist Mason Howard, band member of Twin City Roots. Ronnie considers “Angry at the Math” a song that “doesn’t actually belong to anybody,” mainly because the music changed the lyrics that he wrote and that Bill executes. “It simply would not have worked, if I had tried to deliver the lead on it. It had to be Bill.” That The Vidrines have been together and performing live for 15 years is unusual, but it speaks volumes about them as a unit. “We should probably have ended it years ago,” jokes Jamie. “We do it ‘cuz it’s fun and an outlet that we like,” he says. John, who has performed in bands such as Doug Duffey, Kenny Bill Stinson, LC Smoove, Joe Nadeau and The Blue Birds, adds, “I’m most passionate about performing and working in an original music act. The Vidrines, by far, is my favorite original act I’ve been with.” Fighting and arguing as well as loving each other like brothers, this musical Monroe bedrock is a tightly-knit hotbed of comradery, creativity and composition. Follow The Vidrines on Facebook to catch their next live performance. Their new album is available on all digital platforms including Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM | NOVEMBER 2018 125

Experience the Difference New Attitude Hair Design and Boutique LaCour


OR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, SHELIA CARROLL HAS reshaped how women buy fashion and set their styles. She has learned a thing or two about women and the styles they choose -- and the styles they’re hoping to choose. Style is defined as being a distinctive manner of expression. Whether it’s fashion or beauty, Shelia and the girls at New Attitude Hair Design and Boutique LaCour are happy to help you find a style perfect for you. Boutique LaCour and New Attitude Hair Design are service businesses that “make people feel good,” Shelia says. And she’s worked hard to make sure the space itself extends that inviting atmosphere. On the journey to hone her hair styling craft, Shelia has become certified in the Brazilian Blow-Out and So.Cap. Human Hair Extensions. Staying current and on-trend is a necessity in the fast-paced world of fashion. Shelia fulfills this need by traveling to continuing education classes, following the industry’s top hair and makeup Instagrammers and bloggers, as well as holding specialty classes in-salon. Most recently, Shelia had the opportunity to work with Meka Bennett one-on-one; learning fresh makeup techniques for the modern bride, the classic, natural face, and dramatic looks. Paul Mitchell products and specialty services, such as Keratriplex and Hydratriplex hair treatments can also be found at New Attitude Hair Design. New Attitude Hair Design and Boutique LaCour’s services do not stop at the top of your head, but go all the way to your toes! What better way to relax during the hectic holidays than with a spa facial, pedicure and/or manicure? Microdermabrasion is an amazing treatment to help revitalize your skin during the harsh winter months. Special event hair and make-up is an experience each woman should enjoy at least once! A personal passion for Shelia is to work with each bride to achieve the look and feel she has always imagined for her wedding day. All services are offered by appointment only and performed by Shelia Carroll, either in salon or at your destination. New Attitude Hair Design is a proud distributor of Senegence skin care line and a lover of its premier product, the patented LipSense liquid lip color. LipSense is an amazing departure from conventional lipsticks and lip colors found on the market today. It comes in a wide variety of shades and textures with over 50 shades that can be to mixed and matched to create a number of effects. This unique product


is waterproof and does not smear off, rub off or kiss off and can last anywhere from 4 to 18 hours. LipSense is a non-wax, liquid lip color that stays on the skin and provides a natural, mechanical shield from the elements. When looking for the REALEST faux lashes on the market, and in our humble opinion, the BEST, look no further! We are the exclusive retailer of The REAL VIXEN lashes for the Louisiana area. Vixen lashes are cruelty-free harvested mink hairs artfully placed on a reusable cotton band, up to 25 times. The lash designs range in a variety from the fun and flirty, to the daring and dramatic. We individually fit each client, following their natural eye shape, with the lash that is the perfect choice for them. There is no need to be intimidated when it comes to lashes! We teach you to apply your lashes, so you can recreate the look all on your own. We also offer the convenience of year-round tanning with the wonderful UV-free sunless tanning system, Mystic Tan. One session in our completely private booth will leave you with the healthiest of glows for 7-10 days. The reality of Boutique LaCour blossomed from Shelia’s desire to help her clients “Experience the Difference” between ordinary and extraordinary. Boutique LaCour comes from a family name that was her grandmother’s, meaning “The Court.” Shelia will be the first to tell you her success comes from having the right women in her “Court.” Shelia Carroll has spent a lifetime working to hone a craft and develop not only her unique style, but also the look and feel of the wardrobes of hundreds of women. We invite you to New Attitude Hair Design Boutique LaCour to “Experience the Difference” for yourself! New Attitude Hair Design and Boutique LaCour 710 Florida St. • Delhi, LA 318-878-3397/318-237-8504 Like us on Facebook • Follow us on Instagram Adjacent photo courtesy of Amber Thomas; makeup by Meka Bennett; hair and clothing stylist - Shelia Carroll


The Magic of a Small-Town Christmas The City of Ruston Kicks Off Another Holiday Season


ITH ROWS OF TWINKLING lights, holiday tunes filling the air, and the sound of ice skates gliding on the rink, it’s hard to find a more magical place at Christmastime than Downtown Ruston. Ruston’s charming, 18-block historic downtown has become a must-visit area of North Louisiana, especially during the holidays. The magic of this small town’s Christmas festivities can be seen firsthand during the City’s Kickoff to Christmas. This year, Downtown Ruston will host its 3rd Annual Kickoff to Christmas event on November 30, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Locals and visitors alike will pack Railroad Park for the traditional tree-lighting ceremony, complete with a giant light switch, as well as kid’s activities, photos with Santa and a festive Christmas concert by Lisa Spann & Company. November 30 is also the opening day of Ruston’s Artificial Skating Rink, located at the Historic Fire Station parking lot in downtown. The skating rink is a family favorite and can be enjoyed throughout the month of December on the following dates: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, Dec. 14-16, Dec. 20-23, and Dec. 27-30. Admission is $10 per person for an hour of skating, and the rink is open during the following hours: Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Fridays 4:00-9:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Sundays 4:00-9:00 p.m. Friday hours are extended during the school holiday break. Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping? Ruston Main Street will be hosting its Downtown Christmas Open


House on Thursday, November 15 from 6-8 p.m. to kick off the holiday shopping season. Enjoy refreshments, special promotions and extended hours from participating stores. Ruston’s walkable downtown makes Christmas shopping painless and fun – plus you’re sure to find something unique in one of the charming local shops. You can also enjoy extended shopping hours in Downtown Ruston every Thursday from Nov. 15 – Dec. 20, with the exception of Thanksgiving, as participating stores will be open late ‘til 8! If that isn’t enough holiday spirit for you, then stick around to experience NCLAC’s 21st Annual Holiday Art Crawl on November 15-16 in Downtown Ruston. This popular art crawl brings artists, downtown merchants and holiday shoppers together to experience a winter weekend of art and culture. The presence of both visual and performing artists enriches the atmosphere of Downtown Ruston just in time for the holidays and provides a special opportunity for artists to publicly display their work. On both Thursday and Friday nights, shoppers can stroll through downtown at their own pace and enjoy the celebration. Many other events and performances are featured throughout the weekend, including an art contest for adults at the Art Brawl and a guided crafting session for kids during Sprout Hour on Saturday morning. Also on the list of must-do holiday activities is catching the year’s holiday play at the Historic Dixie Theater in downtown. This year, Ruston Community Theatre presents “Miracle on 34th Street” on December 6-9. As

the locals will tell you, there’s nothing quite as festive as RCT’s annual Christmas show. For ticket information, visit You can’t have the full Ruston holiday experience without driving through Lincoln Parish’s only drive-thru Christmas lights display – Lincoln Lights Up the Pines. The entire family will enjoy twinkling lights, lively holiday scenes and Christmas decorations as you drive through beautiful Lincoln Parish Park. Perhaps one of the best parts of this fun holiday attraction - it can be experienced from the comfort (and warmth) of your vehicle. Admission is $5 per vehicle/$10 for buses. Could there possibly be any more festive fun this holiday season in Ruston? Yep! On December 8 you can catch the annual Ruston Christmas Parade rolling through Downtown Ruston at 2 p.m. This year’s “A Tacky Christmas” theme is sure to inspire some floats and costumes to remember. Be sure to drop by Railroad Park before and after the parade to get your tasting tickets for the 2nd Annual “Battle for the Paddle” Chili Cook-Off. With so many lively holiday celebrations taking place in the next month, it’s easy to see why Ruston is one of the most magical places to make your holiday memories. For more information on Ruston’s holiday events, visit


Hampton Most Experienced

As an Assistant District Attorney, Bruce Has a Record of Being Fair and Compassionate


RUCE HAMPTON IS RUNNING FOR THE THIRD JUDICIAL District, Division C seat created by the election of Judge Jay McCallum to the Second Circuit Court of Appeal. As an Assistant District Attorney, Bruce has worked with law enforcement to help make our families safer for 18 years in Lincoln and Union Parishes. He has some 9,000 convictions as a prosecutor, with a record of being fair and compassionate. Bruce believes young, non-violent, first time offenders should be given an opportunity to turn their lives around by demonstrating that they are willing to make the necessary changes in their lives.

He was selected by the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce as the 2017 Businessman of the Year. He is the current President of the Union Parish Bar Association. Bruce is a member of the Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited and a lifetime National Rifle Association member. Hampton coached in the Little League World Series and served as President of the Union Dixie Youth Baseball Association. He has been a longtime member of the Union 4-H Foundation. Bruce is married to the former Cindy Kay, and they have two children and four grandchildren.

“I consider it a privilege to serve my community as an Assistant District Attorney, and it would be an honor to have the opportunity to serve as the Third Judicial District Judge to replace Judge Jay McCallum.” – Bruce Hampton

“My dad, Billy Kay, grew up in Lincoln Parish, and my mom, Jean Farrar Kay, grew up in Union Parish, and I have extended family living in both parishes. We are so blessed to have our children Drew and Judith and our grandchildren living so close to home in Union Parish.” – Cindy Hampton

With 37 years of experience, Bruce Hampton is the candidate with the broadest range of experience handling criminal and civil cases. He is the only prosecutor in this race. Bruce was an honor graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Tulane Law School and Southern Methodist University. At Louisiana Tech University, Bruce earned the Wall Street Journal Finance Student of the Year award and graduated (cum laude) with a B.S. in Finance. He graduated from Tulane University Law School (magna cum laude) and earned his Master of Laws degree from Southern Methodist University, finishing first in his class. Even as a young attorney his grasp of the law was evident by his passing of the bar exam in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. This legal knowledge will serve him well as a district judge. Bruce’s law office has been located in Farmerville for over 26 years. In addition to his vast criminal law experience, Bruce has a general civil practice which includes family law, estate planning, real estate, wills and other civil matters. As a member of the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, Bruce has served as an officer and board member.


“As an Assistant District Attorney, Bruce has a record of being fair and compassionate, but tough on drug dealers that prey on our children and grandchildren.” – Louise Willis “Criminal courtroom experience matters. It matters to law enforcement, to the victims of crimes, to our community and, as a mother and grandmother, it matters to me. That’s one reason why I’m supporting Bruce Hampton. Another reason that I’m supporting Bruce is because I have served with him on several community service projects. He has given so much of his time and contributions to help others in Lincoln and Union Parishes.” – Marilyn Wade “I’m supporting Bruce Hampton because of his record of prosecuting criminals, and I feel that one of our three elected judges should be an attorney whose law practice is in Union Parish.” – Mary Anne Hill



ARRANGING WITH DRIED FLOWERS The beauty of many of fall’s most favored blooms and plant material can live on well past the life of the fresh flower or greenery. When flowers and plants dry, their shape and structure is transformed into something more ethereal, more elementally sculptural, that creates a basis for striking arrangements. From a practical standpoint, as our Southern summer slips into fall and we head toward the holidays, dried flowers make for a low-maintenance choice with no water necessary. Arrangements with dried elements are suspended in time and you are limited only by your imagination.

In order to inspire a reconsideration of dried flowers as a gorgeous source for fall arrangments, we asked Taylor Bennett to create these compositions. Taylor says dried floral material is great for long lasting arrangements that can be rearranged and re-combined in a fresh way that brings our natural Southern crispy-fried or harvest ready outdoors inside. He loves the muted colors that dry flowers offer which you can’t necessarily get from fresh flowers and greenery. 132 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM



Mexican Cornbread 2 Packages Mexican Cornbread Mix 1/4 c Corn Meal 3/4 c Oil 5 Eggs 1 Package (10 oz.) Seasoning Blend

1 c Whole Kernel Corn (optional) 1/2 c Chopped or Sliced Jalapeño Peppers (more or less to taste) 1 Medium Package Colby Jack Cheese

Mix and place in a lightly oiled iron skillet. Bake at 350º for 35-45 minutes until brown.

recipe by Evelyn O’Neal and photo by Kelly Moore Clark



A CORNUCOPIA OF THANKS Giving thanks for your many blessings takes on the divine when your tablescape includes varying heights of slim tapers in brass candlesticks, Waterford crystal in the Lismore pattern, Spode Brown Woodland Turkey china and freshly pressed linen napkins. Designer Taylor Bennett creates a living cornucopia filled with gourds and pumpkins interspersed with glossy magnolia leaves and colorful lorapetalum. All available at The Muffin Tin. PHOTO BY KELLY MOORE CLARK



FRIENDSGIVING Gather around the Thanksgiving table with friends and family, making memories of gratitude. Places are set with mossy green plates by Skyros and mixed with Vietri’s handprinted Wildlife Quail salad plates and bowls. Include Vietri’s blown glass goblets for a casual Thanksgiving with family and friends. Decorate with amber bottles filled with hydrangeas, blue-grey Jarrahdale and creamy white Baby Boo pumpkins, bay leaves, pears and a simple, white ceramic turkey. PHOTO BY KELLY MOORE CLARK STYLED BY TAYLOR BENNETT



Wiggin’ Out On October 4th, patrons gathered at the Davison Sports Complex on Louisiana Tech campus for the 8th Annual Wiggin’ Out Gala. Women donned red lips, pinned curls and diamonds, while men dressed in ascots and top hats for this year’s Old Hollywood theme. A guest appearance by “Champ,” Louisiana Tech’s mascot was a huge hit. Cathi Cox-Boniol emceed the event, and Melinda Brown of Bank of Ruston was the guest speaker. Guest mingled, voted on best wigs and table decorations, took photos at Bash Booth, and donated to a great cause. Wiggin’ Out is a nonprofit entity that provides wigs (or other appropriate headwear), lymphatic garments and prosthetic bras to current and recently former cancer patients throughout the I-20 corridor in North Louisiana through donations and other fundraising events. For more informaiton on sponsorship opportunities or if you are someone undergoing cancer treatment that needs assistance, please visit



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Ward Off Illnesses Naturally Give Your Immune System A Boost at Fiesta Nutrition Center


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Are You Due For a Checkup? The Thankful Smile


F OUR TEAM HERE AT BAYOU DENTAL GROUP HAD OUR way, we’d see every single patient of ours at least twice a year for routine dental cleanings and exams. But unfortunately, that’s not always the case. We understand that life gets pretty hectic. With work, school and kids, it’s sometimes hard to find the time for regular dental visits when you have so many other responsibilities competing for your attention. There are all sorts of reasons people might not make it to the dentist regularly. Maybe it’s a busy schedule, maybe it’s fear or maybe you’re embarrassed about the state of your oral health, because you’ve stayed away too long. The fact is, professional dental care can make all the difference, when it comes to achieving and maintaining your healthiest smile. That’s why Dr. Finley, Dr. Henderson and our highly-trained hygienists want to make sure you know just how important it is that you visit our Monroe, LA dental office for routine checkups! WHY PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CHECKUPS MATTER Gum disease creeps in slowly to destroy your oral health, often without you even realizing it’s happening. That’s why professional dental care matters more than anything. In our Monroe dental office, you’ll find highly-trained hygienists who have the experience and professional tools to give your teeth and gums the deep cleaning necessary to remove plaque and tartar buildup that you can’t reach with your toothbrush and dental floss at home. Dr. Finley and Dr. Henderson can then thoroughly examine your mouth and catch any signs of dental problems. With technology such as digital X-rays, they are able to catch the things that threaten your oral health that you can’t see on your own. We also offer dental sealants and fluoride treatments for added protection against tooth decay and cavities. These are just some of the ways a dental professional can make the difference between a glowing, healthy smile and dull, damaged teeth and poor oral health. PREVENTION IS YOUR SMILE’S BEST DEFENSE! The best defense your mouth has against harmful bacteria is prevention. That may begin with your daily oral hygiene at home, but that’s only half of what it really takes for strong, healthy teeth and gums. You need help from professionals like you’ll find here at Bayou Dental Group. Our passion is helping patients get healthy and stay that way, but we can only help if you come to see us for regular cleanings and exams. Without vigilance and proper professional dental care, there is only so much you can do at home to maintain lasting oral health.



BayouIcon Jane Watts lives at the intersection of faith, service and a mother’s devotion to her son’s legacy A R T I C L E B Y M I C H A E L D E VA U L T & P O R T R A I T S B Y K E L LY M O O R E C L A R K

her degree in fashion merchandising from Louisiana Tech University, she began her work career as a 4-H agent for the LSU Agriculture Center’s Extension Service in Concordia Parish. It was the kind of outward-facing, community service role Jane had grown up experiencing. “My parents were people of deep faith, who were not only leaders in their professional lives, but also founded and helped form and guide many community organizations of the day, especially those where youth were formed into leaders,” Jane says. Through her parents’ efforts, Jane knew first-hand the value MONTANA ADVENTURE LEADERSHIP TREK and importance of teaching children and young adults the importance of responsibility-both for self-reliance and to one’s community. “It was no question that my brothers and I were in the middle of all of these groups, and likewise, were being equipped and expected to live our lives in ways that would give back, as well.” Her parents weren’t just good role models for serving the community. They also helped their children develop a deep, lasting appreciation for people from all walks of life and all corners of the world, lessons “PEOPLE WOULD SAY OF ROSS, IF YOU KNEW HIM, YOU WOULD BE that would be valuable later in CHALLENGED AND INSPIRED TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE,” JANE WATTS SAYS life when the time came to teach her own children. OF HER LATE SON, ROSS LYNN. “We had the opportunity to learn about other cultures and oss was an avid outdoorsman, a mountain climber, folks who were different from us, whether our parents were housing musician, farmer and artist. An adventurous spirit and a dignitaries and foreign research professionals in our home or had us heart for service had taken him around the world, where out, serving the underserved in our community,” Jane says. Raising her children in Caddo Parish, she became a Certified he had been a part of a team teaching English as a second Financial Planner and for many years, Jane’s work was focused in the language and mountain rescue skills to Sherpa in Nepal. “He challenged himself, so anyone who knew him or was in corporate and financial world. But that began to change slowly. “Along the way, my path began taking me deeper spiritually his circle of influence also felt encouraged and challenged to push themselves,” Jane tells BayouLife. “Ross was such a supporter of his toward work within the church, leading retreats and with a renewal ministry in Mississippi, called the Center for Ministry,” she says. friends and of those he worked with.” It’s that memory of supporting friends, assisting with causes, “Through the Center, I worked with clergy and church leaders in and inspiring people to become their best selves they can be that led spiritual practices and self-care, as they tended the soul care of Jane and her family to create the Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation. others.” By then, she was married to Tucker Watts, a forester for Even after his passing in 2013, his friends and community still felt the impact of his life on theirs, and they encouraged Jane to share his International Paper. They had moved to Jackson, and her work in legacy. In that moment, she began to see all of the threads of her life ministry was continuing to grow. Jane was being called to serve, and answer that call she would. coalesce into a single endeavor. She attended Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Growing up in Farmerville, Jane thought she knew what she wanted in life, but at each step of the way, her willingness to be Evanston, Illinois, where she completed a Master of the Arts degree of service to others seemed to constantly call her. After receiving in Spiritual Formation. She was also ordained as a Deacon in the





United Methodist Church. Jane saw working with the church as a natural progression of the lessons she’d learned from her parents and the lessons she hoped to instill in her children. Ross and his two siblings--a brother, Newt, and a sister, Lesley--all followed their family’s example of leadership through service. Today, Newt and Lesley, are living out that legacy in service to others in their communities. Newt lives in Shreveport, and Lesley makes her home in Oregon. And, perhaps most importantly, both Newt and Lesley are making sure that living lives of compassion get passed onto the next generation, as they raise their children. Everywhere Ross went, he made friends easily, finding ways to be helpful to the community he was in, and leaving a mark. During his time as a student at Montana State University - in Bozeman, Montana he began to work with the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation and Conrad and Jenni Lowe-Anker. Created after an avalanche took the life of world renowned climber Alex Lowe, the ALCF supports humanitarian efforts for indigenous peoples in mountain regions in Nepal. This work combined Ross’s love of climbing and sense of adventure with his heart for service. Wherever Ross went, in fact, he found ways to serve others. “He was a person of deep inner work and such an inclusive person, always encouraging people he knew,” Jane says. The impulse to help others was on his mind in August, 2013, while working with his father and brother on the family farm near Gilliam. A motor on a grain elevator went out, and the young electrician tasked with repairing the motor was afraid of heights. Ross grabbed his climbing gear, walked the electrician through the basics of climbing safety, strapped himself and the young man in, and climbed the elevator with him. While the motor repair began, the grain auger malfunctioned striking Ross. “He was up there to help someone else do their job,” Jane says. “Ross died as he lived, helping others.” When the decision was made to create a foundation in his memory, Jane knew the programs it offered would revolve around three, core principles: fostering self-discovery, cultivating a sense of purpose and building community. Those principles are what drive each of the foundation’s efforts today. “Our goal is to see philanthropic work grow and produce positive effects in the communities served--and in those serving,” Jane explains. That means each of the programs the Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation supports must not only impact the community, but also the one serving the community. For example, earlier this year the foundation launched The Exchange, a member-based organization for nonprofits in North Louisiana that provide ongoing learning opportunities, relationship and coalition building, and resources to help organizations grow stronger and new ones to be formed. The members seek out new models of responses to local social and economic problems, provide opportunities focused on the arts, the sustainable food movement and environmental stewardship. Another initiative in May saw the foundation send a female chef from North Louisiana to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Through an immersive experience in a village in the region, Chef Tootie Morrison of Shreveport learned about community life, as well as agricultural and cooking practices in the area. “Upon her return, Chef Tootie has shared her discoveries through providing meals to raise funds for the health clinic of the women in the village in Morocco, the ongoing work of the foundation locally, and through cooking classes for local youth in after-school programs, centered around healthy snacks,” Jane says. Then there is the Resiliency Youth Leadership Project, through which seven local highschoolers traveled to Bozeman, Montana in June. There, they took part in wilderness exploration, mountain climbing, fly fishing, mindfulness practices and leadership exercises. The 2018 expedition was a pilot project for the Ross Lynn Foundation, and 148 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

THROUGH THE FOUNDATION’S PROGRAMS AND OFFERINGS, IT IS JANE’S HOPE THAT ROSS’ LEGACY CONTINUES TO CULTIVATE COMPASSION AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR POSITIVE IMPACT. through this effort, the organization partnered with other nonprofits, including One Great River, CADA and the Renzi Center. Closer to home, the foundation is also supporting efforts to grow a network of service-minded individuals and organizations. They are joining Campti Field of Dreams March 7-9 to co-sponsor Back to your Roots 2019: A Sustainable Agriculture Masters Series at Louisiana Tech. Their 5th Annual BackRoads & Bayous cross-country trail run is May 18th of next year,. Early in November of 2018, they’ll host the 3rd Annual Harvest Dinner, and through Main Street Exchange of Ruston, the organization is helping grow a green-mission shop featuring local artists and artisans works. “The shop was our first outreach supporting artists’ and makers’ works, featuring fair trade and up-cycled gifts, with all proceeds supporting the foundation’s Exchange project,” Jane says. The shop and its work has led to the creation of the “Shop for Good,” each November, a day bringing awareness and support to local non-profits by Ruston community businesses. These are just a few of the many activities Jane says will help grow the impact of the Foundation in the community. For the Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation, the works they’re doing are less about a big, splashy event and, instead, focus on impacting the world through a subtle transformation of the people they’re working through and with. That was how Ross entered the world, after all. “His quiet way of moving in and among those he valued and loved is a great loss to all he touched,” Jane says. “Through the foundation’s programs and offerings, it is our hope that his legacy continues to cultivate compassion and provide opportunity for positive impact.”

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Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic School Counting Our Blessings This Thanksgiving Season GRATEFUL Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic School has much to be grateful for this season. Recently, we celebrated the culmination of our JGS Annual Fund Campaign and the 4th Annual Fall Festival celebration. The participation in these events was not only overwhelming but humbling. The love and generosity of our school families, friends, church parishioners and community supporters proved what a special place Jesus the Good Shepherd has become over the years. We will publicize more photographs and “thank you’s” next month, but for now we just want to say that we are truly grateful to everyone who donated their time, talents, treasures and prayers to make our JGS Annual Fund Campaign and Fall Festival celebration an enormous success. THANKFUL JGS is thankful for the teachers, staff, principals and pastors, who have served


our school families since 1960. Over the years, many things have changed not only in American culture, but also in the landscape and lifestyles of the people of Northeast Louisiana, but one thing has stayed constant: the mission of JGS. Our mission will always be to instill in each child a love of learning and a love of God, self and others. On September 11, 1960, Bishop Greco dedicated and blessed the school while the religious sisters of the Daughters of the Cross of St. Matthew School and St. Vincent Academy in Shreveport graciously provided the original staff. Sr. Maria Smith, D.C., who served as a teacher for seven years and subsequently principal from 1980-1997, remembers when she was first driven to Monroe to see Jesus the Good Shepherd and witnessing the “beautiful buildings” of the church and school in the midst of acres and acres of cotton plants. She remembered the love that parents and grandparents had for the Sisters and how

the students of JGS School considered school a wonderful place because they always felt welcomed, loved, secure and respected. Those attributes have certainly stayed constant over the years and remain true to this day. BLESSED At Jesus the Good Shepherd, we are blessed with faithful, certified teachers, who nurture and educate our children with Christian compassion in a Christ-centered atmosphere of academic excellence. Unique aspects of a JGS education for which we are blessed to have are a rapidly expanding STEM program, enrichment classes such as religion, computer, art, gardening, library and music, and activities such as 4-H, cheer and Scouts. We are also blessed to be able to offer tuition assistance to student who qualify. God has richly blessed JGS School for over half a century and pray that He will continue to do so. Families interested in finding out more about Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic School are encouraged to visit our website, www., and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. School tours are given every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and by appointment with our principal, Mrs. Lisa Patrick. Call the school office at 318-325-8569 to book your tour today.

A Note of Thanks Coburn Supply Company


ROUND THIS TIME EACH YEAR, the Coburn’s team likes to sit down and hit the pause button. We’ll take a breath, push the small frustrations of our day aside and count our blessings from the year. That list is often long and includes the usual suspects: great friends and family, good health and (fingers crossed) a winning football season. But this list is just part of the story. Some of our daily fulfillment also comes from the Coburn’s family itself and the work we get to do each day. It’s a big piece of our happiness puzzle — one that our valued Coburn’s customers play such a pivotal role in creating. Your trust in our expertise and product quality consistently pushes us to a higher standard of service, and for that, we’re incredibly thankful. Every day, we arrive at work thrilled to meet our first customer and dive into our next big project.

From our humble beginnings as a plumbing wholesaler to our now-expansive service and product offerings, Coburn’s has the ability to provide you, our dedicated customers, with the best home appliances money can buy. Premier products like Whirlpool, JennAir, Kichler and more outfit our showrooms, giving you convenient and affordable access to performance. When upgrading your kitchen, bath or outdoor spaces, we hope that Coburn’s continues to be your first choice in home improvement. COUNT ON COBURN’S If a new space or updated look is on your list this season, visit a Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath showroom in West Monroe or Ruston for ideas, options and professional guidance. Our design consultants and staff are committed to customer satisfaction and will ensure

your shopping experience is seamless and enjoyable. And after the purchase, you can count on Coburn’s for timely delivery and professional installation. Working with your vision in mind, the Coburn’s team helps you create the space you’ve always dreamed of — and one you’ll enjoy for years to come. Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom West Monroe 1300 Natchitoches Road West Monroe, LA 71292 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (318) 323-5454 Ruston 602 W. Woodward Ave // Ruston, LA 71270 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (318) 255-6324




exting is sending, receiving or forwarding sexual photos or sexually suggestive messages through text message or email. Applications like Snapchat that automatically delete pictures after a certain amount of time can give the false impression of security, but the fact is sexting has serious consequences that can’t be mitigated by an app. According to a study in Pediatrics, sexting has been linked to risky sexual behavior among teens. Additionally, teens who sext do so often as a result of pressure or coercion from their friends or significant others. In Louisiana, teens who sext are even at risk of being prosecuted under child pornography laws. Those convicted may face serious time in prison, as well becoming registered sex offenders. Attorney and award-winning author Pamela Samuels Young writes fastpaced mysteries that tackle important social issues. Her most recent courtroom drama, Abuse of Discretion, examines a shocking teen sexting case. Anybody’s Daughter, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction, provides an eye-opening look into the world of child sex trafficking. Both books also have young adult


editions. A former journalist, Pamela received a bachelor’s degree from USC and also earned graduate degrees from Northwestern University and UC Berkeley School of Law. The Compton, California, native is a frequent speaker on the topics of sexting and child sex trafficking. She is the keynote speaker at the upcoming Children’s Coalition events at ULM: the Ouachita Youth Summit on November 7, and the What Works Conference on November 8. Q: What is the most important thing parents and youth need to know about sexting? A: Parents and kids need to be aware that anyone who sends or receives a naked image of a child via text, email or some other medium, could be guilty of distributing and/ or possessing child pornography. It doesn’t matter that the person depicted in the image consented to having their picture taken or even sent their own image to someone else. Children all across the country are being prosecuted for sending naked selfies of themselves or others and the potential legal consequences can be devastating. Q: Why is it important for parents to talk to their children about making a good choices when they text? A: Parents need to understand that kids are growing up in very a different world than they did. I feel strongly that we send very mixed messages to our kids. On the one hand,

we urge sexual abstinence, yet our children are inundated with sex. It’s everywhere: on TV, in music, in movies, in advertising, even in cartoons. Our teens watch shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and see nearly naked young men and women, who don’t even know each other, making out. This kind of behavior is the norm for most kids today. So when they hit puberty and start exploring their own sexuality, some kids don’t think it’s any big deal to send a naked picture to a girlfriend or a boyfriend.

30% of teens have sent a naked selfie, and 57% have been asked to send one. Q: At what age should parents talk to their kids about sexting? A: Any child who has a cell phone, or has access to one, should be educated about the dangers of sexting. Kids should understand that engaging in this conduct means they could face very serious criminal charges. Such charges, even when leveled at a minor, could follow them for the rest of their lives. Instead of just telling them not to sext, I think it’s a good idea to search the Internet for news articles about other children charged with sexting and share them with your kid. Only then will they see in black and white that the consequences are real. I also recommend that parents and teens watch the documentary This is Life with Lisa Ling, The Age of Consent and discuss it. It explores the legal and social consequences of sexting and profiles two teens, who are facing jail time for their actions. Parents also need to become more social media savvy and actively monitor their children’s social media usage.

There are lots of programs that can help them do that. Q: What are some common misconceptions about teen sexting? What happens when the law gets involved? A: Most teens don’t understand that even voluntarily sharing a naked image of themselves with a friend constitutes distributing child pornography, which is a crime. Most parents don’t understand how prevalent sexting is. One study shows that 30% of teens have sent a naked selfies and 57% have been asked to send one. Q: What should my child or teen do or say if they receive a sext or any kind of sexual media? A: They should immediately delete the photo, let the sender know that they should not send them such material in the future and discuss the matter with their parents or a trusted adult. Q: What is the worst thing that could happen? While some states have changed their laws and have less severe penalties (such as community service) for minors convicted of sexting, most states have not changed their laws. In Louisiana, for a first offense, the offender shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars, imprisoned for not more than ten days, or both. Jan Daniels, Youth Development Director at the Children’s Coalition, hosts the Ouachita Leadership Summit each year at ULM. This year, Pamela Samuels Young will be the keynote speaker. Call Jan at (318) 323-8775 or go to to learn more about opportunities for youth.

RESOURCES – That’s Not Cool partners with young people to help raise awareness and bring education and organizing tools to communities to address dating violence, unhealthy relationships, and digital abuse. That’s Not Cool is built on the belief that young people must lead the way in creating change online, in their schools, and in their communities, and the initiative provides young leaders with the tools, training, and support they need to lead localized violence prevention efforts. Try the CoolNotCool quiz www.coolnotcoolquiz. org/

What Works Conference, November 8 at ULM: To learn more about the risk factors that impact our children, and hear from those who are working to put protective factors in place, register for the Children’s Coalition annual What Works Conference at


Raise Your HealthEsteem The Healing Power of Laughter


OU’VE NO DOUBT HEARD THE EXPRESSION “laughter is the best medicine.” But did you know medical researchers have studied laughter and identified tangible benefits to your health? In fact, a variety of research has shown laughter improves physical, mental and emotional health. Laughter’s benefits begin right out of thin air. Specifically, oxygen. When we laugh we gulp much more oxygen than usual, triggering a cascade of health-improving responses. Here are just five ways laughing is healthy. It reduces the negative effects of stress and anxiety. It does this by actually triggering your natural stress response as you gulp air with the expansion and contraction of your diaphragm. The pleasant feeling that follows the physical spasms of laughter is the result of a flood of feel-good hormones called endorphins, which at the same time reduces your level of stress-causing hormones. Laughing with friends can strengthen the bonds between you. When we laugh with people we’re comfortable or familiar with, that rush of endorphins we share in a group laugh strengthens the connections we feel with each other, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. “The more laughter, the more bonding within the group,” cultural anthropologist Mahadev Apte said in an article at Mother Nature Network. Laughter strengthens your immune system. Time for a quick lesson on the immune system courtesy of--this is no joke--Laughter Online University. It’s online-based multi-disciplinary team of experts is all about helping people laugh more for health. The highway system of your body’s immunity is your lymphatic system, a network of tubes and nodes that’s incredibly efficient at cleansing your body of pathogens and toxins. But it lacks a key component: a pump. The giggly outburst and physical contractions that come with a good belly laugh forces lymphatic fluids to flow up to 15 faster than normal, speeding the elimination of stuff your body is working to get rid of. Laughter lowers blood pressure. When you laugh, you reduce your level of stress hormones associated with high blood pressure, replaced with those feel-good endorphins. With lower blood pressure, you’re at less risk of stroke or heart attack. Laughing makes your heart stronger. Laughter provides a good, effortless cardio workout by getting the heart pumping. This can be especially valuable for anyone unable to perform exercise because of injury or illness. With the accompanying reduction in stress hormones that cause inflammation in the arteries--not to mention a boost to your levels of good HDL cholesterol--you can laugh your way towards a healthier heart. So the next time you’re deciding on a movie, try a good comedy. Or keep your eye out for comedians performing live in your town. The more you laugh it up, the more you’ll improve your health esteem. To learn more about Health Esteem, visit Sources:, Journal of Neuroscience, laughteronlineuniversity. com, American Heart Association,


The Muffin Tin and Trenton House Fill Your Home With Fabulous Finds From The Muffin Tin and The Trenton House


HE HOLIDAYS ARE FILLED WITH SPECIAL MOMENTS, all brought to life by the freshness of a fresh cut tree, the warmth and delectable sweetness of baking your favorite treats and the comfort of cozying up by the fireplace with loved ones. Inspired by holiday moments, Thymes continues to delight with unique, signature scents and artesian packaging, filling hearts and homes with so many shared pleasures. Thymes decorative scented candles, room sprays, reed diffusers and home care are all positively enlightening. Lovely enough for giving; yet practical enough for using. Bring a touch of the outdoors in with the fragrance that inspires you around beauty and tradition in the home. FRAZIER FIR Home Care Collection includes carefully blended products made with essential oils, nutrient rich botanicals and safe, biodegradable ingredients. The aromatic snap of Siberian Fir needles, heartening cedar wood and earthy sandalwood combine to create a just-cut forest fragrance that evokes warmth and comfort, making for an enjoyable fragrance experience in any space. Its light fragrance is perfect for anyone and great for a last minute gift! The Muffin Tin and Trenton House also offer other wonderful holiday scents by NEST, ILLUME, ARCHIPELAGO, TRAPP and TYLER CANDLE. From Fall to Christmas, we have you covered this holiday season! Looking for the perfect dinnerware to complete Thanksgiving and Christmas meals? Curate your collections with expertly crafted pieces from Vietri. Hand-painted details adorn durable clays made to withstand dishwashers and microwaves. Mix and match your dinnerware with handpainted 24k gold and platinum pieces from Annieglass. Each piece is painted, and then individually set by hand into kilns, where at high temperatures the glass drapes over handmade ceramic molds. Precious metals permanently fuse to the glass, and then “slumps” into their mold’s individual patterns, rendering each piece of Annieglass a unique work of art. At Muffin Tin and The Trenton House, we love combining this gorgeous glass tableware with classic Vietri, Spode and Lenox pieces. Add a stunning Waterford glass to complete your sophisticated celebration. With December quickly approaching, get your Christmas shopping done early this year at The Muffin Tin and The Trenton House! We have a wide selection of candles, bakeware, home décor and even a section for the guys! Pop in and let us help you take care of your shopping list this year! Who has time for all of the hassle? We can gift wrap for free as well. That way, you can be on your way to all of the fun holiday festivities!


John Rea Realty

Searching for a New Home for the Holidays? 4101 CHAUVIN LANE - Belle Pointe Beauty Walk to the MAC from this executive estate in beautiful Belle Pointe. Sitting on over an acre, the home’s dream kitchen with Taj Mahal quartzite countertops pairs with the 6 burner Wolfe cooktop and generous cabinet space to please a busy chef. A 3 car garage attaches to the home, but a separate 2 car garage houses a bonus room and bathroom not included in the heated square footage. Large versatile spaces in this fashionably neutral home give you move-in ready rooms open to your personal needs. 111 EAST SHORE ROAD - Living Large on the Bayou This charming, Acadian-style Frenchman’s Bend home showcases a floor plan with 3 bedrooms downstairs and 2 upstairs. A large upstairs rec room and a gorgeous, bookshelf-lined office downstairs ensures relaxation, work, and play space for every family member. The screened-in back porch lets you view the bayou comfortably year-round, and the home includes a heated and cooled bonus room above the garage for music, exercise or media fun. 468 EAST FRENCHMAN’S BEND ROAD - Fabulous French Country Entertain and relax in this delightful home on a corner lot in Frenchman’s Bend. High ceilings, deep crown molding, and bamboo and tile floors finish the downstairs spaces while a bonus room upstairs with closet space and a bathroom can be a 5th bedroom, a media room, a home office - whatever you need. The triple-split plan, two tankless hot water heaters, fenced backyard, and the three car garage allows ample space for your growing family. 107 VIEUX CARRE PLACE - Smart and Pretty This new construction in Vieux Carré Subdivision pairs with your smartphone to work your garage, heat/AC, security system and some of your locks! The energy efficient, high quality building materials allow you to relax and reap the benefits of a low maintenance home. The front iron gate opens to both covered and open patios, as well as play space for children or pets. Up-to-the-minute colors and finishes make style effortless. 209 WOODMONT DRIVE - Country Comforts Situated on over an acre of land, this large family home greets guests with two beautiful living spaces - one is a sunken living room with a vaulted ceiling, the other is a bonus room with a wet bar and ice machine overlooking the backyard pool. The exterior covered shed has space for recreational vehicles, and it links to a workshop as well! Sleek granite covers the countertops in the kitchen and the master bathroom. The home is zoned for Swartz Elementary and Swartz Middle School. Call Barbara Rea Thomas, 318-355-5551, for your private showings. Barbara Thomas is a licensed Realtor with John Rea Realty in Monroe, Louisiana.


Monroe’s New Hot Spot Blend: “Not Just a Daiquiri Bar”


WNERS DJ FORTENBERRY, JAY JOHNSON AND Jenifer Johnson created a relaxed space for those wanting to socialize and grab a drink with friends in an upscale, comfortable atmosphere. At 1407 North 18th Street, Blend’s exterior can be deceiving. The inside of the bar features a jeweltoned sofa, velvet chairs, a chandelier and a welcomed ambiance outside the workplace. Jenifer loves seeing the faces of first-time visitors as they walk in those front doors. “It’s deceiving from the outward appearance, we love the opulent fabrics combined with the laid-back atmosphere. And, patrons are blown-away when they step in the door.” Co-workers and friends can grab a drink after work, as the bar specializes in a variety of daiquiri flavors, as well as a full bar menu of your favorite cocktails and an extensive wine list. Blend is not a restaurant, but does showcase local live music weekly. The outdoor patio is ideal as the temperatures drop and fall weather beckons us outside. The bar has three TVs for sports enthusiasts and games for those who prefer a little competition alongside their cocktails. Blend is more than just a daiquiri bar. It’s a cozy, inviting place for Monroe residents to mingle. Open 7 days a week, Blend offers drink specials each day and promotions for those who check-in on social media. With 10 daiquiri machines, the flavor varieties are extensive, with seasonal offerings rotating each month. The signature daiquiri is “The Blender,” made with a “little bit of everything.” Since Blend is not a restaurant, all drink options are available from the drivethru window. So if you want a drink, but don’t want to come inside, feel free to order one of the specialities and take it home. Blend opens during the week at 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. The bar is open to the public now, and the owners encourage the public to come in and see for themselves. The official ribbon cutting is October 24th, and closing hours will be established in the coming months. Monroe needed an alternative spot for those who aren’t ready to call it a day. Meet new people or bring your people and soak up a new, fresh atmosphere and vibe. So go like Blend on Facebook to stay updated on promotions, performers and events. And come inside and see what Monroe’s newest bar has to offer.


Simply Lou Dressin’ Not Stuffing article and illustration by Lou Davenport original drawing


hhhh! November will be here by the time you read this or very close to it. Happy Halloween if it’s still October and Happy Birthday to my daughter, Paige, who was born on Halloween! But, back to November. How I love that month, because my wonderful and crazy family gathers for Thanksgiving! Last year was a sad one for us, we’d lost two of our “older generation,” and nobody was in the mood to celebrate. We did the best we could ,and we did manage to have some laughs and definitely celebrated their lives. This year is going to be a lot different and a lot better. For the past 25 years or more, we have gathered at my cousin Judi’s for Thanksgiving. We’ve followed her from house to house as she moved! I missed several of the big get-together dinners, since I lived in Vicksburg and had Thanksgiving for Larry and his Mom. He would head off to the deer 158 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

camp, and I would head for Monroe with my three little ones. Back then, we could “party” for days, but, we’re down to one good day nowadays! We still enjoy our kids, and some of them have kids that we enjoy just as much. We eat, we laugh, we eat, we laugh, we might sing, we laugh, we eat, we might dance, we laugh, we eat until we are just exhausted! The food is always “fit for a king.” There’s not one bad cook in my family. I’m especially excited this year, since I have been appointed to bring the “Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping” just like Aunt Red used to bring. I have some big shoes to fill, but I think I’m up to the challenge! I still have my cookbook, “Cotton Country,” where that particular recipe originated. My poor book is in pieces, but I just do not have the heart to buy a new one. I’ve had that book since I first got married. Aunt Mayvonne gave it to me as a wedding gift for she also knew I was going to need a lot of help learning to cook! Oh! If that book

could talk! You can tell by all the stained pages recipes I “fixed” the most! I see names under the recipes that I later met when I first moved back to Monroe and worked at the Masur Museum of Art. I usually get a little “emotional” when I get that book out! But, after all these years, I have never made anything from it that has not been delicious! As I said before, most everybody in my family are incredible cooks. One is even a professional chef in 5 star restaurants! That’s Cousin Ronnie, and he can make anything taste good. You can give him peanut butter, jelly and bread, and he’ll come up with something that will not only be beautiful, but it would taste so good, you will slap yo mama into next week! The rest of us are not professionals, just really good cooks. All of us make dressin’...... not “stuffing.” That’s what Northern people call it, and their “stuffing” just “don’t impress me none!” It sort of has the consistency of snot. If there’s not cornbread in it, it’s not dressin’. Years ago Aunt Red and Aunt Mayvonne were in a constant competition in everything they cooked but none as famous as “The Battle of the Dressin’s.” That was serious business. Then, there’s the decision of “jellied” or “home-made whole berry” sauce or that “dreaded” giblet gravy. They can keep that gray-brown giblet gravy. I could live the rest of my life in sheer bliss, if I never ever had to SEE that ugly concoction again! I gotta have the cranberries, and I don’t care which one. I’ll take both, if I can get em! I would usually slip by without having to vote which dressin’ was the best cause there was no contest. They were both GOOD! Cousin Judi’s dressin’ is the most traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing. It’s got homemade cornbread, onions, celery, bell pepper, sometimes crumbled crackers, sometimes crumbled bread. There’s eggs, milk, chicken broth and salt and pepper. It’s good stuff and there’s usually not much left. Cousin Margaret is the gourmet cook of us all. She had an oyster dressing last year that I ate so much of, I had to go lay down. Then I drank too much champagne and ended up with my face in my cake. Yeah, that was a grand ol’ Thanksgiving! I was “very” thankful! I may have enjoyed it “too much!” I’m usually better behaved! My dressing is a little on the artsy side I guess. I got the main idea of it from Jim Varney (who used to play “Hey Vern, it’s Ernest) when he was on a talk show on the Nashville Network. Mine is still fairly close to his, God rest his soul. Gotta have homemade cornbread. I can’t make cornbread in anything but a very old iron skillet that belonged to our Grandmother Lilly. Then I brown sausage and chop a lot of celery, onions, green onions and

tops, parsley, bell pepper and dump all that in with the cornbread along with with a couple of jars of button mushrooms. I sprinkle poultry seasoning, salt and pepper on it fairly heavily, then pour in a half gallon of Half and Half, about 8 eggs, chicken broth and a little bit of melted butter. I mix it all up real good til it’s “soupy” enough for me. Then bake it til it’s brown around the edges and a knife comes out clean in the middle. It’s good, but, I always deliver a warning with my “dressin’.” It has powerful “anesthetic” properties. It’ll put you to sleep! No, it’ll Knock You Out! And, I don’t use a recipe. I just do it by memory and taste. Eating raw eggs hasn’t killed me yet. Thanksgiving before last, I was in Texas visiting with my son, Adam and his family, Chelsey and Dakota. We were invited to a really nice Thanksgiving dinner at a friend of theirs who lives in a “for real” renovated Texas farmhouse. There were people from all over the world there. I taught him how to make my dressing, and it was such a hit. I got about a tablespoon of it! I didn’t get my “quota” of dressin’ for Thanksgiving, so we made some for ourselves the next day. About an hour later, we were all napping! It has powers!! My daughter, Carolyn, makes another yummy kind of dressing. She found her recipe on “The Pioneer Woman” and as big of a purist as I am, (really, I am a “dressin’” snob) I have

to say, this “dressin’” is good! It does have some cornbread in it so she gets a pass. Along with the cornbread, she uses French bread and Ciabatta Bread. She’s made it several times for us, and every time she’s had satisfied diners. That’s so Un-Southern, but it’s so good, she gets a gold star. I’ve had to learn to pace myself at our big get-together dinners. I call it “grazing” now. That way I don’t get sleepy, have to do a “lay down,” fall asleep and miss anything! And I have reached the age, just like “The Aunts,” that I have to make myself a “take home” box with as much as I can cram in it. That way I enjoy Thanksgiving for a few more days! (and I don’t have to cook!) They knew things that I’m just now figuring out! Yes, we “graze” all day, but there’s other things going on at the big get-togethers. We’ve been known to sing....and none of us can sing very well. We don’t care; it’s fun. We have danced before and that would have gone viral if somebody recorded it. We can’t dance either but, again, we don’t care, we “think” we can! All the “cousin” dogs will be there, “Walter,” “Scotty,” and “Lilly” for starters. “Walter” and “Scotty” play so hard they just fall out from exhaustion. It takes Walter days to recover. I’m making him an Indian headress to wear this year. He is my “Kemo Sabe.” I sent off my DNA to

a while back. The results I got back were somewhat surprising. I found out I am 44% Irish/Scottish, 26% Western Europe and 30% Scandanavian! I always knew we were a bunch of loud and proud Irishmen! And, I have always been curious about where a lot of us in my family got blonde hair and these blue/green eyes. Now I know! We are VIKINGS! SHIELD WALL! No wonder I love that show so much. So, armed with all this new familial knowledge and my “Sweet Potato Casserole” I shall go forth and and say to you, “Here’s to Hell! May the stay there be as fun as the way there!” Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!


Holidays on the Alley

See What You’ve Been Missing in Downtown West Monroe

Miss Kay’s Sweets and Eats serves up Phil’s Famous pralines, cookies, cakes, pies and much more! Cotton Port Antiques offers primitives, shabby chic, glassware, pottery, baseball cards, and antique advertising signs, books, records and more. Shoppes at The Rialto, is a two-level shop, with Fine English, French and American antique furniture and collectibles.Traditions owners travel twice a year to Europe to personally select fine antiques from France, England, Belgium and Holland. Walsworth & Company carries new furniture and home décor, Surya Rugs, bedding and a variety of gifts and jewelry. Memory Lane features furniture, collectible glassware, sports memorabilia and the largest selection of old books in the area. For lunch Kayla’s Kitchen features plate lunch specials. Infinity Comics and Collectibles located at 108 Cotton Street carries Pokemon, action figures, vinyl records, vintage toys and more. The Vintage Market and Flying Cowboy Antiques at Trenton Street Antiques has vintage furniture, antiques, estate jewelry, pocket watches, furniture, gifts and accessories. Rusty Nails and Pearls Boutique is a fun


boutique catering to women of all ages with the accessories to match. The Shoppes at Cotton Port with Sew Suzy a retail shop for crafters and DIY-ers. The Modern Vintage Company and River Relics feature an eclectic mix of vendors. Hoot N Hollar carries home décor, candles, refurbished furniture, DIY Chalk Paint and more. Bon Temps Classical Pilates Studio offers private sessions, group equipment classes and mat classes. Roma’s Italian Bistro a family owned and operated authentic Italian restaurant with cuisine prepared fresh and cooked to order. Hamilton House Inn and Reception Gallery is a five room Bed and Breakfast Inn and reception hall with private baths and lavish memory foam mattresses. Coco’s Mercantile features linens for your bed, bath and tables, home décor and furniture, European soaps and Barefoot Dreams. Eleven 26 Boutique can style you with the latest trends of clothing, shoes and accessories at affordable prices for holiday parties and more! Potpourri de Tante Marie with a variety of antique 19201940 and mid-century modern era furnishings plus vintage tools from farms, ranches and

garages. Malcomb’s Woodcrafts and Treasures has a selection of woodcrafts, a selection of purses, wallets, jewelry, luggage, caps, scarves and gifts. Get your watch repaired at Marty & Mark’s! The Mother Hen has children’s clothing sizes newborn to tween, monogramming, unique gifts and a baby shower registry. First Glimpse Ultrasound and Boutique features everything for the expectant mother from elective ultrasounds, maternity and children’s clothing. The Trenton House is the area’s most complete bridal registry featuring gift items including candles, bath products, gourmet foods, Louisiana items and pewter. The Flower Market where a licensed florist creates fresh or silk personalized arrangements for any occasion! The Spice & Tea Exchange® creates hand-mixed custom seasoning blends, exotic teas, flavored sugars, sea salts and unique gifts. The Rustique Gator features home and kitchen décor, t-shirts, Mardi Gras beads, local souvenirs and novelties. The Nude Nomad is a women’s boutique offering unique clothing shoes and accessories from across the globe. Trapp’s is the best place to enjoy the scenery overlooking the beautiful Ouachita River while eating the best Cajun food in town! You can rent office space at Cotton Port Plaza and Executive Suites or purchase real estate at Vanguard Realty!

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HEN YOU WERE IN HIGH school, were you afraid to raise your hand in class because of the giant sweat ring? Were you embarrassed on dates, because nervousness and anxiety gave you B.O. that no deodorant could hide? Do you throw away shirts (or blouses) because of the armpit stains? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone. Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating – affects about 5% of the population, although another 20 - 30% sweat enough to cause any of the problems mentioned above. But sweat that soaks through clothes and complaints about persistent odor are only part of the problem. Excessive sweating can disrupt normal daily activities, cause social anxiety, withdrawal and embarrassment and have a significant impact on overall quality of life. Over the course of a lifetime you could

spend a fortune on high priced deodorants and antiperspirants, or armpit Botox – not to mention the clothes you replace. Or, you could just be Bohemian and embrace it. But now you don’t have to do any of these, because you can eliminate the cause – with MiraDry. MiraDry is a revolutionary new treatment that uses thermal energy to heat the armpit, where bothersome sweat and odor glands reside, and safely eliminate them. MiraDry is a non-invasive treatment that takes about an hour, is done under local anesthesia, has little or no downtime, and results in an 80-85% reduction in perspiration and odor in just one treatment. As a side benefit, there is also a 4050% reduction in armpit hair – regardless of the color. While your body does need sweat glands to cool itself, you have 2 – 4 million of them so eliminating the troublemaking 2% that reside

in your armpit won’t affect your ability to stay cool. MiraDry has a strong safety record with over 100,000 treatments performed worldwide with predictably good results Most patients can return to their normal activities immediately after treatment, although there may be some localized soreness, swelling or numbness that can last a week or two. The results are immediate and lasting – the sweat and odor glands eliminated by MiraDry are gone for good. A single treatment is sufficient for the majority of patients, although an occasional heavy sweater may need a second treatment in four to six months. So say goodbye to armpit stains and odor. Call Mickel Plastic Surgery at 388-2050 today and set up a free consultation to see if MiraDry is right for you.


Miss Kay’s Sweets and Eats Perfect for Holiday Parties and More


ISS KAY’S SWEETS & EATS on Antique Alley in West Monroe has got it going on for any occasion with coffee, handcrafted espresso drinks, homemade sweet treats and great food made with Miss Kay Robertson’s famous recipes! We are open 11-3 on Mondays and 8-6 on TuesdaySaturday. Please call us at 318-587-5872 to place your order today! LET’S PARTY! We are able to host or cater any number of events, such as Christmas parties, birthday celebrations, Heart to Home groups, baby and bridal showers, retirement parties, corporate meetings, wedding rehearsals or any event you have coming up! Our shop has a relaxed atmosphere that can be made intimate and romantic with candles and string lights, or can be bright and fun for a karaoke party! We also have a


large patio with a beautiful view of historic downtown West Monroe that’s perfect for open-air Jambalaya cook outs or beignets toorder. We can take care of you no matter what type of vision you want to fulfill. Call Jon at our store to talk about your upcoming event! We also offer off-site catering at your home, church or business. Our staff is able to accommodate a variety of dining options, from a casual buffet style dinner by the pool to a VIP seated dinner for your top clients. Let us help your vision come to life! A CHILL IN THE AIR Cooler temps bring tasty dishes to warm you up like gumbo, chili, homemade soups and the like! Enjoy them with us at our wonderful downtown location or bring some home for your family. We’ll be offering hot options daily to beat the chill!

HOLIDAY HAMS This holiday season Miss Kay’s will be offering custom-finished holiday smoked hams! These will be available from Thanksgiving week until the New Year. Call Jon at our store for pre-ordering information! COFFEE AND SWEETS We proudly serve Community Coffee and Plantation Gourmet Coffee Espresso beans! Warm up with a dirty chai or cool down with an iced pumpkin spice latte. Cappuccino, mocha, London Fog, hot tea – whatever you’re in the mood for, we have it! We offer a variety of sweets from cupcakes and cookies to pies, cakes, pralines and brownies. November’s cake of the month will be Black Forest Cake and the pie of the month will be Old-Fashioned Apple Pie! Give us a call to reserve a whole pie or cake. We can also do simple custom cakes for any type of event! Call Alex at our shop for more information! Whatever your need is, we will help you pull it off with style! We wish you a joyful holiday season and thank our great community for your support. We love y’all!

Haven: Interiors, Fine Paper and Gifts Find the Best in Holiday Shopping at Haven


T’S TIME FOR THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY Open House! Join Haven, The Muffin Tin, Woodstock, Legacy Silver and Gifts and Palette House on Saturday, November 10 from 10-5. Get fantastic gift ideas to put you in the Holiday spirit, because it’s less than 60 days until Christmas. Haven has new merchandise arriving every week. Several new lines of pajamas in a variety of fabrics like bamboo, cotton and satin are in stock. Barefoot Dreams’ new pieces are making a debut and are sure to be a hit! Haven is offering a larger variety this season so just a warning. It might be hard to make a decision with so many great choices! The new GiGi New York line of leather bags is perfect for gift giving. Their All-in-One bag is a must-have that comes in so many colors and is the perfect size for a night out. The GiGi stadium bags are very stylish

and well made. Pair one with a fun college colored tassel to show your school spirit. Gather the family for a photo, so you can take advantage of the 25% off Christmas Photo and Greeting Cards special happening November 21-27 at Haven. Also, most other personalized items are 20% off Nov 2-19. Orders can be placed in store or online at Haven is an amazing design resource for our area. Each item is hand-selected by owner, Sandy McMillan, who is a licensed interior designer. This shop offers custom upholstered headboards, sofas, chairs, occasional tables and much more. New design accessory arrivals such as trays, vases and decorative bowls are perfect for a coffee table or bookcase. Be sure to stop by and see their large selection of lamps with more on the way. Looking for a great way to frame

family photos or original art? Haven always has a nice selection of picture frames, but they also stock larger contemporary acrylic frames in multiple sizes. These acrylic frames are a nice way to showcase family pictures and look stunning as a grouping. In addition to being a great design shop, Haven should be your destination for the perfect gift. With a selection for all ages, you are sure to find something special in their exclusive lines. Haven always takes extra care to offer their customers a selection of gifts not available in other local shops and their friendly staff is always ready to help. Don’t forget to support your local businesses on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Haven will have specials throughout the store!





Northeastern Louisiana is a generous community, and the people who give play a vital role in the organizations they support.


alk to any employee of a nonprofit in northeast Louisiana, and they’ll share with you some version of the same message. The people in this region are remarkably generous, but there is still so much that needs to be done. BayouLife reached out to the heads of just a few of the area’s many deserving nonprofits to discuss the people who give and how local philanthropy impacts those in need. These are just a few of the hundreds of organizations that are on the front lines battling poverty, assisting the sick and feeding the hungry. And the message from each was clear: without individuals, the work their organizations undertake would be that much harder. “Philanthropy really is the heartbeat of our community,” says United Way president Janet Durden. “Our area really is one of the most generous, ever. It’s incredible how people have these passions and support their passions.” That sentiment is expressed time and again--and regardless of the mission of the organization. From educational facilities like

the Children’s Museum and the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum to ARCO, which provides vital assistance to persons with developmental disabilities, one thing is clear. People in this area know how to step up. One place that’s evident is the Ronald McDonald House. Situated on South 3rd Street, just a few hundred yards from St. Francis Medical Center, the facility opened in 1985 to serve families of children in the hospital. “The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families with children in the hospital,” explains Georgia Street, the house’s Executive Director. “This building was originally a church, which we feel was kind of prophetic.” When the church family was in the process of relocating to 165 North, they knew they wanted their former facility to remain in service of some kind. With its close proximity to the hospital, the building was a natural location for a Ronald McDonald House. The congregation was thrilled, Street says, and so are the guests, who appreciate the calm sense of peace that the Monroe house exudes. “It’s a remarkable adventure, being able


to help these families and see them overcome illnesses and struggles, to persevere and thrive,” Street says. That mission is possible, though, because the local community is dedicated to the mission.


ike many other charities with a national brand presence, the Ronald McDonald House receives no direct support from the McDonald’s Corporation. Instead, the money to fund all of the house’s operations, facility expenses, and guest care is generated locally. “You do your own fundraising,” Street says. “It requires the support of your own, local McDonald’s restaurants.” That’s not to say the parent company doesn’t provide any assistance. Each McDonald’s in the region is home to numerous change boxes, the ubiquitous depositories for loose change at each of the registers. Local McDonald’s restaurants also provide support through McHappy Day, during which a percentage of sales of Happy Meals comes back to the local Ronald McDonald House. “We get great support from McDonald’s, but we do have to do our own fundraising,” Street says. That can be surprising to some, who often think that the money for the house comes from outside the community. That’s simply not the case, Street says, and every single donation helps--no matter how small. That’s a message ARCO’s Roma Kidd echoes. For at least the past ten years, ARCO has faced a unique challenge. State coffers


have shrunken, but the cost of services the organization provides have continued to increase. ARCO provides a host of services to persons with developmental disabilities, all of which revolve around the organization’s mission--to empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to have quality lives through instruction, support and opportunity. Some of the services ARCO provides, such as direct care, are partially funded through government programs, like Medicaid and Louisiana Workforce Development. The state’s Department of Transportation also has a hand in assisting ARCO’s mission by providing vehicles and some assistance paying for transportation for ARCO clients. However, ARCO’s primary revenue comes via the Medicaid program, and therein lies the challenge, as Kidd explains. “Our services have been stuck with rates that are less than they were in 2008,” Kidd says. That’s where local donations come in and help bridge the gap. “So, we are alive today because of philanthropy. It has been the good will and the giving of community leaders and friends that have allowed ARCO to stay afloat through what has been a period of austere funding from the state.” Cuts in state funding have meant that ARCO is competing in an ever-challenging landscape for employees, particularly the caregivers who deliver their services. Caregivers make roughly $8 an hour, yet ARCO finds itself competing in a market for workers in which a retail establishment may offer, $11 or $12 an hour. Consequently, turnover is quite high.

Every dollar ARCO receives is just one more resource with which the organization can continue to provide support to its clients while also working to provide quality employment growth and opportunity to its staff. That’s why individual giving is so critical. “I’m always amazed at the number of individuals who provide financial support to ARCO,” Kidd says, adding that the donations they receive span a wide range. “That’s from someone who gives $5 a year to those individuals who give significantly more than that. It’s the money we depend on.” In order to compete in the current economic climate, where wages for even unskilled labor are rising steeply and rapidly, Kidd estimates the organization needs the ability to provide roughly $2 an hour more for each of its more than 100 caregivers. Over the course of the year, those costs would easily top $500,000. However, Kidd points out that every dollar helps. An individual pledge of just $24 a year, for example, can make a difference. That contribution is enough to fund the needed pay raise for 12 hours of a single worker’s year--roughly one hour’s worth of raises per month for that employee. That’s a direct impact, even if it’s a small one. But, Kidd notes that the area’s generosity doesn’t stop with individuals. Businesses, too, are big on supporting the region’s most needy. “Businesses have been and continue to be generous to look after the individuals of need in this community,” Kidd says. “Behind every business is a person or persons who make decisions about how to support the


community as a whole. Businesses that give understand that, in order for their business to be healthy, the whole community needs to be healthy.” Durden agrees. She notes that through both individual giving to United Way through workplace payroll deduction, individuals are contributing to these organizations. But, she also notes, that many employers also provide direct support to the United Way and other nonprofits in the community, and the impact of those resources is immeasurable, both on the individual and corporate levels. “They care so much about their friends and neighbors that they want to help others,” Durden says. “We see people giving $10 a month, because that’s how much they make an hour. We also see people giving thousands of dollars annually. But, regardless of the amount of the gift, the heartbeat is, I believe, a person who really cares--and cares about our community.” Charitable giving doesn’t stop with service organizations like ARCO or the Ronald McDonald House. Nor does it end with umbrella groups, such as the United Way. Countless other charities exist that bring enrichment to the lives of residents across the region. Consider the work of two such organizations, the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum and the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum. Both organizations exist primarily as educational and enrichment activities for visitors. However, at the heart of both of these facilities is a much deeper service mission to educate and edify the communities they serve. Chennault Aviation CEO Nell Calloway notes that the aviation museum is not just about having a place to look at airplanes or learn about the contributions the area’s veterans have made to the country. It’s also a place where local veterans can turn for services and support-and a way for the community to express its appreciation for the sacrifices veterans have made. “I tell visitors our main mission is that we’re about the past, the present and the future,” Calloway says. “We’re about the past, because we honor the men and women who served our country--the history.

We’re about the present, because we want to serve and support the men and women who are in our military, serving overseas, and to be there as they come home to help reintegrate them into civilian life. And we’re about the future, with education programs to inspire our youth to pick up the banner and fight for freedom in the future.” While the museum is best known as a repository of artifacts from the nation’s wars and servicemembers, Calloway notes it’s also a vital link in the services provided to veterans. Just one example are the post-traumatic stress disorder clinics the museum hosts every other week. Led by a Ph.D.-credentialed psychologist, the group sessions offer support for military men and women who suffer from PTSD, regardless of when they served. “It’s growing, and we’re starting to receive some of the people who’ve been engaged in the most-recent conflicts,” Calloway says, underscoring the timeliness of the program. The Chennault Aviation and Historical Museum is also home to the Gen. Clair Chennault Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans Association, or DAV. Each month, the museum’s chapter meets. They’ve also established a van service to help veterans get to muchneeded care at the Veterans Administration hospital in Jackson. All of those programs cost money, and much of that money comes from visitors to the museum and the members who support ongoing operations at the facility. Calloway points out that participatory philanthropy is important to the museum’s mission. Put another way, just the simple act of paying a membership fee or buying a ticket to a special event helps make sure an important community organization is still there for the next generation. That’s what Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum executive director Melissa Saye tries to explain to visitors. “People show up,” she says, reiterating one of the most important contributions the community as a whole makes to the Children’s Museum. “Those individuals buy tickets. They book school trips. They have parties at the museum. All of that is a form of giving that helps keep the doors open.” Where experiencing the sacrifice and patriotism of our nation’s service members is the goal of visitors to the Chennault Museum, visiting the Children’s Museum is all about educational opportunities for the whole family. “The Children’s Museum is a place where kids and their families come and learn and have some fun together,” Saye says. The museum is at once educational and enriches the family. “It’s a great place to come for some quality family time, while we sneak the educational part in as a bonus.”


or a former school teacher--Saye taught first and second grade before coming to the museum-that’s a huge bonus. The community’s ongoing support through ticket purchases, individual donations and corporate sponsorships is what has helped the organization maintain a level of service and quality for the last ten years. In fact, the cost of a student attending a school group event at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum has only increased a dollar since the facility opened. That’s where institutional giving comes back into the picture, Saye notes. Corporations and groups underwrite exhibits and events through sponsorships. One example is Santa’s Christmas Village. “Quite a bit of that funding comes through sponsorships,” Saye WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM | NOVEMBER 2018 167

says. “The other portion comes through admissions from people who come through during the month-long event.” During the last Christmas season, the museum hosted more than 12,000 visitors to the Christmas Village. Because of corporate sponsorships of the exhibition, much of the admissions went back into the museum. It’s sponsorships like these that Saye believes holds the key to continued improvements at the facility.


ight now, the Children’s Museum is looking for sponsors to underwrite a new permanent exhibit, called Brain Teasers. Targeted at children ages 6-9, Saye says the new exhibit fills an important gap in the organization’s audience, giving older children an activity for when their younger siblings are engaged elsewhere. To fully underwrite the new exhibit, Saye says they need to raise $10,000. She’s confident that the generosity of the community will mean they’ll reach that goal. Whether it’s through a corporate sponsorship, payroll deduction or writing a check, the region’s generous spirit continues to drive much of what happens. And these organizations are giving back, paying dividends back into the community through a richer, fuller quality of life and through countless activities that people can take part in. Events such as the Ronald McDonald House’s Big Bass Fishing Tournament, the Children’s Museum’s Santa’s Christmas Village, and hundreds of other events bring with them an awareness of the need, and a wealth of attention to the missions of these organizations. And through participating in these events, perhaps the biggest contribution people can make is the time they’re giving to the organizations they support. For the clients of ARCO, that means something quite particular, as Kidd points out. Or, as she puts it, people in the area making the biggest impact not with their dollars, but by “simply participating with our participants.” Making them a place on the street where they live, that’s the most important gift anyone can give our folks,” Kidd says. “We see it all the time, every day. The big philanthropy is what we give in terms of acceptance of each other.”


Preventing Heart Disease Healthy Living Habits


Y LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, YOU CAN HELP KEEP your blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar normal and lower your risk for heart disease and heart attack.

Healthy Diet - Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. Eating foods low in saturated fats, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt in your diet also can lower your blood pressure and limiting sugar can lower your blood sugar level to prevent or help control diabetes. Healthy Weight - Being overweight or obese increases your risk for heart disease. To determine if your weight is in a healthy range, doctors often calculate your body mass index (BMI). Physical Activity - Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels. For adults, the Surgeon General recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, like brisk walking or bicycling, every week. No Smoking - Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quitting will lower your risk for heart disease. Limited Alcohol - Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can raise your blood pressure. Men should have no more than 2 drinks per day, and women only 1. Check Cholesterol - Your healthcare provider should test your blood levels of cholesterol at least once every 5 years. If you have already been diagnosed with high cholesterol or have a family history of the condition, have your cholesterol checked more frequently. Control Blood Pressure - High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis. Your healthcare team should measure your blood pressure at least once every 2 years, if you have never had high blood pressure or other risk factors for heart disease. If you have high blood pressure, your healthcare team might recommend some changes in your lifestyle or advise you to lower the sodium in your diet; your doctor may also prescribe medication when necessary to help lower your blood pressure. Manage Diabetes - If your healthcare provider thinks you have symptoms of diabetes, he or she may recommend that you get tested. If you have diabetes talk with your healthcare team about treatment options or lifestyle changes to help keep your blood sugar under control. Take Your Medicine - If you take medication to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand something. Never stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.



Introducing AnteAGE MD Unique Technology Optimizes Hair Growth BY JUDY WAGONER

“Having always had a head full of thick, healthy hair, I was disappointed when my hair started thinning and shocked at how it affected my self confidence! But even more shocking were the results I saw right after my AnteAGE MD Hair Rejuvenation treatment. After two weeks, I could see new growth. After three weeks, I’m convinced this is nothing short of miraculous! I’m one very satisfied customer!” -JH/Monroe/Age 38


HROUGHOUT HISTORY, HAIR HAS played a significant role in our society. It’s associated with youthfulness and beauty in women, and virility and masculinity in men. We often see our hair as a reflection of our identity because it is both personal and public. Many women feel that a bad hair day equals a bad day. When our hair is too fine, too frizzy, too dry, turning gray or falling out,


our self-esteem is seriously affected. So, it’s no surprise that hair loss can be devastating for many men and women. Recent advances in hair follicle science have led to an amazing product that is helping people grow hair. AnteAge MD Hair Rejuvenation combines medical microneedling with cell cytokines, taken from the bone marrow of 20 year old Scandanavian women. These powerful growth factors and cytokines signal the body to reawaken hair follicles from the “resting” to the “active” growth phase, without the pain of injections, surgery, lasers, drugs or ointments. The results parallel those of invasive and expensive PRP, with much less inflammation and at a fraction of the cost. Several different types of cells produce growth factors. Research has shown that some of the most important cells for this are bone marrow derived mesenchymal cells. These

cells are able to differentiate into many different cell lines and are the cells primarily used for tissue regeneration. And, they are the best cells at producing growth factors, compared to platelets, fibroblasts or adipocytes. But there’s more to it than that. Different growth factors do different things. Their effect on inflammation is key. Some promote inflammation and others reduce inflammation. While inflammation is a key element of wound healing, it can be detrimental to tissues in terms of aging, especially if it happens over and over again. AnteAGE MD contains the anti-inflammatory growth factors and cytokines derived and cultured from pristine human bone marrow. They’re pre-packaged and require no blood drawing in the office. The treatment protocol is once or twice a month for at least three months, depending on the severity of hair loss. All of our patients are seeing hair growth within the first month and it continues to improve with each treatment. As the photos below show, significant results can be seen in 3 months. AnteAGE MD MicroNeedling Solution is the real game-changer. It’s a total home run for our patients. For more information, visit our website, or call 318-361-9066 to schedule an appointment.

Feed Your Soul This Season

Choose Chicken Salad Chick For Holiday Happenings


HICKEN SALAD CHICK,THE NATION’S only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, is ready to serve your family this holiday season. Located at 1191 Lamy Lane, this location is owned and operated by Monroe natives, Ashley Keever, Krista Rhymes and Matthew Miller. Chicken Salad Chick serves full-flavored, Southern-style chicken salad made from scratch and served from the heart. With more than a dozen original chicken salad flavors ,as well as fresh side salads, gourmet soups, signature sandwiches and delicious desserts, Chicken Salad Chick’s robust menu is a perfect fit for any guest. The Monroe Chick is open from 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. for dine-in and carryout orders. Chicken Salad Chick also features a catering menu with assorted mini-croissant platters, fruit trays, executive-style boxed lunches and dessert platters. From bridal showers to teacher

lunches, tailgate parties to holiday soirées, Chicken Salad Chick can tailor your order to fit any occasion. The Chicken Salad Chick concept, born in Auburn, AL was established in 2008 in the kitchen of founder, Stacy Brown. When Stacy discovered that the local county health department would not allow her to continue making and selling her delicious recipes out of her home kitchen, she overcame that obstacle by launching her first restaurant with the business expertise of her future husband and fellow founder, Kevin Brown. Together, they opened a small takeout restaurant, which quickly grew; the company now has over 90 restaurants across the Southeast. This holiday season, turn to Chicken Salad Chick for all your catering needs. From our class all-stars like Olivia’s Old South, a southern tradition with pickles and egg, to holiday favorites like Cranberry Kelli, a

mixture of dried, sweetend cranberries and slivered almonds. And, for a limited time only (November 5 - December 31) try the Rockin’ Rita, made with Wickles Pickles, and the scrumptious Pumpkin Cheesecake. Looking for a last minute party snack or instant hostess gift? Try the Pimento Cheese Ball Platters, served with two sleeves of crackers. Want to warm up on a chilly night? Don’t forget about the loaded potato soup, which features a rich, mouth-watering broth and all your favorite baked potato toppings. Also, try crowd pleasers, like the soul warming tomato bisque, broccoli cheddar, chicken artichoke florentine or our flavorful favorite, chicken tortilla soup. For information on menu items and store hours, please “like” the Monroe Chicken Salad Chick Facebook page at ChickenSaladChickMonroe or visit the website at


Tonore’s Wine Cellar Wine Tasting at Tonore’s


OR OVER 80 YEARS, TONORE’S WINE Cellar has been a staple in Northeast Louisiana. Bought in 2014 from the Tonore family, Russell Kicey, and his wife Julie, have kept the tradition of providing excellent service with an expertly curated selection of fine wines, liquors and beers. From serving fine wines to serving the community, Tonore’s Wine Cellar keeps charitable giving at the forefront of the familyowned business. The Kiceys host seasonal tastings throughout the year, donating 100% of the proceeds to non-profit organizations such as: MedCamps of Louisiana, Twin City Rotary, Cancer Foundation League, Quota Club of Monroe, Krewe of Janus, ARCO, Boys Scouts, Rotary Club, KEDM Public Radio, Children’s Coalition and Family Promise. The four main tastings include: Wine in the Spring, Beer in the Summer, Whiskey in the Fall and the upcoming Wine for Winter.


Mark your calendar for November 15, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the next tasting benefitting Twin City Rotary. There will be up to fifty different wine labels represented, vendor giveaways, door prizes and raffles. A suggested $12 donation will directly benefit the non-profit organization. Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Tonore’s Wine Cellar can create custom baskets with an assortment of wines, craft beers, whiskey, gourmet foods, gifts and more. Have a whiskey aficionado on your list? Tonore’s not only has great gift sets but some of the most highly allocated whiskeys available. Whatever your budget and whatever your taste, they can accommodate your needs. They will even deliver baskets to clients and friends during the holiday season. Out-of-town family members often order baskets for loved ones. It’s as easy as one phone call. Love a wine snob? Give the gift of Tonore’s

Wine Cellar Monthly Wine Club. Each month, Tonore’s (along with expert vendors) will handpick two bottles of delicious wines curated to the preference of the member(s). There are two different levels to choose from, both will exceptional wines that are off-the-cuff. For an additional $5, the fine folks at Tonore’s will deliver to your door (restricted delivery area). Beginning in December, Tonore’s will offer their exclusive Tonore’s Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Whiskey. Personally hand-selected by staff and customers, the highly-sought after and limited quantity cask sold out last year. It’s a perfect gift for the hardto-buy-for husband, boss or client on your list. Personalize each bottle with the recipient’s name, and Tonore’s will wrap it up for you. Tonore’s Wine Cellar is one-stop-shop this holiday season. Visit them today at 801 Louisville Avenue in Monroe or call 318.325.4100.

DuPont Jewelers

Celebrating Our Five Year Anniversary and 66 Years in Business


HE YEAR WAS 1952, MY DAD, WHO had been back from the War only a few years, had been working as a watch maker. He purchased a jewelry store in Rayville, Louisiana from a man named Dip Carson. Back then, we carried everything from jewelry to guitar strings. We eventually moved from across the railroad tracks next to the Joy Theater. Later, we moved to downtown Rayville, across from Glovers Hardware. Our final location in Rayville was in a shopping center next to Walmart. We opened a second store in the early 90s in the West Monroe Glenwood Mall. Eventually, we relocated this store to 18th Street in Monroe. I entered the business in 1981 after completing jewelry school 37 years ago. Now, we are celebrating five years at our current location on the corner of Forsythe and 19th in Monroe. I was fortunate to have a father who had over 50 years of experience in the jewelry business. While working with him, he gave me some of his wisdom. “James,” my dad said, “In the jewelry business, your reputation is everything.” He also said, “It’s never wrong to do the right thing.” I think he was right. I have

tried to let these, and other ideas guide me in business. For myself, I have always loved making beautiful jewelry. When designing jewelry for my customer, I enjoy finding out their styling likes and dislikes. It is important to me to make the piece that will be exactly what my customer desires. Acquiring a new piece of jewelry has never been easier. These are some of the options we offer and you should consider. TRADE: If you have a piece of jewelry that has gone out of style, simply trade your piece for a new style. Simple and easy! We have a showcase full of jewelry, and you’re sure to find something new you will love. RESTORE: If you like the styling of your piece, we can restore it to like new condition by redefining details that have worn off, re-tipping or rebuilding settings, replacing the shank of the ring or re-engraving worn engraving. We work with rose gold, white gold, yellow gold, platinum and silver. All work is done in-house, and we have over 40 years of experience. REDESIGN: Redesigning your piece using your diamonds and colored stones which you already own is another option. When we

make a piece of jewelry, we handmake the setting to accommodate your stones instead of trying to find a setting in a book and then make your stone fit the setting. Our process insures a perfect fit every time. We use solid gold metal that has been rolled and work-hardened into wire or flat karat plate. This metal is very dense and hard, so it doesn’t scratch, bend or dent likes most commercial jewelry. This handcrafted process will ensure your jewelry can be passed down for generations. CREATE: If you have seen a design on the Internet or in a catalog and are wondering if it can be made, the answer is yes! If you have changes or different combinations of metal you would like to work into the design, great. We work with rose gold, yellow gold, white gold and even green gold. SELL: The last option we offer is making you an offer to purchase your diamonds and jewelry regardless of their condition. We buy old jewelry, new jewelry, gold and silver coins, and large and small diamonds. If you haven’t been in recently, we would love to show you our unique pieces of estate, classic and modern jewelry. During our Anniversary Sale we have marked down everything in our store. We hope to see you soon.

James DuPont



BEING GRATEFUL Instilling This Characteristic into the Lives of Our Children article by Cindy G. Foust


appy month of Thanksgiving readers…I hope this finds you enjoying the wonderful cool snap we are finally having. I mean, we aren’t ready to break out the parkas or snow boots (that we so often wear here in the south), but at least the temperature has given us a reprieve and it feels somewhat like fall. So how are things going in the Bayou community? If you are like me and you’ve given any thought at all to the holidays, you can hardly believe it’s time to start thinking about cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. It truly seems like we were just sitting around waiting on the Hallmark Channel to release their 27 original Christmas movies, and BAM, here we are again. Like many of you, this is my absolute favorite time of year, and it gets me all in my feels (I have clearly been watching too much reality television) about such things as my childhood and the family traditions I have always treasured. Those traditions have certainly found their way into my own family and through the years, I have tried to maintain old traditions and at the same time, start new ones for my little tribe. And like most parents, Scott and I have done our best to equip our children with grateful hearts. But seeing is believing, right? Or so they say and your children, no matter their ages, are watching you and your own grateful heart. This parenting concept has been a priority of mine for years and really gained momentum, when my son was in elementary


school. Those are certainly formative years for our little ones and hardly a word we speak as parents or an action we commit gets by them, right? For the most part, those words or actions are on the up and up for most of us, and we mostly end up positively

influencing our children rather than the opposite. Well, except that one time when I was driving with my son on a sort of back winding road on the way to my parent’s house and a horse trailer had jack-knifed and had the road blocked in a curve. I love Jesus, but I might have cussed a little right then, and much to my chagrin, my little four-yearold decided to become a little Polly Parrot after that and repeat, at inopportune times, certain words that might have been said in

his presence that were the direct result of a stressful and rather traumatic experience. Anybody with me and experienced the same inappropriate use of the English language in front of an impressionable toddler? All I can say is I hope they don’t say it at school when the fire alarm goes off, because I heard that did happen to someone one time, and it would be really embarrassing. But a more impressionable time was when we were asked to send money to school to create a fund for families who couldn’t afford Christmas for their children. Now that, readers, is a great teaching opportunity and a chance to instill some of that gratefulness in your young ones. Up until that point, my son had trusted that everyone had Christmas and all they had to do was ask Santa Claus. It had never occurred to him that there were children who might not get that Play Station they were asking for, or get anything at all for Christmas. We tried to use that opportunity to demonstrate what it meant to be grateful for what we had, even in the monetary sense, for there are always others who are less fortunate. We even took some of our own money that we were hoarding under our mattress for some video game and donated it to the cause. More than anything as parents, shouldn’t we want to create a heightened sense of gratitude in our kids, and the younger their age the better? To me, and I am no psychological expert (I just play one in this column), but grateful hearts are capable of extending kindness and good will, which are

characteristics we should want to see in our own selves and especially in our children. I have written before about random acts of kindness, and quite frankly, I try to mention that word as frequently as I can in the lines of this column, because I don’t think we can hear it enough, no matter our age. In the month when we should be thinking about gratefulness and the things we are most grateful for, what says, you readers? What things are you grateful for and how do you give your children a “view” of that gratefulness? I’ve reached the age of my life where my heart stays full of gratitude for every day and every year that goes by that I get to enjoy good health and the good health of my family and friends. I have seen the devastation of illness over the years and experienced a little poor health of my own, and quite honestly, our good health is just a gift and should create in us a strong sense of gratitude. It’s hard, however, to instill that same sense of gratitude in young children, especially when they can’t see past the games they like to play or the hobbies they like to participate in. But what they can see is their parents discussing how fortunate we are to be healthy and happy and how thankful we are to be together, especially at holidays. I’ve experienced loss, readers, I’ve written about it on several occasions, and some of that loss has been at the hands of a devastating illness, so my point of reference is pretty high for what constitutes an emergency in my life or for something that is seemingly catastrophic, but quite honestly, is not. My children have sadly had to experience some of that devastation, early in their lives, and we discuss frequently at our house the good fortune of being healthy.

What about you, readers? What are some things that you are grateful for? Family? Friends? Church? Work? We can all make a list that would most likely include a lot of the same things, but what should rank high on that list is our being grateful for our good health and our family’s good health, and being in a position of influence with our children so that they understand that same gratefulness. Is it just me or is this column all over the place this month? First, I was enjoying cool weather, then cursing in front of my four-year-old at a horse trailer and then “lecturing” once again on having a grateful heart, in November no less, when we are all focusing on gratitude. Make the most of this holiday season, readers, slow down and spend time with your loved ones, especially your children, and talk about being grateful. We are never too young, or too old, to understand the value of that characteristic, so spend some time, even in your own quiet time, and reflect on what you are most grateful for. And then take it a step further and let those that you are thankful know what they mean to you. Is it just me, readers, or did this column turn sappy and weepy when I could have been giving you my favorite recipes to cook for Thanksgiving or what outfit with matching lipstick I am wearing to Thanksgiving lunch (think…velvet sweatsuit with elastic waist and Chapstick.) Happy Thanksgiving, readers, I am also most grateful to get to visit with you each month on the pages of this wonderful magazine. I pray your holiday season if filled with time spent with the ones you love the most.


Ruston’s Little Gem Vintage & Vogue


HIS QUAINT LITTLE BOUTIQUE is stocked full of unique gifts for your special someone. Wallets made from vintage neckties, pottery, framed calligraphy verses and handmade duck calls are just a few of their many treasures. Various products from individual artisans and other companies provide a variety of curated gifts that no other shop offers. Owner and Designer, Michele Millette McGehee with Timeless Treasures Originals, creates incredible jewelry fashioned from vintage watches. Using porcelain dials, gears, pocket watch chains and more, she designs one-of-a-kind pieces you’ll be proud to wear. She particularly enjoys making jewelry for her customers from their own heirloom watches. Sweet Shop USA is a wonderful chocolatier making handmade truffles and candies. These chocolates are decorated by


hand and are incredibly fresh, as they are made in small batches. They are also the largest handmade chocolate manufacturer in the country. Vintage & Vogue serves samples daily in their shop. Bayou Bowties, by Andrew McGehee, makes superb quality bow ties, pocket squares and shirts incorporating genuine alligator leather. Each tie is handmade in South Carolina using silks that were manufactured in England. The long-sleeved t-shirts and sweat tops are accented with a piece of alligator leather with the logo embossed. One of the newest acquisitions for this shop is PRAYERSONTHESIDE by Suzanne Lyell. This religious art is completely handcrafted and then painted. Crosses, hearts, plaques and ornaments are titled, and a Bible verse is cited on the back of each piece. The artist then paints scripture in different

languages around the sides of her work. Another new product line is Opinel Knives. They are made in France and have been around since 1890. These knives have high quality stainless steel blades with a sharp, durable edge and are finished with wooden handles. Their locking design is a safety feature that make this a desirable knife to own. The shop offers several sizes, and some are sold in wooden gift boxes with sheaths. Paddywax Candles is a great company from Nashville with hand-poured soy candles in a variety of scents and vessels. REIGN Beard Care, by Parker Dash, is a line of sophisticated personal care products. They have both balms and oils for sale. Richard Hart, with Hart Copper Designs, makes unique copper rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Vintage & Vogue has a nice collection of antique books, silver, crystal and china. There is also a large assortment of mechanical watches and clocks to select from. They will have extended holiday hours starting November 29th and their Christmas Open House will be Thursday, November 15th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. So plan a trip soon to downtown Ruston and explore the many treasures in this little gem. You’ll be glad you did!

A True Hometown Restaurant Waterfront Grill


OR OVER 20 YEARS, THIS LOCAL restaurant is not only one of Monroe Louisiana’s favorite places to dine but it is also become a part of this wonderful community. Every aspect of the restaurant is infused with a sense of community and hometown pride. The walls are adored with ULM memorabilia, large windows on the back wall provide views of the patio overlooking the bayou, and the cuisine itself is a statement of Louisiana. With the holidays right around the corner, Waterfront Grill would like remind everyone that this is the season of giving and there is never a better time to give back to our community. Here are a fews of the local organizations Waterfront supports in our town: • Ronald Mcdonald House • St. Vincent De Paul • Pilot Club

• Lab Week • St. Jude’s • Susan G. Komen • National Guard • Wesley Foundation • Red Cross • Children’s Coalition • Chennault Aviation Museum • Teen Challenge • Area Churches • March of Dimes • Med Camps • ULM Waterfront Grill also gives Teacher’s Appreciation donations, participates in discount cards for all high schools and frequently donates food to the DeSiard Street Shelter. With a casual setting on Bayou DeSiard and a menu featuring the highest quality steaks and assortment of savory seafood

dishes, it’s not hard to see why Waterfront Grill has lasted so long. The Weems family has mastered the grill and has created a special niche that customers, whether local resident or passerby, find delectable. Waterfront Grill has perfected their menu with items that can appeal to any clientele, all without the use of a single frier. One of the most popular dishes of on the menu is the Catfish DeSiard, which was once featured in Southern Living Magazine. This dish consists of baked catfish topped with seasoned bread crumbs, green onions, Parmesan cheese, mushrooms and shrimp and is truly a mouthwatering combination of flavor and texture. Waterfront Grill also provides Catering Services for holiday parties or business functions. You can find them next to ULM’s campus at 5201 DeSiard St., open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For reservations or advanced orders, call 318-345-0064.


Holiday Art Crawl A Community Celebration



CLAC’S HOLIDAY ART CRAWL IS A COMMUNITYcentered event, where Ruston’s artists, downtown merchants, and Christmas shoppers can support one another and be merry. Formerly known as the Holiday Arts Tour, the Holiday Art Crawl has become an annual tradition. This year, participating downtown businesses will host artists on the evenings of November 15 and 16 (Thursday and Friday). The event will conclude the following morning (Saturday) with the Holiday Art Brawl for adults and Sprout Hour for kids. All are welcome to join us in our celebration of art, our community and the season. Community-wide participation in this event significantly benefits Ruston’s business and culture. Our downtown area, built around the historic railroad tracks that brought Ruston into existence, is filled with locally-owned shops, restaurants and other businesses. Additionally, there are many local visual and performance artists contributing to our community’s culture, more than forty of whom are participating in this year’s Holiday Art Crawl. Individuals in the community sustain these businesses and artists through their recognition and support. The importance of getting involved in community life—not just for merchants and artists, but for everyone—cannot be stressed enough. When we participate in community events, we have found a way to become people who are with each other instead of around each other. That is the spirit of the Holiday Art Crawl, where the enduring small town atmosphere we know and love surrounds the festivities, as we see old friends and make new ones. The Holiday Art Crawl is going to be just as fun as it is important. In addition to paintings and photography, the event will feature woodwork, handmade jewelry, calligraphy and more. The music that will be performed also represents an eclectic collection of genres, like a cappella and body percussion. Remember also that Sprout Hour, a guided craft session for kids with three artists, and Art Brawl, an art competition for adults, will be held simultaneously at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. For brief descriptions of participating artists and businesses as well as more information on scheduled events, take a look at the Holiday Art Crawl brochure. The schedule is packed, but be assured that there is no need to be in a rush at the Holiday Art Crawl. On the contrary, the atmosphere is cheerful and relaxed, and shoppers are encouraged to stroll through downtown at their own pace. Feel free to drift from shop to shop, taking in all of the beautiful artwork there is to see, or to linger with a single piece that inspires you. The only real requirement is an appreciation for our artists, merchants, shoppers and friends who will be celebrating the holiday season together. Fine Line Supply is the title sponsor of Holiday Art Crawl, which is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Visit for additional information.


Uptown Downtown Cakery, Bakery and Eatery


T’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR The holidays are right around the corner and we all know what that means, good food! All of the family favorites will be piled sky high throughout the kitchen and dining room! Cornbread dressing, turkey, green bean casserole, cranberry chutney, corn pudding, ham and so much more. But nothing tops off your favorite holiday meal like the perfect dessert.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX Every year, there’s always the family favorites we can’t wait to see waiting on the dessert table. And if you’re like our family, yes, you need a whole table just for the desserts. Well this year, we want to make you the star at your family get together by bringing not only traditional favorites, but some not so traditional but man we have been missing out treats, too. Aunt Yvonne’s Famous 4 layer delight, Mrs. Jean’s Classic Pecan Pie, Dendy’s Secret Sweet Potato Pie, Mrs. Peggy’s Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pound Cake, Pumpkin Spice Cannolis, Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes, Pecan Pie Bars and Pumpkin Oatmeal Doozies, just to name a few. Oh! and let’s not forget the little ones. Show up with decorated pumpkin and turkey cookies, and you will be the aunt, mom, grandma, cousin, sister of the year! Call or come by and see us in Downtown Ruston to place your order. It’s never too early! Also, stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram to keep up with upcoming events and new products be served up at the little blue bakery! And, don’t forget us when planning catering for your corporate or family holiday party. We’d love to take the stress out of your meal planning this year. MISS JEAN’S SOUTHERN PECAN PIE Ingredients: • 1 cup Karo Light Corn Syrup • 3 Eggs • 1 cup Sugar • 2 Tbsp. Butter, melted • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract • 1 ½ cups Pecan, roughly chopped • 1 unbaked 9 inch Deep Dish Pie Crust Directions: • Stir first 5 ingredients thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Stir in pecans. Pour into pie crust. Bake on center rack for 45-60 minutes. Check at 45 minutes, if center is still jiggly, continue baking until firm. Cool for 2 hours. Top with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and enjoy!




From Elderberry Syrup to Vitamin C, It’s Important to Load Up With Nutrients to Ward Off Sickness ARTICLE BY SHANNON DAHLUM AND IMAGES BY JAMIE DAHLUM

It’s my favorite time of year! To me, the cooler weather that comes in November means I can get away with making soup for dinner every night, lazy Sundays watching football and backyard bonfires. Unfortunately, it also means the beginning of flu season. Especially during this time of year, it’s important to load up on a wide variety of fruits and veggies to give your immune system the nutrients it needs to stay strong. You can get Vitamin C not only from citrus fruits, but also from leafy green veggies, as well as bell peppers and brussels sprouts. Vitamin A is found in orange fruits and veggies, like squash, carrots and pumpkins. Unfortunately, though, the pumpkin spice latte doesn’t count. Zinc is important for your immune system, too, and you can get that from oysters, crab, poultry, yogurt (skip yogurt with added sugar or artificial sweeteners) and chickpeas. In addition to getting the nutrients you need through food, I recommend making some elderberry syrup for extra protection. Elderberry is a powerful immune boosting herb. Those small, dark berries contain antioxidants, called anthocyanins, that boost the production of cytokines. Cytokines are messengers that trigger your 180 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

immune system to start fighting infection. Many studies have shown the effectiveness of elderberries in decreasing the duration of the flu. In a study of 60 patients who had been suffering from flu symptoms for 48 hours or less, participants were given either 15ml of elderberry syrup or a placebo, 4 times daily for 5 days. The symptoms of those taking the elderberry were relieved an average of 4 days faster and the use of rescue medication was significantly less. [1] Another study showed that 93% of flu patients who were given Sambucol (an over the counter elderberry supplement) saw a significant improvement in symptoms in two days, and 90% of them were completely cured within 2-3 days. In the control group, it took six days for 91.7% of the patients to see this kind of improvement. [2] When taking elderberry within the first 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms, the duration of the illness was shortened by an average of four days! According to the CDC, the overall effectiveness of the 2017-2018 flu vaccine was estimated to be 40%. This means that the vaccine reduced someone’s risk of having

to seek medical care for the flu by 40%. The effectiveness of the vaccine every year is also dependent on how well the strain of flu in the vaccine matches the strain in circulation. Because elderberry works by boosting your body’s own ability to fight viruses, it really doesn’t matter what strain of flu is circulating for it to be effective. The ingredients in elderberry syrup are pretty simple; all you need are elderberries and raw honey, along with optional herbs like ginger, cinnamon and cloves. It’s pretty darn delicious, too! But don’t eat the raw berries or other parts of the plant, as they can lead to nausea and vomiting. Add some syrup to sparkling water, drizzle it over oatmeal, use it to lightly sweeten some tea, add it to smoothies or take it by the spoonful. You can work a little bit in every day to boost your immune system, and if you start experiencing cold or flu systems, increase it to three times daily. And if you get a flu shot, you can still take some elderberry syrup for added protection. Try making your own syrup! Or, if you aren’t much of a do-it-yourselfer, you can pick up a bottle of locally made elderberry syrup at For His Temple Family Foods in West Monroe.


1/2 cup dried elderberries 2 slices of fresh ginger root 1 small cinnamon stick 4-5 whole cloves 2 cups of water 1/2 cup raw honey Bring the elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to a boil in the water. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half (about 45 minutes). Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, and use the back of a spoon to press as much liquid out of the berries as you can. Discard the pulp (add it to your compost pile!) After the liquid has cooled, add in the raw honey and whisk until smooth. It is important to wait until the liquid cools, because the heat can kill off beneficial nutrients present in the raw honey. Store your syrup in a sealed glass container in the fridge. It will keep well for at least 2 weeks, but you can freeze it in ice cube trays to make it last longer, too!

E L D E R B E R RY C O C K TA I L Ingredients:

1 part elderberry syrup 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice 2 parts gin or vodka Add ingredients, along with ice, to a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into to cocktail glasses and serve. If you’re sick, steer clear of alcohol! Enjoy a mocktail instead, by replacing the gin or vodka with sparkling water, and just stirring your ingredients together right in your glass.

Footnotes: [1] Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections. [2]Inhibition of several strains of influenza virus in vitro and reduction of symptoms by an elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra L.) during an outbreak of influenza B Panama.


Local Restaurant Provides Local Food for His temple Connects with Farmers to Provide Locally Sourced Ingredients


OR HIS TEMPLE FAMILY FOODS LOCATED AT 315 WOOD Street in Antique Alley, West Monroe is the right place to grab real, whole, gluten free and primarily organic prepared foods and groceries. This family owned and operated business has been impressing guests since 2015 by serving nutrient dense, flavor packed food. It’s all about feeding the body foods to nourish. You can come in for a relaxing lunch, or grab a bite to go. The weekly menu is posted on Facebook, Instagram and their website. You can pick up supper or meals for another day in the prepared foods cooler. There are also family style casseroles, emtrées and sides in the freezer, as well as made-to-order with only 24 hours notice. This family is focused on making healthy foods that taste good available for busy lives. And in a season of gratitude and thankfulness, owners Dana and Eddie Milford, are especially thankful for the local farmers and food artisans. “Through for His temple, we have connected to these local farmers and cultivated a true local food community,” said Dana. These include blueberries from the Brown Family in West Monroe, grass fed beef from Dunn Farms in Columbia, lamb and goat meat from Ridgetop Farm in West Monroe, honey from D’s Bees in Swartz, hydroponic lettuce from Edible Zen in Farmerville, and seasonal produce from Pato Feo Farms in Ruston, T&T Plantery in Monroe and Current Farms in Morehouse Parish. Dana has also connected with some regional farms to source items. She works with Mahaffey Farms in Haughton to get a variety of sustainably raised meat, Inglewood Farms in Alexandria for organically grown vegetables and Haute Goat Creamery in East Texas for artisanal cheeses. “Partnering with local farms that care about nutrition, whole foods, sustainability and keeping it local is important to us,” said Dana. And it is important to her customers too. “People want to know where their food is coming from, and you have that at for His temple. Heck, you can even meet some of the farmers that grew the food, since they pop in often with their latest bounty.” With the holidays approaching, folks are starting to plan family gatherings and parties with friends, and for His temple can help with these special meals. They can prepare a casserole or a special dessert. Their specialty is crafting a dish or a meal that tastes amazing while keeping ingredients that cause food allergies and intolerances off the menu. This holiday season, they will offer a variety of casseroles including green bean casserole, carrot soufflé, broccoli casserole, praline sweet potato and three different kinds of dressings. Dessert options include pecan pie, pumpkin pie and blueberry cobbler. for His temple will also offer whole turkeys for home cooking from Greener Pastures, an all pastured, regenerative farm in Southwest Louisiana. Be sure to call to place an order for the size turkey you need and when you would like to pick up! Whether you are looking for gluten free, diary free, soy free or dealing with another food allergy, you can find it at for His temple. Stop by today to see everything they have to offer!


Marty and Mark’s Jewelry and Watch Repair Experts Offer In-House Repair Services, Jewelry and Watch Selection


ARTY GRASSI AND MARK BENNETT ARE LOCAL people taking care of local people. With their watch and jewelry repair business located on Trenton Street in the heart of downtown West Monroe, they are the name to trust in their industry. Marty has decades of experience when it comes to repairing jewelry. He has teamed up with Mark Bennett, a local watchmaker with 30 years experience repairing watches, to open Marty and Mark’s. They offer the best of jewelry and watch repair, expert jewelry repair and appraisals. They also repair and service Rolexes and all other makes of watches and offer battery replacement. Plus, all of the work is done in-house so your jewelry and treasured items aren’t sent offsite. They stay in the store and in the hands of Marty and Mark. They are the only in-house watchmaker in the Twin Cities, with all of the work being done in the shop. They can repair and replace missing crystals, stems, crowns, gaskets, watch bands and bracelets. Plus, all repairs complete come with a one-year warranty from Mark himself. In addition, there is on-site battery replacement as well as free estimates. Mark is an expert in Rolex service. He has completed Level 1 Rolex training in Dallas, TX in 1996 and Level 2 in Litiz, PA in 2004, as well as a Tag Heuer Training course in May of 2004. But he services and repairs all types of watches including Omega, Seiko, Tag Heuer, Pulsar, Luminox, Rolex, Bulova, Elgin, Hamilton and more. In addition their ability to repair just about anything when it comes to jewelry and watches, Marty and Mark carry a unique selection of speciality jewelry items as well as pre-owned Rolex watches. Their selection is constantly changing as they are getting new pieces in and can even order something just for you. The holidays are just around the corner and Marty and Mark’s have something for everyone on your list! From Rolexes for men and women to unique diamond rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets any lady will love, you can be assured of the utmost quality when selecting an item from Marty and Mark. When you work with them, you can expect fast service, fair prices and expert work!


The Children’s Shoppe What a Specialty Store Should Be


HE CHILDREN’S SHOPPE HAS BEEN SERVING AS North Louisiana’s premier boutique for infant and children’s clothing and gifts for eighteen years. We take pride in providing timeless children’s fashion for girls – premie to size 16, and boys – premie to size 12. The Children’s Shoppe also carries a vast selection of custom-made hair bows, must-have gifts for newborns, special events, birthday or just for play. Naughty or nice, don’t think twice about visiting the Children’s Shoppe for timelessly classic holiday apparel. From tartan dresses and jon jons, to delicately embroidered Proper Peony and beautiful hand-painted bows, we have a vast selection of festive wear. Bring the Christmas magic home to your family this year with Elf on the Shelf. We have Santa’s scout elves, accessories, games and more. Our newest game, The Christmas Star from Afar, celebrates the true meaning of Christmas with a wooden nativity set and book that features Bible verses and interactive ideas for children. Don tiny feet this holiday season with delicate stockings, socks and shoes perfect for crisp weather and festive occasions. We have a variety of Native, chüs, Livie & Luca’s, and many more shoes and boots. Santa’s elves have been busy stocking shelves with perfect holiday gifts. We have a huge selection of unicorn headbands and accessories, mermaid jewelry, llama, sloth and narwhal toys and gifts. If you have a little one that loves to look beautiful, The Children’s Shoppe has a spa-tacular assortment of scented nail polishes, beauty masks and makeup. And, we didn’t forget about the little boys, either. Stock up on Melissa & Doug construction site vehicles and train sets, dinosaur magnets and puzzles, Thomas & Friends toys, John Deere tractors and more. Not sure what to get the kids on your list? Choose from the vast selection of children’s books from Fancy Nancy to Llama Llama, or develop a lifelong love of reading with coveted Little Golden Books. The Children’s Shoppe’s library is expansive and offers something for everyone. Looking for a baby shower gift? The Children’s Shoppe carries coveted lines like Magnolia Baby, Mayoral, Kickee Pants, Feltman Brothers and Paty. Find the softest pima cotton gowns and onesies, embroidered baby bibs and luxurious Little Giraffe blankets. Mary Meyers baby mats, diaper covers and bonnets abound, as well as necessities like Babyshushers, NoseFridas and Windis that are always in stock. The Children’s Shoppe has everything a new parent needs for their upcoming arrival, so don’t forget to register today. Want to give a gift that will last a lifetime? The Children’s Shoppe offers silver rattles and grooming sets, heirloom bracelets and crosses, birthstone rings and necklaces, gorgeous Christening gowns and more. These timeless gifts are just part of the reason why The Children’s Shoppe is the longest standing children’s specialty store in Northeast Louisiana. Capture your tiny tots hands forever when Hands of Clay visits our Ruston store at 109 N Trenton Street on Friday, November 9th and our Monroe location on Saturday, November 10th at 1826 Forsythe Avenue.


Lewis’ Gifts of Shreveport Unique Blend of Personal Service and Luxury Products


THE LEWIS FAMILY OF LEWIS’ GIFTS HAS BEEN A part of Shreveport, Louisiana’s retail community for over 90 years. The small shop that began as a pharmacy back in the 1920s and was transformed into a gift shop in 1985 grew so much that the family ultimately found a new home and a new 12,000 foot showroom at 5807 Youree Drive in 2008. Today, Catherine Lewis Hobbs is the fourth generation to own Lewis’ Gifts along with her brother Mike Lewis who runs the adjoining café, Biscotti’s. The staff has a combined 259 years of retail experience, and most of them have been with the company for many years. That family atmosphere coupled with impeccable personal service is one of the hallmarks of Lewis’ Gifts. Another signature hallmark is the breathtaking selection. Walking into Lewis’ Gifts transports guests into a world of new options, from the perfect gift that pampers to graceful home décor. Lewis’ Gifts carries the brands you love such as Jon Hart, Niven Morgan, Vietri, Juliska, Skyros, Tyler Boe and Bella Notte Bedding in the latest trends as well as classics you’ll love forever. The bustling store showcases everything from artisan bath products to baby gifts and clothing. They also carry fabulous women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry. Lewis’ Gifts is the perfect place to take your home into every season. The staff can show you some simple additions in china, flatware and linens for an easy update to your tabletop design. They can help you coordinate throw pillows and matching lamps, as well as home accents for inside or outdoor entertaining. Their candles, scented soaps and gourmet packaged foods will add a welcoming note to your guestroom. Lewis’ Gifts is known throughout the South as a wedding registry destination with full service and attention to detail. Each wedding party receives personal service customized just for them. Lewis’ offers almost everything the newlyweds need to start a new home together. The wedding consultants and staff make it their priority to ensure a timely follow-through and personal experience. Registering your wish list is easy and convenient, whether it is in the store or online! As you enjoy your shopping, plan to stay for lunch! Biscotti’s is located inside Lewis’ Gifts and offers a delectable menu with something to delight every taste. Catering and Meals-to-Go is also available offering sandwich trays, casseroles, sides, salads, dessert trays, soups, pies and cakes. Biscotti’s can handle catering for small families and larger parties. So whether you’re looking for something to spruce up your home for the winter or for the perfect gift to delight and pamper, the staff at Lewis’ Gifts is ready to help. Their convenient location and unique blend of personal service and luxury products will enhance your style and your life.




a photographic journey by Thomas Ritter

HEMIN-A-HAUT STATE PARK, located in a secluded area in northeast Louisiana not far from the Arkansas State Line, was established in 1935, making it the second oldest park in the state. It is situated on a high bluff overlooking Bayou Bartholomew, which is known as one of the most pristine bayous anywhere in the country. This waterway is the world’s longest bayou meandering approximately three hundred sixty-four miles, and it contains more than one hundred fifteen fish species, which is one of the highest counts of any stream in North America. The unspoiled beauty of Chemin-A-Haut is the main factor involved in it being an exceptional place for nature lovers to observe an undisturbed environment. Today, there are fourteen cabins which may be rented, plus thirty-five picnic areas and five group sites for up to twenty-four people each. Park visitors may enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking and wildlife observation. There is an eight mile equestrian trail for horseback riders, and guests may cool off in a swimming pool that is open during the hot summer months. A body of water, called Big Slough Lake, invites fishing from the bank with plenty of shade during most of the day. From personal experience, I can attest that this park offers a place to relax and become one with the environment. Two hiking trails have been constructed in the park which take visitors past many types of hardwood and softwood trees. Included are towering loblolly and long leaf pines, imposing oaks and beautiful red buckeyes. A plethora of wildlife inhabits this area, giving adventurers a reason to be still and watch the natural world unfold around them. The park includes a little more than five hundred acres and its name comes from the French word meaning “high road.” The area was the route used by Native Americans many years ago in their migrations during the rainy seasons. An historic cultural site has recently been discovered nearby. Evidence found there is comprised of projectile points and stone tools proving that this was an active trading location for regional tribes. The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana has recently acquired a two hundred forty-seven acre tract located in a large bend of Bayou Bartholomew. Eventually the conservancy will transfer the land to the state. The property will then be added to Chemin-A-Haut which will increase the park’s size to seven hundred fifty acres. The Conservancy is a true friend of our environment, as they manage more than two hundred fifty thousand acres of this state’s natural habitat. The organization oversees at least sixty Louisiana properties either on their own or in cooperation with our National Wildlife Refuges. Their efforts protect the breeding grounds of indigenous wildlife and their mission is to “conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends”. A recently published book by the LSU Press is C. C. Lockwood’s LOUISIANA WILD, the Protected


and Restored Lands of the Nature Conservancy. It documents one of the most diverse ecosystems on the continent in text and photographs. The book is a “must read” for nature enthusiasts and supporters of The Nature Conservancy. The campground and meeting room at Chemin-A-Haut Park is on flat, open land making visiting easy; but, in a remote area of the park, there is a waterway called Chemin-A-Haut Creek which is a tributary to Bayou Bartholomew. The two bodies of water converge at a point in the park and then Bartholomew continues, first making its way past a split which forms the beginning of Bayou DeSiard, and then on to the Ouachita River. I had made many visits to the park, before I became aware of the existence of Chemin-A-Haut Creek. Accessible primarily by boat, it contains numerous cypress trees of over two hundred years in age. There is a special tree known as “The Castle” which has been dated as being over one thousand years old. This monolith is more than twenty feet in diameter and it continues to thrive in good health. In addition to “The Castle” there is another tree called “The Jester” which would be the star attraction if it were not for the older one. To my knowledge no one has core sampled it for exact age, but it certainly must be well up into the multiple centuries of life.

The difficulty involved in reaching these trees is the only reason why they escaped the timber industry during the past centuries. Each month kayak outings for groups of a minimum of fifteen to a maximum of twentyfive people are provided by the park to allow visitors to observe these extraordinary trees. I was privileged to be given a private boat excursion by Chemin-A-Haut Park Ranger Russ Brantley in order that I could avoid the distractions of other boats in my photographs. Along the way, the knowledgeable and enthusiastic commentary about the bayou and its history given by Ranger Brantley came close to being as rewarding as seeing the magnificent trees. One the stories he told was about moonshiners making whiskey on the

banks of the creek and stashing the batches in the hollow bottom of the famous “Moonshine Tree,” now known as “The Castle.” Brantley explained that the tree is “...perfect for the secretive whiskey makers. From the bank you can’t tell that it’s hollow in the other side making it an ideal hiding place”. I have had the pleasure of visiting most of this country’s national scenic parks and monuments. My emotional reaction while being in the presence of these giant cypresses rivaled the response I felt when I experienced seeing many of our national parks such as Yosemite, the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone for the first time. On viewing these immense trees from a distance, shivers began to run up my spine. As we traveled closer and finally arrived at the base of each of these monoliths, I could hardly remain calm and be still enough to make a sharp exposure with my camera. Time spent at Chemin-A-Haut State Park allows us to experience and appreciate nature at its finest. Throughout the year, there are many opportunities for photographers and anyone else wanting to appreciate the beauty of this land. Observing the ancient trees will become a moment in time that will never to be forgotten.



ake a drive across Monroe and it’s almost impossible to avoid the legacy of Kitty DeGree, the diminutive New Hampshire native, who became one of the region’s most generous and well-known philanthropists. Known as Miss Kitty to friends and the countless organizations she supported, she built a thriving real estate enterprise over a career that spanned more than 40 years. She first came to the region with her husband, Joseph, after the couple’s service in World War II ended, and immediately the DeGrees knew the area was home for life. And build a life together they would. As Joseph worked at Brown Papermill, Kitty worked for a number of local employers until she decided to enter the real estate business. The fortune she grew would become the foundation for what would become her legendary generosity. “I’ve actually never met anyone like Miss Kitty when it comes to philanthropy, because she wanted nothing in return,” says Nick Bruno, president of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. “Anything that was given back to her, that was all unsolicited. She didn’t ask for it.”


Miss Kitty was one of the first people Bruno reached out to, as the newly installed president of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He knew she had a legacy of giving to ULM, and he wanted to ensure that she understood how much he appreciated her support of the school, its mission, and most importantly, its students. ULM was one of the earliest benefactors of Miss Kitty’s generosity. It was also the organization through which she learned how to become a hands-on philanthropist. Over the course of her career, she had accumulated more than 300 apartment units in the area surrounding the university campus. Dwight Vines was president of the university, then known as Northeast Louisiana University, and the University Foundation was courting community members to make tax-deferred donations. The foundation hosted a seminar on the subject, and Miss Kitty was one of the attendees. In a surprising act of largess, Miss Kitty negotiated to donate the apartments to the university through the program.




“They established a trust through When the first fundraising which she owned the property, but the commercials hit the airwaves, it wasn’t a income came to the university,” Vines bureaucrat or politician who asked for the tells BayouLife. Over the course of the money. It was Kitty DeGree herself, and her first few years, Miss Kitty became a message was simple: she was supporting familiar booster for programs across the establishment of the community campus. Vines credits DeGree’s giving college, and so should the community. She with some of the university’s more agreed to match a sizable amount of money, innovative approaches to improvement and the community responded. Delta and research. Chancellor Dennis Epps says Miss Kitty “The big thing, I think, that Miss still holds a “special place” in the heart of Kitty’s gifts brought to the university the community college and its students for is that they encouraged our university many reasons. folks to be innovative and creative “Beyond her financial support, in ways that we couldn’t be with our DeGree was a leader in strategic thought, regular funding,” Vines says. “They guidance and support in many ways,” Epps could go to Kitty with a plan, and if the says. “Her passion and support for the BEYOND HER CHARITABLE OFFERINGS, plan was a good one, she might fund college was critical to its establishment and MISS DEGREE WAS A LEADER IN it. So, she stimulated a lot of creativity growth.” STRATEGIC THOUGHT, GUIDANCE AND about how we could improve our Once Delta was open and educating SUPPORT IN MANY WAYS. university programs.” students, her support continued through Each time Miss Kitty agreed to service to the new school’s foundation, support a particular program or innovation, she could see the through capital donations, and with the establishment of a impact of her involvement directly. At the same time, she was scholarship for nursing students. Miss Kitty’s scholarship was pleased that people at the university appreciated the support simple. they were receiving. “In her philanthropy, she established an agreement to “People would give her reports of what they were doing pay the tuition for nursing students if they would agree to with the money they received, and university professionals go to work for St. Francis Medical Center and work for at know how to write well,” Vines explains. “And no one else least five years,” Epps says. “This, in many ways supported had ever given her that kind of feedback.” the development of nursing excellence at the College and the Through her interactions early on with staff and faculty at commitment to bedside care among LDCC Nursing Alumni.” the school, Miss Kitty learned the importance of supporting This was not her first interaction with the region’s Catholic not just with a checkbook, but also the value of attention and hospital, and would be far from her last. By 2007, the hospital’s personal service. This became a hallmark of Kitty DeGree’s downtown emergency room was operating above capacity. At support. She contributed money and, more importantly, her the same time, the facility’s cramped quarters were showing time. their age. Miss Kitty saw the need, so she reached out to St. Contributions to ULM would not be the only mark Miss Francis Medical Center staff. Kitty would leave on the region. A patriot, the wife of a “She wanted to make a donation to help us expand our veteran, and a veteran herself, she understood the importance services and build a brand new emergency facility,” says St. of caring for former military service members. She lobbied Francis CEO Kristin Wolkart. Recognizing the need for an extensively for and helped support the creation of the expanded and modernized emergency department at the Northeast Louisiana War Veteran’s Home. She also served for hospital, Miss Kitty offered a sizable donation. She would a time on the board of directors of the Chennault Aviation and give the hospital $1 million to help pay for construction. There Historical Museum. was just one problem, as Kristin explains. The hospital had no She also understood the unique challenges facing viable mechanism through which to receive such a donation. healthcare in northeastern Louisiana. Particularly, she wanted “That’s really how our foundation was formed.” to help make sure healthcare in the region remained on the The new facility debuted in 2009, and the hospital named forefront of technology and services. Education continued to the new facility the Kitty DeGree Emergency Center in her play a significant role in her giving, especially because it was honor. Just a few years later, recognizing another critical need through education that an individual could best benefit from in the community, Miss Kitty donated $350,000 for the creation her generosity and, eventually, give back to the community of a breast health center at St. Francis, which also is named in themselves. her honor. Even after her passing in 2012, her legacy continues Recognizing the evolving nature of higher education and to have an impact through the charitable foundation that the value of a two-year professional training program, Miss bears her name. Just last year, the Kitty DeGree Foundation Kitty became one of the earliest proponents for establishing contributed some $342,000 to upgrade and improve breast Louisiana Delta Community College. She make a substantial imaging at the facility. pledge and then, in a move that was surprising, she became “Miss Kitty lives on at St. Francis,” Wolkart says. the face of fundraising efforts for the fledgling campus. “Through her generous spirit, we have been able to add a lot 190 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

of new technology, enriching and improving the quality of care and service we deliver to patients.” For her efforts at the university, Vines awarded DeGree an honorary doctorate. Through her involvement at ULM, the School of Nursing bears her name, as does Kitty DeGree Hall, the building in which it is housed. Also at ULM, numerous scholarships and facilities are also named in her honor. At St. Francis, in addition to the Kitty DeGree Emergency Center and the Kitty DeGree Breast Health Center, her legacy stretches deep into patient care and outcomes. Kitty DeGree’s impact on the community she called home is virtually immeasurable. “Over her period of giving, she gave more than $7 million to the university,” Bruno says. “Her foundation continues to support us today, particularly our healthcare and health sciences programs.” Moreover, her contributions to each of the organizations she supported are still bearing fruit, and not just through the buildings, equipment or even the scholarships she’s funded. Among the top leadership at Delta Community College, ULM, and St. Francis--the three organizations represent the lions’ share of her lifetime donations--only Bruno knew DeGree personally. Both Epps and Wolkart joined their organizations long after her passing in 2012. “I never had the honor of meeting Miss Kitty in person, but I’m absolutely aware of how her gernerosity has helped trigger philanthropy and really was the creation of the St. Francis Foundation,” Wolkart says. “She was the cornerstone that helped us build up philanthropy for our organization.” Miss Kitty’s giving drew attention to the hospital’s needs,

and the community responded to those needs and continues to respond to them today. That’s a lasting legacy that Wolkart says continues to impact the hospital. “Now we’re able to connect across the community because of her generous spirit and what she started all those years ago,” Wolkart says. “Even though I didn’t know her, I still feel connected to her because of all the good she did all those years back.” Every day, Wolkart witnesses acts of individual philanthropy, whether it’s an individual making a donation to the hospital’s fundraisers, donating to a particular department like the pediatric intensive care unit, or even through acts of personal kindness. “One mom has been making baby blankets and baby beanies for our NICU patients,” Wolkart says. “These are people giving of their money and time, and they’re asking nothing in return.” Perhaps this spirit of selflessness is Miss Kitty’s greatest lasting legacy. Throughout her life, Miss Kitty lived modestly and without pretention, and she gave generously. Bruno says there’s a great lesson to learn from Miss Kitty, adding that, if more people lived as she did, the world would be a “much better place.” “Her contributions to this university will go on for generations,” Bruno says. Miss Kitty is just one example of the kinds of philanthropists who have made investments in the individuals who will come through the university in the future. “Their works and their goodness need to be remembered by those people, too.”


Toledo Tackle

More Than Just a Tackle Shop


ID YOU KNOW THAT THE Toledo Tackle franchise was founded by Glynn Carver? If you don’t know that name, you should. Glynn Carver was the man who invented the Mister Twister curly tailed worm. What about Randall Carver? You should know that back in 1984 Randall opened the first Toledo Tackle franchise in Monroe, located on DeSiard Street. Soon after there were Toledo Tackle locations in Jackson, Ruston and, eventually, West Monroe. The rest, as they say, is history. What started as a soft plastic lure concept in the early 1970s became an industry all its own. At one time, there were over 100 Toledo Tackle stores nationwide. The legendary Toledo Town, was also a result of Glynn Carver’s planning once he moved to Toledo Bend. Because of Randall Carver, the West Monroe and Monroe Toledo Tackle stores


have been community fixtures for almost 40 years. With time comes change and with change, there is room for growth and new opportunities, even for Toledo Tackle. In November of 2017 Randal and Betty Carver sold both Toledo Tackle stores to brothers Nick and Jon Williams. Having worked in the stores as employees for the Carver’s, the two brothers gained an understanding about the tackle industry as well as the ins and outs about the business side of running a tackle store. When the opportunity presented itself to buy the West Monroe and Monroe stores, the two brothers jumped at the chance to purchase the franchises. Once the dust settled and ink dried the goal became clear, “how to make Toledo Tackle bigger and better.” Often times when it comes to businesses and the change of ownership the phrase, “if

it isn’t broke don’t fix it” becomes a common theme. True to the beginnings of Toledo Tackle the stores haven’t changed much over the years; however, there will soon be a change in scenery for the Monroe location. The Monroe Toledo Tackle will soon be located on Oliver Road in Monroe just off of Louisville Avenue. When asked about the move to their new location Williams said, “We felt like moving the Monroe location would give us more exposure and the location more customer friendly. There are several restaurants nearby and this gives people another place they can drop in and shop for a few minutes of their lunch hour. We just saw it as a win/win situation for our customers.” Toledo Tackle has long been a staple for the area fishing, and since 1990 with the addition of hunting equipment, the hunting enthusiast as well. Toledo Tackle is a great company with a tradition, and the plan is to keep it moving forward. Come see the good people at Toledo Tackle in West Monroe and the soon-to-be Oliver Road location in Monroe. You will be glad you did!

Louisiana Purchases

Your Headquarters for Holiday Shopping


IFT GIVING IS AN IMPORTANT part of life and helps deepen relationships, because we are devoting time to better understanding a person, thinking about what is most important to them or what would make them happy. At Louisiana Purchases, we’ve taken careful consideration into choosing the perfect gift items for the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a humorous gift, a meaningful gift, an heirloom gift or the gift that’s just right, we have something for everyone. Looking for a gift for the hunter, chef or history buff? Louisiana Purchases has a extensive selection of items catered toward the men on your list. From renowned chef John Folse’s cookbooks (a 4-book collection) to The Great Scrape grilling tools and durable aprons, we are stocked with items that will delight every man around you this

year. Louisiana Purchases is the only place you can find Mike Benton’s Challenger duck calls, and our personalized game straps have always been a fan favorite. We can help you prepare your home for the holidays with small measures that make a big impact. Add an organic cotton throw by Zestt and new pillows for an easy update to any space. Create ambiance and feelings of warmth by replacing a dated fixture or lamp that you have always disliked. Our Visual Comfort showroom is filled with amazing light fixtures that will have your home glowing with warmth this holiday season. Stock up on your favorite botanical diffusers and candles by LAFCO and Rosy Rings in intoxicating fall and winter aromas. Spread the Christmas cheer with handpainted nativities carefully crafted by Debra Hewitt. A perfect accessory for your

home or special gift for someone you love, each nativity is unique and one-of-a-kind. Louisiana Purchases also has a variety of Old World Christmas ornaments. Each figurative glass ornament produced by Old World Christmas is hand-crafted in age-old tradition using the same techniques that originated in the 1800s. From box sets to individual Santas, Baby’s first Christmas, ballet shoes, pets, gingerbread houses and more, these glittered and hand-painted ornaments are beautiful creations for anyone on your list. Louisiana Purchases is your exclusive Kendra Scott retailer. Pre-order the newest collection of earring ladders with acrylic bases, t-bar jewelry holders for necklaces and bracelets and gorgeous white lacquer jewelry boxes with felt lining. They also have a selection of Mignon Faget glasses, and other Louisiana-themed gifts like Cajun Night Before Christmas children’s books. From the practical, to playful and truly unique, Louisiana Purchases is your headquarters for holiday shopping. Make sure to shop Small Business Saturday on November 24th, and their Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 6th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.


Making Parties Memorable For 43 Years Dansby’s Taylor Rental


ACK IN THE MID-1960S, TOM Dansby, Sr. made his living in the business of selling cigars, cigarettes and candy for Ouachita Cigar and Tobacco Company. One day, while reading the Wall Street Journal, Dansby happened to run across an ad for an intriguing business franchise opportunity. The business was called Taylor Rental Centers, and the company was expanding their equipment rental business and looking for partners. A call by Dansby to the Taylor Rental headquarters was met with a visit to Monroe by the franchise developers, who quickly realized Monroe was a perfect fit for their growing business model. Thus, you have the origin story for the iconic business that Tom Dansby built with his late wife, Lynda. With 43 years serving northeast Louisiana, Dansby’s Taylor Rental offers rentals on everything from D-I-Y equipment for home improvement, landscaping and contracting to delicate china, crystal, draping


and tents for elaborate weddings. Dansby’s first location was in the strip shopping center next to Parkview Baptist Church on Forsythe Avenue. A short five years later, Dansby and his wife had grown the business so much that they bought the existing property and building at 2102 Forsythe to meet the needs of their rental customers. In 1985, Lynda and Tom were honored for their hard work and growth of their rental business with the first of many President’s Council Awards by the American Rental Association. Today, you’ll still find Tom “Papa” Dansby, Sr. at the helm of his beloved business, but at his side stands his loyal team of employees and the second generation of Dansbys to put their hearts into this business that can bring so much satisfaction and joy to customers. From snow cone or ice cream machines to popcorn carts, blow-up outdoor movie screens and photo booth backdrops, whatever your dream for your child’s next birthday, Dansby’s

Taylor Rental can deliver. Who doesn’t love a cotton candy machine or fun carnival games to get the party started! With holidays fast approaching, look no further to Dansby’s Taylor Rental for extra plates, glassware, silverware, tables, chairs and linens to make everyone feel welcome at your next get-together. Dansby’s can ensure you have just what you need to keep the party going and running seamlessly, like chafing dishes and extra portable heaters for backyard gatherings. Brides will love the new selection of items to make wedding dreams come true. From decorative lanterns and candelabra in styles that range from rustic to elegant to tents, chandeliers and draping fabrics that create a fairy-tale setting for modern-day receptions, Dansby’s Taylor Rental is a one-stop shop for organizing and designing the perfect wedding to be remembered for years to come. Sandy Dansby says of the Dansby Taylor Rental team, “We are here and ready for whatever your rental needs are. We are committed to bring you new and innovative products that are sure to please the most discriminating of brides and party givers.” Come in to check out the exciting, new changes taking place at Dansby’s Taylor Rental and design your next party of the century!

Flair Jewelers of Monroe Celebrating 54 years of Business


LAIR JEWELERS IN MONROE IS CELEBRATING OVER FIVE decades of business. Steve Sills, the owner, purchased the business in 1998 from his parents, Irving and Pat Sills. Steve runs the jewelry store at the corner of N. 18th Street and Louisville Ave. in Monroe. As they enter into their 54th year of business, the shop is one of the oldest continually operating family businesses in Monroe. The staff is led by Darla Tippin as the manager, and you can find the friendly faces of Teri Buller, Amy Foy and Toni Roth behind the cases of beautiful jewelry ready to help customers and welcome them into the Flair family. Flair Jewlers carries women’s jewelry including earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and more. They carry a variety of styles and brands including Vahan, an exquisite fine jewelry brand founded by French designer, Leon “Sacha” Der Calousdian in 1968 and has been creating timeless collections of women’s luxury jewelry ever since. You will love their beautiful and uniquely textured bracelets, which are perfect for stacking. The collection includes sterling silver, 14k gold and precious gemstone pieces at a variety of price points. Another brand Flair carries is S. Kashi, which features stunning and unique rings, bands, pendants, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. They are one of the leading designers of bridal and fashion jewelry and have a variety of styles, innovative design and top quality workmanship. Other lines that Flair carries

includes Shefi Diamonds, Gabriel, Ziva and more. Flair carries a variety of watches for both men and women as well. They are proud to carry Citizen, a pioneer in watchmaking and innovative technology with a deep rooted respect for craftsmanship. There is a selection of Seiko watches, which has evolved into one of the world’s most important watch companies and focuses on innovation and refinement, while being eco-friendly. There is also a wide variety of bands and chains for men as well. While Steve has maintained the traditional local Flair business his parents started, he has added his own Hunter’s Cross. Steve designed and patented the crosses, which are sterling silver and slightly bigger than charms. There are six designs - a shotgun, bow, rifle, crossbow and scope, compound bow and fish hook. Each includes an engraving of “Gen 1-26,” referencing the Bible verse Genesis 1:26. Some famous faces even sport the crosses including Ted Nugent and Mike Waddell of “Bone Collector.” The staff at Flair Jewelers is excited for the upcoming holiday season and even help their customers keep a “wish list” of their favorites just in case Santa stops by. Be sure to visit Steve and the staff at Flair Jewelers and see why they have been so successful for over 50 years!





ason Byron Nelson is an artist, designer, illustrator and, according to his business card, a provider of conceptual services. Although that last label is a bit nebulous, it is perhaps purposefully so. Granted, business cards are necessary for any conscientious business owner, and customers need to know what a person does. As a creative, Nelson prefers to stretch boundaries and defy labels. When he started college at the University of Louisiana in Monroe, Nelson was interested in marketing, but he only made it through one day of classes before realizing that it wasn’t creative enough for him. With a little help from administrators, he was introduced to other options and soon found his way into a program that was a better fit. After completing the requirements, Nelson graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design. Although he admits to being a late bloomer when it came to knowing what he wanted to do, Nelson was always drawn to activities that required creativity. Like Picasso, Nelson believes every child is an artist. “When you’re little,” he said, “everyone draws. In elementary, girls were drawing bubble letters, and boys were drawing superheroes.” But also like Picasso, he believes it can be difficult to maintain a passion for art through adolescence and into adulthood. “At some point,” he said, “most kids stop, but I just never did.” As a young artist, he often doubted himself and said, “I thought if you couldn’t capture what was in your head, you were less than.” Many times along the way, the images he created failed to match the ones he’d envisioned, but he continued to practice and grow his skills. Eventually, he realized that creating art was more about catharsis and less about conceptual ability. He stopped trying so hard and just continued to create. Fortunately, because creating was something he enjoyed, it never really felt like work. Instead, it became a constant in his life when everything else seemed to be changing. “When you move around a lot as a kid, you don’t really have a voice,” he said, “and you don’t realize you want one until you’re not noticed.” For Nelson, art was a means of communicating with others and expressing himself in a way that helped him stand out, especially when he was constantly the new kid. “It was a way to not blend in,” he said, “to have a thing that was special.”


Although Nelson was able to conform to others’ expectations enough to make it through college, he’s always been more comfortable challenging the status quo. While earning his degree and even in the professional world, Nelson witnessed a divide between graphic designers and fine artists that he’s never understood. “I didn’t get it,” he said. “I’ve always felt like the two worlds complemented each other, and I think if the line was blurrier, the work would benefit.” Over the years, Nelson has seen a lot of designers pigeonhole themselves. He’s not sure whether their choice to create only within the confines of their jobs is due to a lack of ability, a lack of desire or something else, but it’s a choice he doesn’t understand. “Limiting yourself through a career you chose for its creativity never made sense to me,” he said. In his own work, Nelson has allowed the line between graphic design and fine art to blur, and for customers like Flying Tiger Brewery, he’s not only designed logos, brand labels, and print advertisements, but he’s also created paintings and had a hand in the overall aesthetic and branding of the business. According to Nelson, university professors, especially in graphic design, are teaching for the highest common denominator. The goal is to trim the fat and get the message across to an audience efficiently. Nelson understands this philosophy, but he also believes a formal education in graphic design comes with a lot of limitations and that some professors are teaching too rigidly. “I’ve been in this business long enough to know the creative sells,” he said. By definition, creativity requires original ideas, and that’s difficult because inspiration is inevitable and infinitely available. “You have all these little pieces that influence who you are,” Nelson said. “To make an aesthetic out of them is tricky, but I like trying.” He’s interested in what makes other artists tick, but in all his endeavors, Nelson is also searching for the newest, freshest thing. “I don’t want to be trendy,” he said. “When something becomes trendy, it becomes white noise, and you can’t be white noise in this industry.” At the same time, Nelson keeps his ear to the ground. “It helps to think in a fluid way,” he said. Because fashion, music, writing, art and design all reflect our changing culture, he wants to anticipate those changes. He wants to understand what makes trendsetters trendsetters.


RATHER THAN BEING WELL TRAVELED, Nelson sees himself as “well arted,” which he believes can help with innovation, as well as understanding what will appeal to a broad audience. Like traveling, experiencing a variety of art can make a person more layered, more complicated and ultimately more original. It can also help a person refine his or her taste. Aesthetically, Nelson enjoys work that challenges people. “I feel like art needs something that engages you almost to the point of argument,” he said. As a result, he’s drawn to and strives to create visceral, memorable work that raises questions for the viewer. “My own sensibilities have always been very removed from the typical interests in the south,” he said. “More of the fringe art inspires me.” When it comes to a viewer’s reaction, Nelson believes any strong reaction could potentially be a positive one and would be better in every case than an indifferent one. After all, if a work generates a strong reaction, it’s more likely to be remembered. Because generating strong reactions tends to involve pushing boundaries, Nelson finds that he sometimes pushes his clients to see beyond their own boundaries. He makes it a point to create something even better than what they imagined. “Most of my clients understand my approach,” he said, “and if the work is good, they’re gonna be happier.” Being self-employed, especially as a designer, has changed a lot about the way Nelson works. After more than 25 years of working at other agencies, he believed he’d been doing his best work. But he said, “You don’t realize how much more you’ll put in until you’re doing it for yourself. I try so much harder than I ever did before.” Working for himself has also allowed Nelson to discover what it’s like to work past some limitations and to discover his own philosophy. According to Nelson, “Art’s not easy, but if you’re a true creative person, that creativity becomes a burden if you don’t get it out, and no one wants to be burdened.” For Nelson, creating is akin to being liberated on a daily basis. Although his work as a designer is a great outlet for the burden of creative energy he carries, sometimes it’s not enough, and the energy has to be invested elsewhere. “I have a creative spirit and a creative brain,” he said. “If God gifted me with them, to not embrace them feels like I’m giving them back.” As a result, Nelson regularly engages in personal projects in his spare time. These projects range from writing and illustrating children’s books to creating wall paintings. In fact, Nelson has published two children’s books, one called “Broken Dreams” and another called “Robert.” In addition, he’s working on a third called “The Bird and the Tire Swing.” The books have grown out of his own experiences and off-the-cuff stories he’s told to his children at bedtime. Recently, Nelson has also been working on a collection of work for a solo exhibition that opens on November 8 at Flying Tiger Brewery. The exhibition, called CAMP, puts a fresh spin on the idea that Louisiana is Sportsman’s Paradise. When Nelson was younger, he noticed the art that seemed to sell well in the south consisted of large, realistic prints and paintings of native wildlife—ducks, deer and fish. After church, his family would often go to Ray’s PeGe in Monroe, and the décor came to represent what he believed at the time were the dominant art tastes in the area. These images, which had a definitive “deer camp vibe,” were never particularly appealing to Nelson, so he wanted to create a body of work that appealed to the same Sportsman’s Paradise mentality but in a way that reflected his unique perspective. “I think there’s got to be a piece of the artist in a piece, and I wanted this collection to be me,” he said, “but still something that appeals to people who buy art here.” 200 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM


In keeping with this goal, the animals a viewer might expect to see at the camp are the same, but they come alive in fresh, thought-provoking ways, and there’s an earthy, organic richness in the palette. “There’s an atmosphere I want to capture in texture and image,” he said. “I’m trying to create something that feels truly home about it.” But at the same time, he said, “I’m trying to turn the whole southern landscape and hunting and all that on its head.” Nelson is excited to take his commercial hat off for the show and to see how viewers react to the work. He said, “I want my work to have a reason, a meaning, and I want it to make people think. I want them to be intrigued or feel a certain way they like to feel.” Everyone will react differently, but Nelson said, “I hope my work is good enough to stand anywhere. The goal is to work without compromise. As an artist, you long for the day you’re appreciated because you did it—for the day you can just speak from the heart and be appreciated.” As he’s gotten older, Nelson has focused more and more on making his work visible, so it can be appreciated. “I like the idea that people’s interests can meld together,” he said. “There’s this creative collective—this mentality flourishing around us all the time, and you can see it if you look for it.” Being part of that is a powerful thing. Nelson said he still sometimes sees people out wearing shirts with a design he created in 2003 called Flowers in the Attic. Occasionally he even sees versions of the design, which is sometimes falsely attributed to Bansky, tattooed on people’s bodies. These moments are evidence of art’s lasting impact. For Nelson, art is a powerful way of connecting with people, adding value to the world, and tapping into that collective, creative mentality. Although every creative endeavor has this potential, work that is accessible to everyone magnifies that potential. For example, Nelson was recently asked to create a design for a local bus wrap. Now his larger-than-life alligator inspired by Black Bayou can be seen gliding all over Monroe, and soon residents and visitors of Monroe will be able to enjoy a mural designed by Nelson as well. He believes art of any type in any place has the ability to foster change. “There’s a ripple effect of positiveness,” he said, “and things grow out of that. It makes it seem like something is happening, and that makes something happen. I think that ripple effect can happen with any form of art.” Because art is a universal language, it often has an impact greater than we may realize and further than we can reach. WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM | NOVEMBER 2018 201


Three Years. Four Case Workers. Two Foster Homes. One CASA. Cynthia Clark became a CASA volunteer on October 1, 2015, just a week later, she was assigned her first case. Cynthia met her CASA kids when they were just one and three years old. They were brothers placed together in foster care. From the beginning, she looked out for the well-being of the boys. From advocating for their health and happiness in court to attending birthday parties, Cynthia was there for it all. Adjusting to change as an adult is difficult, but imagine being a young child while everything around you is becoming different and new. Cynthia’s presence brought stability for the boys. Even when they were placed out of state, she remained their CASA and a consistent part of the boy’s lives throughout the years. The boys are now four and six years old and in September 2018, they were adopted into a safe, permanent home. The adoptive family has said without Cynthia, the adoption wouldn’t have happened. Lift Up a Child’s Voice. A Child’s Life. There are currently hundreds of children in foster care in Northeast Louisiana who need a voice. Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA Volunteers are appointed by a judge to help ensure that each abused or neglected child finds a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. The role of a CASA is to act as an extra pair of eyes and ears for the court system, collecting information through observation and interviews with key people in the child’s life and then reporting back to the judge. A child with a CASA volunteer is twice as likely to find a safe, permanent home and not languish in long term foster care. You Can Make a Difference for a Child. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. Everyone from moms to mill workers, teachers to truck drivers, busy CEOs to retirees, can make an impact. All it takes is the willingness to give your time and talents to speak compassionately on behalf of a child. Expectations for CASA volunteers are that they must be at least 21 years old and pass necessary background checks, provide references and participate in an interview. On average, a CASA volunteer commits 8-10 hours per month for 12-18 months or until the case is closed. The next training to become a CASA volunteer will begin on January 24, 2019. Trainings consist of three-hour sessions, spread out over five weeks. To learn more about lifting up a child’s voice, visit or call (318) 398-0945. CASA of Northeast Louisiana is a division of The Center for Children and Families, Inc. The mission of The Center is to promote safe, healthy environments through advocacy, counseling, education and prevention. Other divisions of The Center for Children and Families include The Children’s Advocacy Center providing services to child victims of sexual abuse and Therapeutic Services providing in-home family counseling services to families in our region. Learn more about our mission by visiting Give The Gift of Hope This Christmas. The Christmas Project is an annual effort by The Center for Children and Families to provide each child we serve with at least one gift and one new outfit of clothing for Christmas. Each child completes a wish list including his or her clothing sizes and a few items he or she would like for Christmas. Then, sponsors from the community receive a wish list and shop for the child. We are currently seeking sponsors for the 2018 Christmas Project. If you, or your church, office or civic organization would like to sponsor one or more children, please contact us at or visit www.


OUR MISSION ARCO’s mission is to empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families living in northeast Louisiana through instruction, support, and opportunity. HISTORY Founded by families who recognized the abilities of their children and the natural growth opportunities within their communities, ARCO has successfully brought individuals with developmental disabilities and their communities together since 1954. SERVICES ARCO serves children from birth to three years in its Early Intervention Program. Children and their parent or caregiver receive hands-on instruction and therapy right in their home, intervening at a time when the most significant difference can be made. These are changes that literally last a life time. Men and women with developmental disabilities look to ARCO’s support personnel to accomplish the things of adult life: a place to live safely, employment or employment training, transportation and opportunities to use their talents to make the community better. ARCO works with individuals and families to assure that supports given are in line with their particular abilities, interests and needs. CUSTOMIZED EMPLOYMENT Customizing a job for every man or woman with a developmental disability that wants employment is ARCO’s goal and the focus of its engagement with the business community. With many individuals and employers already recognizing the value of this type of employment opportunity, job customization has become a typical practice for employers with area workplace needs. Learn more about this win-win by contacting Gwen Amelin at (318) 387-7817 Ext. 118. BECOME AN EMPLOYEE OR VOLUNTEER As an employer, ARCO provides those that enjoy making meaningful changes in the lives of others a wealth of opportunity. ARCO also has need of volunteers to help with many aspects of its mission. For information, call (318) 387-7817 Ext. 106. VOLUNTEER NEEDS Do you have a special talent? Art, dancing, fundraising, writing, yoga, etc. If you have it, and want to use it to enrich someone’s life, we are the agency for you! Donating your clothing to Sassy Kats is another great way to help, did you know we have a pick-up service? BOARD OF DIRECTORS Terry M. Duke, President; Pat Cranford, Vice President; Sarita Daniel, Secretary; Steve Haedicke, Treasurer; Shane Bridges; Ryan Hemrick; Joe Holyfield; William Lewis; Lenard Montgomery; Steve Murray; Renee Richard; and Doug Wood Advisory Board – Judge Wendell Manning Membership Committee – Mary and Robert Biggs, Barbara Bird, Florida Curry, Pat and Jimmy Cranford, Carleen Dumas, Frankie Gaines, Dr. Robert and Jackie Hendrick, Jr., Donna and Freddie Jones, William Lewis, James Mixon, Faye Montgomery, Steve and Diana Murray, Billie Nicholson, JoNell Prindle, Julie andohn Pruitt, Peggy and Larry Rogers, Ruth Russell, Kay Shipp, Jan Smith and Judy Zimmer. UPCOMING EVENTS ARCO’s Children’s Center Holiday Campaign – November thru December 2018 Become a financial partner to help support community and home based therapies for infants and toddlers with special needs. Early intervention services also provide special instruction for parents, families and other natural caregivers to best support their child’s needs. ARCO’s Annual Membership Campaign – March thru June, 2019 Starting at just $50 you can become a financial partner, supporting the mission of the agency and assisting ARCO in providing quality services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. For more information about ARCO, A Community Resource please go to or call Missy Robertson at (318)372-7817.


OUR MISSION To provide services to area cancer patients and also to support the Louisiana Cancer Foundation. OUR MOTTO Seldom Seen, but Strongly Felt. OUR COMMITMENT AND VISION The Cancer Foundation League (CFL) is affiliated with the Louisiana Cancer Foundation as the fundraising arm to help with outreach and to support LCF’s programs and services. We aim to provide direct financial assistance to NE Louisiana individuals diagnosed with cancer. The CFL is committed to improving the financial, emotional and physical well-being of cancer patients in Northeast Louisiana (no matter where they are being treated). We hope to help lighten the financial burden, so that a patient and his/her family can concentrate their efforts on fighting the disease of cancer. The CFL, founded in 2002, was initially formed with a $25,000 donation from philanthropist Kitty DeGree and the contributions have grown over the years. Local volunteers work hard to raise funds to help area cancer patients with non-medical bills, such as transportation to treatment, nutritional supplements, medications, lodging during treatment and some household bills. Members of the CFL deliver Christmas baskets to cancer patients throughout NE LA each year. Since our inception, the Cancer Foundation League has spent almost $1,850,000.00 assisting over 4,900 NE LA cancer patients. EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS President, Carla Costello Vice President, Amanda McMullen Corresponding Secretary, Andrea Gay Recording Secretary, Karen Mailhes Treasurer, Susan Harwood Assistant Treasurer, Sarah Grant Publicity, Debbie McNew Patient Services, Donna Nolan Immediate Past President, Alise Oliver Members at Large, Valerie Finley, Karen Mulhearn, Catherine Stuckey, Leslie Trahan EVENTS Christmas Basket Deliveries: December 5-9, 2018 Breast and Cervical Screening: January 2019 Annual Gala: January 26, 2019, “An Evening of Southern Elegance” Colorectal Screening: March 2019 Fashion Fusion: April 13, 2019 Theresa Marsala Memorial Golf Tournament: May 10, 2019 Skin Cancer Screening: May 2019 Cancer Survivors Celebration: June 2019 Prostate Cancer Screening: September 2019





WHAT WE DO There is more than enough food in America to feed every man, woman and child, yet here in Northeast Louisiana, over 71,000 people struggle with hunger. The Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in Northeast Louisiana, providing over 4.25 million meals to those facing hunger in 12 parishes. This impact is made possible through the generosity of our supporters, volunteers, food donors and community distribution partners. At the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, we believe no one should go hungry. OUR PROGRAMS Partner Agencies The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana distributes food to over 60 non-profit community partner agencies that operate local pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger relief programs. These agencies are located in neighborhoods throughout 12 parishes in Northeast Louisiana and serve low income people in need of food assistance. Senior Program This program helps over 1,400 low-income senior citizens, aged 60 and older, stretch their food budgets by providing them with supplemental food each month. Seniors living on fixed incomes often have to choose between covering the cost of life-saving medications and buying the food they need to stay healthy. BackPack Program The BackPack Program provides children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. We currently provide Backpacks for 800 students every week at 20 Ouachita and Lincoln Parish schools. Kid’s Cabinet The Kid’s Cabinet School Pantry program distributes food right on school grounds—a readily accessible source of food assistance for low-income students and their families. Currently, the program serves 3,000 children who attend 8 schools in Madison, East Carroll, and Union parishes. HOW TO HELP Donate Money For every $10 donated, we are able to provide 55 meals to those in need. Your contribution will make a real difference in the lives of hungry people living in Northeast Louisiana. Donate by mail or on our website. Donate Food Organize or participate in a food drive at your school, workplace or civic club. Visit our website for a list of most needed items and tips for planning a successful food drive. Food suppliers and manufacturers can donate surplus food inventory. Reduce your warehouse costs and the amount of food that ends up in landfills while helping the hungry in our community. Donate Your Time The Food Bank could not be successful without the many wonderful volunteers that pack food for our Senior and BackPack programs, assist with office work and help at events. Call our volunteer coordinator or visit our website to learn more. Open a Community Feeding Program If your church or non-profit agency would like to have a food pantry or a community meal program, we’d love to talk with you. We have information on our website that you can review to learn more, or please call 318-322-3567. FEEDING OUR COMMUNITY. FIGHTING HUNGER.


OUR MISSION 90.3 KEDM Public Radio promotes community dialogue and enhances public life by engaging its audience through news, education, cultural and music programming. ABOUT US 90.3 KEDM and are connectors for all of northeast Louisiana, providing news, music and a “sense of place” for the best things in our area. KEDM was founded in 1991 by local citizens and the University of Louisiana Monroe to bring NPR News and classical music to northeast Louisiana, along with diverse local programming. PROGRAMS FOR YOUR LIFE KEDM’s broadcast schedule is based on your lifestyle. Mornings and afternoons, listen to NPR News and KEDM News for the latest from around northeast Louisiana, around the nation and around the world on Morning Edition and All Things Considered – all delivered in a thoughtful, measured way, free from commercial interruption. Learn about the very best work of more than 250 local non-profits each year on the popular Lagniappe segment, magnifying the essential work these organizations do in the community by offering valuable publicity free of charge. Classical music and jazz fill the midday and evening hours, and weekend programming features entertainment, the music of Americana and storytelling. The Boot, KEDM’s newest program, gets you ready for your week on Sunday night at 7. Listen to a rich mix of Louisiana-based blues and roots, with a tapestry of other Delta regional favorites, everything from Muddy Waters to Marc Broussard. KEDM brings you stories of the area’s rich blues history with Byway Blues, environmental reflections on Bayou-Diversity, current family issues on Time to Talk (produced with the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana and BayouLife Magazine), plus other diverse local segments and programs. COMMUNITY IMPACT A strong public radio station benefits our community as a whole, and elevates northeast Louisiana’s image and livability. KEDM attracts and attaches people to our region and promotes the kind of unique, authentic culture that makes people love where they live. KEDM creates the culture that the business community relies on to attract and keep young talent. The station strives to bring availability of the arts and cultural opportunities, openness to diverse people, a thriving social culture, connection to community events, and people caring about other people. SUPPORT KEDM thrives because of the support of members and local business sponsors. Become a member today! Make a monthly gift or one-time donation at – just click “Donate.” Local businesses reach KEDM’s educated, loyal audience as program sponsors, and receive brief mentions on the air and thanks at WHAT’S NEXT Give the Joy of Learning: Put a book in the hands of a first or second grade student with every gift of $20 to KEDM. Partnering with the Read. Learn. Succeed. program of the United Way of Northeast Louisiana. Now through December 7. Policy and a Pint: Bring your question to a panel discussion on the “hot” topic that everyone in town is talking about. Tuesday, November 27 at 6 p.m. at Miletello’s Sports City Grill, and on the air December 4.


OUR MISSION The Junior League of Monroe is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. ABOUT US Since 1930, members of the Junior League of Monroe have devoted countless volunteer hours to meet the needs of the people and organizations of our community. Community leaders have always looked to the JLM for leadership in starting new community programs. As a result, the JLM has often been the catalyst that turned an idea into a successful program that benefited many in our area. Here are a few examples of programs that we have started: CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocate, Teen Screen, Shots for Tots, Teen Court, Operation Abstinence and Project Child. Our most recent program is a Hygiene Care Closet at Riser Middle School, the middle school of our 2018-2019 adopted school, which supplies students with basic hygiene products that they may not otherwise have access to. 2018-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Cydni Hanks President Elect - Meghan Sharp Communications VP - Jennifer Donald Community VP - Joann Powell Financial VP - Allison Earl Assistant Financial VP - Brittany Hayes Corresponding Secretary - Kathryn Bagley Membership Development VP - Lauren Voorhees Planning and Research VP - Kelli Cole Advisory Planning Chair - Ashanti Jones Nominating and Placement Chair - Melissa Kiper Fund Development - Kelsey Laudenheimer Sustainer Advisor - Terri Arthur COMMUNITY IMPACT Tools and Literacy for Children: Task Force - This program addresses the overall needs of at risk children and families in our community by focusing on an adopted school each year. The committee concentrates on physical, emotional and educational needs with initiatives like free or reduced lunches, conducting parents nights and providing uniforms and school supplies. In addition to support of the “adopted� school, the committee funds multiple teacher mini grants annually and also funds ACT workshops for qualifying juniors and seniors in high school. Community Service Outreach - This committee volunteers with different organizations related to our community impact focus, Helping Women and Children at Risk. The Community Service Outreach committee aims to provide volunteer and leadership opportunities for members to advance in the league and other areas of the committee. These volunteer opportunities allow our members to see a vast variety of community projects with an immediate impact. Endowment Grant Fund - The purpose for establishing the Endowment Fund was to give the Junior League of Monroe, Inc. the ability to share its resources with other non-for-profit programs, positively impacting our community independent of fundraisers. This fund allows us to grant $16.5k annually which contributes to the future of the women, children, and community culture of the Monroe Area.


At Canine Companions for Independence®, our dogs have a special destiny—to help people with disabilities lead more full and independent lives. It’s that simple, and yet it requires thousands of hours for these dogs to achieve their potential, and become the extraordinary assistance dogs that our reputation is built on. THE POWER OF INDEPENDENCE Founded in 1975, Canine Companions is the most highly acclaimed and accredited assistance dog organization in the United States. We have enhanced the lives of more than 5,600 adults, children and veterans with disabilities and our unique and proven team training sets us apart by ensuring the match between dog and human is powerful and lasting. The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities, and spread incredible joy. WE TRAIN AND PLACE FOUR TYPES OF ASSISTANCE DOGS Service dogs assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks. Hearing dogs alert their partners, who are deaf and hard of hearing, to important sounds. Facility dogs work with clients with special needs in a visitation, education, criminal justice or health care setting. Skilled companions enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. FROM PUP TO ASSISTANCE DOG Canine Companions breeds Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and a cross of the two to be assistance dogs. Volunteers care for our breeder dogs and nurture newborn puppies for eight weeks. Canine Companions puppies spend the next 14-18 months with volunteer puppy raisers who provide basic obedience training, socialization and care. Professional Canine Companions instructors teach the dogs to master over 40 commands in six to nine months. After training is successfully completed, the dogs can go through Team Training and be matched with adults, children or veterans with a disabilities, or professionals assisting clients with special needs. LOCAL IMPACT AND INVOLVEMENT Tori Krutzer Fisher, Monroe resident, is on the Southeast Regional Board for Canine Companions and is working to expand the mission locally. She brings companion dogs around to area schools and gives presentations, introducing the dogs to local children and raising awareness. Recently, Macy Avery, a family advocate at Northeast Louisiana’s Children’s Advocacy Center, was matched with a Canine Companion Facility Dog, Kasha. Kasha is a yellow Labrador retreiver and is trained in over 40 commands to assist children who visit the center. Children at the center are often expected to share their traumatic experiences with a forensic interviewer they have never met. Now, Kasha works at the facility every day and is already making a difference. Children are able to feel at ease, comfortable and safe with Kasha by their side. There are several other dogs around the state like Boles in Alexandria and Treasure in Lake Charles that work hospitals, VA homes and police departments. MAKE A MATCH — AND GIVE A DOG A JOB It’s generous donations that allow us to offer expertly train assistance dogs and offer a lifetime of support to people with disabilities - at absolutely no charge to the recipient. Over 250 veterans have been provided a dog at no charge! BECOME INVOLVED Here are some ways that you can help pair an exceptional dog and a person with a disability for a life of greater independence: Become a puppy raiser, donate, get your service club involved, start a fundraiser and advocate. If you would like to get involved, arrange a presentation or are in need of a dog, you can contact Tori Krutzer Fisher at The Southeast Region of Canine Companions has been making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities since 1989. The Southeast Region Training Center is located in Orlando, FL and serves the states of Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM | NOVEMBER 2018 209

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OUR MISSION Improving the health and wellness of people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities through unique recreational and educational camping experiences. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kerry Banks, Board Chair Tom James, Vice Chair Carlton Terrell, Past Chair Todd Burgess, Treasurer Lisa Evans, Secretary Adam O’Neal Brad Booth Scott Thompson

Anthony Jacola Jim Huggins Stephen Bullock Rhonda Miller Jeb Andrews Jennifer Holtz Bill Hogan Christy Gallot

Josh Perot Daniel Cummins Dr. Michael Zambie, Emeritus Dr. Meade O’Boyle, Emeritus Tom O’Neal, Emeritus Robert Bozeman, Emeritus

WHO WE ARE MedCamps of Louisiana is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Founded in Monroe, Louisiana in 1987, we believe that all people, regardless of medical or special needs, deserve to experience life to the fullest and that camping is an American tradition which epitomizes normalcy and provides participants with a sense of well-being, belonging, accomplishment and self-worth. In light of these beliefs ,we exist to provide at no charge a medically supervised residential camping experience that supports growth in the physical, social and emotional aspects of the life of a young person living with special medical, physical or cognitive needs by developing normalcy, confidence and independence within each camper. OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES MedCamps of Louisiana holds a series of one-week, fun-filled camps each summer free of charge for children in Louisiana facing the challenges of a variety of physical and mental disabilities. These include spina bifida and orthopedic conditions, cerebral palsy, asthma, sickle cell anemia, autism, epilepsy, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech impairment and those developmentally disabled. Children battling these disorders are often unable to participate in normal childhood activities. Consequently, they are often “left out,” because they have special needs. With MedCamps that is no longer the case. Every week during the summer a different camp is held. Each camp is designed specifically for a particular type of disability – and that includes appropriate health professionals, specially trained staff and tailored activities. (Prior to camp, each parent or guardian is responsible for providing the camp office with the details of the camper’s medical management program as prescribed by the camper’s physician.) The focus is on what campers can do, and all campers are encouraged to reach their full potential. In the safe environment of MedCamps, surrounded by other children with similar challenges, these special campers discover they are not alone and gain a genuine sense of belonging, accomplishment and self-worth. EVENTS Mark your calendar for upcoming events: MedCamps Madness (March 2019) - a multi-level cycling tour and/or 5k run. MedCamps Dinner & Auction (August 2019) - The Dinner & Auction is open to the publica and features a live and silent auction with items ranging from hunting trips to local art, destination dinners, and more. MedCamps Fun Shoot (August 2019) p This 5-man team event and sporting clay tournament is hosted by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at the OPSO Training Center & Public Range. MedCamps on the Greens Golf Tournament (October 2019) MedCamps Annual Fall Bash (October 2019) - . This event features family friendly activities like: carnival games and jumpers, horseback riding and archery, a petting zoo and cake walk, food trucks, cotton candy and more. 210 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

OUR MISSION It is Louisiana Delta Ballet’s goal to bring quality ballet to North Louisiana in order to educate our young people in arts enjoyment and appreciation as well as to enthuse the community at large in the passion of ballet. We strive to create an atmosphere of acceptance and appreciation for dance performance and to further the growth of the arts through the development of an audience sensitive to the importance of all artistic undertakings. ABOUT US The Company consists of pre-professional dancers from a sixteen parish area of North Louisiana. LDB has become a vessel for dancers to pursue a professional dance career and has also contributed to an increase in the appreciation for the arts in the community. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mike Downhour, President Joan Edinger Dr. Dan Holt Jeanine Ballance, Vice President/Secretary Courtney Hornsby Cruse Flowers, Vice President/PR Connie Walden, Treasurer Evelyn Johnson Kelsey Bohl Josh Barham Crystal Cupples Deborah Colvin Gene Crain Nathaniel Jeane Rochelle William Scott Crain STAFF Missy Crain, Artistic Director Elmarie Wessels, Assistant Artistic Director Colette Boutwell, Assistant Artistic Director Mallory Kolb, LDB Instructor and Rehearsal Assistant

ADVISORY BOARD: Tommy Usrey Barry Stevens Mike George

UPCOMING EVENTS A Christmas Carol Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and all of your favorite Charles Dickens characters for a comedic version of this Christmas classic! It’s the perfect family outing on the week before Christmas! Special School Performances: December 11-4 ~ 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., Monroe Civic Center Theater. Call 318-345-1155 to reserve your class today! Gala Performance: Friday, December 14th at 7:30 p.m., Monroe Civic Center Patron Party 6:30p.m., Theater Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets available at the Monroe Civic Center Box Office, or by calling 318-345-1155 Dancing With the Louisiana Stars! – Friday, March 8, 2019 Cha Cha your way into the Monroe Civic Center’s Arena and watch your favorite local celebrities and personalities compete for the 2019 Championship Title! Cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. (Included for all table purchases), Performance and Competition begin at 7:00 p.m. Call 318-345-1155 to Reserve Your table! First Come, First Serve! Coppelia – Saturday, March 23, 2019 Coppelia is a timeless ballet about the story of a young couple in love and their battle between idealism and realism. Monroe Civic Center’s Jack Howard Theater, 7:30p.m. Tickets available at the Monroe Civic Center Box Office, or by calling 318-345-1155.


Rotary Members are People of Action! Rotary is where neighbors, friends and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change—across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. Rotarians work on developing leadership skills, gaining an understanding of international humanitarian issues and developing relationships within the community. WHY JOIN OR SUPPORT ROTARY? YOU as an individual can make a worldwide impact and lasting change. LOCAL • Monroe Club has been comprised of community leaders for 100 years • Expanded circle of fellowship, friendship and networking opportunities • Local and state speakers, expanding the horizons of even lifelong Monroe residents • Recent speakers include the Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, ULM President Nick Bruno, U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham MD, LA Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, State Sen. Mike Walsworth, our local Rotary Youth Exchange student, as well as representatives of the Monroe School Board, Louisiana Attorney General’s office, CenturyLink, United Way of NELA, Masur Museum, Ronald McDonald House, ULM Faculty, Shriner’s Hospital, the National Park Service, Poverty Point, LSU Ag Center • Supporting youth through high school Interact Clubs, the Dr. Sidney Seegers Service Above Self Award, an annual ethics essay contest with the BBB • Hosts the childrens’ Fourth of July parade at Triangle Park • Regional and national-level conferences and learning opportunities INTERNATIONAL • Founded by Paul Harris in 1905 and now with 1.2 million members across 200 countries • Humanitarian focus areas: • Promoting peace – encouraging understanding within and across cultures • Fighting disease – polio, HIV/AIDS and malaria • Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene – sharing resources and providing education for long-term success • Saving mothers and children – from malnutrition, poor health care and inadequate sanitation • Supporting education – with a focus on illiteracy • Growing local economies – service projects to enhance economic and community development. • Along with partners the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control and UNICEF, Rotary has made the world 99.9% polio free. For every $1 raised by Rotary for polio eradication efforts, the Gates Foundation matches $2, a strong testament to Rotary’s success and credibility. • Youth exchanges, peace fellowships, community corps, Rotary Youth Leadership opportunities, scholarships • Action Groups on dozens of specific health and humanitarian subjects • Online Discussion Groups with Rotarians across the world on numerous topics including hobbies, careers, travel etc. CURRENT OFFICERS President: Michael Echols; President-Elect: Russ Greer; Secretary: Jane Everist; Treasurer: Mary Linda McCann; Past President: Leah Sumrall; Board of Directors: Milton Moore, Guy Barr, Zak Marchelos, Misti Cordell, Stephanie Smith, Gregg Riley, Bill Bourn and Bob Rash The Monroe Rotary Club meets on Thursdays at Noon at the Monroe Civic Center. Call for more information about the Club’s Bourbon and Cigars Fundraiser at Governors Cigar & Pipe on November 8th. Look for the Gumbo fundraiser in February 2019. To learn more about Monroe Rotary, or other Rotary Clubs in the area, contact the Club office at (318) 322-9502 or email 212 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

DID YOU KNOW In Louisiana there are about 2,000 men, women and children waiting on a life saving transplant. Across the U.S. 22 people die waiting on the life saving gift, and every 10 mins another name is added to the list. LOPA hopes to change those statistics by encouraging everyone to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. ABOUT US Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) was established in 1988 as an independent, notfor-profit organ and tissue recovery agency. LOPA is federally designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as the organ procurement organization (OPO) responsible for servicing the state of Louisiana. LOPA is tasked with two main objectives; housing and maintaining the Louisiana Donor Registry, and recovering organs and tissue for transplant. Education is key to this process, and its staff offers a variety of educational opportunities for the public and professionals within the state. LOPA commits service and support to donor families. LOPA understands that there is no cure for the grief families of donors feel for their loss; therefore, it offers various grief resources, up to and including information on communication with transplant recipients, who receive their loved-ones gift of life. UPCOMING EVENTS LOPA’s core purpose is “Making Life Happen.” In the coming months, the organization is hosting a Mardi Gras Ball to celebrate just that- LIFE! The inaugural 2019 Krewe De Life Mardi Gras Ball fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m at ULM’s Bayou Pointe in Monroe. And just like any other Mardi Gras ball, a king and queen will reign over the event. The royalty has been directly impacted by organ donation. The honorary 2019 Krewe de Life King is John Clarke Perry, who was an organ donor in November of 2015. The Perrys are residents of Monroe and in 2015, John Clarke passed away at just six months old. His heart was donated to Davis Boswell, a baby in Birmingham, Alabama. Eventually, the Perrys connected with the Boswells and met at a ceremony honoring organ donation. The families will forever be connected. They have gone on vacations together and meet annually at the LSU vs. Auburn game, to celebrate the heart of a tiger. The Perry family has established The John Clarke Perry Foundation in honor of their son. The foundation provides financial support to families with children in need of life-changing medical treatments. The 2019 Krewe de Life Queen is Katie Collins, who is the recipient of a liver transplant. Katie is a resident of Monroe and was diagnosed with Budd Chiari Syndrome. A blood clot had essentially killed half of her liver. A new liver was the only way to save her life. She sought treatment at the Mayo Clinic, and in April of 2009, she got the call that she had been matched with a donor. Katie now has a deep appreciation for the gift of life though organ, tissue and eye donation. Inspired by her own experience, she dedicates her time as a LOPA volunteer in the Monroe area. She works to educate the community by sharing her story and letting people know the importance of joining the donor registry. Guests will enjoy an enchanted evening of music, dinner, drinks and dancing and will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction with fabulous items including sports memorabilia, local dining, gourmet baskets and more! Tickets are $65 each or $125 for a couple. For more information on corporate sponsorships, visit For more information, contact Leah Lopez at All proceeds from this event will benefit the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. Your generous contribution will truly make a life-saving difference for those awaiting an organ and tissue transplant by funding LOPA’s Community Education and Family Service programs. Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency is a 501c3 so any donation may be tax deductible.


STRAUSS HISTORY For over 87 years Strauss Theatre Center has been one of Louisiana’s leading community theatres. Plays, musicals, dinner theatres and other artistic endeavors are produced by a talented group of hundreds of volunteers and a large, supportive membership, who have continued to be a strong artistic force in Northeast Louisiana, serving thousands of adults and youth. In May of 1932, a group calling themselves “The Community Players” was organized and a charter was approved to formally create The Little Theatre of Monroe. The first play, “The Whole Town’s Talking,” was presented in July, 1932, at the Grand Street Theatre. Over the next several years, the group presented productions at a number of locations in the Twin Cities before finding a home in 1949 at Selman Field in the old Red Cross Recreation Building. One of the most significant happenings during the Selman Field period was the realization of a dream. In the audience of the production “The Pajama Game” was Mr. Clifford Strauss, who, seeing the tremendous success of the show, offered to donate $50,000 through the Carolyn Rose Strauss Foundation for a new theatre if the theatre would match it. Match it they did and then some. The total amount donated by the Strauss Foundation was over $200,000 before the building was finished. The theatre was renamed “Strauss Playhouse” in honor of Clifford Strauss’ father, Fred “Pap” Strauss. In 1967, Chris Ringham was hired and continued in the position of Executive Director for the next 35 years. During Chris’ leadership the theatre experienced extensive growth, both in the number of members and in several major additions and renovations to the physical structure. So, here we are, celebrating our 87th consecutive season and over 400 major productions of theatrical magic. Strauss Theatre Center provides the stage for local talent across all of North Louisiana. With our volunteers and the undying support of all you people who believe in the wonder of live theatre, we look forward to providing a limitless future of highest quality community theatre. NEW AUDIENCE SEATING NEEDED Strauss Theatre was built in the early 1960’s and has had several improvements along the way. There is one very important asset which is in dire need of renovation – your seat! Our audience seating has endured many years of use. It’s time to replace our seats, but we need help with this project. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help meet this very important need. SPONSORSHIPS Area and local businesses have always been the key to the success of any performing or fine arts organization. We at the Strauss Theatre Center always encourage our community to support those businesses that support the theatre. By sponsoring a show, you are helping to keep the community spirit alive plus we are advertising your business to our membership. Other benefits of a sponsorship include: • Your name in the program, on our outside electronic marquee, and all other publicity • Recognition during the curtain speech for your show • Tickets available to you for the current season We are very thankful to all of our sponsors who are the backbone of the theatre and allows us to provide the quality entertainment to this community. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please call (318) 323-6681.


OUR MISSION Monroe Renaissance is a non-profit organization made of volunteers working to stimulate and make possible the re-awakening of downtown Monroe through community participation, resulting in an enhanced quality of life. ABOUT US Monroe Renaissance is one of the key groups responsible for the current transformation of the downtown area. In 1999, the group was organized to raise money for the Riverwalk area, on South Grand Street, across from the Ouachita Parish Courthouse. After raising $1 million for that particular project, the group continues to organize and fund beautification efforts and events to grow and revitalize downtown Monroe! Recently, Monroe Renaissance has focused on the restoration and revitalization of the Garrett House. The group acquired this historical building from the Monroe Town Committee of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Louisiana and is located on South Grand Street, past the Rivermarket. The building dates back to circa 1840 and has survived floods, fires, storms and neglect. The group restored the interior to make the building functional and part of the downtown revitalization. Monroe Renaissance has partnered with Arrow Public Art and made the Garrett House a stop during the Downtown Gallery Crawl. The house has been open during downtown events, allowing the public to make use of it. Some more of the projects and efforts that Monroe Renaissance has worked on in recent years - • Raised $1 million from private donors to fully fund the Riverwalk area on the Ouachita River, which led to the current River Market • Donated the Riverwalk to the City of Monroe • Donated $19,200 to the City of Monroe to complete the RiverMarket area • Donated funds to Louisville Avenue Beautification Project • Created and organized the bi-monthly Downtown Pub Crawl, which highlighted the downtown restaurants and bars and brought thousands of participants to the area • Coordinates, produces and funds the annual Independence Day and Christmas Firework displays • Partnered with Monroe Garden Study League, Acme Brick and The City of Monroe to create brick planter on the end of Art Alley and beautify the area • Funded trees to be planted along DeSiard Street and Art Alley • Organized “Pink Out Downtown” for Breast Cancer Awareness month • Coordinated and funded the “Finding Home” mural, painted by local artist, Nicholas Bustamante • Hosted annual “Up on the Rooftop” holiday party • Coordinated “Walking in a Window Wonderland,” a partnership with the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and local junior high and high school art classes to decorate the windows along DeSiard for the month of holiday season • Funded and organized the “Light up the Night” effort to decorate the downtown area with white Christmas lights for the holiday season • Coordinated and funded beautification efforts of Bry Park • Coordinated and funded beautification efforts of crosswalks areas throughout downtown • Funded benches on Art Alley, in honor of local artists • Funded and installed downtown signage including historic sign on Art Alley and welcome sign at Bry Park • Upcoming second anual Christmas card competition with middle and high school art classes, as well as the University of Louisiana Monroe • Grant recipient from the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau for Christmas activites • Funded the Geneva Academy’s Big Serve project, to beautify downtown through refreshing of planters and flower beds. • Sponsored outdoor benches at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum. Monroe Renaissance is always looking for volunteers to help with their revitalization efforts. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Monroe Renaissance at 318-807-1177 or MonroeRenaissance@gmail. com. Add or contact us on Facebook at


The Since 2012, the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation has been dedicated to working to fulfill the mission of caring for those most in need, in particular women and children. At St. Francis Medical Center, we know your child’s health, happiness and access to services and specialized care are what really matter to you when your child needs medical attention. We are proud to be the leader in caring for the critically ill and sick premature babies and children throughout the region. Serving more than 500,000 people across 17 parishes in Louisiana and 3 counties in Arkansas, and we understand how important it is for families in times of crisis to have the appropriate healthcare they need close to home. The Foundation works with the hospital to align the identified critical needs with funding to support particular programs and services to ensure a higher level of care, quality, patient experience and positive outcomes for our patients. 2018 BOARD MEMBERS Rev. Larry Stafford (Chair) Judge Milton Moore William Sparks Debbie Luffey Alan Brockman Jonathan Perry Evelyn Johnson Roderick Worthy

Stuart Keyes Malcolm Maddox Laura Marchelos Charles Marsala Nell Seegers Cindy Woodard Hillary Sirmon John Davis, MD

Steve Taylor Donnie Byars Amber Shemwell, MD Sr. Mary Ann Sepulvado Bill Haley Kristin Wolkart Jeremy Rogers Aimee Kane

We are privileged to have northeast Louisiana region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Level III OB/Labor and Delivery, Level II Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and dedicated pediatric unit providing vital services, when it comes to the lives of our women and children. With the overwhelming support of our community, businesses and individual donors, the Foundation has raised over $3.5 million for state-of-the-art equipment, advanced technology, new programs and education, and hospital service expansions for St. Francis Medical Center. Together, we have made a profound impact on the lives of so many throughout the region by assisting to continue to provide the highest level of care to more than 4,000 newborns, mothers, babies, pediatric patients and children annually. With the combined funds from our car raffle, annual golf tournament and general donations made throughout the past year, we were able to give back $500,000 to St. Francis in support of our women and children’s services with the purchase the NicView Streaming Camera System, Transport Isolette, Ultrasound, Warming Cabinet, Jaundice Meter and Newborn Hearing Screener. Funds raised from the 2018 car raffle in conjunction with the money from the 2019 golf tournament and general donations will help us to enhance the level of care for critically ill newborns and pediatric patients by contributing funds toward a newly constructed 6 bed Level II PICU located in the pediatric unit and a helipad located next to our ER. St. Francis cares for the sickest of the sick, and having dedicated physicians and staff and a highly trained transport team is critical, when it comes to transporting critically ill babies and children to and from the hospital in a timely manner. Time is of the essence in these situations. Every donation is a lifesaving gift that allows us to continue to fulfill the critical healthcare needs of our community. St. Francis Medical Center is your hospital and without these gifts, vital technology and specialized services are at risk. Help give life a chance and give today at


OUR MISSION Our mission is to provide free air transportation to those patients needing diagnosis and treatment at medical facilities not available to them locally. Our goal is to eliminate the burden of travel allowing the patient to concentrate on getting well. OUR HISTORY Back in 2008, the founding members of Pilots for Patients (former members of Angel Flight) saw the need for Louisiana-based patients to receive medical treatment not locally available to them. Many of these patients were locals of Monroe, LA seeking treatment at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. For many patients, especially cancer patients, this burden of an 8-hour drive to their out-of-town treatment was too physically taxing, making treatment nearly impossible to attain. So, Pilots for Patients was born. With a hand full of local pilots, PFP set out on a mission to lend a helping hand to as many individuals in need as possible. By the end of the year with just 5 pilots, PFP completed over 200 individual flights for Louisiana based patients. WHO WE ARE Pilots for Patients is a Louisiana based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, established in 2008. We provide air transportation completely free of charge for qualified patients and requesting agencies. The volunteer pilots donate their time, fuel, aircraft and other flight expenses to fly these patients to and from their treatment facilities. In 2008, Pilots for Patients began as a small group of 5 pilots. Now, 10 years later, we are a group of over 140 pilots reaching patients across the state of Louisiana and surrounding areas. We fly patients of all ages and work closely with children’s hospitals, such as Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and St. Jude’s in Memphis, TN. Averaging 15-30 missions a week, Pilots for Patients has now flown over 4,000 missions and counting. Over the last 10 years, Pilots for Patients has given back over 3 million dollars in in-kind services. A dedicated and compassionate group of office personnel and other volunteers coordinate travel for patients going to and from these medical treatment facilities. WHO PILOTS FOR PATIENTS HELPS Patients that travel with Pilots for Patients must be medically stable and ambulatory. They must be able to climb into a small private aircraft and sit upright for the duration of the flight. They must not have any medical conditions that prevents them from flying in an unpressurized aircraft. No medical care is provided in flight. Pilots for Patients currently limits flights to approximately 300-350 nautical miles. Requests for longer distances may be considered on a case by case basis. Requests can be made by qualified medical personnel online at our website. Patients can also download the necessary forms and take them to their medial facility to be completed and faxed to the Pilots for Patients office. Patients can also contact the office to discuss their travel needs. We currently require a five to sevenday lead time to arrange the flights. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Philip Thomas, President; Phil Coyne, Vice President; Ryan Chappell, Director; Wayne Petrus, Treasurer; Sal Miletello, Secretary; Dr. Bruce Walker, Director; Sharon Thomas, Director; Donald Imhoff, Director OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP Pilots for Patients continually balances the Pilots, Patients, and Patrons (the 3-P’s). One is not possible without the other two. We accept donations by mail and through our website and social media. We are constantly on the pursuit to recruit more pilots and spread the word of PFP throughout the state of Louisiana and surrounding areas. Support for advertising through word of mouth, TV, radio and social media are greatly appreciated. UPCOMING EVENTS PFP hosts an annual fundraiser called The Prop Blast: a night of wine and hors d’oeuvres pairing, along with live and silent auctions. This wonderful night of fun is an opportunity for locals to support Pilots for Patients and aid us in our mission to helping others. *Annual Date: to be announced.


ABOUT US The Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation brings people together in unique ways that nurture mindfulness, grace and connectedness. We are committed to Growing Lives that Give Back. Our goal is to see philanthropic work grow and produce positive effects in the communities served – and in those serving. MISSION STATEMENT Cultivating Compassion in Individuals, Families and Communities. BOARD MEMBERS Patricia Bates – Chairman Karen Logan Adam Miller Kelly McDade Connor Peterson

Emily Sample Erin Peterson Cathy Jacobs Michele Sauls Beth Woods

OUR WORK Programming revolves around three core principles: • Fostering self-discovery • Cultivating a sense of purpose • Building community As examples of the work we: • Sent Chef Tootie Morrison to Morocco on a cross cultural immersion project to experience the foods and customs of villagers in the Atlas Mountains. Upon return Chef Tootie hosts events and dinners with the traditions and flavors of Morocco woven in, raising funds to give back locally to non-profits and youth in underserved areas and for health initiatives for the women of the Moroccan village. • Fostered the launch of a project Developing Resilient Youth Leaders focused on trauma and substance abuse prevention. This collaborative work with One Great River CADA and the Renzi Center for Art and Education took seven area high school youth to Bozeman, Montana June 2018 as part of an outdoor wilderness experience. The program included mountain climbing, fly-fishing, mindfulness and self-care practices as the community was formed and leadership skills were put into practice. • Launched The Exchange initiative, a membership based coalition of knowledge, resources and shared outreach. Located in Ruston, it exists to enhance the current work of non-profit organizations across North Louisiana, to nurture future leaders and to cultivate new and emerging programs • Joining Campti Field of Dreams to co-sponsor Back to Your Roots 2019: A Sustainable Agriculture Masters Series at Louisiana Tech March 7-9. Among many published notable leaders and teachers of the movement will be Dr. Tim Seipel of Montana State University; Lisa Ziegler, Vegetables Love Flowers and Justin Rhodes, The Great American Farm Tour. Chef Tootie Morrison will be the guest chef for the Farm-to-Table event March 8th. • Sponsor Backroads and Bayous Trail Run in Gilliam with distances including 10 and 3 miles. The course goes along farm roads and bayous, down turn rows and through fields of crops. Food for the day is locally sourced and guest chefs are on hand to be part of the event. There is art for children, acupuncture and pre and post run yoga. Proceeds of the day go to support non-profits and the Youth Resiliency Project. The 5th annual run will be held May 18, 2019. • Host an annual Harvest Dinner each fall featuring locally sourced foods and guest chefs. The 3rd annual dinner will be held November 9, 2018. This fund-raising event offers a time of looking back over the year and celebrating our community. The evening also includes live music, raffles and the auction of commissioned art. This year’s featured artist is Julie Crews. GET INVOLVED • Come to our annual events – The Backroads and Bayous Trail Run and the Harvest Dinner • Donate. Gifts at all levels are appreciated. • Become a Sponsor, join our FriendsGiving community and become a Volunteer. • Learn more about us and how to be involved at


OUR MISSION Twin City Ballet achieves and inspires excellence in dance by offering mastery of the discipline, outstanding performances and community education and outreach. We take seriously our mission to provide quality training for our area’s talented young dancers, giving them opportunities to perform and provide superb entertainment for our community. ABOUT US Twin City Ballet Company, under the Artistic Direction of Linda Ford, Gretchen Jones, Michelle Harvey and Linda Lou Bourland, is a premier regional dance company with over 45 years of commitment to community enrichment through artistic and educational excellence. Based in the Twin Cities of Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana since 1970, the company offers a year-round program of performances and classes providing young dancers with training by an experienced faculty and worldrenowned guest artists as performers, choreographers and teachers. The company embraces all styles of dance and has become a haven for exceptional dancers from a two-state region. The company enjoys the passionate support of its Board of Directors, Professional Board, Ballet Guild, enthusiastic Arts Council, area foundations and many local, state and national sponsors. Twin City Ballet’s Honor Company includes four Artists-in-Residence, a 23-member Senior Company and support and training groups. The company’s repertoire demonstrates our dancers’ versatile training, featuring classical and contemporary ballet, modern and jazz pieces. The 2018-19 TCB Season began with our Summer Dance Intensive Workshop, co-hosted with the University of Louisiana-Monroe’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. In late September, Twin City Ballet gathered at ULM’s Brown Auditorium for Talk of the Town, where performing level dancers presented pieces by choreographers Leaia Alsup, Amelie Hunter and Joe Istre. In December, school children will delight in seeing Joe Istre’s exciting production of The Guardians of Christmas. In addition to The Guardians, the annual Gala performance will feature an evening of dance balanced with traditional hymns and contemporary voices. Celebrate the true gift of Christmas as you enjoy this beautifully choreographed piece by Leaia Alsup. Your soul and spirit will surely be filled with peace, love and joy. TCB will close the season in April with the 22nd Anniversary of the Annual Ballet Under the Stars that includes a children’s show and evening performances in the amphitheater by the beautiful lake, plus an afternoon performance for the community – all at the picturesque Kiroli Park in West Monroe. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Linda Lavender Ford, Artistic Director Gretchen Jones, Associate Director Michelle Harvey, Assistant Director Linda Lou Bourland, Assistant Director Ruth Gist, Business Manager Charlotte Crawford, Costumer Ashley Burkett Beth Cannon Kelly Coburn Brandi Cole

Judy Cousans Paula Ford Cindy Foust Denise Harrison Kay Harrison Tashia Hines Gregory Hudgins Susan Lolley Melanie Moffett Miranda Moss

Leslie Murphy Lisa North Meredith Pilcher Meghan Sellar Meredith Smith Beth Swanner Kim Taylor Wendy Waller Breanna Young

UPCOMING EVENTS November 27 - December 30th School Performances of The Guardians of Christmas December 1, 2018 Holly Jolly Children’s Breakfast with Santa - Beginning at 9 a.m. Matinee Performance of The Guardians of Christmas - 11:00 a.m. Festival of Trees – 6 to 7:30 p.m. Christmas Gala Performance – 7:30 p.m. April 26-28, 2019 Ballet Under the Stars – 7:30 p.m.


UNITED WAY OF NORTHEAST LOUISIANA: UNITED WE FIGHT. UNITED WE WIN. For over 62 years, United Way of Northeast Louisiana has been the unifying force that brings together passionate individuals, businesses, government entities and non-profits to create positive, lasting change, improve lives and strengthen our community. We accomplish this by mobilizing partners and resources throughout the 12-parish region in a united effort to identify and respond to our community’s most critical needs. United Way is creating a better, stronger Northeast Louisiana by developing strategic solutions focused on education, financial stability, and health, the foundation of United Way’s Community Impact goals. We accomplish this through research, compiling data and expert knowledge, forming and convening collaborations with community and corporate partners, investing in programs and initiatives, conducting listening sessions to receive critical feedback from Northeast Louisianans and engaging volunteers to inspire action and advance our work in the community. These strategies enable us to improve lives and create a stronger, healthier community for all. United, we are focused on helping young people become more successful in school and life, creating economic opportunity for all, encouraging healthier individuals and families and promoting safer, more inclusive communities. Together, we get results, whether through volunteer initiatives like READ.LEARN.SUCCEED., providing free community services like United Way 2-1-1 or employee engagement opportunities through our VolunteerUNITED Volunteer Engagement Center, fueling collective impact by collaborating to tackle issues like hunger (Lincoln Parish Hunger Task Force) and homelessness (United Against Homelessness) or investing in the work of our partners who are providing critical community services. Here are just a few examples of United Way WINS from the past year: • Over 264,000 nutritious meals were provided to local individuals and families • More than 1,600 area high school students and young adults received free, comprehensive financial education through United Way’s Dollars & $ense Reality Fair • 14,000 + connections were made to community resources, information, or referrals through United Way 2-1-1 • Over 1,400 local people received housing assistance, including moving families from emergency shelters to long-term, sustainable housing • 2,300 Northeast Louisiana families were equipped to support student success With more than 1,300 volunteers, over 9,000 donors, and countless community partners, supporters, and collaborators, United Way of Northeast Louisiana is powered by thousands of locals who want to help people and improve community—now and for generations to come. Together, we fight for the Education, Financial Stability and Health of every person in our community. Dollars and $ense Reality Fair Volunteer opportunities are available now for the Dollars & $ense Reality Fair, United Way of Northeast Louisiana’s financial education simulation during which high school students actively learn how to make better financial decisions and gain knowledge of budgeting, saving, and spending. These one-day opportunities typically last 3 hours, including training, which is provided on-site immediately prior to the event. To download our 2018-2019 Calendar of Events or sign up now, visit or call 2-1-1 for more information. We invite you to join the fight. Learn more at


To strengthen and value individuals and families through professional services and community leadership with compassion and integrity. ABOUT US Founded in 1931, The Wellspring is one of the state’s oldest and most effective non-profits. The Wellspring is an umbrella organization focused on leading our community in serving people in need. Strengthening the lives of individuals and families is the tie that binds our programs together. We are steadfastly committed to the vision that has seen us now into our eighth decade – building thriving, healthy communities based on strong individuals and families. COMMUNITY IMPACT Changing our community, one life at a time. The Wellspring makes Northeast Louisiana stronger by helping individuals and families from all walks of life to overcome challenges, identify resources and develop workable solutions. Our mission is at work each day through the comprehensive, professional services The Wellspring offers: Youth development and empowerment services – We offer mentoring, social-emotional life skills, Chase Leadership Academy, Civic Engagement Institute, Just As I Am, job readiness and youth leadership to children living in Ouachita, Lincoln, Union and Morehouse parishes. Therapy and Supervised Visitation – The Counseling & Family Development Center is one of the area’s premier providers of counseling and mental health services. The counseling center serves as the Accredited Sexual Assault Center for this area. Learn more about this program by calling (318) 323-1505. Support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking – We offer comprehensive residential and non-residential services to adults and children in violent, abusive relationships. Support for the homeless – We have an array of homeless and Veterans’ programs and services throughout Northeast Louisiana serving some of our region’s most vulnerable individuals and families who are homeless, chronically homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Rick Guillot, Chair Cathi Cox-Boniol, Chair-Elect Aimee Buchanan, Treasurer DeLayne Donnell, Secretary Judge Wendell Manning, Member-at-Large Cody Bauman Melissa Ducote Julie Emory Charles Gardner

Dr. Florencetta Gibson Herbert Guillory Jack Gustafson Bill Hendrix Aimee Kane Janie Milby Dr. Nathan Neufang Chris Thomas Tammy Washington

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES You can provide philanthropic support to The Wellspring in a variety of ways. Giving opportunities include Corporate Giving, Individual Giving, In-kind Donations, Honorarium and Memorial Gifts, Event Sponsorships, Endowment and Planned Giving, and more. Donations to The Wellspring can be received over the phone at (318) 323-1505, online at, or by mail to 1515 Jackson Street, Monroe, LA 71202. UPCOMING EVENTS Christmas Tree Lighting Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 5:30 p.m. Patriot Square, Winnsboro Holiday Open House Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 1515 Jackson Street, Monroe For more information about our upcoming events, please call (318) 323-1505.




Nell and Robert Seegers Blend Past and Present for A Contemporary Take on the Future ARTICLE BY MARE BRENNAN







hat the future holds is never certain, but Nell and Robert Seegers have gazed into their crystal ball and divined a plan that takes them securely into the next phases of their lives. When Robert retired from his gastroenterology practice, the couple went with their instincts to pare back their footprint and maintenance obligations here in Monroe to allow for their favorite pastimes: travel and visits to their beloved children and grandchildren. Says Nell of the move, “We loved our previous home on Island Drive, but in talking with the late Bing Bishop, this neighborhood, which he developed with Mike Husted, was perfect for our needs.” The neighborhood, Pargoud Place, is a jewel filled with stately homes and collegial neighbors and is located at the intersection of Pargoud Boulevard and Loop Road. The Seegers' previous home on Island Drive, a distinctive Georgian-style traditional, was designed in 1992 by Kelly Kerr of Baton Rouge after the original architect, Martha Solomon, went on maternity leave. “We again called upon Kelly Kerr to design a house that would compliment the neighborhood and its existing homes, as well as fit on a small lot,” adds Nell. Architect Kelly Kerr notes, “The best houses I have designed have relied heavily on building a trusting relationship with the


Paintings by Meredith Pardue (left) and Lacey Stinson (right) are positioned over a pair of contemporary chests sourced from Haven/Intelligent Designs.


owners. Having owners heavily invested in the design process, asking questions, providing answers, and challenging norms most often leads to a design that lives best for the owner and satisfies all their needs.” The needs and wants for the Seegers were simply stated. Ease in transitioning through phases of life, like the ability to have parents live comfortably with them if needed and to be able to age gracefully themselves was paramount to the couple. Incorporating their existing art and key pieces of their antique collection and striking a balance with more contemporary style was the icing on the cake. Maintenance of the gardens had to be kept to a minimum. Oh, and light! There had to be more light! Kerr explains, “As a rule, I normally design features into my homes that allow for my clients to remain in their homes for as long as possible. That includes minimal or no thresholds at main points of entry, doors wide enough for wheelchairs or walkers into all rooms, showers with no curbs to allow rolling into them, blocking in walls for grab bars if or when they become necessary, door and cabinet hardware that allow for reduced range of hand strength and motion, heights of vanities for less bending, seating at kitchen islands for comfortable food preparation, etc. All of these were designed into the Seegers' home to allow them to stay in this home as they are able to do so.” Builder Bing Bishop assisted with incorporating these ideas throughout the home to make it easier to grow old in, including wider doorways, entrance steps only at the front door, extra wide bathroom doors, two bedrooms and full baths downstairs and guest rooms are on the second floor. With aging parents and caregivers in mind, the builder put blocking within the walls of all baths for future handrail installation, if needed. Nell elaborates that before drywall went in, photographs were taken to show where the blocking exists within the wall. An ingenious central vacuuming system throughout the home, called Hide•A•Hose, puts ease of clean up at the fingertips with retractable hoses hidden

Kitchen cabinetry painted an ethereal grey called “Vapor Trails” provides ample storage options. Acrylic counterstools tuck neatly under an oversized island.


within the wall. With a nod to Louisiana’s brutal heat and high humidity, exteriors are fabricated with durable HardieBoard planks, which never rot, and metal clad exterior doors and windows for protection from the elements. Kerr points to key ways to maximize light when building, “Especially when you are downsizing or building on a constricted site, the use of natural light and windows becomes more important. If you are lucky enough to have a view or you can create a view such as a courtyard or terrace, opening up the interior to that view can make a smaller home feel much larger. Glazed doors to the exterior can also make the home live much larger by giving access to outdoor living areas, as well as bringing in daylight. Taller windows and doors, or windows and doors with transoms, can give the impression of higher ceilings in homes of all scales. In the Seegers' house we used framed views to the porches and courtyards as well as taking advantage of windows into the more constricted side yard to bring in natural light and make the house feel and live larger.” In order to create a cohesive space that reflects the couple’s evolving style, Nell and Robert called on interior designer, Sandy McMillan and her team at Intelligent Designs to help provide direction and guidance, making the best use of what to bring from the Island Drive house. The late Sandra John was the couple’s interior decorator on Island Drive. McMillan’s experience in space planning helped the couple decide what to use, what would fit and where to utilize existing pieces of furniture. Nell remarks, “I can only imagine how difficult it is to take another designer’s work and incorporate it into a new space.” McMillan was able to “shop” from the Seegers’ collection before they conducted a moving sale. She then masterfully used new fabrics, furniture and accessories to successfully blend key pieces of the Seegers’ most treasured traditional antiques with new contemporary furnishings, updating the whole with a fresh, timeless quality. “The Seegers have a beautiful collection of antiques and art. We balanced those more traditional pieces with neutral upholstery, tailored accent fabrics, and several neutral colored rugs to provide a transitional look. The Seegers' home is a beautiful pairing of pieces they have collected over the years with the addition of new furnishings that provide a light overall feel in the space,” remarks McMillan of the project. For example in the dining room, the 228 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

ABOVE: Nell inherited her mother’s 1950 Steinway piano, which was recently restored. The chandelier was Nell’s 40th birthday present from Robert. The large scale painting is by Lacey Stinson. The contemporary wall covering and curtains add sheen and warmth to the space. A neutral transitional rug allows the antique dining table to be the star of family gatherings.

RIGHT: Architect Kelly Kerr designed the custom stair railing. The Seegers entrusted art consultant and handler John Pecorino of New Orleans to group and hang their collection of art. The four post bed in the downstairs guest bedroom was custom built in 1981 when the couple lived in Jackson, MS during Bob’s gastroenterology residency. The craftsman was an air traffic controller whose hobby was painstakingly crafting furniture the old fashioned way.


metallic detail on the hand-crafted wall covering provides just enough sheen to allow a warm light reflection from the antique chandelier which had been Robert’s 40th birthday present to Nell. Throughout the home, the neutral palette highlights the architectural details that make the house feel open, not heavy. The foyer sets the tone with a vintage Fortuny pendant the Seegers sourced from Villa Vici in New Orleans. An antique English chest mixes well with a contemporary, layered abstract by Kathy Vellard. In the kitchen, McMillan chose a linear quartzite countertop, paired with a luminous glass tile backsplash. Contemporary acrylic counterstools add function without heaviness. Light fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms illuminate with a more modern, streamlined sensibility. The liberal use of LED lighting throughout provides ample brightness with cost efficiency and huge energy savings. Thoughtful touches like undercounter, multi-bin receptacles make recycling easy. For the open floor plan den and living spaces, McMillan selected a neutral geometric Stark rug in the den to compliment the beautiful antique wool rug in the living room. An abstract painting by Frank Kelley Jr. is the perfect counterpoint to the flood of light that filled the space from banks of windows that look onto the courtyard. McMillan chose fabrics for pillows that would pull colors from paintings, adding color and texture to otherwise neutral sofas and seating areas. With a well-curated collection of regional artists that reads like a virtual Who’s Who, the creamy-neutral walls of the Seegers' home sing with vibrant pops color. “We brought many works of art from the old house and with a friend’s suggestion, we used art installer John Pecorino of New Orleans to place and hang each piece optimally,” adds Nell. Of note is a gallery wall effect created by Pecorino that ascends the well-lit staircase to the second floor. Here, Pecorino grouped paintings with more oranges, says Nell, noting that he grouped art throughout the home by several methods, whether it was subject matter, or color or even media with like media. “We wanted to achieve a smaller yard with less maintenance through materials and plant selection,” says Nell of her garden. Rhymes Oliver, landscape architect, designed the hardscape and plantings with that in mind. “I love the patio,” adds Robert. “We have never had a more comfortable space.” Planning for the future has never looked so good.

TOP: In the foyer, an abstract painting by Nell’s longtime friend Kathy Vellard is hung above a treasured antique chest. BOTTOM: Interior Designer Sandy McMillan maximized the dramatic effect of metallics in the under-stair half bath. 230 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

Wellness Center Open House


The Wellness Center celebrated their new renovations with the community on September 17th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. With over 36,000 sq ft renovated, they gave tours to the public of the new facility, provided refreshments and waived the sign-up fee for those that joined during the Open House. A new women’s only floor has been added, along with a remodeled Kid’s Korner and men’s locker room, as well as, an expansion of the current main weight floor. The Wellness Center has kept the community in mind with all of their new renovations and would like to thank everyone who attended the Open House for their support.


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Ooh, la la! Jessica looks fashionforward in this chunky multistriped sweater with French grey A-line skirt. Accessorize with this soft, cozy beret, beaded earrings and these edgy black booties with snake heels.


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Stand out in this emerald halter beaded gown. This A-line gown features a fully beaded bodice, open back and satin ball skirt with pleating and pockets. Frost yourself with these rhinestone tiered earrings.



This low hanging, ivory button up is paired with a mauve sleeveless duster. Perfectly distressed stretch denim jeans and an olive felt brim hat complete the look. Let these mules with a low stacked heel add a stylish charm to your outfit.



Show your wild side in this rust-colored cheetah sweater with billow sleeves. Pair it with white cropped skinny jeans and suede sling back booties with silver studs. Accessorize with gold tassel earrings.



The high-key vibes of this striped knit sweater gives us all the feels. It features a v-neck, rainbow striped design and a raw, high-low hem. Pair it with frayed bell bottom jeans and leather flats with side cutouts and a slight stacked heel. Accessorize with red Mother-ofPearl and raffia tassel earrings.



This vintage evening gown in blush features large, hand-sewn rosettes and ruffle detailing. A couture gold necklace is double wrapped and features a mesh and diamond design.



Jessica is blushing in this baby pink statement jacket paired with a crew neck striped sweater. Complete the look with pull-on flare jeans and these brown leather shoes that tread the line between a mule and bootie.



This mod textured mini dress features a checkered pattern with volume sleeves and high neck. It is paired with a luxurious faux fur coat in mustard. Complete the look with these knee high, black suede boots and faux fur cross body bag.




What What They’re They’re Saying... Saying... ““It was really a pleasure working with many of the local high school players. Many of them have some talent, and we just need to get them on the court more.” – Scott Smith, Squire Creek “Ouachita Parish has an unusually large number of patients at St. Jude’s. Team WillPower supports these families while also aiming to eradicate pediatric cancer. We thank everyone for supporting our tournament and hope you will join us November 17 at ULM’s Bayou Pointe for Denim and Diamonds. For more information please follow us at teamwillpoweronline. com or on Facebook at Team WillPower.” – Donna Donald McGee, Team WillPower

Love All Things Tourney Benefits St Jude Tennis players of all ages, stripes and levels descended on Bayou DeSiard Country Club October 5-7 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sponsored by the WillPower Foundation and organized by Donna and Mike McGee, the LOVE ALL THINGS event hosted 25 kids and 47 adults in spirited singles, doubles and mixed competition. WillPower is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for childhood cancers in memory of Will McGee, who passed away in 2002 at age 17 from liver cancer. Stay tuned for WillPower’s signature Denim and Diamonds event November 17 at ULM’s Bayou Pointe.

“St. Jude’s is a wonderful organization to support, and we were delighted to host this event. Our plan is to make this an annual event, bigger and better next year.” –Wilson Campbell, Bayou DeSiard

Squire Creek Hosts High School Clinic

New Tennis Director Scott Smith hit the ground running at Squire Creek, hosting a complimentary afternoon clinic October 13. Participants were 25 current and aspiring high school players from across NELA. Ably assisted by Squire Creek’s own Carter Mills, Scott put the kids through a brisk two hour workout and invited them to return for competitive play Sunday afternoons. Contact Scott at 318768-7704 or 774-521-4370 to join the Sunday Match Play starting November 4.






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1. Squire Creek Tennis Director Scott Smith hosted NELA high school players October 13. 2. Ben Waddle and Kyle Mayfield 3. Gwen Coie and Lauren Fix 4. Leah Fitzgerald and Max Turpin 5. Mitchell Spence and Lauren Breen 6. Susannah Guy and Summer Houston 7. Alex Reynolds and Benton Anzalone 8. Ben Waddle and Kathryn Waters 242 NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM

Official BabyFriendly Hospital


Ochsner Health System/LSU Health Shreveport’s Monroe Medical Center, formerly University Health Conway, celebrated its official designation as Northeast Louisiana’s first Baby Friendly Hospital. The event was held on August 24th from 10-11 a.m. Dr. Rebecca Gee, Secretary of Health for LDH was the guest speaker and spoke about the benefits of bonding mother and baby immediately after childbirth. During the speech statistics were given to emphasize the importance for breastfeeding for each mother and baby. It is indeed a huge accomplishment and honor for their hospital to progress in such a way.


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1 Nicole Owens, Dody Whittington and VaLinda Green 2 Cendy Morris, Melinda Murphy, and Kaci Pearce 3 T ammy Morgan and Tiffany Britt 4 Liza Patton and Sheryl Jernigan 5 F rank Hoffman and Lester Johnson 6 Carrie Kedley, Lisa Lee and Rebekah Turner 7 Mayor Jamie Mayo, Beverly Lewis and Whitney Black 8 J ohnathan Phillips and Traci Jordan 9 Shawn Egan and Diana Breen 10 Ashley Mayo and Nikki Cain



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Hampton Fundraiser


Supporters packed the house for Bruce Hampton’s fundraiser at Pam and Mike Jones’ home in Ruston. Bruce, the candidate with the most criminal and civil experience, has received wide support in his campaign to replace Judge Jay McCallum on the Third Judicial District Court. Pam Jones provided the perfect fall setting for the event with mums and pumpkins. Supporters enjoyed jambalaya prepared by Bill Cox, beef tenderloin grilled by Mike Jones with shrimp étouffée and bread pudding from Ponchatoula’s of Ruston.

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1C indy and Bruce Hampton, Sunant Ranjitkar and Linda Newton 2C indy Hampton, Melissa Parkman, Bruce Hampton and Eddie Parkman 3 T om O’Neal and Sunant Ranjitkar 4 John Belton, Glen Post and Bruce Hampton 5B ruce Hampton and George Snellings 6B ruce Hampton and Tracy Houck 7 Robert and Billie Dawkins and Kyle Green 8D eana McCallum, Wilbert Ellis and John Belton 9C ary Brown, John Lane Sheehan and Heather Boddie 10 Amy Green, James Davison and Bruce Hampton 11 Dan Hollingsworth, Randal and Susan Hermes 12 Melissa Parkman, Bruce Hampton and Ty Storms 13 M ichael Mahaffey, John Belton, Bruce Hampton, Tracy Houck, Kyle Green and Mike Smith 14 Cindy and Bruce Hampton, Stan and Sheryl Elkins 15 Sharon Ward and Allison Ward




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Black and White Ball


Each year, supporters dress up in their finest for The 14th Annual Black & White Ball which raises money and awareness for The Children’s Advocacy Center. From live music to decadent cuisine and fabulous prize opportunities, there was no shortage of entertainment. The Bayou DeSiard Country Club was transformed to a “Casino Royale” themed ball, complete with a casino setting, professional dealers and locally sponsored Las Vegas-styled gaming tables. Rockin’Dopsie Jr & The Zydeco Twisters entertained party-goers who diced, dined and danced all night long.

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Life Choices Banquet On Tuesday, October 9, Life Choices held their annual banquet at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe. Featured speakers included Dr. David Uth, Dr. Dennis Swanberg and Al and Kay Robertson. Guests grooved to music from The Fabulous Equinox Quintet and enjoyed dinner while they listened to the speakers and learned more about the opportunity to give to and support Life Choices and their mission. This local nonprofit organization is primarily funded through the kindness of community through churches, businesses and individuals. Life Choices offers pregnancy tests and information in a caring and confidential environment and provides information on choices regarding unplanned pregnancy. They also offer ultrasounds, counseling, post-abortive counseling and abstinence education, all free of charge.










On the BayouScene 1 Sheryl Ford and April Bagby 2 J udge Jimbo and Faith Stephens 3P astor Peyton and Ada Sparks 4 L yndsay Turner and Sandy Henderson 5 L indsay and Daniel Luther 6 Angie Robert and Kathy Ray 7V icki and Michael O’Neal 8 Linda R. Garland and Carol Duncan 9C arolyn and David Barnes and Amy Sherman 10 Chad Swanberg and Elisabeth Attaway 11 C arla Knox, Erin Powell, Madeline Salter and Mallory Debnam 12 Marianne and Peyton Sidders 13 Tina Varino and Jim Herlevic 14 B obby and Mary Brinkerhoff 15 Deacon and Amy James 16 Sherry Foy and Alexis Price 17 L ife Choices Board Members 18 Cindi Wainwright, Rebecca Fry and Kerri Wall 19 Danny and Amber Boyd

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Rebel Runway If you were fortunate enough to be sitting in the audience at the Rebel Runway 2018: The Beat Goes On, on September 25th, then you were witness to a spectacular show. The West Monroe Convention Center was packed with an eager audience as West Monroe High School students, teachers and more, sported ensembles from casual weekend apparel to prom couture. There was something for everyone! Each fashion segment took guests through different genres of music, ranging from disco and latin to rock and country. Enterainment throughout the night was provided by Linda Lavender School of Dance. This annual style show and auction is presented by the West Monroe High School Cheer Booster Club and is made possible through a host of generous sponsors and volunteers.

On the BayouScene 1 Wesleigh and Tammy Skinner 2 Lennon and Taryn Davidson 3 Jill Keifenheim and Amy Keifenheim 4 Claire Campbell and Savannah Albritton 5 E mily Wilson, Karoline Edwards, Bailey Evans, Jessica Pollard, Kennedy Mitchell, Camille Braxton and Savannah Frost 6 Emma and Cherie Siratt, Christy White and Kelsey Danna 7K im Hudson and Michael Calloway 8 Madison Guerriero and Gabby Holt 9 Emma Lou Ford and Bailey Newman 10 D ebbie Herrington, Sandra Shinn and Cindy Stone 11 Katie Kahmann, Melinda Rigsby and Heather Gulde 12 Theron Buxton, Addison Creekmore and Holli Hebert 13 C hasity Albritton, Carrie Ferguson and Rachel Robinson 14 Kayla Johnson and Amy Swanner 15 Jenna Barron and Angela Gullatt 16 C hristy and Richie Grant 17 Beth and Kevin Hudson 18 Melanie and Georgia Moffett 19 Linda Ford and Johnnye Ford




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Top 20 Under 40 On Tuesday, September 11, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce recognized fifty-three regional young professionals at the Top 20-Under 40 celebration. Recognized as the 2018 Top 20-Under 40 for their outstanding accomplishments professionally, personally and for their work in community service were Chad Brooks, Pastor, The Foundry; Morgan Buxton, Communication and Community Engagement Manager, JPMorgan Chase; Dr. Hunter Chapman, Optometrist, Dillingham Optical; Chad Coates, Mayor, Town of Clarks; Christina Davis, Business Consultant, Louisiana Small Business Development Center; Jarod Floyd, Chief Meteorologist, KTVE/ KARD; Chelsea Higginbotham, Marketing Manager, Richland State Bank; Ashley Yeldell Hubenthal, Sales Manager, BayouLife Magazine; Richard Lamb, Director of Operations, Drax Biomass; Kelsey Laudenheimer, Controller, Scott Equipment Company; Dr. Julia Letlow, Director of Marketing and Communications, ULM; Justin Mailhes, Investment Advisor Representative, Argent Advisors; Cleveland Mouton, Principal, Barkdall Faulk Elementary, Monroe City Schools; Melanie Reed, Application Developer, IBM; Kathryn Reppond, COO, Central Oil & Supply Company; Lee Riordan, VP/Branch Manager, Cross Keys Bank; Gabriel Sanchez, Director of Operations, Coast Professional, Inc.; James Simpson, Co-Owner, Flying Tiger Brewery; Justin Underwood, Market Leader, Movement Mortgage; and Brandi Barron Watts, Tax Manager, Heard McElroy and Vestal.











On the BayouScene 1 Alberta Green and Misti Cordell 2 Lee McGuire and Bo Riser 3 E lizabeth Murphy and Bridgit Murphy and Addison McMahon 4C helsea Bearden, Thurner Haywood and Rebekah Elliott 5 Janet Durden and Dr. Hunter Chapman 6 Joe and Melinda Tannehill 7B ill Willson, Alex McMorris, Megan O’Neal and Layne Week 8 J osh Culp, Brett Cardin and Justin Underwood 9 Mary Simpson and Delia Simpson 10 Brenda and Cleve Tarver and Haley Branch 11 Ray Jennings and Hardeman Cordell 12 Jack and Haley Branch 13 J udy and Billy Haddad 14 David Haynes, Chris Holtzclaw and Justin Mailhes 15 B rody Sullivan and Victoria Sexton 16 K elsi Dickerson, Kristy Morris, Matt Dickerson and Kelsey Laudenheimer

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Talk of the Town On Saturday, September 29th, Twin City Ballet Company held their season opening performance at ULM’s Brown Auditorium. This year’s Talk of the Town featured TCB’s performing level dancers in choreography by Leaia Alsup, Amelie Huter and Joe Istre, respectively, in pieces that were quiet and reflective, quirky and eclectic and empowering and explosive. In addition, the company’s youngest dancers tugged on heartstrings in beautiful, inspiring pieces choreographed by Diane MaroneyGrigsby. Twin City Ballet, under the artistic direction of Linda Lavender Ford, aims to create an exciting dance experience in the community, as well as offer an opportunity for training and stage experience for talented young dancers.

On the BayouScene 1 Charlotte and Marci Bryant 2 Lori, Lucy and Ella Rose Fisher 3B reanna Young and Beth Swanner 4 Maura and Amy Malone 5 Annie Cole and Reagan Pilcher 6H allie Trisler, Ella Waller, Hattie Hamilton and Katy Johnson 7 L ucy Fisher, Emory Cooper Leggett, Gracie Taylor






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The Wellspring Alliance for Families, the lead agency for the Family Justice Center of Ouachita Parish, hosted the kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with their annual Hope in the Light of Day event Thursday, October 4 at 10 a.m. The event was held at Ouachita Grand Plaza located at 501 S. Grand in Monroe. Guest speakers spoke of the fear and dangers about being in an abusive relationship, the different types of abuse and options to remove ones self from that situation. There is hope for victims.

On the BayouScene 1 Caroline Cascio, Christy Gwin and Lisa Longenbaugh 2 Randall Campbell, Jessica Ballard and Shayla Kennedy 3K risten Lairemore and Kim Staten 4 Jeslyn Lewis, Valeria Winslow and Eileene Victorian 5 Andy Robinson and Robert Arvy 6 Bob Collier and Calvin Williams



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Calendar of Events For a full list of event happenings in Northeast Louisiana, see our website at Through November 3 World Championship Series Finals – USTPA The USTPA World Championship Series will be held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center October 28 - November 3. The purpose of the United States Team Penning Association is to engage those with an affinity for the western lifestyle in the sports of Team Penning and Ranch Sorting and to develop resources and services for the benefit of USTPA members and growth of the sport. Join in on the western lifestyle at the USTPA World Championship series! Venue: Ike Hamilton Expo Center Arena 501 Mane Street, West Monroe Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Phone: 318-325-9160 November 1 Edgar Allan Poe-try Night The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council and the Ouachita Parish Public Library invite all literary arts fans to Edgar Allan Poe-try Night. During the festivities, guests will listen to dramatic readings of Poe’s best work, and will mix and mingle with local poets, authors and literary artists. November 1 is National Authors’ Day, and local authors will have their own work on display in the coffee shop. Edgar Allan Poetry Night is free to attend, and Miss Kay’s will be selling coffee and baked goods. All local authors wishing to participate in the evening may contact Jade Wheeler at Venue: Miss Kay’s Sweets and Eats 401 Trenton St., West Monroe Hours: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Cost: FREE Phone: 318-582-5871 Exhibition Opens - Richard Buswell: Close to Home Richard Buswell has photographed Western settlement sites, ghost towns and frontier homesteads for more than 41 years. Throughout his career, Buswell increasingly has moved closer to his subject matter, emphasizing corroded artifacts and decayed

bones to reveal the ravages of time. Ironically, Buswell’s photographs are not about loss, but about preservation. Buswell documents the effects of extraction and industry, while also portraying the renewal of the land. “Close to Home” features photographs from Buswell’s book of the same name and will run from November 1st - February 9th. Venue: Masur Museum of Art 1400 South Grand, Monroe Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cost: FREE Phone: 318-328-2237 Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys performing in Ruston as part of their 30th anniversary tour. This lively group brings you traditional, Cajun style, southern Louisiana vibes with the distinctive sounds of the accordion, fiddle and three-way vocal harmony. Brought to you by NCLAC. Venue: Dixie Center for the Arts Hours: 7:00 p.m. Cost: $20 Phone: 318-255-2031 November 3 Black Bayou Paint Out The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council invites all professional and amateur artists to paint outside at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge from dawn to dusk. Anyone who enjoys painting outdoors - no matter their age, background or artist level - is encouraged to participate. There is no fee to participate. The Refuge will also present an artists’ reception at its visitor center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. November 8 to display the artwork created on Black Bayou Paint Out day. Both Paint Out day and its reception the following week are free and open to the public. To be included in the artist reception, participants may drop off canvases 36x36 or smaller at the Refuge visitor center on Paint Out day. Artists may take home their art after the reception. Artists are responsible for their own supplies. Black Bayou Paint Out is hosted by the Refuge and the Arts Council.


Venue: Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge 480 Richland Pl Drive, Monroe Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 318-397-6717 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Northeast Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! Join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on November 3rd at Forsythe Park! Venue: Forsythe Park Riverside Drive and Forsythe Avenue, Monroe Hours: 9:00 a.m. Phone: 318-329-2439 Blues, Brews and BBQ It’s not difficult to draw visitors to the scenic Ouachita River, but it doesn’t hurt to throw in the promise of good music and food. Top it all off with some ice-cold beer, and you’ve got a perfect event. This classic event returns with new life in October 2018. Attendees will enjoy the sounds of blues experts while shopping artisan and food vendors and sampling delicious beer. Venue: Downtown Riverwalk 316 South Grand, Monroe Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: Food and drinks will be for sale Phone: 318-807-1735 FREE Children’s Drop-In Activity Offered the first Saturday of every month, these free activities are for children of all ages. Drop by the museum any time between 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on the scheduled day. Children will work on an art project that relates either through subject matter, medium, or technique, to the exhibition currently on display. Venue: Masur Museum of Art 1400 South Grand, Monroe Hours: 2 :00 - 5:00 p.m. Cost: FREE

Phone: 318-328-2237 Fall Extravaganza Join Easterseals Louisiana and the Barak Shrine Temple of Monroe, Louisiana for their first ever Fall Extravaganza! This will be an afternoon of fun carnival games, food, music, crafts and so much more! This event is open to the community and is accessible for those of all ages and all abilities. Venue: Barak Shrine Temple 6620 Frontage Road, Monroe Hours: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Cost: $1 Admission Phone: 318-345-2511 Ruston Farmers Market Shop, eat and support local at the Ruston Farmers Market. Choose from a wide selection of seasonal produce as well as items from local artists and makers. Venue: 220 E Mississippi Ave. Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 318-957-1305 November 8 Matt Maher and Zach Williams Together in Concert Join North Monroe Baptist Church for a night with Matt Maher and Zach Williams TOGETHER in concert! Venue: North Monroe Baptist Church 210 Finks Hideaway Rd, Monroe Hours: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cost: $20-50 Phone: 318-343-4730 Black Bayou Paint Out - Artists’ Reception The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council and Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge will present an artists’ reception at the Refuge Visitor Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. November 8 to display the artwork created on Black Bayou Paint Out day. Both Paint Out day and its reception the following week are free and open to the public. To be included in the artist reception, participants may drop off canvases 36x36 or smaller at the Refuge visitor center on Paint

Out day. Artists may take home their art after the reception. Artists are responsible for their own supplies. Black Bayou Paint Out is hosted by the Refuge and the Arts Council. Venue: Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge 480 Richland Pl Drive, Monroe Hours: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 318-397-6717 “Farmsteaders” Indie Film NCLAC had partnered with Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers to present a series of documentaries and fiction films. “Farmsteaders” documents a story of love, grit and the struggle to heal a broken food system in the Heartland. Venue: The Dixie Center for the Arts Hours: 7:00 p.m. Cost: $5/$3 students Phone: 318-255-1450 November 8-10 Holidays in Cedar Town Mark your calendars for this annual holiday shopping market! Get a jump start on your Christmas list with 100 of vendors with clothing, home decors, jewelry, and so much more! Venue: Ruston Civic Center Hours: Hours vary by day Cost: Admission prices vary Phone: 318-255-7707 November 9 Veterans Day Speaker Kick-off The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum and the Northeast LA Delta African American Heritage

Museum have partnered to bring an historic event to our community. The evening will kick-off Veterans Day weekend, Friday, November 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the African American Museum. The public is invited to attend, as both museums unite to tell this American story of triumph. Tickets will include complimentary spirits and heavy hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants served from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the opening reception before the speaking event. Event proceeds will directly support both museums’ educational and community outreach services to facilitate awareness of history and culture. Venue: Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum 1051 Chennault Park Drive, Monroe Hours: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $20 Phone: 318-342-8889

shopping and dining on Saturdays, and Bulldog Brunch on Sunday. Don’t forget to park downtown for the game and take the free shuttle service to the stadium! Cost: Free to attend Phone: 318-255-2031

Rock the Railroad Come out to Railroad Park for live music, food trucks, beer and wine, extended shopping hours, and a pep rally with LA Tech spirit groups! Event is free and family friendly. Venue: Railroad Park in Downtown Ruston Hours: 6:00 p.m. Cost: Free to attend Phone: 318-255-2031

Holiday Open House Join this group of Monroe locally owned businesses for their annual holiday open house! There will be light refreshments, chances to win prizes and more along the way. This is a great way to get your shopping done and make a wishlist for yourself, all while supporting local. Locations include The Muffin Tin on Glenmar Avenue, Haven and Legacy on Forsythe Avenue and Woodstock Furniture Revival and Palette House on North Third Street.

November 9-11 Loyal Blue Weekend Loyal Blue Weekend celebrate LA Tech football! Every home game weekend, come out for Rock the Railroad on Friday nights, downtown

November 10 The Craft Show Before Christmas Holiday shoppers each year strive to find unique gifts for everyone on their list. The Craft Show Before Christmas is all about making that as easy as possible! Only artisans and specialty vendors will participate in this first annual event that celebrates handmade, healthy and local shopping. Venue: RiverMarket 316 South Grand, Monroe Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: free Phone: 318-808-1735

A Fall Pop-Up Brunch Featuring Health with Hope Guests will share an unique

culinary experience surrounded by the exquisite artwork of Lynda Frese and Babette Beaullieu’s exhibition: “Sacred Vessels.” Tickets @healthwithhopeanderson. Venue: Levee Gallery, 1617 N 18th St, Monroe Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Phone: 318-537-9006 Prehistoric Acorn Cooking Acorns, which would have been an important part of the Native American diet at Poverty Point approximately 3,500 years ago, were as plentiful centuries ago as they are today. Ranger will demonstrate how acorns are made edible and prepared to eat. Samples will be available to taste. Venue: Poverty Point World Heritage Site 6859 Highway 577, Pioneer Hours: 12:15 p.m. Phone: 888-926-5492 Delta Veterans’ Expo and Celebration This Veteran’s Day weekend, Chennault Aviation and Military Museum wants to do something a little extra for our vets. They have decided that it is not only a time to celebrate all who have defended our country, but also time to make sure they have all the resources and support they need to succeed. They want to bring all organizations, opportunities, and resources together to one location and let veterans be able to go home knowing that they have all the information they need. While they will have several area vendors offering information and freebies for our


beloved vets, they are also going to make it fun for the entire family. There will be live music, bounce houses, free food, activities for the kids and even a military themed Touch a Truck! Venue: Chennault Aviation and Military Museum 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe Hours: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Phone: 318-362-5540

Ruston Farmers Market Shop, eat and support local at the Ruston Farmers Market. Choose from a wide selection of seasonal produce as well as items from local artists and makers. Venue: 220 E Mississippi Ave. Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 318-957-1305 November 10 – December 31

Veterans Day and Lighting of Freedom Trees Celebration Celebrate Veterans Day with Chennault Aviation and Military Museum as we honor the brave sacrifices of our military veterans. Admission is free. There will be live music, various community and state dignitary speakers, and the evening will culminate with a special Christmas tree lighting with trees representing the five branches of the military. The public is invited to tour the restoration hangar and get up-close to historic jets and airplanes. The museum will host an open house for tours throughout the day beginning at 9:00 a.m. Museum admission is free, but the museum operates on donations and memberships. Venue: Chennault Aviation and Military Museum 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe Hours: TBD Cost: Free Phone: 318-362-5540

Freedom Trees Freedom Trees honoring veterans and active military with a patch, ribbon, medal or photo from their military service. Venue: Chennault Aviation and Military Museum 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe Phone: 318-362-5540

Wine Chocolate and Jazz Masquerade Ball Come out and enjoy great wine, various chocolates and great sounds of Jazz while mingling with The Arts with Passion supporters and friends. Food will be catered by Chef Darrell Teats of KNOE’s Good Morning ArkLaMiss Cooking Segment.” Cash Bar and VIP tables are available. Proceeds will benefit The Arts with Passion nonprofit organization. Venue: Monroe Civic Center 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe Hours: 7:30 - 11:00 p.m. Cost: General Admission in advance $35.00 - Singles $60.00 - Couples Day of the Event 40.00 per person VIP in advance Table of 8 - $320.00 (tickets included) Table of 4 - $160.00 (tickets included) Individuals - $40.00 (ticket included) Phone: 318-329-2225

November 15-16 Holiday Art Crawl NCLAC’s annual Art Crawl brings artists, downtown merchants, and holiday shoppers together to experience a winter weekend in downtown Ruston. Venue: Downtown Ruston Hours: 5:00 p.m. Cost: Free to attend Phone: 318-255-1450 November 16-December 31 Candy Cane Lane Candy Cane Lane is a milelong wooded drive decorated with over One Million Christmas lights, located in Calhoun, LA. Candy Cane Lane will be open nightly November 16 - December 31 from 6-10 PM. No trailers and vehicles over 25ft must have prior approval. Venue: Candy Cane Lane 170 Highway 151 North, Calhoun Hours: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Cost: Family Vehicle: $20 Commerical passenger van: $40 Phone: 318-801-0670 November 17 FIDO 5k and 1 Mile Dog Walk The FIDO 5K and 1 Mile Dog Walk is held to Benefit the Humane Society Adoption Center of Monroe. They are a No Kill Dog Rescue center. This event is a great family event! There will be vendors and food plus lots of fun. Venue: Kiroli Park 820 Kiroli Road, West Monroe Hours: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Cost: $20-$28 Phone: 318-396-4016


Super Saturday Super Saturdays include gardenbased activities for children and adults, early childhood activities in the outdoor learning center, community health fair in the parking lot, seminars for parents of children 0-18 in main hall, and volunteer opportunities in the garden and in the community. Super Saturday is part of the revitalization effort in downtown Monroe and will coordinate with compatible third Saturday events as well be a meet up for United Way 211 volunteer opportunities both in the garden and in the community. Venue: Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana 117 Hall Street, Monroe Hours: Gates open at 9:00 and close at Noon Cost: Free Phone: 318-323-8775 Rangers Guided Hike Visitors are invited to accompany a ranger on a 2.6 mile hike around the prehistoric site. The ranger will discuss the earthworks as well as other interesting things that might be seen along the way. Venue: Poverty Point World Heritage Site 6859 Highway 577, Pioneer Hours: 9:30 a.m. Phone: 888-926-5492

The “Heart of a Tiger” event will be held on Saturday, November 17th, at the Flying Tiger Brewery. The kids fun run will start at 10 a.m. with the 5K to follow at 10:30 a.m. After the race stick around for the Cornhole tournament at 1 p.m., food truck, live music, raffles, the LSU football game and much more! Venue: Flying Tiger Brewery 506 North 2nd Street, Monroe Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Phone: 318-547-1738 Bayou Stock Bayou Stock, a festival started by country music artist Dylan Scott is coming back to North East Louisiana on November 17th! Proceeds from this event will help support kids who need toys for Christmas in NE Louisiana. Lineup includes Barrett Pepper, Lainey Wilson, Morgan Evans, and Dylan Scott. Come and enjoy great music, local food trucks, and fun for the whole family as we bring back the largest country festival North East Louisiana has seen in ten years! Venue: Sterlington Sports Complex 1290 LA-136, Sterlington Hours: 3:00 - 10:30 p.m. Cost: $20

Geeks Along the River It’s the only geek fair in town, and it’s back for the third year! This free, family-friendly event features something for everyone. Fans of comic books, movies, video games, table top gaming, fantasy, and more flock to the RiverMarket each year to let their geek flag fly. The day features gaming tournaments, geeky vendors, delicious food, cosplay contests for humans and pets, and more! Each year proceeds from the cosplay contests benefit one local nonprofit. Venue: Downtown Riverwalk 316 South Grand, Monroe Hours: 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Cost: Free Event Phone: 318-807-1735

“Will Dance for A Cure” Denim and Diamonds Fundraiser Save The Date! Willpower Foundation’s annual “Will Dance for a Cure” Denim and Diamonds Fundraiser will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Bayou Pointe Event Center on ULM’s Campus. This event will be their best with a new venue, dance music, great food, and a chance to win fabulous items in their silent and live auctions. The Willpower Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that focuses on raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 100% of all monies raised are delivered to the hospital. Venue: Bayou Pointe Student Event Center 100 Warhawk Way, Monroe Hours: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 318-342-5216

Heart of a Tiger 5K Join Anytime Fitness in the First Annual “Heart of a Tiger” 5K! This charity event is for the John Clarke Perry foundation that helps provide financial support to families in need of life-changing medical treatments.

Monroe Symphony Orchestra – Sports Spectacular The MSO brings the world of sports to the concert hall with movie selections from Rocky, Chariots of Fire, Rudy, Hoosiers and many more iconic films. Rounding out the

program will be a series of familiar college fight songs along with a few other surprises. Venue: The Assembly West Monroe 715 Cypress Street, West Monroe Hours: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cost: General Admission $25 Student Tickets: $5 Phone: 318-387-1500 Ruston Farmers Market Shop, eat and support local at the Ruston Farmers Market. Choose from a wide selection of seasonal produce as well as items from local artists and makers. Venue: 220 E Mississippi Ave. Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 318-957-1305 November 18 Revolution Park Driving Experience Get out of the stands and get behind the wheel of a real race car at Revolution Park with the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience! Limited spots available, must book in advance. Venue: Revolution Park Race Track 8850 Frontage Rd, Monroe Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Cost: $199-$1,499 Phone: 318-812-7223 November 18 – December 23 Santa’s Christmas Village A holiday wonderland with snow, ice skating, make and take ornaments, cookie decoration, rides down Mount Sneaux, the Coca Cola Christmas Village train exhibit, a festive outdoor light show and special visits with Santa. Don’t miss the new photo booth fun every Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. Venue: Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum 323 Walnut Street, Monroe Phone: 318-361-9611 November 19 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: Dove of Peace Tour! Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, and a 2 dancer Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan. The Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages, “Kids wideeyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace

Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America in 2018. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Venue: W.L. “Jack” Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe Cost: $28.00- $175.00 Phone: 800-320-1733 November 23 Open Air Wagon Rides Through the Lights Landry Vineyards is once again providing its wonderful wagon so everyone can take a ride through the festive lights in Monroe and West Monroe. The 30-minute rides begin at 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday nights beginning Nov 23. The ride begins at Commerce Street and ends at Woods Street. Venue: Antique Alley 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street, West Monroe Hours: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Rock the Railroad Come out to Railroad Park for live music, food trucks, beer and wine, extended shopping hours, and a pep rally with LA Tech spirit groups! Event is free and family friendly. Venue: Railroad Park in Downtown Ruston Hours: 6 p.m. Cost: Free to attend Phone: 318-255-2031 November 23-25 Loyal Blue Weekend Loyal Blue Weekend celebrate LA Tech football! Every home game weekend, come out for Rock the Railroad on Friday nights, downtown shopping and dining on Saturdays, and Bulldog Brunch on Sunday. Don’t forget to park downtown for the game and take the free shuttle service to the stadium! Cost: Free to attend Phone: 318-255-2031 November 24 Holiday Outdoor Movie What would be better than a holiday movie in Antique Alley under the magical Christmas lights. Snacks will be available for purchase. (*Rain Date: December 15, same time) Venue: Downtown West Monroe Trenton St., West Monroe Hours: 5:30 p.m.

Ruston Farmers Market Shop, eat and support local at the Ruston Farmers Market. Choose from a wide selection of seasonal produce as well as items from local artists and makers. Venue: 220 E Mississippi Ave., Ruston Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 318-957-1305 November 28 Holiday Express In its 18th annual trip across Kansas City Southern’s (KCS) U.S. rail network, the Holiday Express train is planning to stop at Third & Desiard Street in Monroe, La. at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The six-car train will bring Santa Claus for a visit with kids and offer visual displays inside and out for young and old alike. This event is free and open to the public. Additionally, at each stop, KCS will donate to the local Salvation Army. Venue: Downtown Monroe 100 DeSiard Street, Monroe Hours: 4:00 p.m. Cost: Free Event Phone: 318-812-0450 November 29 Champagne and Shopping Join this holiday shopping event with complimentary champagne and nibbles while you browse various local vendors’ booths like Deidre McGehee Designs, Ma Mere Potpourri, The Oratory, Creations by Carmen, Southern Board and Canvas, Double BB Farms, Snaps and Moore, Chelle’s Closet, Artist Andrea Hinton and more! Plus, enjoy the sounds of Josh Madden and get a chance to win door prizes, drawn every 15 minutes. Venue: West Monroe Convention Center Hours: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cost: $2

November 30 Open Air Wagon Rides Through the Lights Landry Vineyards is once again providing its wonderful wagon so everyone can take a ride through the festive lights in Monroe and West Monroe. The 30-minute rides begin at 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday nights. The ride begins at Commerce Street and ends at Woods Street. Venue: Antique Alley 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street, West Monroe Hours: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Children’s Lighted Parade A night-time parade featuring children in costume on decorated bikes, floats and wagons! The parade is open to all pre-school and elementary school age children. Parents must be present. Float, bike or wagon entries are $5.00 each. Prizes for best decorated float, bike and costume! (*Rain Date: December 15, same time) Venue: Antique Alley 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street, West Monroe Cost: $5 for parade entries Enjoy your stay in MonroeWest Monroe! We at the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitor’s Bureau hope you have a great stay here! Please feel free to call us at 800-843-1872 if you have any questions. You may also stop by our offices at 601 Constitution Drive, West Monroe for brochures, coupons and additional information. Visit www.monroe-westmonroe. org for information about events in Ouachita Parish and visit for events in Lincoln Parish.

November 29-December 1 Lincoln Lights Up the Pines Bring the entire family out to Lincoln Parish Park to enjoy this beautiful drive-thru Christmas lights display. Twinkling lights, lively holiday scenes and Christmas decorations will fill the park and you won’t want to miss all the holiday fun! Venue: Lincoln Parish Park Hours: 5:30-10:00 p.m. Cost: $5 per vehicle/$10 buses Phone: 318-255-2031 WWW.BAYOULIFEMAG.COM | NOVEMBER 2018 257




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